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Jeff Barker

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College Park, MD, United States

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Recent articles by Jeff:

Masks sent to Maryland from federal stockpile in coronavirus crisis ’technically past’ suggested shelf life

Face masks delivered to Maryland from national stockpiles were cleared for use by the federal government, despite being past their recommended-use dates, according to the state Health Department. → Read More

While Trump dithered, Maryland’s Hogan and other governors stepped into leadership role in coronavirus pandemic

While President Donald Trump dithered, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and his counterparts stepped into leadership roles amid the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Deadline for Maryland state income tax payments extended to July 15

The deadline for paying Maryland income taxes has been extended three months to July 15 because of the coronavirus outbreak, state Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office said Wednesday. → Read More

Maryland’s highest-paid employees include coaches and university officials — and men dominate the top 50

Who gets the largest paychecks from the state of Maryland? The state’s highest-paid employees include coaches and university officials and men dominate the top 50 list. → Read More

Voters and candidates await 7th Congressional District results in race to replace Elijah Cummings

Kweisi Mfume took a major step toward reclaiming the Baltimore-area U.S. House seat he held for 10 years, capturing the Democratic nomination to succeed his longtime friend, the powerful Elijah Cummings. → Read More

Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney drops out of presidential race

Delaney had participated in early presidential debates but didn’t reach the bar to compete in the one in Houston on Sept. 12. or in debates after that. → Read More

Like ‘root canal,’ but worse: US Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland navigates unusual day as Senate meets on impeachment

Democratic U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Pikesville navigates a most unusual day as the impeachment trial of Republican President Donald Trump begins in earnest. → Read More

Biden tells Baltimore County donors Trump can’t ‘get away with shredding the United States Constitution’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told Baltimore County campaign donors by phone that President Donald Trump can’t “get away with shredding the United States Constitution" and that Trump has singled out the former vice president for attacks because Biden leads the Republican in head-to-head polls. → Read More

Welcome to Douglass County, Maryland. It’s one man’s answer to D.C.’s voting rights issue

David Krucoff imagines Douglass County as a 24th Maryland county created from land reacquired from Washington, which would give disenfranchised District of Columbia residents voting representation in Congress. → Read More

At Baltimore Republican retreat, Pence goes where Trump did not, extends olive branch to U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings

Vice President Mike Pence urged U.S. House Republicans in Baltimore on Friday to “make it clear” that the GOP is prepared to work with Democrats — including Elijah Cummings, the Baltimore congressman sharply and repeatedly criticized by President Donald Trump. → Read More

Six takeaways from Trump’s visit to Baltimore

Donald Trump’s first visit to Baltimore as president was a quick one — just three hours to talk with U.S. House Republicans holding a retreat in the city. Here are the takeaways from touchdown to takeoff of the president’s Marine One helicopter. → Read More

Baltimore law professor is adviser to Amy Klobuchar’s presidential campaign (and her husband)

John Bessler is a University of Baltimore law professor, author, ardent death penalty opponent, writing coach, dad, and informal advisor — and husband — of Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar. → Read More

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore home burglarized hours before Trump’s first tweets

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ West Baltimore home burglarized, city police say. → Read More

Former Colt Bert Rechichar, who once held record for NFL’s longest field goal, dies

Albert Daniel “Bert” Rechichar, who played for the Baltimore Colts and two other NFL teams and long held the record for the league’s longest field goal, died Friday of various ailments in Belle Vernon, Pa. He was 89. → Read More

In wake of MLB fan injuries, Orioles among first teams to say they will extend protective netting all the way to foul poles

Saying they want to ensure fan safety, the Orioles plan to join a small but growing number of Major League Baseball teams that are extending protective netting all the way to the outfield foul poles in the lower sections, team spokesman Greg Bader said Friday. → Read More

Baltimore immigration advocates gearing up for possible raids this weekend

A nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting people who are in the United States illegally is expected to begin this weekend, according to two administration officials and others, and Baltimore-area immigrant activists said they are gearing up for the second time in two months to help protect people's rights. → Read More

Federal authorities warn of possible Fourth of July terrorism, but no 'credible and specific' threat

Such warnings are not uncommon around holiday periods in which there are large crowds and heavy travel. → Read More

U.S.-Iran crisis: What Maryland lawmakers are saying about Trump and what happens next in uneasy standoff

Trump's tweet about holding off from a planned military retaliation drew advice, warnings and concert from Maryland Democrats. → Read More

In Baltimore area, 10,000 first responders to get special thanks

CSX and a nonprofit team to thank 10,000 first responders in Baltimore City and Baltimore County → Read More

'It is very unfortunate': Stronach founder says company rejected his plan to 'rejuvenate' Pimlico years ago

Frank Stronach, who founded the company that owns Pimlico Race Course, is saddened by the breakdown in talks over the track's future. → Read More