Here’s how to prepare for Trump rejecting the election results in November

President Trump is laying the groundwork to do something that no previous president has ever done: falsely claim that an election was fixed against him in order to discredit the vote. Trump has repeatedly — and incorrectly — claimed the election will be “rigged” against him. By promoting a series of wacky, debunked conspiracy theories, he has primed his supporters to wrongly believe he is the victim of some unknown, shadowy “deep state” plot. In an interview that aired last week, he refused to commit to accepting the results in November. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Local leaders make tough coronavirus decisions Maryland governor won’t

As coronavirus cases spiked in Maryland, health officers from the state’s five largest counties and Baltimore City asked the state to step in and renew restrictions on restaurants, bars and other venues that Gov. Larry Hogan lifted in June. But the governor, during an appearance on CSPAN-2 on Tuesday, said he planned to “keep business open, and the economy, unless it’s absolutely necessary.” That forced local leaders to make the tough decisions to keep citizens safe that Maryland’s governor won’t. (Balt Sun)

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Zurawik: Sinclair postpones airing of coronavirus report promoting conspiracy theory about Dr. Anthony Fauci

The Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group said on Twitter Saturday it is postponing a segment that featured an unfounded conspiracy theory suggesting Dr. Anthony Fauci was involved in creating the coronavirus. The segment was scheduled to air at 11 p.m. Sunday in Baltimore on the Sinclair-owned WBFF on a weekly program titled “America This Week.” (Balt Sun)

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Marilyn Mosby: Mr. President, stay out of our cities

Desperate times produce desperate measures. President Trump, sliding in the polls, flailing as covid-19 cases surge, has sought a distraction by sending federal law enforcement officers into Portland, Ore. Scarier to us than even the Orwellian sight of federal agents in military fatigues assaulting citizens and bundling them into unmarked vehicles is that Trump has spoken of sending federal agents to Baltimore and Philadelphia. We were elected to prosecute violations of the law in these cities. We strongly believe that the actions in Oregon are illegal. Should the president proceed with his plan in our cities, his agents will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. (Wash Post)

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Tumulty: Reagan Foundation to Trump, RNC: Quit raising money off Ronald Reagan’s legacy

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, which runs the 40th president’s library near Los Angeles, has demanded that President Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) quit raising campaign money by using Ronald Reagan’s name and likeness. “It was simply handled with a phone call mid-last week to the RNC, and they agreed to stop,” Reagan Foundation chief marketing officer Melissa Giller said in an email Saturday. (Wash Post)

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Schleuss: Pandemic hurting newspapers financially

Local news allows us to remain informed about our government, school boards and elections. Like the story last year about former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who was indicted on fraud over sales of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books. Only the dedicated efforts of journalists at The Baltimore Sun brought it to the attention of local readers and continued to inform Marylanders over the months of the subsequent trial. Without local reporting, stories like these might not be told. (Balt Sun)

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Rodricks: Dear Anonymous, About that racist letter you sent here

“I know you will not have the courage to print this,” writes the anonymous someone who did not have the courage to sign the letter I hold in my hands. It arrived at The Baltimore Sun recently, offering a list of “six things Blacks can do to help reduce prejudice and racial profiling.” That might sound earnest, even well-meaning. But, within another sentence or two, the letter proved as racist as the many others that have landed on my desk over the years, though not as profane. (Balt Sun)

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Before you take off that mask, consider others

Many of us are experiencing the weariness of not knowing when the hypervigilance surrounding the pandemic finally comes to an end. And quite a few of us are suspecting that wearing masks in public may become a cultural norm, a habit folks in some Asian countries adopted years ago. As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase on the Mid-Shore, our fatigue with mask-wearing is growing as well. What follows is the experience of one of our reporters who not only embraces the trend, but urges the rest of us to consider it a courtesy to our neighbors... (Star Dem)

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