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The nation marked the Martin Luther King Junior Holiday amidst turbulent times. The nation saw the Capitol building stormed by a mob of Trump supporters that included white supremacists and the Confederate flag. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Brante Dashiell, president of the Wicomico County Branch of the NAACP, about her thoughts as the inauguration nears for President-Elect Joe Biden in Segment One.

In Segment Two we discussed what the future holds for the country.

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The Capitol Building in Washington D.C. was overwhelmed by a mob of Trump supporters delaying the certification process that ensured Joe Biden would become the next president of the United States. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about significance Wednesday's events.

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A leading Delaware social activist has found her lawn vandalized with the name TRUMP using weed killer. Charlotte King, founder of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, says that authorities are now investigating the incident but are refusing to call it a hate crime. But, King told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that is exactly what it is.

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Abraham Lincoln's presidency freed the slaves and ushered in a new political party. Host Don Rush talks with David S. Reynolds, author of a new biography "Abe: Abraham Lincoln in his Times," to explore the character of the man who changed America. Then, he continues the conversation with Salisbury University Political Science professor Michael O'Loughlin to look at what has become of the modern Republican Party since Goldwater.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he's "very troubled" by the controversy that has prompted an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but he says more facts need to be gathered.

Hogan made the comments Thursday during an appearance at the Yahoo! Finance All Markets Summit in New York.

Hogan says the declaration by the White House that it won't cooperate with the impeachment probe "doesn't sit well with me or a lot of other people."

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Senator Chris Coons says he backs the impeach inquiry against President Trump but he is not willing to go beyond that.

The Delaware Democrat said it would be inappropriate for senators who will judge the president.

Coons told the Wilmington News Journal that he wants to see the full transcript of the call between Trump and the Ukrainian president.

In that exchange the president appears to put hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid contengent on an investigation of Joe Biden and his son.

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There was a gathering last night at a Newark mosque where Delaware officials and religious leaders came together to discuss safety precautions in the wake of the New Zealand shooting that left 50 dead.

Among those attending were Governor John Carney as well as Senators Chris Coons and Tom Carper.

WBOC reports Coons declared that the state of Delaware government officials stand in solidarity with them in the fight for justice and peace.

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(AP) President Donald Trump is trying again to slash federal cleanup funding for major U.S. waterways, including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.

The budget proposes a 90 percent cut cleanup efforts in the Chesapeake Bay and would eliminate restoration funding for the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound, South Florida, San Francisco Bay and Puget Sound.

Trump sought similar cutbacks in his previous budgets but Congress rejected them.

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Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings says her state will join a national lawsuit against a new administration gag rule.

The Trump administration wants to prohibit family planning clinics from providing information or referring patients for abortions.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the rule would impact thousands of Delaware residents who seek family planning help at clinics and health centers that receive federal funds.

Jennings called the latest administration efforts, cruel, ineffective and harmful.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a Maryland lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration for what it portrayed as recurring efforts to dismantle the national health care law.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Lipton Hollander writes in her Friday decision that there's no question about Trump's deep disdain for the Affordable Care Act. But she found the state's allegations "speculative."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Internal Revenue Service and dozens of other entities in their lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency.

The Maryland attorney general's office confirmed the subpoena details to The Associated Press as they were being prepared on Tuesday.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An audience member says a man interrupted a performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" in Baltimore with a pro-Nazi and pro-Trump salute.

Rich Scherr is a contributing sportswriter for The Baltimore Sun. He told the newspaper that a man seated in the balcony of the Hippodrome Theatre on Wednesday night began shouting "Heil Hitler, Heil Trump" during intermission.

Scherr says people started running and he was "waiting to hear a gunshot." But the man was escorted out and the show continued. Scherr uploaded video of the aftermath showing the audience reaction.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former senior White House adviser Steve Bannon is coming to Virginia to help rally Republicans just before Election Day.

Bannon said in an interview Tuesday with radio host John Fredericks that he plans to visit Virginia this weekend.

Bannon said tight races in Virginia could help determine partisan control of the U.S. House and the derail President Donald Trump's agenda.

Democrats have focused on trying to grab several GOP-held seats in the Old Dominion, including those held by Reps. Scott Taylor, Dave Brat and Barbara Comstock. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of a Muslim organization in Maryland has met with a local councilman who had shared social media posts that were considered to be Islamophobic and xenophobic.

The Capital Gazette reported Saturday that Anne Arundel County Muslim Council president Rudwan Abu-Rumman had confirmed Friday's meeting. County Councilman John Grasso did not respond to the newspaper's requests for comment.

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(AP) Virginia's U.S. Senate candidates continued to trade insults in a chippy second debate.

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican challenger Corey Stewart faced off Wednesday in northern Virginia in a debate that was broadcast on TV stations statewide.

They picked up where they left off in their first debate in July.

