Russian sanctions bill would restrict Trump's ability to reopen diplomatic compound on the Eastern Shore

Legislation passed by the Senate Thursday to impose new sanctions on Moscow would also require President Donald J. Trump to get consent from Congress before giving a diplomatic compound on Maryland's Eastern Shore back to Russia. The provision, tucked into a broader sanctions package now headed to the House, comes amid reports that the State Department is seeking to return the 45-acre site in Queen Anne's County and another property in New York that the United States seized last year in retaliation for Russian interference in the presidential election. (Balt. Sun)

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Martin O'Malley to attend gathering of O'Malley clan in Ireland

Later this month, people from around the world with the last name "O'Malley" will gather in the courtyard of a medieval castle in Galway, Ireland. While Irish tunes play, they'll feast on lamb cooked over an open spit and celebrate a clan that counts a 16th century pirate queen among its members. This year, for the first time, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will be there. The O’Malley Clan Association has been trying to get Martin to come for several years, says reigning clan chieftain Sarah Kelly. (Balt. Sun)

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Democrat files for District 5 council seat

The race for the Anne Arundel County Council's District 5 seat gained its first Democratic candidate this week. Cape St. Claire resident Dawn Myers officially kicked off her council campaign with a party Wednesday at Severna Park Taphouse. Myers shared the spotlight with Pam Luby, a Democrat running for state Senate in District 33 who also launched her campaign at the event. Myers, who currently works as the director of budget and finance for the University of Maryland's physics department, spent much of her career working in state government as a legislative analyst. (Capital)

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June 15 // Hogan announces top staffers for re-election campaign

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced the top staff for his re-election bid Wednesday, another sign the 2018 campaign season is already under way. After an upset win orchestrated by a Maryland-based team in 2014, Hogan has turned to a new set of advisors with experience in federal politics to helm his next campaign. (Balt. Sun)

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Ahead of launch, Hogan promotes $135 million BaltimoreLink as sign of 'commitment to this city'

Gov. Larry Hogan, returning to the site where he had vowed a year and a half earlier to remodel the region's bus system, said Wednesday that he had fulfilled his promise. The Republican governor's $135 million BaltimoreLink route overhaul — a complete redesign intended to better connect people to jobs, entertainment and other modes of transit — is set to launch at 3 a.m. Sunday. (Balt. Sun)

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Congressman questions ties between Trump and company bidding to build FBI headquarters

A Democratic congressman from Virginia is questioning the ethics of having a company with ties to President Donald Trump among the competitors to build a proposed new headquarters for the FBI — a $2 billion project Maryland officials hope will be built in Prince George's County. Rep. Gerry Connolly of Northern Virginia, where officials also are vying for the building, said reports that Vornado Realty Trust is one of three finalists to build the headquarters suggest a conflict of interest. The New York-based firm currently owns other buildings with Trump and the family of Jared Kushner, the president's son in law and adviser. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland elections board says it detected 'suspicious activity' last fall

Maryland's State Board of Elections detected "suspicious activity" on the computer system it uses for online voter registration before last fall's election and called in cybersecurity experts to evaluate it, administrator Linda H. Lamone said Wednesday. Lamone's disclosure came in response to an inquiry by The Baltimore Sun amid reports that Russian cyberattacks had breached election systems in 39 states. (Balt. Sun)

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DC and Maryland's corruption case against Trump hinges on hotel business

The attorneys general for the District of Columbia and Maryland said Wednesday that the corruption case they are pursuing against President Trump hinges on the fact that Trump-branded hotels are competing with hospitality businesses that the state and the District have financial stakes in. The officials used the unconventional argument to claim they had the legal standing to bring the case against the president. (Examiner)

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