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May 13, 2019

Rosenstein strikes back at Comey, addresses UB law grads

On his first day in the ranks of the unemployed, former Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein gave the keynote address at the University of Baltimore School of Law’s commencement ceremony Monday in which he offered graduates advice on launching their legal careers. Hours later, Rosenstein gave a far different speech before an audience of […]

Apr 19, 2019

Trump blasts ex-advisers who say he tried to stop Mueller

WASHINGTON — A day after celebrating the release of the Mueller report as “a good day,” President Donald Trump struck a defiant tone Friday, unleashing tweets saying claims in the report by former administration officials that he tried numerous times to stop or influence the probe were “total bullshit.” According to the 448-page report released […]

Apr 1, 2019

Pugh takes leave of absence as controversy mounts

ANNAPOLIS — Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is taking an indefinite leave of absence starting Tuesday to recover from pneumonia, according to an announcement Monday from her office. She is stepping down amidst a controversy over her financial dealings revolving around her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s book series. City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, as mandated [...]

Apr 1, 2019

Official: Trump team overruled 25 security clearance denials

WASHINGTON (AP) — A career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Donald Trump’s administration were granted security clearances despite “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds, such as concerns about foreign influence, drug use and criminal conduct. Tricia Newbold, an 18-year government employee who oversees the issuance of clearance[...]

Mar 25, 2019

Taking the dread out of attorney performance reviews

The traditional annual performance review may be giving way to different feedback mechanisms, as some law firms move to systems that allow for more immediate and meaningful discussions about performance and goals. While software programs can track performance appraisals, goal-setting and compensation, the trend to make performance management more personal is gaining steam – thanks, […]

Mar 1, 2019

Southwest sues mechanics union, alleges deliberate slowdowns

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines has raised the stakes in a showdown with its union of aircraft mechanics by filing a lawsuit over what it claims is an illegal work slowdown that is grounding planes and disrupting flights. It is Southwest’s second lawsuit in three years against the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association and the result of […]

Feb 25, 2019

On ‘gun day,’ legislators and interest groups find time at a premium

Members of a pro-Second Amendment group expressed concern that a compressed schedule of hearings on proposed gun control bills will leave little time for opponents and supporters to testify. The House Judiciary Committee Monday scheduled 10 hours of hearings on 19 bills on what is being referred to as “gun day.” The concern by opponents of […]

Feb 22, 2019

House passes bill decriminalizing attempted suicide

ANNAPOLIS – The House of Delegates on Friday passed legislation to decriminalize attempted suicide. With the House’s 103-38 vote, attention now shifts to the Senate, where the Judicial Proceedings Committee is considering similar legislation. Del. David Moon and Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher, Montgomery County Democrats and chief sponsors of the decriminalization legislation, have said a suicide [&h[...]

Feb 20, 2019

Trump’s emergency declaration faces lengthy court battle

WASHINGTON — The legal battle over President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to pay for a border wall is a fight that could explore sweeping constitutional questions as judges decide how much­ deference to give presidential power and what — if any — evidence Trump needs to support his assertions of a dire […]

Feb 19, 2019

Justices reject Frosh’s bid to save generic drugs law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rang a death knell for a Maryland law aimed at preventing unwarranted price increases of generic drugs. The justices let stand without comment a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the state’s effort to regulate generic drug transactions occurring outside the state violates the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. […]

Feb 18, 2019

Md., 15 other states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has joined the attorneys general of California and 14 other states in a lawsuit filed Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump administration’s […]

Feb 13, 2019

Ginsburg’s illness puts spotlight on long-term court absences

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a month of Supreme Court arguments as she recovers from lung cancer surgery. But she is not the first justice to be away for a while and her absence hardly compares with those of some of her predecessors. The day before the Supreme Court began its term […]

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