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Thursday, March 12, 2020

All Public Gatherings In State House Canceled

This is to inform you that in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Senate President has issued an order that all public gatherings in the State House be canceled from this point forward. This will include my “Evening in Annapolis” that was scheduled for Monday, March 16th.
Thank you to all of you who took the time to RSVP and planned to attend. I will continue to make updates on my Facebook page as necessary, and encourage you to email me at jb.jennings@senate.state.md.us should you have any questions or concerns.

I hope to see you at next year’s event!
Maryland General Assembly | 423 James Senate Office Bldg, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD

White House: California pension fund subsidizing Chinese plans to 'overmatch' US military

American investors are bankrolling China’s plan to drive the U.S. military from the Indo-Pacific region and risking their own retirement funds in the process, according to one of President Trump’s top advisers.

“Why are we sending American capital to a country and supporting a defense industry that's popping out a couple destroyers and frigates a month and threatening to have total overmatch against us in the Pacific?” White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Wednesday at an event in Washington. "I don't see why we should be underwriting the Chinese defense industry.”

O’Brien singled out the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the largest retirement fund in the country, for a special warning that its investment decisions could harm both retirees in particular and U.S. national security in general.

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PGA Tour bans fans from remainder of 2020 Players Championship, future events due to coronavirus

If you're at Round 1 of the 2020 Players Championship, soak it in because it's going to be the last live golf anyone fans see in person on the PGA Tour for a while. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced on Thursday that the rest of the Players Championship -- Rounds 2-4 set to take place Friday through Sunday -- will be played without fans in attendance because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"With that as pretext, at this point in time, PGA Tour events -- across all Tours -- will currently proceed as scheduled, but will do so without fans. This policy starts at The Players Championship [Friday] and continues through the Valero Texas Open. It's important to note, that could change, but for the time being, this decision allows the PGA Tour, our fans and constituents to plan, prepare and respond as events develop."

As Monahan announced, future PGA Tour events will also be held without fans in attendance with the the ban remaining in place through the Texas Open, which ends on Sunday, April 5. The PGA Tour is also postponing the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship due to international travel restrictions.

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Hunter Biden reaches settlement in child support case after requested delay denied

Hunter Biden reached a deal with an Arkansas woman who was seeking financial support for their child.

Biden was supposed to travel to the state this week for a deposition in the paternity case but has repeatedly sought to delay the case, most recently citing travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus and the looming due date of his pregnant wife.

"Late last night, after the court entered the order, we reached a global, final settlement of all issues," a lawyer for Lunden Alexis Roberts wrote in an email late Tuesday to the judge.

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Chicago cancels St Patrick's Day parade just a day after Boston halted their festivities amid coronavirus concerns

Chicago's mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced the cancellation of the city's St Patrick's Day parade amid coronavirus concerns.

According to the parade's website, the river dyeing has also been canceled for Saturday. No other details were released.

Chicago doesn't have any confirmed corornavirus cases, but the state of Illinois has 19.

The mayor's announcement comes just a day after Boston canceled their St Patrick's Day parade.

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150,000 immigrants from 72 nations with coronavirus stopped at border

Some 150,000 illegal immigrants from 72 nations with cases of the coronavirus have been apprehended or deemed inadmissible from entering the United States since November, raising the ongoing border crisis to a potential public health threat, according to officials.

New figures provided to Secrets show that over half of the nearly 300,000 illegal immigrants apprehended or deemed “inadmissible” this fiscal year came from nations with cases of the coronavirus, including China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea.

The administration has been bracing for a federal court decision that would junk its “remain in Mexico” policy and open the doors on the southwest border. But the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday put that on hold as legal arguments on both sides continue in the liberal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which oversees Arizona and California.

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'Got married!': Ilhan Omar reveals marriage to her fundraising chief

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar revealed she married her fundraising chief Tim Mynett.

In a nighttime social media post, Omar made the announcement with a black-and-white picture of the two, adding the caption, "Got married! From partners in politics to life partners, so blessed. Alhamdulillah." Fellow "squad" member and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib responded to the post on social media, writing, "Alf Mabrook sis. So happy for you."

Omar, 38, married Mynett earlier this week at an undisclosed location, according to the Daily Mail.

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Media That Hypes Everything As A Crisis Shocked That No One Listens When Actual Crisis Arrives

U.S.—The media that has hyped literally everything as the end of the world is shocked that people aren't taking them seriously when they are telling us how serious Coronavirus is.

