We need a State Center plan

Here's the good news: When Gov. Larry Hogan joined Mayor Catherine Pugh for a tour of the State Center office complex in Baltimore, the redevelopment plans for which he killed last year, he unequivocally committed to keeping the more than 3,000 state jobs now located there in the city. He discussed with the mayor ideas for redeveloping the site and made clear that he believes the state should be a part of that effort. The bad news is, Mr. Hogan engaged in some serious revisionist history about the long stalled project, which was initially conceived by the Ehrlich administration in 2004. (Balt. Sun)

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Five Issues for the White House Opioid Commission to Address

Yesterday, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued its draft interim report on fighting the national opioid crisis. I support the draft recommendations included in the Commission’s report, especially the call for declaring a national state of emergency. 

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Jamie Fontaine: Fear 2.0

Trump’s Twitter announcement Wednesday that the U.S. will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people to serve in our military may well be his most blatant and outrageous attack on the LGBT community yet.

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Dr. Leana Wen: Baltimore City Health Commissioner Condemns New Senate Healthcare Proposal

A Senate bill revealed today – the so-called the Better Care Reconciliation Act – is even worse than the initial proposal and will result in loss of healthcare for millions of Americans. 

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National Brain Tumor Society: 2nd Annual Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk

Kelsey sat in the doctor’s office with her family looking at an MRI that showed a visible white mass. Her doctor confirmed the diagnosis and said the four words she feared most: it’s a brain tumor. Overcome with anxiety and confusion, she asked the doctor about her options and what would happen next. 

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Dr. Leana Wen: Senate Health Care Proposal will Hurt the Health of Vulnerable Populations

Despite promises that the Senate would propose legislation that would support the health of all Americans, the bill released today would endanger the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community. In particular, this proposal contains four provisions that would be extremely harmful to health.

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Steve Kearney: Among the Bushes

Like many reality shows, the rolling White House crisis seems to have no beginning or end.  It just is.  But it’s instructive to remember where the current, more intense series of episodes began. May 10, 2017.  There was yet another crisis to manage.  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was furious at the Washington Post – outraged by its reporting on the aftermath of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. 

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Dr. Leana Wen: President Trump’s Proposed Federal Budget Harms the Health of Baltimoreans

The federal budget proposal released on Tuesday by President Trump cuts life-saving services and will harm the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Baltimoreans. It will particularly affect the following individuals: Seniors, children, individuals with substance use and mental health disorders, and people with chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

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