Trump Beats Frosh With Dismissal of Emoluments Claims in Appellate Court

A federal appeals court has dismissed Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh’s lawsuit alleging that President Trump’s business interests violate the Emoluments Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. A Fourth Circuit three-judge panel chided U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte for previously allowing the case to move forward and said the lawsuit “readily provokes the question of whether this action against the President is an appropriate use of the courts, which were created to resolve real cases and controversies.” (Md. Matters)

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Amid Public Outcry, Montgomery Lawmakers Look to Create Policing Commission

The Montgomery County Council moved a step closer Tuesday evening to creating a 15-member commission that would advise the council of police practices and policies. “The very mission of police work and public safety is at stake and we need to reinvent policing in this new world that we’re in,” said Councilmember Hans Riemer (D), chief sponsor of the bill to create the Policing Advisory Commission. The council held a public hearing on the measure Tuesday night — the same day that a county police officer was charged with second degree assault and misconduct for kneeing a handcuffed suspected drug dealer. The officer’s actions last week were captured on cellphone video – and have caused an outcry in the community. (Md. Matters)

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US women’s team boldly embraces off-the-field activist role

Setting itself apart from other great American sports teams, the U.S. women’s soccer team is embracing a front-line role in social justice causes even as it savors a fourth world championship. The players are now world leaders in the push for gender equity in the workplace, having sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay and treatment vis-a-vis the men’s national team. With a lesbian coach and several lesbian players, including World Cup MVP Megan Rapinoe, they’re a proud symbol of LGBTQ inclusion. And they have stood firmly behind Rapinoe after she said she’d refuse to visit the White House if invited by President Donald Trump. (Daily Record)

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U.S. mayors group adopts resolution proposed by Baltimore, vowing not to pay ransoms to hackers

The U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously adopted a resolution proposed by Baltimore calling on members to refuse to pay ransoms to hackers if their cities fall victim to cyberattacks. The measure was approved at the organization’s annual meeting in Hawaii last week. “Paying ransomware attackers encourages continued attacks on other government systems, as perpetrators financially benefit,” the resolution reads. “The United States Conference of Mayors has a vested interest in de-incentivizing these attacks to prevent further harm.” Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who did not attend the meeting this year, proposed the resolution after Baltimore fell victim to a ransomware attack in May that crippled city systems. (Balt. Sun)

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Singh, first woman to lead Maryland National Guard, to retire

Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, the first woman and African American to command the Maryland National Guard, announced Tuesday that she plans to retire this summer. Singh will be succeeded by Maj. Gen. Timothy E. Gowen, according to Gov. Larry Hogan’s office. Singh’s retirement will cap a military career of more than three decades that took her from enlisted soldier to deployments in Afghanistan and Kosovo and ultimately to the top military job in the state of Maryland. Singh, 55, said in a statement that when she took over the guard in 2015, she focused on making “a fair and equal organization within the Maryland Military Department." (Balt. Sun)

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Trone hears about 'crucial' child-hunger needs in Washington County

U.S. Congressman David Trone headed a roundtable in Hagerstown on Tuesday morning to discuss ways to improve feeding hungry children. The freshman Democrat said 47% of children in Washington County are so poor that they qualify to receive free meals in school or meals at a reduced price. “The numbers are pretty mind-boggling,” he said. The roundtable was held at the Children in Need building at 131 W. North Ave. Trone said the event was part of his Summer Meal Tour to address the needs of hungry children in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. (Herald-Mail)

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Young says he’s considering running for Baltimore mayor in 2020

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, after previously swearing off a run for the city’s top job, said Tuesday that he is considering jumping into the race. Young, the former City Council president who became mayor when Catherine Pugh resigned May 2 amid scandal, said people are encouraging him to run based on his performance in office thus far. “If I want to change my mind and run for mayor, that’s an option I have,” the Democrat said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun at City Hall. “I’m considering all options. I’m leaving my options open. I’ll leave it at that.” (Balt. Sun) 

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After arrest of officer accused of assault, Montgomery County considers a ‘Policing Advisory Commission’

The Montgomery County Council held a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed bill to establish a “Policing Advisory Commission” that will examine and recommend policies governing police behavior in the county. The hearing was prompted by several high-profile incidents involving police that raised tensions between local law enforcement and civilians. Earlier on Tuesday, a police officer from Silver Spring was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct after a video of him kneeing a young man during an arrest went viral. The proposed commission will consist of 11 civilians appointed by council members and two nonvoting representatives from the police department and the Fraternal Order of Police. (Wash. Post)

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