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June 28, 2012
Either you or Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger aren't telling the whole story about his decision leave the House Armed Services Committee, because the explanation given doesn't make any sense ("Ruppersberger steps down from Armed Services panel," June 27). Neither he nor your reporter answers the basic question: Why is a senior member of an important congressional committee stepping aside to make way for an incoming freshman? It should be the other way around. Sorry, but I must be missing something here.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Two well-known U.S. Congressmen threw their support behind candidates for attorney general from their home counties Monday, with Dutch Ruppersberger endorsing State Del. Jon S. Cardin and John K. Delaney backing State Sen. Brian Frosh.  Ruppersberger, a Baltimore County Democrat, is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. "Cyber crimes are among the next-generation of issues with which our new Attorney General will have to contend," Ruppersberger said in a statement.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who briefly considered running for governor himself last year, endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for the job on Tuesday. The Baltimore County Democrat was one of the last holdouts in the congressional delegation to pick a candidate, along with Reps. Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney, both of Montgomery County. The other six Democrats in the state's congressional delegation are backing Brown. "Lt. Gov. Brown has demonstrated a commitment to building a business climate that attracts, retains, and grows business in the 2nd Congressional District, and he has a plan to continue that success across our entire state," Ruppersberger said in a statement.
NEWS
June 3, 2014
The American people need forthright members of Congress to keep us informed - to the extent possible - about what the government is doing to us in our name. As there are no external sources of information on the classified portions of the government, the integrity of the elected officials serving as watchdogs is of paramount importance. In April of 2013, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger used these words to describe the Cyberspace Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), about a month before the American people began to learn the scope of bulk surveillance: "MYTH: The government will amass countless amounts of data on U.S. citizens which will sit on government computer servers.
NEWS
April 14, 2013
In response to Dan Rodricks ' column regarding Dutch Ruppersberger ("Ruppersberger weighs run for governor," April 11), yeah, that's all well and good, but when are we going to start holding politicians responsible for their past actions, or lack thereof? As Baltimore County executive, Mr. Ruppersberger enabled, if not looked the other way (which is more insidious), as David Brown razed the Samuel Owings House. One more chance at Baltimore County's growth becoming something more than another Paramus, N.J., blown.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2011
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Republican committee Chairman Mike Rogers introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow the government to share classified information on potential cyberattacks with private businesses. The bipartisan bill aims to improve communication between the federal agencies that focus on cybersecurity, which have been wary of discussing intelligence information outside the government, and private companies, which have been reluctant to publicize attacks on their computer systems.
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May 5, 2011
I never had my favorite teacher in the classroom. Mr. Verlangas was the moderator of the safety patrol at Leith Walk Elementary School, of which I was the proud captain. At that time, my father suffered a major heart attack. He was in the hospital, and we didn't know if he was going to make it. At a time in my life when I needed a male role model most, Mr. Verlangas was there to help me navigate the tough days. I wanted desperately to be in his classroom, but it never came to be. My father lived until he was 84, but I never forgot Mr. Verlangas' kindness.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger on Thursday joined the chorus of lawmakers criticizing Baltimore City schools for spending stimulus money and dollars designated for poor children on $99-per-person fried chicken dinners, a makeover day and two cruises through the Inner Harbor. “I supported federal stimulus funding to create jobs by putting more teachers in classrooms and avoiding the layoffs of others -- not for harbor cruises, catered dinners and theater tickets," said Ruppersberger, a Democrat, in a statement.
