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Senator Ben Cardin says he will support the filibuster against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cardin said he held Republicans responsible for making the confirmation process untenable and for the consequences.

He also took aim at the failure of the Republicans to allow the consideration of Merrick Garland President Obama’s nominee to fill the same seat.

The Maryland Democrat made the announcement on Twitter and it came shortly after it was announced that the Democrats had the 41 votes needed to sustain a filibuster.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen paid tribute to former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman at a ceremony on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Maryland Democrat told the historically black college that it was important to mark the incredible story.

He said hoped legislation in Washington will soon allow a statue of Tubman in the nation’s capital.

President Obama slated her image to replace that of President Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill.

Dreamers: A Family Escapes Violence

Oct 5, 2016

Over 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Delaware may be eligible for the DACA program that allows those who were brought to the United States as children to temporarily stay in the country. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at one family who made their way from the violence torn El Salvador. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provided production and translation assistance for this story.

Dreamers: Undocumented Childhood Immigrants

Oct 4, 2016
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As the presidential campaign moves into its final weeks, those who call themselves Dreamers watch anxiously. Republican presidential nominee has promised to end the President's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which has allowed many who came as children to stay in the country. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at these young people beginning with a recent study by Cindy Mitchell, chair of the Language Department at Delaware Technical Community College. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provide production assistance for this story.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A convicted drug dealer from Delaware is one of 58 people whose prison sentences are being commuted by President Barack Obama.

Leonard Mason of Claymont was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2011 after being convicted in Pennsylvania federal court of distribution of cocaine and conspiracy.


ANNAPOLIS, Md.(AP) A political action committee that supports Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards' Senate bid has agreed to remove President Barack Obama's image and statement from a gun control ad.

The ad shows Obama tearing up while talking about Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The television ad says Chris Van Hollen supported a campaign finance disclosure bill that didn't include the National Rifle Association.

The ad also says the congressman met with NRA lobbyists to put a loophole in the bill to exempt them, while Edwards stood up to the gun lobby.


Federal disaster relief is coming to Delaware to rebuild the infrastructure damaged during winter storm in January.

President Obama signed the Delaware Disaster Declaration bill sending aid to those areas of the state hit by the snowstorm and flooding in late January.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that many of the dunes disappeared under the heavy flooding along the coastal areas.

There will be money for the north end of the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and the storm water pipes that were damaged because of the heavy waves.

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Senator Chris Coons says that the White House should nominate someone to the U.S. Supreme Court who is confirmable.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat told reporters that the Senate should move forward with an appointment by President Obama to replace Justice Antonin Scalia who died earlier this month.

Even as Coons was responding to questions by reporters Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on the floor telling his colleagues that no nominee should be considered until after the presidential election in November.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's appeal of his public corruption convictions has gotten support from former lawyers for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Media outlets report that Greg Craig, former White House counsel for Obama, and John M. Quinn, former counsel to Clinton, were among the signers of 11 amicus briefs that support McDonnell's position in his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Senator Chris Coons is a yes vote for the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The Delaware Democrat said that he was convinced the deal puts the world on a path that would limit Iran’s nuclear program for the next 15 years.

He added that despite flaws this was a better strategy for containing the spread of nuclear weapons.

His decision comes despite a barrage of television ads from opponents of the deal in which they quoted the senator’s doubts about the agreement.

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Senator Chris Coons is expected to announce this afternoon whether he will support the Iran nuclear arms deal.

WBOC is reporting that the Delaware Democrat’s office says he was still talking with colleagues and constituents about the agreement.

His announcement comes at a time when a group called the American Security Initiative is airing ads on the television station urging him to reject the deal.

The station said that it even got him to watch one of the ads that used his own words casting doubt on the Iran agreement.   

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Senator Tom Carper says he will support the Iran nuclear deal.

The Delaware Democrat called the agreement historic and said that it could keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons for years to come.

In addition, he said it provides an opportunity for that country to rebuild its economy and shed its status as a pariah state.

Carper said he still had doubts about the Tehran government which he said has to be watched closely.

The news came in an op-ed written for the Wilmington News Journal.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is still reviewing the impact of President Barack Obama's plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants, but Maryland Democrats already are praising the plan.

Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles, of Hogan's administration, says it takes time to review the fine print of 3,000 pages. He says the good news is Maryland is well-positioned to be a leader among states on its own terms and through regional collaboration.

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A 6th grade Bennett Middle School got the chance to interview the president of the United States.

12-year old Osman Yahya got the opportunity yesterday during an event sponsored by Discovery Education in Washington D.C.

