Md. Officials Vow to Fight Trump Order Blocking States from Setting Tougher Climate Rules for Cars

President Trump declared Wednesday that he’s revoking California’s ability to set tougher greenhouse gas standards for automobiles, a move his critics say will harm industry and hinder nationwide efforts to combat climate change. Trump’s order could also impact Maryland’s ability to fashion stronger clean air regulations than the federal government. (Md. Matters)

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FBI seized 3 hard drives with former Mayor Pugh’s emails and other records, newly released documents show

The FBI seized former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s emails and other computer records — along with those of one of her longtime aides — as part of its investigation into her financial dealings, according to documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun. On the day in April that federal authorities raided City Hall, Gayle Guilford, the city’s cybersecurity chief, signed two previously undisclosed receipts for a pair of hard drives containing records for Pugh and aide Gary Brown Jr. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland political consultant pleads guilty to wire fraud

Federal prosecutors say a Maryland political consultant has pleaded guilty in connection with a scheme to solicit millions of dollars in contributions through scam political action committees. The U.S. Department of Justice says 55-year-old Kelley Rogers of Annapolis pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of wire fraud. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski said in a news release that Rogers defrauded citizens across the country. (WTOP)

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Baltimore County Vacancy Provides a Second Chance

When Democrat Carl Jackson lost a House of Delegates race in Baltimore County’s 8th District last November by just 570 votes, he was so depressed he didn’t know what to do. “I was low,” Jackson recalled in an interview earlier this month. (Md. Matters)

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10 lawyers and judges apply for one spot on Maryland’s highest court

Ten people are under consideration for an opening on Maryland’s highest court. Court of Appeals Judge Clayton Greene retired from his post earlier this year, creating a vacancy on the court for a judge who lives in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles or St. Mary’s counties. (Balt.Sun)

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Mayor invites people who accused Baltimore police of misconduct to address panel as their cases are settled

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said Tuesday he would invite plaintiffs who have filed police misconduct lawsuits against the city to speak before Baltimore’s spending panel when their cases are settled. Young and City Solicitor Andre Davis said the move is an attempt to make sure victims of police misconduct don’t feel silenced by nondisparagement clauses that remain a part of city settlements, which are approved by the Board of Estimates. (Balt. Sun)

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Former Baltimore health commissioner Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood resolve dispute over severance, benefits

Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s former health commissioner, has resolved a dispute with Planned Parenthood over her severance and benefits, which she said the organization was withholding to get her to sign a burdensome confidentiality contract after she was fired less than a year into her tenure as president and CEO. Both Wen and Planned Parenthood issued statements Tuesday welcoming the separation agreement — but neither addressed the confidentiality contract issue. (Balt.Sun)

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Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that’s needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to a White House request to replenish funds for bailout payments to farmers absorbing heavy losses as a result of President Donald Trump’s trade battles with China. She has also rejected suggestions from House liberals to try to use the must-pass stopgap measure to try to reverse the president’s controversial moves to raid military base construction projects to pay for the border wall. (Wash. Post)

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