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Baltimost: Rep. Elijah Cummings

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Rep. Elijah Cummings speaks at a protest Thursday night demanding Acting Attorney Matthew Whitaker not interfere with Special Counselor Robert Mueller's investigation. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings

To be perfectly honest, we were going to give this award to Cummings before President Trump went on a Twitter tirade about Maryland's 7th District--which, by the way, is a place the president is supposed to represent, too.

We think back to January, when Cummings, then the newly minted chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, gave "60 Minutes" a tour of his Druid Heights neighborhood. He told reporter Steve Kroft he keeps a campaign poster in the window so people can easily spot which house is his.

"I like to be among my constituents," he said. "Let me tell you something man, if I don't do well in this block, I'm in trouble."

We go even further back, to November 2018, when Cummings appeared in front of City Hall as Baltimoreans protested possible interference in the Mueller investigation, and the 23-year congressman made a pitch for keeping our fragile democracy intact.

"There's absolutely no way that this person here, standing here talking to you, son of former sharecroppers with a fourth-grade education, could rise to the Congress of the United States of America without this democracy," he said. "And I am determined that our children must inherit the democracy that we had."

And we remember, mere weeks before the president took aim at Baltimore, Cummings reflecting on Trump's call for four Democratic Congresswomen to "go back" to other countries and how it reminded him of the 1960s, when racial epithets were hurled at him and other activists as they integrated a pool in Riverside Park.*

"I don't think these Republicans or Trump fully understand what it feels like to be treated like less than a dog," he told The Sun, later adding that because the event happened to him as a young man, "it became a part of my DNA."

He carries that history--that DNA--with him in the halls of the Capitol building. Baltimore has plenty of shortcomings, and there's plenty of blame to go around for why they persist. But none of the outside commenters have lived through them like Elijah Cumming has.

*Correction: An earlier version of this tweet incorrectly said Cummings' comments to The Sun came after Trump tweeted disparaging remarks about the city. Baltimore Fishbowl regrets the error.

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Cummings and other lawmakers press to eliminate job discrimination against former felons

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Image via campaign website

By Ambriah Underwood
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON — Former felons could have more success securing employment under bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday that would bar federal employers from asking requests for applicants’ criminal histories before conditional job offers.

Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore) and Doug Collins (R-Georgia) joined with Sens. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) to propose the Fair Chance Act, an attempt to decrease rates of recidivism by helping ex-convicts secure jobs.

Frosh Probing Kushner Companies’ Management, Debt Collection Tactics for Baltimore-Area Apartments

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Jared Kushner in April. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

The Maryland Attorney General’s Office is digging into allegations that an affiliate of the Kushner Companies, owned by the family of Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has been neglecting some of its Baltimore-area apartments and using unscrupulous and aggressive legal tactics to collect debts from poor tenants.

Rep. Cummings Shifts Air Travel Probe to Kellyanne Conway

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Photos via Rep. Elijah Cummings/Twitter and Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

Merely days after Tom Price resigned from his Trump administration Cabinet post, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway has moved into Baltimore-native Rep. Elijah Cummings’ sights.

Cummings: Never Told Trump He’ll Be ‘One of the Great Presidents’

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Baltimore’s own Elijah Cummings was recently quoted by none other than Donald Trump as saying the president will be among the finest heads of state the country has ever seen. One big problem: Cummings says that never happened.

Cummings Pushes AG Jeff Sessions to Resign for Lying to Senate About Contact with Russia

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After another one of Donald Trump’s top appointees reportedly lied to the U.S. Senate under oath about his contact with Russia, Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings has joined other lawmakers in asking him to step down as the country’s top prosecutor.

Torrey Smith, Super Bowl Champ — and Intern

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Smith in his intern outfit. Via Instagram
Smith in his intern outfit. Via Instagram

You may know Torrey Smith as that guy who caught that 59-yard pass that helped the Ravens defeat the Broncos (thereby setting the team up for its eventual win in the Super Bowl); but to Rep. Elijah Cummings, Smith is better known as the intern.

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