While Coronavirus looks as though it could actually be a real crisis, Americans' response has generally been, "Meh!" or "Yeah, sure, OK, a world-ending crisis that could end millions of lives. Been there, done that."

The news outlets that said millions would die from Trump, the Kavanaugh nomination, tax cuts, the end of net neutrality, and hundreds of other things over the past few years are extremely worried that people are remaining apathetic in the face of the looming repercussions from the pandemic.

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'Take dramatic action': AOC calls for universal basic income as response to coronavirus

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for new economic responses to the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, including universal basic income.

"This is not the time for half measures. We need to take dramatic action now to stave off the worst public health & economic affects," the New York Democrat tweeted on Thursday morning. "That includes making moves on paid leave, debt relief, waiving work req’s, guaranteeing healthcare, UBI, detention relief (pretrial, elderly, imm)."

The freshman congresswoman's message was a follow-up to a proposal she made on Wednesday night, which included "no-strings UBI programs" and universal healthcare.

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Wicomico Civic Center events continue to proceed as scheduled; Venue continuing to monitor COVID-19 situation

Wicomico Civic Center events continue to proceed as scheduled

Venue continuing to monitor COVID-19 situation

 

SALISBURY, Md. - Wicomico Civic Center officials are monitoring updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and events at the venue are proceeding as planned.

The venue’s decision to proceed with scheduled shows and events was guided by the Wicomico County Health Department and the Department of Emergency Services.

As of Thursday morning, there are no reported cases of coronavirus in Wicomico County.

“The safety and health of our guests, staff and community remains our top priority,” said Civic Center Manager Katie Rouse. “After consulting with our local health department and emergency services officials, we feel comfortable proceeding with the events scheduled at the venue.”

The Civic Center has increased efforts to prevent the spread of germs per the CDC’s recommendations, including:
·         Educating staff on preventative measures
·         Increased levels of cleaning and sanitation, particularly at touch points such as doorknobs, railings, etc.
·         Increased signage in public spaces and restrooms with CDC information/preventative information
·         Precautionary steps such as staff wearing gloves where appropriate

Guests are encouraged to practice everyday preventative actions recommended by the CDC, including:
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect

Individuals can learn more about preventative measures at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.

Decisions made by officials are fluid and can be changed at any point. The Civic Center will continue to monitor the situation through regular updates from the CDC and the Wicomico County Health Department. Any updates will be shared with the press, as well as posted to the venue’s website (www.WicomicoCivicCenter.org) and social media outlets.

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Maryland State Police To Increase Patrols Approaching St. Patrick’s Day


(PIKESVILLE, MD) – With St. Patrick’s Day coming up Tuesday, March 17, Maryland State Police remind those who are planning to celebrate with alcohol to keep safety in mind and avoid impaired, distracted and aggressive driving.

Holidays can see an increase in the number of impaired drivers across the state. Maryland State Police will conduct saturation patrols at each of the 23 barracks, focusing on impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers, starting this weekend. Enforcement will be bolstered by impaired driving saturation patrol funds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office.

Initiatives include saturation patrols, especially in areas known to have a higher number of DUI crashes or arrests and sobriety checkpoints which will be conducted in locations where experience indicates they are most appropriate. Additional troopers will be assigned as needed. During last year’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, 2019, state police made 134 DUI arrests, 29 criminal arrests, and 33 drug-related arrests. Troopers also issued 1,001 speeding citations, 102 seat belt citations and 3,059 other citations.

The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort Team, otherwise known as the SPIDRE team, will also be out on patrol this weekend. Since its inception in May 2013, the SPIDRE team has more than 2,900 DUI arrests, 130 criminal arrests, and nearly 9,000 traffic stops while also issuing close to 20,000 citations and about 4,500 warnings. The goal of the SPIDRE team is to focus on reducing alcohol-related crashes in Maryland by targeting areas across the state with high crash rates involving impaired drivers.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, 485 people died on Maryland’s roads and roughly one-third of those involved impaired driving in 2018. Impaired drivers injured 3,000 people in 2018. A majority of these deaths and injuries were preventable.

If you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day gathering:
  • Designate your sober driver in advance and give that person your car keys.
  • If you’re planning on driving, avoid drinking.
  • Consider using public transportation, call a taxi or use a ride-share service if you don’t have a sober driver.
  • Don’t let a friend drive if you think they are impaired.
  • If you see someone who you believe is driving impaired, call police.
  • Always buckle up.
  • Don’t text, use a cellphone that is not hands-free or drive distracted.
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day gathering:
  • Remember, you can be held liable if someone you served alcohol to ends up in an impaired-driving crash.
  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Ensure sober drivers or alternative modes of transportation are set up in advance for guests who are planning to drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Have contact information for local taxi companies readily available.
  • Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving impaired.

