July 18, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Baltimore lawmaker and top-ranking Democrat on the often contentious committee have never enjoyed a particularly strong relationship. And so tensions were already high when Issa, a California Republican, referred to Cummings on Thursday as "a little boy with his hand caught in the cookie jar" during a hearing that quickly captured national attention and prompted Issa to clarify his remarks a few hours later.
March 26, 2013
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is making the most of his downtime in the early part of the offseason and is taking advantage of his clout as a professional football player by working as an intern for a local politician. This month, Smith, who studied criminal justice at Maryland, has worked as an intern for Elijah Cummings, a Democrat who has been the U.S. Representative for Maryland's seventh district since 1996. “I was handling files, reading letters, relaying them, typing up what sponsors say, printing stuff,” Smith, who is entering his third season in the NFL, said in a recent interview with the team's website . “I was the office guy.” Ravens director of player development Harry Swayne helped Smith secure the internship.
September 27, 2012
As the Federal Reserve begins another round of money-printing disguised as monetary policy (Quantitive Easing, Round Number 3), it is instructive to review the congressional scorecard of those congressmen who continue to give the Fed this power. Congressman Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes both voted against the "Audit the Fed" bill passed by the House in July. Both men, particularly Elijah Cummings, represent people who will be profoundly harmed by the inflation that inevitably occurs after reckless monetary policy.
May 3, 2012
Rep. Elijah Cummings wants folks to know that he's keeping it real. Like really, really, really real. Starting with where he lives. He told a crowd at Howard University Wednesday just how down-and-dirty real his Baltimore neighborhood is. “I live in the inner, inner, inner-city. I'm one of the few congresspeople who live in the inner, inner city," The Hill reported Cummings saying. "You know, I ain't living close to the inner city, I'm right there on the 'Do the Right Thing' block.
October 17, 2011
A man in predominantly white northern Baltimore County, currently represented by a white conservative Republican from Frederick County, doesn't like that he might soon be represented in Congress by a liberal African-American man from Baltimore City. "The citizens of northern Baltimore County have different issues than the citizens of Baltimore City," the man told the political sausage-makers working on Maryland's new district maps. At the same time, a liberal African-American woman from Prince George's County, who won re-election to Congress with 83 percent of the vote in her district in 2010, expressed dismay that her district might soon include some white, conservative voters inAnne Arundel County.
July 18, 2011
When Kirsten Gaither steps out her front door every morning, she realizes the world holds much more than the familiar comforts of her Liberty Heights neighborhood. Traveling with her AAU and Digital Harbor basketball teams has taken the teenager around the United States, but Gaither's horizons are even wider. "In school, why am I learning about other countries? Why am I learning about history in other countries? It's not just the United States on the planet," she said. "There are more things going on in the world, and it obviously affects us here, because we're at war over in Iraq.