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HYATTSVILLE – Jonathan Hernandez, 22, walked inside a Langley Park apartment building on Jan. 23 with a group of canvassers, ready to talk to local residents about the 2020 U.S. Census. The downtown Silver Spring resident could recall being a young child in 2010 and seeing his mother struggling to look at the questionnaire pages. […]

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SILVER SPRING – Amanda Barry-Moilanen of Wheaton is scared that a Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule allowing its grant recipients to discriminate, would result in fewer children ever being adopted. On Nov. 1, the Trump administration published a notice that it intends only to comply with explicitly spelled out U.S. Supreme […]

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POTOMAC – About 250 members of the Jewish community listened as federal, state and county politicians pledged to fight hate-based crimes and beef up security at religious institutions during the fourth annual Schmooze and Nosh Legislative Breakfast on Dec. 5. The two-hour event was held at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac and sponsored by the […]

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By Dan Novak and Gabrielle Wanneh Capital News Service WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump abused his power by withholding military aid to Ukraine and a White House meeting to get that nation to probe political rival Joe Biden and 2016 election meddling, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee said in a report released on Dec. […]

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SILVER SPRING – After six months of monitoring the Afghanistan army, Maryland Sen. Will Smith (D-20) recently returned home and is striving to catch up on legislative work in Annapolis. Smith was first elected at the end of 2016. He replaced Jamie Raskin, who then became a U.S. congressman. As a member of the Navy […]

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By Dan Novak Capital News Service WASHINGTON – The military’s medical school in Bethesda has been targeted by the Defense Department for significant budget cuts that could force the closure of the university, officials say. As a part of a Pentagon-wide review of “time, money, and manpower that can be re-allocated to our highest priorities,” […]

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GAITHERSBURG — Maryland Congressman David Trone (D-9) appeared with U.S House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Nov. 17 to urge voters to support his campaign and fellow Democrats in the coming election year. The two held a spaghetti dinner at Gaithersburg High School for which attendees bought tickets. “I’ve worked tirelessly with Speaker Pelosi […]

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ROCKVILLE – The United States Department of State recently installed a county native and longtime foreign service member as an ambassador. Back in April, President Donald J. Trump (R) appointed Silver Spring resident John L. Carwile, 61, to be an ambassador for the U.S. to the Republic of Latvia. His installation occurred on Oct. 28. […]

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SILVER SPRING – The City of Gaithersburg, Baltimore City, Maryland Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-18) and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) request to make it harder for immigrants to qualify for permanent legal residence if they receive any government assistance. The federal […]

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By Ayana Archie Capital News Service WASHINGTON – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a repair backlog of $1.5 billion at its Bethesda facility, and some help may be coming from Congress, where Maryland lawmakers have urged increased spending for the agency. An Aug. 26 study by the National Academy of Sciences estimated repair […]

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By Elliott Davis Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS — Just in time for the Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, religious institutions across Maryland recently received grants toward security improvements, and a majority of the recipients are synagogues. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency announced last month $1.7 million in federal Non-Profit Security Grants, […]

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SILVER SPRING – Volunteer firefighter departments in Montgomery County received about $780,000 of federal grant money to fund and retain their recruits. Most of the money, $536,000, was awarded to the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association, and the remaining $245,000 will go to the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department. The money comes from the […]

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SILVER SPRING – One hundred fifty Northwood and Montgomery Blair High School students walked out of their classes and marched down busy Colesville Road on Sept. 20, carrying signs and chanting, “Whose water, Our water… Whose planet, our planet.” They joined students throughout the county, who packed the Metro into Washington, D.C., to join an […]

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By Joshua M. Freedman Special to the Sentinel ROCKVILLE – The Department of the Interior recently proposed weakening large aspects of the Endangered Species Act. Almost immediately, on Aug. 12, the Trump Administration received backlash from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who is the senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “The new […]

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SEABROOK – In response to a change in a federal immigration rule, Maryland, along with 13 other states, has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration. On Aug. 12, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a change in the “public charge” rule, which means that the federal government will place greater emphasis on […]

