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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Four of Maryland's U.S. House members are criticizing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for not speaking out against the GOP health care bill in Washington.

Reps. Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin gathered in front of the governor's residence on Monday to criticize Hogan for not joining four GOP governors who've made their own proposal about how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people.

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Congressman Elijah Cummings says he told President Trump that his language has been “hurtful” and “insulting” the African American community.

The Baltimore Sun reports that he also urged the president to take a look at voter suppression as well as election fraud.

The paper reports that the conversation occurred during an Oval Office meeting in which the Maryland Democrat provided the President and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price with a plan to allow the federal government to negotiation drug prices under the Medicare program.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democratic congressman from Maryland and member of the Congressional Black Caucus, will attend Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington, but "not in celebration."

The lawmaker says he made the decision to attend because the inauguration is "bigger than President-Elect Trump." Cummings added that "we have to guard our democracy."

Cummings also said it is important that some lawmakers attend the Jan. 20 event in Washington "who will be vigilant to ensure that the Trump Administration is held to the highest ethical standards."

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Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin says he will not join fellow progressive Democrats in boycotting the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump.

He told the Baltimore Sun that he saw this as his constitutional duty to attend.

The Takoma Park Democrat added he did not view this as support for Trump’s programs.

His fellow Democrat representative Anthony Brown has announced he will not attend the ceremonies while Representative Elijah Cummings has said he has not decided yet.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Investigators are searching for clues for what started a Baltimore house fire that left six children dead.

The mother and three of her other children were able to escape the blaze early Thursday, but were hospitalized. Rep. Elijah Cummings says the mother is Katie Malone, a longtime staffer in his district office.

Neighbor Robert Spencer said he often saw children playing on the porch of the home. He said he looked out his window early Thursday to see the house in flames, but the fire was so big and hot he could not help them.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - The attorney for the family of a black man whose fatal neck injury in the back of a police van touched off riots in Baltimore says a Justice Department report indicates there are "widespread human cancers" in the city's police department.

Billy Murphy said Tuesday that "these human tumors must be promptly and surgically removed before they spread their human cancer any further."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress from Maryland and the District of Columbia are continuing their push for gun-control legislation after last week's sit-in on the House floor.

Maryland Democrats Chris Van Hollen, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes will talk about the gun-control measures they support during an appearance Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A pastor who was highly visible during the unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death says he's running for Congress.
 
Jamal Bryant announced Monday that he will seek to represent the 7th District.
 

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With the election less than two weeks away Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan made an appearance at the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation in Salisbury yesterday.

His message reflected much of his campaign with criticisms of the O’Malley administration’s tax and regulation policies.

Hogan declared yesterday that Maryland was an anti-business state noting that the state had lost 200-thousand jobs.

The Republican is, of course, running against O’Malley’s Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Gov. Martin O'Malley will meet with the owner and employees of a Catonsville cafe for a minimum wage rally.

The rally starts at 1 p.m. Thursday at Atwater's, a bakery and cafe. The owner, Ned Atwater, pays employees more than the current minimum wage of $7.25, according to a news release from a group advocating a minimum wage hike.

The group expects a turnout of more than 50 minimum wage supporters.

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Senator Chris Coons tried to make the case for a military strike against Syria during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” program saying that it would deter another chemical weapons attack.

He said that not to act would result in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would continue to slaughter his people with chemical weapons.

The Delaware Democrat in the Senator Foreign Relations Committee voted to support authorization for military force and added an amendment with Senator John McCain to use military force to change the momentum on the battle field for the rebels.