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Government and the media were not made to get along. They have opposite goals. Journalists report the facts, aiming for transparency at all times while attempting to not push a certain agenda or bias. The government has an agenda: to pass laws that often go against public opinion. These two goals set the stage for the Beltway Bulletin. Ed Klauber, a former executive at CBS, … Continue reading Welcome to Beltway Bulletin

UMD students among thousands of marchers at People’s Climate March

By Noah Fortson One week after the Science March drew thousands to the nation’s capital, marchers once again took to the streets Saturday to advocate for the preservation of U.S. laws, regulations and agreements pertaining to climate change. The 90 degree weather didn’t stop crowds from showing up for the Peoples Climate March — the latest rally voicing concerns over President Donald Trump’s policies on environmental … Continue reading UMD students among thousands of marchers at People’s Climate March

Donald Trump’s tax plan garners mixed response from UMD students

By James Mahoney President Donald Trump unveiled pieces of his tax plan Wednesday — a move long-awaited by both sides of the aisle in Congress and the American public. According to a one-page outline from the Trump administration, the tax reform will attempt to grow the economy, create jobs, simplify the country’s “burdensome” tax code and dramatically lower the business tax rate to one of … Continue reading Donald Trump’s tax plan garners mixed response from UMD students

Maryland becomes first state to reimburse Planned Parenthood cuts

By Cam Hasbrouck The state of Maryland enacted a law earlier this month that would reimburse Planned Parenthood in the event that the federal government decides to cut funding to the organization, according to the Washington Post. The bill was one of 27 that the Maryland General Assembly sent to Gov. Larry Hogan earlier this month, fifteen of which became law without his signature, per … Continue reading Maryland becomes first state to reimburse Planned Parenthood cuts

Beltway Profile: Hyattsville City Councilmember Paula Perry

By Danielle Kiefer As someone who has lived in Hyattsville for over 40 years, councilmember Paula Perry has seen the city change over the years, both for better and worse. Both of Perry’s parents were raised in or near Hyattsville, so she has been around the city her whole life, raising two children here and now helping to take care of her grandchildren. After joining … Continue reading Beltway Profile: Hyattsville City Councilmember Paula Perry

At Baltimore Town Hall, many worry Trump’s policies will worsen city’s struggles

By Katrina Schmidt Two years and one day after the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, hundreds of people gathered in the War Memorial Building across the street from City Hall to demand change in their city and nation. The first town hall in Baltimore since November’s election featured Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger. Organized by the … Continue reading At Baltimore Town Hall, many worry Trump’s policies will worsen city’s struggles

Thousands gather in nation’s capital in the name of science

By Cam Hasbrouck and Lauren Anikis. Thousands of protesters overwhelmed the rainy streets of Washington, D.C., last Saturday, Earth Day, to advocate for the necessity of evidence-based science in legislative policy. Among a sea of umbrellas and signs, people young and old gathered at the Washington Monument and marched toward the Capitol, echoing pro-science chants that could be heard blocks away. The march, which had been planned … Continue reading Thousands gather in nation’s capital in the name of science

The state of the district? It wants to be a state.

By Katrina Schmidt. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s March 30 State of the District Address sent a strong message to Congress and President Donald Trump — keep your hands off Washington, D.C. Fiscal, political and social independence for D.C. were at the heart of her address, in line with the 86 percent majority who voted in favor of D.C. statehood in a November referendum. Bowser’s administration has … Continue reading The state of the district? It wants to be a state.

After City Council vote, Hyattsvile becomes sanctuary city

By James Mahoney. Hyattsville is now a “sanctuary city,” following an 8-2 vote by its City Council Monday night. Monday’s vote was the final step in confirming a preliminary vote from the beginning of the month, which also passed by the same margin. The strategic goal of the ordinance, according to the Hyattsville City Council Agenda Item Report, is to “strengthen the city’s identity as … Continue reading After City Council vote, Hyattsvile becomes sanctuary city

Jewish schools show resilience following bomb threats

By Max Marcilla. Throughout the country, numerous Jewish schools received bomb threats in recent weeks — including 31 on Feb. 27 alone. Local schools such as the Aleph Bet Jewish Day School in Annapolis and the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville received threats, forcing Jewish organizations to take action. The Jewish Community Center released a statement in March acknowledging that it “met with FBI … Continue reading Jewish schools show resilience following bomb threats

Hyattsville City Council to vote tonight on sanctuary city status

By Carly Haynes and James Mahoney. Just a few miles down the road from the White House, the Hyattsville City Council has preliminarily chosen to declare itself a “sanctuary city” in an 8-2 vote. The measure proposes that local law enforcement will not ask about an individual’s citizenship, and will still provide protections to illegal immigrants without evading federal law. This vote follows President Donald … Continue reading Hyattsville City Council to vote tonight on sanctuary city status