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BETHESDA – It has been several decades since retired Col. Charles McGee flew his last mission. However, the 99-year-old Tuskegee airman still talks about it as if it was yesterday. “I fell in love with flying on my first flight; just to be able to loop, roll and spin and then come back and put […]

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SEABROOK – Three mass shootings in one week, including two incidents within 15 hours on Aug. 3, killed 34 people in different sectors of the United States, leaving many citizens to ask for solutions to solve the growing number of gun-related killings sprees in the country. The series of events began on July 28 around […]

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ROCKVILLE – As part of their class-action lawsuit filed in March against the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is claiming that families are still being separated a year after an executive order was signed to stop the practice. Court documents filed on July 30 by ACLU reveal that more than 900 children […]

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ROCKVILLE — The House of Representatives is inching ever closer to impeachment. On July 26, the House Judiciary Committee applied for the release of grand jury information, in another escalation toward the possible impeachment of President Donald J. Trump. As of now, the Judiciary Committee is only conducting an impeachment investigation of the president. While […]

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WASHINGTON – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 that sent astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin to the moon, NASA programmed several events from July 16-20 around the country to celebrate the mission. Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight that landed humans on the moon, a feat […]

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In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts cannot interfere in partisan congressional maps, effectively upholding the practice of partisan gerrymandering. The case, which was brought by voters in North Carolina and Maryland, challenged the constitutionality of redrawing congressional districts to favor one political party over another. In Maryland, lawmakers, including […]

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By Lyna Bentahar WASHINGTON, D.C. –  On June 20, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) reintroduced the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act to Congress, in partnership with Rep. Jahana Hayes and Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (all D-Conn.). Van Hollen had first introduced the bill in 2015 in the House, and […]

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WASHINGTON — Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging them to stop proposed regulations that could hurt local public broadcasting channels. On June 12, Van Hollen sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai expressing his concern over the regulations. According to Van Hollen’s office, the […]

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SILVER SPRING – After Saketh Sundar correctly spelled “bougainvillea” to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, he said: “It was just surreal. I wanted to win the national bee ever since fifth grade, but I never thought I would.” The 13-year-old eighth grader at Clarksville Middle School in Columbia was one of eight spellers out […]

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WASHINGTON – Four U.S. Senators announced at a press conference plans to propose a bill to renew the 10-year funding commitment for Metro’s capital budget, which will end after the fiscal year. On May 23, U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD), along with Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both […]

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In the hope of closing loopholes that allow companies to avoid paying federal taxes, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has co-sponsored two bills that would eliminate a tax incentive for corporations to keep their tax-money abroad. The bills would eliminate an incentive that companies use to avoid paying U.S. taxes. There were also which are […]

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TAKOMA PARK—The Takoma Park Emergency Preparedness Committee met to discuss such issues as severe weather and emergency signals for the area to improve awareness among its citizens. The committee is composed of 12 members, some from the community and others from local emergency response organizations, such as the Washington Adventist Hospital and the Takoma Park […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C – A group of American nationalists interrupted a book reading at Politics and Prose bookstore. On April 27, members of the American nationalist group American Identity Movement (AIM) interrupted author Jonathan M. Metzl during a reading of his latest book “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland.” […]

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WASHINGTON D.C.— Maryland Senator Ben Cardin introduced legislation to the House of Representatives that would restore voting rights to people released from jail. The bill, called the Democracy Restoration Act of 2019, was introduced on April 9 and received unanimous Democratic support in the House of Representatives. The legislation is designed to give formerly incarcerated […]

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By Madeline Rothfield ROCKVILLE – The American Lung Association said the state of Maryland must do more to reduce and prevent tobacco use among youth in order to help end the nationwide e-cigarette epidemic. Maryland earned a grade of “F” in the minimum age category in the ALA’s 17th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, […]

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Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program, providing millions of dollars to aid in the upkeep of the bay. The Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act would provide $90 million in fiscal year (FY) 2020, with a $500,000 increase every subsequent year […]

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ROCKVILLE – The final say on one of Maryland’s, and perhaps the county’s, biggest political questions could come soon from the U.S. Supreme Court, as it heard oral arguments for a case that could end partisan-gerrymandering around the country. Gerrymandering, the redrawing of Congressional districts to purposely favor one political party over another, has been […]