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Leaders on Delmarva are worried that air born pollution sources such as an Ohio coal fired power plant could prevent the estuary’s recovery.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation notes that one third of the nitrogen in the bay comes from air born pollutants.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that those sources are mostly the product of automobiles and power plant emissions.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Relatives, friends and colleagues of slain journalist Rob Hiaasen will gather to remember the man who was one of five victims killed in last week's shooting at a Maryland newspaper.

The Monday evening memorial at a Maryland nature center is expected to be a "celebration of life" for the 59-year-old assistant managing editor of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

Nicknamed "Big Rob," Hiaasen was known for his commitment to high standards in community journalism and his mentoring relationship with young journalists.

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - Some Maryland candidates for local and state offices joined an immigration advocacy group to protest a county correctional center housing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees.

The Capital of Annapolis reports Democratic gubernatorial candidates Krish Vignarajah and Ben Jealous, along with Anne Arundel County executive candidate Steuart Pittman, joined the Friday vigil in Glen Burnie.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland will recall the four members of the National Guard he sent to the U.S.-Mexico border and will not deploy other resources until a federal policy of separating immigrant children from their families is rescinded.

Hogan made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter.

The Republican governor says he has ordered four crewmembers and a helicopter to immediately return from where they were stationed in New Mexico.

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The president’s new budget is out and it would slash federal funding for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay by 90 percent.

It cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual spending for Bay clean up from $73 million to $7.3 million.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this would provide money only for monitoring the progress of the cleanup but not for restoration projects carried out by the six watershed states and the District of Columbia.

Last year the EPA provided $48 million to the states including $13 million for the state of Maryland.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Andy Harris says he doesn't support offshore drilling off Maryland's coast.

Harris, the only Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation, was asked about his position at a recent town hall.

Harris says he supports the concept of offshore drilling, but he opposes it where local jurisdictions don't want it. Harris, who represents the Eastern Shore, said: "since Ocean City and the local jurisdictions do oppose it in Maryland, I oppose it off the coast of Maryland."

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(AP) - Immigrant rights groups have sued the Trump administration over its termination of a program that protects young people brought to the United States illegally.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in a Georgetown park for a "support our president" rally.

The Wilmington News-Journal reports that the rally, organized by the Sussex County Republican Committee, was held on Saturday morning and attracted about 100 people.

The first speaker, Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, said, "We got the attention of the White House ... President Trump knows what's going on in the great state of Delaware because our elected officials forgot."

There was a three-person counter-rally across the street.

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The decision by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA has brought protests around the country. The Obama era executive order allowed undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children to stay in the U.S. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke to one DACA beneficiary about the impact of the decision on his life.

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In a quiet Wilmington neighborhood KKK was painted on a driver side window with a swastika on the hood.

In addition, there was an insult to President Obama near the N-word on the front passenger side and the word “Trump” on the roof top.

Finally a message on the trunk read, “Go back to Africa.”

The Wilmington News Journal reports this is what the Woodlawn neighborhood woke up to yesterday morning.

18-year-old Jamar Jackson told the paper that he did not believe these kinds of things were done in Delaware.

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Former president of the NAACP Ben Jealous has launched his bid to become governor of Maryland.

He made the announcement yesterday and he is the second Democrat join the race to unseat incumbent Republican Larry Hogan.

The 44 year-old Jealous has been an outspoken progressive who backed Bernie Sanders last year in the Democratic presidential primary.

Taking aim at Hogan he charged that the governor has aligned himself the extreme members of the President Trump’s administration.

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The battle over political signs in Milton will be decided in the courts.

The American Civil Liberties Union said that the removal of four signs critical of the Trump administration from the property of 62-year old Penny Nickerson was unconstitutional.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city has responded saying that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities may impose the reasonable regulation of signs as necessary.

It adds that the regulations do not discriminate on the basis of political points of view.    

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Authorities have dropped hate crime and arson charges against two women from the Baltimore area in connection with the burning of a billboard promoting President Donald Trump.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports 19-year-olds Joy Shuford and D'Asia Perry appeared in Somerset County District Court Thursday, where second-degree arson charges against them were also dismissed.

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Delaware political figures buried the hatchet yesterday at least for a moment.

It’s called Return Day where Republicans and Democrats gathered in Georgetown.

The outgoing Governor Jack Markell declared that the campaign is over and now it’s time to govern.

The Delaware Democrat added that, “The people have no patience for partisan fights.”

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Georgetown Mayor Bill West added it time that “We stop all the political nonsense and become one.”

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hundreds of protesters displeased with Donald Trump's election as president have marched through Baltimore to the stadium where the Ravens were playing a football game.

Protesters marched downtown to the Inner Harbor and then to the M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens were hosting the Cleveland Browns for Thursday Night Football.

The protest brought traffic to a standstill but was otherwise peaceful.