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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2012
The Baltimore City Council's executive nominations committee will hold a confirmation hearing tonight for Anthony W. Batts, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's pick to be the city's next police commissioner. Tonight's hearing begins at 5 p.m. and will air on the city's public access cable channel, TV 25.  Batts' contract has been signed, and he's been on the job for a few weeks. He spent 27 years with the Long Beach Police Department, before leading the Oakland Police Department for two years.
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By Pamela Wood and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
A Republican state Senate candidate from Annapolis has admitted he falsely claimed to hold a college degree, saying he hasn't yet graduated. Don Quinn, who is running against longtime Democratic Sen. John C. Astle, said he's been taking online courses from Washington State University for about four years, but is 12 credits shy of earning his degree. Quinn's LinkedIn profile and an online biography he submitted to The Baltimore Sun claim he holds a degree from Washington State.
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Tim Wheeler | March 4, 2014
Acting Natural Resource Secretary Joseph P. Gill's confirmation as the department's permanent chief appears back on track. A Senate committee Monday approved Gill's nomination after he apologized for remarks that angered watermen and vowed to work on closing what he called a "communication gap. " The Executive Nominations Committe voted to send Gill's nomination to the full Senate for confirmation. Sen. Richard F. Colburn, an Eastern Shore Republican, was the only dissenter, though three other Republicans on the 18-member panel abstained.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
- Marylander Thomas E. Perez, who has served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor for a little more than a year, is now being eyed for an even more prominent position in President Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet: successor to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Perez, a former Maryland labor secretary and Justice Department official, is emerging as a candidate in part because of his extensive legal background but also because he has...
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Criticism of President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Social Security Administration appeared to evaporate Thursday at a confirmation hearing that featured few questions about controversial service cuts and recent allegations of mismanagement. Carolyn W. Colvin's hearing before the Senate Finance Committee - which took place hours ahead of a scheduled monthlong recess - drew only two Republicans and lasted less than an hour, an indication the Maryland native might face an easier path to the job than initially expected.
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By GWYNETH K. SHAW and GWYNETH K. SHAW,SUN REPORTER | October 25, 2005
WASHINGTON -- She's about to go before the Senate for confirmation hearings that could prove rocky, particularly over the emotional issue of abortion. The White House staunchly praises her work on behalf of President Bush. Critics call her unqualified and claim that Bush nominated her to reward a loyal, longtime supporter. Supreme Court nominee Harriet E. Miers? No. Ellen R. Sauerbrey, who was tapped last month for a high-level State Department job. In almost three decades in public life, Sauerbrey has been: Republican leader of the Maryland House of Delegates, twice candidate for governor, state chairwoman of Bush's 2000 campaign, and the U.S. envoy on women's issues to the United Nations.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Thomas E. Perez, the Marylander nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, is set to face a critical vote in the Senate this week that puts his confirmation in the middle of a blistering battle over the use of the filibuster. Four months after his nomination, the 51-year-old Takoma Park man is one of seven presidential appointees whom Democratic leaders plan to bring to the Senate floor as early as Tuesday. It is unclear whether Perez, whom Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has called a "crusading ideologue," can get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and win confirmation.
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 14, 2014
"If all you have is a hammer," the old saying goes, "everything looks like a nail. " Left unsaid is the fact that the real problem isn't the possession of a hammer, but the certitude that all you need is the hammer. In other words, it's a failure of the imagination -- which is a kind of arrogance -- that's really to blame. "I've got my hammer, and that's all I need. Besides, have you ever seen a problem that didn't look like a nail?" This is a version of what academics call "confirmation bias" -- the tendency to accept only the facts that buttress your closely held views.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | June 16, 2004
In contrast to last year's battles over top appointments in the Baltimore County government, the executive's pick for county attorney sailed through a confirmation hearing with the County Council yesterday with a few easy questions and some friendly advice. The only questions came from Councilman Kevin Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Ruxton Democrat who asked the nominee, Pikesville attorney Jay L. Liner, about his plans to wrap up his private practice and about a loan he and his law partner received from the county to renovate their offices.
