Penn Station, Martin plant to receive Md. historic preservation tax credits

A $140 million proposal to revitalize Baltimore’s Penn Station has received a boost from state government in the form of tax credits. The station, along with a building in Middle River where World War II bombers were once built, will each receive $3 million in Maryland Historic Revitalization Tax Credits. The combined total represents two-thirds of the credits awarded in an announcement Monday. (Daily Record)

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Former White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with House subpoena, judge rules

Former Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with a House subpoena, a federal court ruled Monday, finding that “no one is above the law” and that top presidential advisers cannot ignore congressional demands for information. The ruling raises the possibility that McGahn could be forced to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of Washington found no basis for a White House claim that the former counsel is “absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony,” setting the stage for a historic separation-of-powers confrontation between the executive and legislative ­branches of the ­government. (Wash. Post)

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Returns To Court After Hospital Stay

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to the court after a two-night stay in a hospital. The court says the 86-year-old Ginsburg is attending an annual fall classical music program on Monday afternoon. Ginsburg loves the opera and classical music, and she has presided over the event for more than 10 years. Ginsburg returned home Sunday after spending two nights at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She was treated for a possible infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids. (AP/WJZ)

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Baltimore’s disgraced ex-mayor has $1 million in her campaign coffers. What might become of it?

It’s the million-dollar question nobody seems to want to answer: What will happen to the campaign committee funds of Catherine Pugh, who pleaded guilty last week to four counts of tax evasion, fraud and conspiracy? Those funds, tucked away in a checking account at Harbor Bank of Maryland, were $968,790.35 as of January 16, 2019, the last public reporting date of the ex-mayor’s campaign committee. (Balt. Brew)

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Larry Hogan grants parole to juvenile lifers, the first time a Maryland governor has done so in decades

For the first time in 24 years, individuals sentenced to life in a correctional facility for crimes they committed before turning 18 are being paroled by a Maryland governor. The action by Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, hasn’t been exercised since the administration of William Donald Schaefer, Maryland’s governor from 1987 to 1995. It comes after courts have weighed in on juvenile sentencing and state lawmakers have attempted to remove the governor from the process in recent years. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore mayoral candidate Thiru Vignarajah takes out first TV ad with focus on crime

Baltimore mayoral candidate Thiru Vignarajah released his first television spot Friday, part of a $100,000 media buy that promotes his pledge to fight crime in the city. Vignarajah, a former federal and city prosecutor, will air his ads starting Friday, with more than 500 spots to be broadcast over the next month on cable and network TV, according to a news release. (Balt. Sun)

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Michael Bloomberg launches Democratic presidential bid

Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the world’s richest men, has formally launched a Democratic bid for president. Ending weeks of speculation, the 77-year-old former Republican announced his candidacy Sunday in a written statement posted on a campaign website describing himself as uniquely positioned to defeat President Donald Trump. He will quickly follow with a massive advertising campaign blanketing airways in key primary states across the U.S. (AP)

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The case against Catherine Pugh: Her ‘Healthy Holly’ problem wasn’t sloppy bookkeeping. It was corruption.

When the scandal involving then-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s self-published children’s books broke last spring, she was adamant she had done nothing wrong. Any issues concerning her little-known side business selling the clumsily edited “Healthy Holly” series could be explained by sloppiness, not corruption, she argued. (Balt. Sun)

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