Comptroller Franchot Discusses Latest Revenue Estimates

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Projections unchanged as impact of COVID-19 pandemic looms over state, national economy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 12, 2020) - The Board of Revenue Estimates voted today to maintain the revenue projections for Fiscal Year 2020 and 2021 that were approved by the three-member panel in December 2019. The projections remain at $18.7 billion for Fiscal Year 2020 and $19.2 billion for Fiscal Year 2021.
Comptroller Franchot noted that the projections "are meant to serve as a placeholder as we await to learn the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on our country and our state."
Following are the Comptroller's full remarks, as prepared for delivery:
"Like all Marylanders, I am deeply concerned by the economic and fiscal implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
"Without question, this is an unprecedented and highly volatile situation, and each and every day, entities within the public and private sectors make adjustments that impact our financial markets, consumer behavior and our way of life.
"Obviously, we don’t know how long this pandemic will last, or how much worse it will get, so at this point, it’s not possible to assess the full economic impact of this pandemic on our state.
"What we do know is that it will be significant, if not historic.
"Our small businesses, which are the backbone of our state’s economy, will feel the impact.
"The Port of Baltimore, BWI Marshall Airport, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins and our federal installations will all continue to be impacted.
"And many other segments of our state’s economy will be impacted and disrupted.
"But, we’ll get through this.
"The Governor and the General Assembly are working collaboratively to enact policies to support Marylanders as we continue to weather this period of economic and fiscal uncertainty.
"And, what’s more, Maryland has strong economic bones.
"We’ve weathered countless storms before, literally and figuratively.
"I was in my second year as Comptroller back in 2008, when our financial system nearly collapsed, and yes, we had to make very difficult and painful decisions, but we got through it.
"And I’m confident we’ll get through this one as well.
"But, those of us entrusted with the fiduciary responsibilities over Marylanders’ hard-earned tax dollars must be smart.
"Policymakers cannot live in a bubble, and to be more blunt, now is not the time to impose new costs and an even greater economic burden on taxpayers and small businesses.
"This is not a partisan issue. This is simply sound economic and fiscal policy.
"The last thing that Maryland families want or need now, in this heightened period of panic and economic uncertainty, is to see headlines about new tax or fee increases.
"That will do nothing to stabilize Maryland’s economic tremors.
"In all probability, it will make a bad situation considerably worse.
"For over a decade now, I’ve been banging the drum and sounding the alarm about the need for our state to shore up our reserves to get us through the economic and fiscal downturns that may come our way in the future.
"As I’ve said in the past, the United States of America, having experienced the longest economic expansion since the Great Depression, cannot defy the laws of economic gravity.
"What goes up must come down.
"And, as I said earlier, I don’t know the gravity of the impact that this pandemic will have.
"But certainly, in the days and weeks ahead, a plethora of potential options to mitigate this pandemic should be considered, including the closure of schools, the Port of Baltimore and our airports.
"We’re going to need to make sure that every Marylander is tested for COVID-19, just like what’s taking place in South Korea, which has proven to reduce the spread of the virus and lower fatality rates.
"These will, undoubtedly, have an immeasurable impact on our economic and fiscal health, which underscore the gravity and the historic nature of this pandemic and what it could do to our state."

Troopers Arrest Delmar Woman for Assault-Seaford

Seaford– The Delaware State Police have arrested 33-year-old Jessica L. Annette for assault and related charges.
The incident occurred on March 7, 2020 at approximately 3:02 a.m., when Troopers were dispatched to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for a report of a subject that had been assaulted.  Upon arrival, Troopers met with a 31-year-old male from Seaford, DE.  The victim advised that an acquaintance of his, Jessica Annette, had responded to his residence on Nylon Avenue, Seaford, when a confrontation ensued.  The victim saw that Annette was holding a large knife when she proceeded to strike him in the leg.  Annette then raised the knife and struck the victim a second time, causing injury.  The victim was privately transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.
On March 11, 2020 Annette was taken into custody at her residence on Magnolia Drive, Delmar, without incident and transported back to Troop 5 where she was charged with the following:
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
  •  Assault Second Degree
  • Aggravated Menacing
Annette was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $27000.00 secured bond.
If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

