Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend

Obama Set For Sunday Stop in Maryland

0 Written by: | Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 7:00am

Anthony Brown is happy to have Obama by his side (via Astute Magazine)

Anthony Brown is happy to have Obama by his side (via Astute Magazine)

(UPDATED 7:10 p.m.) Some Democrats running for office this fall don’t want to be seen with the President, but Anthony Brown is going back for seconds. President Barack Obama is heading to Maryland on Sunday to boost the lieutenant governor’s bid for a promotion. Read More →

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Rawlings-Blake Goes on TV to Talk Up Obamacare

0 Written by: | Monday, Dec 02, 2013 8:24am


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake returned to Meet the Press Sunday to defend Obamacare. Her appearance coincided with an announcement by the White House that, two months in, is now “working smoothly for most users.” 

Hurrah. Victory.

It’s pretty hard to play this off as a triumph, and Rawlings-Blake wisely didn’t even try. “We know that the rollout was botched,” she conceded on the program. (Co-panelist Rep. Chris Van Hollen echoed her sentiment in a comment on Maryland’s state run exchange, stating flatly, “Maryland’s a mess. There’s no doubt about it.”) Read More →

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Md. Congressman Stands by Obamacare as Other Dems Threaten to Jump Ship

1 Written by: | Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 8:45am

Rep. Elijah Cummings

Rep. Elijah Cummings

First off, would anyone mind if I took a moment to eat a little crow? In early October I picked on Md. Congressman Andy Harris for calling the troubled roll-out of the Maryland Health Connection’s website a “bad omen” for Obamacare. Turns out, he could barely have been more correct. So far, anyway.

Not only have’s technical difficulties proved to be a bigger problem than the administration initially let on, but President Obama’s repeated promise that Americans would have the option of keeping their current health plans became his own personal “Read my lips” moment as a few million Americans received cancellation notices from their insurance companies.

As Obama’s approval ratings drop, some Democratic lawmakers (many of whom will soon be up for re-election) have turned against the president, demanding that he alter the Affordable Care Act to allow active health insurance plans that don’t meet the new law’s coverage standards to be grandfathered in, at least for now. Even former President Bill Clinton has spoken up in favor of Obama tinkering with the ACA to retroactively keep his promise. Read More →


Ray Lewis Allllllmost Got President Obama to Do the Squirrel Dance

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 10:00am

Somehow I missed this video of the Ravens’ White House visit until today. Joe is cute, Ray is cute, Barack is cute — the whole thing just makes me grin.


The Ravens Are Probably Hanging Out With Barack Obama RIGHT NOW

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 11:00am

the_white_house_0Today, the victorious Baltimore Ravens will celebrate their 2013 Super Bowl with a visit to the White House. Does this plus Obama’s congratulatory phone call to coach John Harbaugh mean we can count the president as a Ravens fan?
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Obama Honors Baltimore Native in Commencement Speech

0 Written by: | Monday, May 20, 2013 1:15pm


Leland Shelton is the one who looks like he's just been mentioned in a speech by the president of the United States.

Leland Shelton is the one who looks like he’s just been mentioned in a speech by the president of the United States.

Leland Shelton has an inspiring biographical abstract. The Baltimore native was taken away from his mother at age four to live with his grandparents before entering the foster care system at 14. And yet, here he is, graduating from the prestigious Morehouse College and headed to Harvard Law School, and all with an eye toward helping keep foster-care kids from “fall[ing] through the cracks.”

But I wouldn’t know any of that about Shelton had President Barack Obama not recounted it in the keynote address he delivered at Morehouse commencement on Sunday. Read More →


Tuesday Links: House Committee Approves Gas Tax Increase; WaPo to Start Charging Online Readers; County Council Bill Would Restrict Picketing Near Schools; and More

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 6:59am

R.I.P. “Blaster” Al Ackerman – City Paper

House of Delegates committee approves gas tax increase – Baltimore Sun

Balto. Co. police captain cited at St. Patrick’s sobriety checkpoint – Baltimore Sun

The Washington Post to charge frequent users of its Web site – Washington Post

County Council bill would restrict picketing near schools – Baltimore Sun

Obama’s Approval Rating Has Cratered In The Past Two Months – Business Insider

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O’Malley to Co-Chair Council of Governors

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 9:13am


If you ever wondered what relentless campaign for the president during his re-election campaign might get you, it’s a co-chairmanship of the Council of Governors. That’s at least what Gov. Martin O’Malley got for his trouble. Read More →


Thursday Links: Bank of America CEO Gets Huge Raise; The Walters Gets a New Executive Director; O’Malley’s Wind Bill Receives Preliminary Approval from House; and More

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 7:00am

Baltimore’s Walters museum names Julia Marciari-Alexander as executive director – Washington Post

Dan Rodricks: Give mayor’s tax plan a chance to work – Baltimore Sun

Wind Bill Receives Preliminary House Approval – North Baltimore Patch

G.O.P. Resisting Obama on Tax Increase – New York Times

BofA’s Moynihan gets 73 percent pay increase in 2012 – Reuters


Monday Links: Get Used to the Broken Water Main on I-83; Del. Hattie Harrison Remembered; Families of Victims Differ on Death Penalty; and More

0 Written by: | Monday, Feb 11, 2013 7:00am

Repair of water main break at I-83 will take a few days – Baltimore Sun
Del. Hattie Harrison fondly remembered at funeral service – Baltimore Sun
Families share grief — but differ on the death penalty – Baltimore Sun
Howard business leader briefs the White House – Baltimore Sun
Same-Sex Married Couples Find Tax Time Daunting – New York Times

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