Leana Wen, former Baltimore health commissioner, removed as Planned Parenthood CEO

Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s former health commissioner, was removed Tuesday as the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood. She said she has “philosophical differences” with its board of directors and its decision to “double down on abortion rights advocacy.” Wen had left her Baltimore post in October to become Planned Parenthood’s sixth president. In a Twitter statement, she said the organization’s board of directors “ended my employment at a secret meeting.” (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland’s highest court rules state can trump counties in deciding where solar, wind projects can go

Maryland’s highest court has affirmed that state utility regulators have the power to trump the objections of county governments to solar and wind energy projects, appearing to settle an issue that has stalled renewable energy development in rural parts of the state. The Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that under state law, the Public Service Commission is “the ultimate decision-maker” in approving power plant projects. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. Dems Vote to Condemn Trump’s Racist Remarks Toward Congresswomen

The U.S. House on Tuesday night voted largely along partisan lines to approve a resolution that condemns President Trump’s “racist comments directed at Members of Congress.” The resolution passed the chamber by a vote of 240-187, with four Republicans and one independent joining their Democratic colleagues in publicly condemning Trump after he suggested that four Democratic congresswomen “go back” to the “places from which they came.” (Md. Matters)

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Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court’s leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens stood for the freedom and dignity of individuals, be they students or immigrants or prisoners. He acted to limit the death penalty, squelch official prayer in schools, establish gay rights, promote racial equality and preserve legal abortion. He protected the rights of crime suspects and illegal immigrants facing deportation. (Star Dem.)

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Carlmichael ‘Stokey’ Cannady announces run for Baltimore mayor

Baltimore activist Carlmichael “Stokey” Cannady announced Tuesday his run for city mayor, pledging to represent those who feel “overlooked, ignored and unheard," according to a release. Cannady, 49, has built a reputation as an anti-violence advocate and mediator since his release from federal prison following a sentence for drug dealing. He does marketing work for Shoe City, a local shoe seller that hosts anti-violence events. He is entering the race as a Democrat. (Balt. Sun)

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Free-speech challenge to abuse-reporting law reaches justices

A 32-year-old Maryland law requiring state residents to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement violates the free-speech rights of Marylanders, a defense attorney has argued in appealing a first-degree murder conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. In papers filed with the justices, attorney Erin Murphy said the government’s reporting requirement compels speech in violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment. “Freedom of speech, embodied by the First Amendment, includes the right not to speak,” Murphy wrote in her request for Supreme Court review. “Freedom of speech prohibits the government from telling people what they must say.” (Daily Record)

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President Trump Refuses To Walk Back Attacks On Freshmen Democrats As Calls For Impeachment Grow

President Donald Trump is not backing down from his attacks on several female lawmakers as House Democrats call for his impeachment. “The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, & yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party. Horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist & public shouting of the F...word, among many other terrible things, and the petrified Dems run for the hills. Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. (WBAL)

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Baltimore’s mayor, out of town one-fifth of the time, is back from Las Vegas today

When Sgt. Bill Shiflett emerged yesterday from emergency surgery at Shock Trauma after being credited with helping stop a mass shooting at a methadone clinic, he was not greeted by Baltimore’s mayor, as is customary following a major crime incident. Nor was Bernard C. “Jack” Young around over the weekend when mass arrests of undocumented immigrants by ICE agents were expected to take place in many American cities, including Baltimore. (Brew)

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