House to vote on holding Barr, McGahn in contempt next week

A top Democrat announced Monday that the House will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement that the Trump administration’s “systematic refusal to provide Congress with answers and cooperate with Congressional subpoenas is the biggest cover-up in American history, and Congress has a responsibility to provide oversight on behalf of the American people.” (Daily Record)

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"The nation is watching" Virginia governor orders special session on gun control after Virginia Beach shootings

 

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday ordered a special legislative session to address gun violence, four days after a public works employee killed 12 people in a  shooting rampage at a municipal building in Virginia Beach. "The nation is watching," Northam said at a new conference. "We must do more than give our thoughts and prayers. We must give Virginians the action they deserve." (Delmarva)

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Fed is prepared to act to save U.S. economy from trade war, Powell says

The Federal Reserve signaled Tuesday that it is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep the U.S. economy on solid footing, including taking action to alleviate the harm from President Trump’s trade war. Fed Chair Jerome H. Powell said the central bank is watching the situation closely and will take any “appropriate” action. “We are closely monitoring the implications of these developments for the U.S. economic outlook, and, as always, we will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion,” Powell said Tuesday at a conference in Chicago. (Wash. Post)

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How a Hogan Went Rogue in a Bid to Oust His Party’s President

Only one congressional Republican has publicly called for President Trump’s impeachment, enraging his colleagues and invoking the wrath of the president by offering the campaign to boot Trump the stamp of bipartisanship. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) isn’t the first congressman in history to publicly call for the ouster of his party’s president in the heat of an impeachment debate. One of the most famous was Rep. Lawrence J. Hogan Sr. —  a Maryland Republican and the current governor’s father, who turned on President Nixon during the 1974 House impeachment proceedings. (Md. Matters)

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has no interest in Senate run but is open to 2024 presidential run

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday that he’s open to considering a presidential campaign in 2024, after his term ends — but ruled out running for the U.S. Senate. Hogan, a popular Republican governor in his second term governing a blue state, announced Saturday that he would not challenge President Donald Trump in next year’s GOP primary. “I’m not going to say I won’t run in the future,” Hogan said of a presidential run in an interview. ”A lot of people are talking to me about 2024 being a possibility. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel County Council nominates first openly transgender woman to library board

The Anne Arundel County Council made history Monday with its unanimous vote to nominate Deirdre Hendrick to the county library board of trustees. Hendrick could become the first openly transgender member of the board. The Cape St. Claire resident still has to be approved by the Anne Arundel County Public Library Board of Trustees. That decision is expected to take place June 20. If appointed, Hendrick would serve a three-year term. (Balt. Sun)

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Melissa Hyatt confirmed unanimously as Baltimore County police chief; she's first woman to lead the department

The Baltimore County Council voted unanimously Monday night to confirm Melissa Hyatt as the next county police chief, making her the first woman to lead the department. Hyatt, 43, a veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, is scheduled to start the job June 17. She will replace Chief Terrence Sheridan, who is retiring. “I understand the unwavering need to work to strengthen public trust, build relationships with the community, and have strong, open lines of communication,” Hyatt told the council. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City Council leaders give police commissioner five days to deliver a crime plan

Baltimore City Council leaders called on the police commissioner to author a crime plan by the beginning of a budget hearing Friday evening. Council President Brandon Scott and Budget Committee Chairman Eric Costello made the request in a letter to Commissioner Michael Harrison on Monday.  “This is critically urgent,” they wrote. “As summer is upon us, Baltimore City can ill afford a police department that lacks a strategic approach to combating violent crime.” In an interview, Scott said he doesn’t know if the department already has a written plan. (Balt. Sun) 

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