MD Comptroller Branch Offices Closed; Taxpayer Assistance Available Via Email and Phone

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MD Comptroller Branch Offices Closed; Taxpayer Assistance Available Via Email and Phone

Taxpayers may experience longer response times

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 12, 2020) - Per Executive Order by Governor Larry Hogan, the State of Maryland government is now operating at Elevated Level II, which mandates nonessential employee telework for state employees and closure of state office buildings to the public. As of tomorrow, Friday, March 13, all branch offices of the Office of the Maryland Comptroller will be closed to the public.
Beginning Monday, March 16, the Comptroller’s Office will have a limited number of essential, mission critical personnel available to answer taxpayer calls, process tax returns, issue refunds, process unclaimed property claims, and process state employee payroll and vendor payments.
Taxpayers are urged to email questions to taxhelp@marylandtaxes.gov; if that option isn’t possible, call 1-800-MD-TAXES. Maryland taxpayers may experience longer call wait times, responses to tax questions and tax return processing times.
Updates to this announcement will be shared with the media and taxpayers

Governor Hogan's Press Conference Today

Maryland confirms community spread

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Thursday that state officials had confirmed the first case of community spread of the coronavirus, warning that further transmission in communities immediately adjacent to the nation's capital were inevitable.

At a press conference in Annapolis, Hogan said health officials had identified a case in Prince George's County, in a man who had not traveled out of state.

Hogan raised the state's emergency activation system to its highest level, activating the National Guard in an effort to battle the virus. He signed an order prohibiting gatherings and events of more than 250 people, and an order closing the cruise ship terminal at the Port of Baltimore.

Karen Salmon, Maryland's Superintendent of Schools, said that all public schools in the state would be closed for two weeks beginning on Monday.

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Census 2020

The United States Census Bureau has announced that effective, March 11th, the website for completing the Census, www.my2020census.gov<http://www.my2020census.gov> is now online and available to complete. The Census is a decennial occurrence in the United States to get a complete count of all citizens. The Salisbury-Wicomico Complete Count Committee have been promoting the Census in Wicomico County since forming in Spring 2019, their goal is to #MakeWicomicoCount! More information about the Complete Count Committee efforts and events can be found at: www.facebook.com/sbywicomicocensus<;

http://www.facebook.com/sbywicomicocensus> or contact the Wicomico County Department of Planning, Zoning, and Community Development at 410-548-4860.

'Nothing the haters can do about it': Math-flubbing New York Times editorial board member blames criticism on racism

A New York Times editor attributed the fallout from her mathematical gaffe on MSNBC to racism in a recent op-ed.

Mara Gay, a member of the New York Times editorial board, mistakenly claimed last week that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg could have given a million dollars to every American with the $500 million he spent on his abortive presidential campaign. “Somebody tweeted recently that, actually, with the money he spent, he could have given every American a million dollars," Gay said.

“It’s an incredible way of putting it. It’s true. It’s disturbing. It does suggest what we’re talking about here: There is too much money in politics," she later added.

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ABC's "Shark Tank" to feature local female farmer March 27

BRIDGEVILLE, Del. — The Frozen Farmer’s Katey Evans dives into the tank on the 11th season of “Shark Tank” to pitch a full line of super premium ice cream, dairy-free, gluten-free, and fat-free sorbet, along with “nice cream,” a unique blend of ice cream and sorbet.

“Ever since we opened The Frozen Farmer four years ago, our customers have suggested we pitch our business to “Shark Tank,” said Evans, co-founder of The Frozen Farmer. She followed the advice after Bethenny Frankel, founder of Skinnygirl lifestyle brand, sent a video encouraging her to reach out to the show. Evans attended an open casting call and learned that she had been selected.

The show gives budding entrepreneurs a chance to bring their dreams to fruition. “We landed a spot because the show producers saw the value and quality of our products and flavors,” Evans said. “It’s been a really exciting year going through the casting and filming process.”

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President Trump bans travel from Europe to US for 30 days

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says all travel from Europe to the United States will be suspended for 30 days amid the coronavirus pandemic, with some notable exceptions for legal permanent residents and U.S. family members.

Trump said he is suspending all travel from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days beginning Friday. Trump made the announcement Wednesday in an Oval Office address to the nation, blaming the European Union for not acting quickly enough to address the novel coronavirus and saying U.S. clusters were “seeded” by European travelers.

Trump said the restrictions won’t apply to the United Kingdom, and there would be exemptions for “Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings.” He said the U.S. would monitor the situation to determine if travel could be reopened earlier.

