New Kim Klacik Ad Highlights Baltimore’s Trash Problem Again

Republican congressional candidate Kim Klacik released a new ad Sunday focusing again on Baltimore’s trash problems among other issues she said are plaguing Black city residents. “I see a Baltimore that picks up trash,” Klacik said. “There are piles of garbage all around Baltimore. It makes life unsafe for our families. I’ll work with city leaders to get Baltimore Soild Waste Bureau the resources it needs to take out the trash.” (WJZ)

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Congressman Andy Harris takes on unpaid position overseeing a coronavirus drug trial

Congressman Andy Harris, a medical doctor and Republican representing Maryland's first district, has publicly challenged the efficacy of mask-wearing and severity of Maryland's stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now, he's aligning with the search for coronavirus treatment. Harris has taken on an unpaid position on a drug company's trial, seeking to prove an effective COVID-19 treatment. The five-term representative is one of three members on the data and safety monitoring board for NeuroRx, a small company based in Delaware. (Delmarva)

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Harris’ role with COVID-19 trials generates scrutiny, pushback

U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, is facing some scrutiny and is pushing back against media reports regarding his unpaid advisory role with pharmaceutical companies conducting clinical trials related to a COVID-19 drug. Harris, who represents the Eastern Shore and is a medical doctor, is part of an independent advisory committee established by NeuroRx Inc. and Relief Therapeutics Holdings AG to monitor trials of a drug called RLF 100 (or Aviptadi). (Star Dem)

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Barr announces $100M more to combat human trafficking

U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr says the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing. Barr made the announcement Monday in Atlanta with presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “This is one of the top enforcement priorities of the department and we’re on the forefront of this fight," Barr said. (News-Post)

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Baltimore City Council passes bill to rename Columbus monument for victims of police violence over commissioner’s concern

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Monday that he’s concerned about a City Council bill to create a monument for victims of police violence that would be near a memorial to fallen officers. The council still voted 10-4 at its Monday night meeting to approve the legislation, though it still needs another vote and the mayor’s signature before going into effect. (Balt Sun)

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Md. Senators React to Justice Ginsburg’s Death

Regardless of whether President Trump or his Democratic challenger, former vice president Joe Biden, appoints the next Supreme Court justice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Maryland’s two U.S. senators, Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and Chris Van Hollen (D), will have a say on the next nominee. Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87, following battles with pancreatic cancer and other maladies. (Md Matters)

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Maryland reaches new lows in key COVID-19 metrics, Gov. Hogan announces

Md. Gov Larry Hogan announced an array of upbeat coronavirus metrics on Sunday as the state continues its fight against the virus. In a news release, Hogan said that the daily and 7-day positivity rate dipped below 2% and 3%, respectively, with hospitalizations falling below 300 and ICU levels dropping below 70 — their lowest levels since March. The statewide positivity rate has now been under 5% for 87 days, or since June 25, according to the release, with the 7-day positivity rate hitting 2.85% for the first time since the pandemic began. (WTOP)

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Joe Biden to GOP senators: Don't jam through Supreme Court nominee

Joe Biden on Sunday slammed President Donald Trump and leading Senate Republicans for trying to jam through a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and urged more senators to stand with a pair of GOP colleagues who oppose the election-season rush.  The extraordinary televised plea from the Democratic presidential candidate to Republican senators reflected the ferocious maneuvering that has followed Ginsburg's death at 87 on Friday. (WBAL)

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