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By Peter Honey and Peter Honey,Washington Bureau | January 6, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans will have their firs crack at President-elect Bill Clinton's Cabinet today when the Commerce Committee holds a confirmation hearing certain to focus on Commerce Secretary-designate Ronald H. Brown's controversial foreign lobbying and business dealings."
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Maryland health officials confirmed Wednesday the first case of enterovirus D68, a somewhat rare type of respiratory infection that has been sweeping the country and largely sickening children with asthma and underlying health conditions. Doctors in Maryland had expected cases, though most were expected to be minor, or the equivalent of a cold that would not require medical attention. Serious cases can cause breathing problems for children. The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the specimen was collected from a hospitalized child and sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
As an unusual strain of virus continues its march across the country — showing up most recently in Pennsylvania and Virginia — health officials in Maryland are warning doctors to be on the lookout and advising parents to prepare. Enterovirus is common, with millions in the United States sickened every year, most with mild cases. But the relatively rare strain called EV-D68 can cause severe respiratory illness in children with asthma or other health conditions, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts was confirmed Monday by the City Council for a full six-year term. Batts has led the city's police force since October 2012, when he was selected to fill the unexpired term of the previous commissioner, Frederick H. Bealefeld III. His appointment was confirmed unanimously on a voice vote without discussion. He will receive a salary of $201,700, reflecting an $8,000 raise. Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said Batts has made "some improvements" and that he was especially pleased with the commissioner's efforts to put more police in neighborhoods.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
State health officials reported Thursday they have confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in Maryland for the year. The infected adult lives in the suburbs of Washington. The virus has also been detected in a Washington-area horse, and in special mosquito traps placed in Harford, Montgomery, Prince George's and Talbot counties. Officials at the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the human case was not unexpected - there were 16 reported cases last year. But they reminded people to take precautions by avoiding areas where mosquitoes are prevalent, covering their skin with clothes and hats, using insect repellent, and if possible, avoiding outdoor activities during mosquitoes' most active times at dusk and dawn.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts sailed through a confirmation hearing on Wednesday, with City Council members and residents praising his accessibility and moves toward reform. At this time last year, Batts faced questions from city leaders about his leadership amid a surge in shootings as his strategic plan remained in the works. Now, with violent and property crime down and a series of initiatives launched to address community concerns and improve police procedures, council members encouraged Batts to keep moving the department forward.
HEALTH
By John Fritze and Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Federal auditors looking into Maryland's flawed health insurance exchange are subpoenaing documents as part of their probe and have sought information from the lead contractor hired by the state to build the site. North Dakota-based Noridian Healthcare Solutions, the former prime contractor with a multimillion-dollar deal to design Maryland's online insurance marketplace, received a request for documents related to the project from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on July 30, the company's president said Tuesday.
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By GWYNETH K. SHAW and GWYNETH K. SHAW,SUN REPORTER | January 8, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. doesn't have the preternatural poise of the judge who preceded him on the path toward Senate confirmation, John G. Roberts Jr. Unlike Roberts, now the chief justice, Alito has a 15-year record as a federal appeals court judge that is giving supporters and opponents alike plenty to pick over. What Alito does share with Roberts, however, is a potentially decisive advantage in the confirmation game: Republicans control both the Senate Judiciary Committee - which begins considering Alito's nomination tomorrow - and the full Senate.
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By Arch Parsons and Arch Parsons,Washington Bureau of The Sun | July 30, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The 64-member board of directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which will meet here tomorrow, is likely to decide to oppose Senate confirmation of Judge Clarence Thomas as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, according to sources familiar with board members' opinions.Although it was expected that the board would go on record as opposing Judge Thomas' confirmation, there was uncertainty about how strongly its opposition would be stated and about the extent to which it would be able to achieve unanimity in reaching a decision.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Maryland men's lacrosse head coach John Tillman confirmed Friday that Navy offensive coordinator J.L. Reppert has agreed to take the same position with the Terps. “I'm excited to have a guy like J.L. come to our program,” Tillman said. “Because of the type of leader and mentor and coach he is, to work with our young people is going to be great for our program. He's a guy that I feel very comfortable with. I've known him for almost 20 years. So there's a lot of comfort in terms of knowing what he's all about, his knowledge of the game, our ability to work well together.
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