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ROCKVILLE – After almost two years of investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller cleared President Donald J. Trump from collusion with the Russian government, ending the long probe and scandal that has consumed American politics. Mueller, the former F.B.I. director under President George W. Bush, appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, concluded […]

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SILVER SPRING – Audience members told horror stories of rationing their diabetic medicine or not being able to afford their child’s inhaler at a March 16 community forum on “Busting High Drug Prices” sponsored by the Right Care Alliance, a grassroots coalition of medical professionals and patients. U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) called high prescription […]

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SEABROOK – Former Georgetown University tennis coach and Chevy Chase resident Gordon Ernst is accused of taking bribes and helping admit high school students to the school as athletes as part of a national college admissions scandal uncovered by the FBI on March 12. Ernst was charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and accepting bribes. […]

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ROCKVILLE – After Congress passed a measure to override his national emergency declaration, President Donald J. Trump issued a veto on March 15, prolonging the debate over funding for his border wall. Trump’s veto now means that both the House of Representatives and Senate will need a two-thirds majority to overturn his national emergency declaration […]

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ROCKVILLE — The longest government shutdown in American history continues, as Montgomery County feels the brunt of Washington’s political impasse. Since Dec. 22, 800,000 federal employees have not received their paychecks. While some have been furloughed, about 420,000, an addition 380,000  federal workers are being required to work without receiving their paychecks. The government shutdown […]

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WASHINGTON — When the gavel banged and announced that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), had won the election to become the new House Speaker, a cheer erupted. With new members of  U.S. Congress and a new party in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, one could probably expect many changes to come. But while the […]

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Almost two weeks into the shutdown, government employees and contractors are feeling the brunt of the political impasse in Washington. After lawmakers failed to come to a deal to fund the government over a dispute with the President for $5 billion in funding for his proposed wall on the Mexican border, the federal government remains […]

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Citing his disagreements with President Donald J. Trump over his decision to removed U.S. ground troops out of Syria, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis resigned on Dec. 20. In his resignation letter, Mattis cited differences with Trump on his decision to pull U.S. military forces out of Syria. Last week, Trump announced that he […]

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By Suzanne Pollak    @SuzannePollak BETHESDA — A 40-year-old mother of three from El Salvador now resides in a Bethesda church, refusing to return to her native El Salvador although ordered to do so by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rosa Gutierrez Lopez is the first undocumented immigrant to seek public sanctuary in the Washington, […]

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By Brian J. Karem    @BrianKarem I almost laughed. Okay I did laugh. I got a call from a friend who asked me if I was in the middle of the rugby scrum involving President Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and a seemingly comatose Mike Pence. “I kept screaming at the television, ‘Karem, jump in […]

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By Suzanne Pollak    @SuzannePollak CHEVY CHASE — Khizr Khan, the Gold Star parent who gave an impassioned speech at the 2016 Democratic convention denouncing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump for his proposed ban to keep Muslims from entering the United States, continues to urge Americans to speak out against hatred. Speaking Saturday at Temple Shalom […]

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The best people I’ve ever worked with in the big world of politics and business played a team sport – and usually it is football. I say this understanding my bias as I played and coached the sport. But it is true. One of the best things I learned playing football is to be part […]

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By Eva Paspalis PHOTO GALLERY BY GEORGE P. SMITH LANDOVER — The already-depleted Washington Redskins offense suffered another serious blow on Sunday in a 23-21 loss against the Houston Texans, when starting quarterback Alex Smith went down in the third quarter with a devastating leg injury. Houston defensive end JJ Watt and cornerback Kareem Jackson […]

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By Paul K. Schwartz It took a long time in coming, but finally some action by the White House to address the threat to the election process and the threat to democracy that a flawed election process poses. What follows is the official statement from the White House press secretary regarding the flawed election. The […]

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By Brian J. Karem On Oct. 2, journalist Jamal Khashoggi of the Washington Post disappeared after he entered the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey. The progressive reporter was an “enemy of the people” and part of the “Fake Media,” according to our president, and the Saudi Royal family loathed his progressive stances. Khashoggi has not […]