Trump said “we are marshaling the full power” of the government and private sector to protect the American people.

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NCAA hoops tournaments will be played without fans

The NCAA made the unprecedented decision Wednesday to hold its men's and women's basketball tournaments without fans because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

"While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States," NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. "This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed."

Emmert told The Associated Press that canceling was considered.

"We recognize our tournaments bring people from all around the country together," Emmert told The AP in a phone interview. "They're not just regional events. They're big national events. It's a very, very hard decision for all the obvious reasons."

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Governor Hogan Statement Regarding First Case of COVID-19 Community Transmission in Maryland

From the Office of Governor Larry Hogan

Will Speak at 4:00 P.M. to Announce Major Actions to Protect Public Health and Limit Spread of Coronavirus Pandemic

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced the first case of community transmission of COVID-19 in Maryland. The patient, whose case was first announced last night, is a Prince George’s County resident who had no known exposure to coronavirus through travel or an infected individual.

Governor Hogan will speak at 4:00 p.m. at the State House to announce major actions that the state is taking to protect public health.

“The first case of COV-19 community transmission in Maryland means we are entering a new phase of working to mitigate and limit the spread of this pandemic,” said Governor Hogan. “What we are seeing now is what we have been anticipating and preparing for over the last several weeks. Later today, I will be announcing to Marylanders major actions we are taking to protect public health and safety.”

The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. The State of Maryland is continuing to operate under a state of emergency, and all levels of government are taking a comprehensive approach to keep Marylanders safe. To date, there are 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland. The list of ongoing state actions is available at governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus.

For health resources regarding COVID-19, including case counts and clinician guidance, Marylanders should visit health.maryland.gov/coronavirus.
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Maryland receiving over $10 million to help support coronavirus response

MARYLAND — Maryland will be receiving over $10 million from the CDC to help support coronavirus response.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide resources to state and local jurisdictions in support of the nation's response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

"Our state, local, tribal and territorial public health partners are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. The action we are taking today will continue to support their efforts to increase public health capacity where it's needed most," said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. "These funds will allow public health leaders to implement critical steps necessary to contain and mitigate spread of the virus in communities across the country."

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Local lawmakers pass bill to increase the legal amount of marijuana possession

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A bill was passed in the Maryland House of Delegates that will increase the threshold of what is considered a civil penalty of marijuana possession.

According to HB 550, marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute will increase the legal amount of marijuana possession from 10 grams to 1 ounce.

The aim is to ensure that a person may not be charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance based solely on the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

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JOHN SOLOMON: Newly Declassified Memos Show FBI’s Russia Collusion Case Fell Apart in First Month of Trump Presidency

The FBI’s Russia collusion case fell apart within the first couple weeks of Trump’s presidency, yet Mueller accepted his appointment as special counsel and continued his $35 million witch hunt anyway.

According to award-winning investigative journalist John Solomon, Mueller was aware that in early 2017 there was no Russian collusion yet he pressed on and forced Trump’s associates to plead guilty to unrelated process crimes.

According to declassified memos, the Steele dossier was debunked in January of 2017 and the idea that General Mike Flynn was a Russian asset was also ruled out at the same time.

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Chelsea Manning attempts suicide in her jail cell and is resuscitated by guards following her refusal to testify before grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning attempted suicide inside her Virginia jail cell and was resuscitated by prison guards, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

Sources said Manning – who has been held in custody since May for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and Julian Assange – tried to hang herself with a sheet inside Alexandra Detention Center.

The 31-year-old still had a pulse when she was found at around 1pm, however, and DailyMail.com understands she was still breathing while en route to the hospital.

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Amazon customers are horrified to discover face masks labeled as 'Based in USA' were actually made in WUHAN - the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak

Amazon customers are furious after discovering face masks labeled as 'Based in USA' were actually made in Wuhan, China - the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

A listing on Amazon's website for 50-count pack of masks has been flooded with dozens one-star reviews from people who purchased them thinking that they were American-made.

The photo in the listing features an American flag and the words 'Based in USA'.

But the label on the product itself - which is not shown in the listing - indicates that it was manufactured by the Wuhan Orient Honest International Trade Co in Wuhan.

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The Mad Fish Bar/Restaurant Is Coming Down


After a massive fire last August and no real chance to repair, Mad Fish was sold for redevelopment. The new building will be smaller but will now set back almost 30 feet from the bulkhead.