His job was to host the event and included not only putting questions to the President but taking questions from the live audience of middle school students.

WBOC reports that most of the questions were about education and reading.

Yahya was interested in the books that inspired the president when he was growing up.


Baltimore was shaken last night as looter roamed the streets, smashing windows and beating up one photographer who tried to take their picture.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has called in the National Guard and a curfew is being imposed today from 10 p.m. tonight through 5 a.m.

The governor also declared a state of emergency.

A CVS store and a new senior center were burned down as spot fires dotted the city.

Some 15 police are believed to have been injured while around two dozen arrests have been made.

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Senator Chris Coons says he backs the legislation that would allow congress to approve any nuclear arms deal with Iran.

The Delaware Democrat joined his colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee yesterday to approve the measure.

Coons says that the limit of 30 days for congress to act instead of an earlier proposal of 60 days provides an appropriate structure and time period to look over any agreement.

The White House has said that the President would sign the compromise version of the legislation which got unanimous approval from the committee.

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FREDERICK, Maryland (AP) - The first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected Liberian man at a Dallas hospital has arrived in Maryland for treatment at a specialized isolation unit.

Nina Pham will be treated at a National Institutes of Health center in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIH facility has one of four isolation units in the nation. NIH says staff specializing in infectious disease and critical care will treat the 26-year-old nurse.

Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said Wednesday that Pham was in good condition.

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During a campaign swing through the Eastern Shore Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful Lt. Governor Anthony Brown pledged that if elected he would personally invite Jim Perdue to meet with his administration on environmental regulations.

Perdue has complained that he does not feel that he has a seat at the table when it comes to environmental regulations.

After an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University, Brown was asked about Perdue’s remarks.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President Barack Obama traveled to Wilmington on Thursday and announced a new program to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads, bridges and highways around the nation.

The new program is designed to encourage collaboration between state and local governments and private-sector investors, expand the market for public-private partnerships and make greater use of federal credit programs.

Obama argued that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge to other countries that spend freely on infrastructure upgrades.

President Obama will be making a stop in Delaware at the I-495 bridge that has been closed for repairs after its support columns were found to be tilting.

The president’s trip is to highlight his effort to get more private sector investment in the country’s infrastructure.

Governor Jack Markell will also appear with the president.

The federal government is paying for part of the repairs on the bridge which state official ordered closed on an emergency basis.

Inspectors found no major problems with the bridge itself.

President Obama is scheduled to unveil an initiative for the Port of Wilmington against the backdrop of the I-495 Bridge whose support supports are being repaired.

The president is hoping to boost private investment for infrastructure.

But the White House initiative also comes just as the president is attempting to get congress to approve funding for the highway transportation trust fund. 

Meanwhile, the $35 million emergency repair of the bridge across the Christiana Bridge has closed span since June 2.

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Sonia Sanchez is an author, playwright and poet, who has been in the forefront of the Black Arts Movement. She has been won a number of prestigious awards including the Robert Frost Medal and Langston Hughes Poetry Award.  Her books include Homecoming, Homegirls and Handgrenades and Morning Haiku. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with her during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say the former Navy reservist who gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had a string of misconduct problems during his nearly three years in the military, but he received an honorable discharge.


President Obama's address last night found Senator Ben Cardin pleased with his performance noting that Obama showed no signs of pushing for immediate action.

Cardin voted to for the resolution approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee authorizing military action.

Meanwhile, even before the President’s address his fellow Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski  announced that she will support the President’s request to authorize air strikes against Syria.

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Congressman John Carney says he is concern about the new rating system that is being proposed by President Obama…that would rate colleges based on affordability and performance and would ultimately determine how federal financial aid is disbursed.

The Delaware Democrat was meeting with representatives from the state’s public and private colleges and universities yesterday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - President Barack Obama says sexual assault threatens the "trust and discipline" that makes the U.S. military strong and respected.

Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony, Obama urged new graduates to exhibit honor and courage in tackling incidents of sexual assault as they assume leadership positions in the military.

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Bonnie Luna,, an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, says she is hopeful her party's nominee Mitt Romney will win big in November against President Obama. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with her about the campaign.

BALTIMORE (AP) - President Barack Obama is visiting the Baltimore area for two fundraisers.

Obama is expected to attend a lunch at the Owings Mills home of a real estate developer Tuesday and later speak at a fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Inner Harbor.

Tickets for the lunch event at the home of developer Josh Fidler cost from $10,000 to $50,000. Tickets for the event downtown will range from $250 to $10,000 and organizers hope to raise $1 million.