NEWS
June 3, 2014
The American people need forthright members of Congress to keep us informed - to the extent possible - about what the government is doing to us in our name. As there are no external sources of information on the classified portions of the government, the integrity of the elected officials serving as watchdogs is of paramount importance. In April of 2013, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger used these words to describe the Cyberspace Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), about a month before the American people began to learn the scope of bulk surveillance: "MYTH: The government will amass countless amounts of data on U.S. citizens which will sit on government computer servers.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday that the Obama administration's decision to release five Taliban prisoners in exchange for an American prisoner of war was a "dangerous precedent" that "puts all Americans at risk throughout the world. " The Baltimore County Democrat joins a chorus of Republicans who have questioned the effort that led to the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last remaining prisoner in Afghanistan.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday that the Obama administration's decision to release five Taliban prisoners in exchange for an American prisoner of war was a "dangerous precedent" that "puts all Americans at risk throughout the world. " The Baltimore County Democrat joins a chorus of Republicans who have questioned the effort that led to the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last remaining prisoner in Afghanistan.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
The Social Security Administration office that reviews claims for central Maryland has the third-longest delay in the nation, prompting Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger on Monday to call for the agency to craft a plan to address the problem. "Some have had to file for bankruptcy, some have lost their homes, some have even died before getting even a penny of the benefits they were entitled to," the Baltimore County Democrat said. Agency data show it takes an average of 17 months to get a hearing to review a disability denial in the Baltimore office, which covers reviews for much of the state.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
The Social Security Administration office that reviews disability claims for Central Maryland has the third-longest processing delay in the nation — a backlog that prompted a member of the state's congressional delegation on Monday to call for action. Disability claimants with appeals at the Baltimore office wait an average of 17 months for a hearing, agency data show. That's longer than in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and more than 150 other offices. In Chicago, by comparison, the average wait time is one year.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who briefly considered running for governor himself last year, endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for the job on Tuesday. The Baltimore County Democrat was one of the last holdouts in the congressional delegation to pick a candidate, along with Reps. Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney, both of Montgomery County. The other six Democrats in the state's congressional delegation are backing Brown. "Lt. Gov. Brown has demonstrated a commitment to building a business climate that attracts, retains, and grows business in the 2nd Congressional District, and he has a plan to continue that success across our entire state," Ruppersberger said in a statement.
NEWS
March 30, 2014
I applaud The Sun for its editorial on reforming the National Security Agency ( "Who will watch the watchers?" March 24). Your writer was rightly and justifiably skeptical about both President Obama's and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger's apparent 180-degree turn on the seemingly never-ending NSA scandal. As the ranking Democrat and head of the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Ruppersberger has utterly failed the American people. In the face of overwhelming leaks, inquiries and ever-increasing evidence of abuse he has fanatically defended the NSA and its abusive, unconstitutional overreach.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, plans to introduce bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. telephone and email data - the surveillance program that has drawn fire from privacy advocates, civil libertarians and some lawmakers since it was revealed last year. Under a proposal developed by Ruppersberger and Rep. Mike Rogers , the Republican chairman of the intelligence committee, the government would have to rely on records kept by private telecommunications companies for information now gathered by the National Security Agency.
NEWS
December 9, 2011
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger's bill with Rep. Mike Rogers of the House Intelligence Committee is a curious piece of legislation ("Aid to battle cyber threats," Dec. 4). Who is being represented by this legislation? That it involves the National Security Agency, which is busy tapping our phones, entering our computers and otherwise invading the privacy of American citizens and foreigners, should be very unsettling. Government spying on citizens should always be a concern in a democracy.
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By Jean Marbella and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2011
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger picked up his phone Saturday and found himself in a conversation right out of a spy novel. The line was not secure, so CIA Director Leon Panetta chose his words carefully. "You know that other thing we know about?" Ruppersberger recalled Panetta saying. "We're getting very, very close. " Within hours, U.S. special forces raided a compound in Pakistan and killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. As one of eight lawmakers briefed on the nation's most secret intelligence operations, Ruppersberger had followed the mission for weeks.
NEWS
March 13, 2014
When it comes to the nation's intelligence gathering and the National Security Agency in particular, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is no softie. The Maryland congressman, whose district includes Ft. Meade and the NSA, called NSA leaker Edward Snowden a traitor who "handed terrorists a copy of our country's playbook. " Mr. Ruppersberger helped narrowly defeat an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would have ended the NSA's practice of collecting telephone "metadata" on calls made in the United States, and when President Barack Obama hinted in December that he might curtail the practice, Mr. Ruppersberger joined a bipartisan group of leaders from the House and Senate intelligence communities to defend the program as a "valuable analytical tool.
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