U. of Dayton Students Riot After Being Told to Leave Campus over Coronavirus Fears

At least 1,000 students at the University of Dayton broke out in a riot after being told to leave campus over the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. The crowd became so violent that police wore riot gear when responding to the chaos.

According to a local news report, students at the University of Dayton rioted at the center of campus on Tuesday evening after they were told that they would have to leave campus as a precaution against the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

Local police officers were forced to equip riot gear when responding to the student protest. A video from the riot posted to Twitter shows students lining a small residential street as riot police sprayed tear gas.

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CA Gun Sales Surge for Asian Americans Fearing Attacks over Corona Virus

California gun sales are surging as Asian Americans arm up to defend themselves, should they be targeted by people angry over the existence of the Corona virus.

CBS LA reports that gun stores in San Gabriel Valley are seeing gun sales skyrocket. Stores such as Arcadia Firearm & Safety are seeing “10 times” as many customers as usual, and store owner David Liu says it is because of fears caused by the Corona virus.

He said, “Because of Corona virus, a lot of people start to worry.” But he added, “If you’re prepared, you’re not afraid.”

The area is home to a large population of Asian Americans, many of whom are now seeking a firearm in order to be able to defend themselves in the event of an attack.

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOLDS COVID-19 COMMUNITY MEETING & OPENS CALL CENTER

(March 12, 2020, Salisbury, MDIn partnership with Wicomico County Department of Emergency Services, the Wicomico County Health Department held a community partners meeting about the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The meeting covered general information on COVID-19, the health department’s initiatives to promote public awareness, and community partners’ contingency plans. Community partners included:
·         Anchorage Health (CommuniCare)
·         City of Salisbury
·         Deer’s Head Hospital Center
·         Department of Social Services
·         Emergency Management Services
·         Encompass Health
·         Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)
·         Peninsula Regional Medical Center
·         Salisbury Fire Department
·         Salisbury University
·         Wicomico County Board of Education
·         Wicomico County Board of Elections
·         Wicomico County Public Schools
·         Wicomico Nursing Home
·         Wicomico Public Library
·         Wor-Wic Community College
The Wicomico County Health Department continues to work closely with the community to prepare for possible COVID-19 cases on the Eastern Shore. Starting March 12, 2020, the health department will open a call center for general information on COVID-19 as well as information for local physicians. Physicians and residents can contact the call center at (410) 341-4600 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
                For more information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov or the Maryland Department of Health at www.health.maryland.gov. The Wicomico County Health Department will continue to share COVID-19 updates on www.wicomicohealth.org, Facebook, Instagram (WicomicoHealth) or Twitter (@WicomicoHealth).  

Over 600 Alleged Members of Mexican Cartel Arrested Thanks to Trump Executive Order

Over 600 alleged members of Mexico’s Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) have been arrested in the last six months thanks to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in 2017.

The crackdown effort, named “Project Python,” is an interagency operation to take a tougher stance against Mexican cartels by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The effort has lead to 600 arrests, 350 indictments and “significant seizures of money and drugs” over the past few months.

The cartel, according to the DOJ, has been active in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Houston and Atlanta.

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2 American Soldiers Killed in Rocket Attack on Base in Iraq: Official

Iraqi authorities confirmed that 10 rockets fired at Camp Taji near Baghdad, which houses U.S. troops.

U.S. Central Command spokesman Capt. William Urban confirmed to news outlets on Wednesday that two American service members and another coalition service member were killed in the attack.

“Ten Katyusha rockets landed inside the Camp Taji, without losses,” said Iraqi military officials on Wednesday, referring to the type Russian-made missiles that are often used by Iran-backed paramilitary forces in the country.

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House Republicans Celebrate Passage of Good Teacher Protection Act

Key Piece of Minority Caucus' Education Package

ANNAPOLIS, MD – House Republicans are praising the passage of House Bill 802, the Good Teacher Protection Act, which received a final vote in the House of Delegates earlier today.

"The Good Teacher Protection Act is a key piece of the Minority Caucus' Education Package," said House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga. "This bill provides the necessary protections for teachers taking reasonable actions to keep their classrooms and their students safe. I applaud Delegate Dan Cox's hard work bringing this bill forward and garnering the bipartisan support to get the bill passed."

The bill provides civil immunity for teachers taking reasonable actions to stop violence in their classrooms.

"I am very glad to see the Maryland House support our bill to protect teachers and local boards of education from frivolous lawsuits when they simply seek to return order to the classroom", said Delegate Cox. "Without a peaceful learning environment our kids will not be able to compete in the growing economy and lead prosperous lives."

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