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Current director of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement previously sold Microsoft counterfeits






Who vets hiring and recruitment in the Prince George’s County government? Long before he became director of the Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE), but while working for the county, Haitham Hijazi and his relatives were in business selling counterfeit Microsoft products. Hijazi had already become chief of the county’s engineering services. In 1994, he was promoted to associate director of the… Read More

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Have you had work done on your house in Prince George’s County?






This is a new wrinkle. My own house was built c. 1941–smaller rooms than a California-style great-room-type space but fairly high ceilings, brick rather than brick facing, fireplace and some of the original plaster walls. It came from a patriotic period in U. S. history; the style is usually dubbed ‘Washington colonial’, but I call it ‘Federal Revival Revival’. Thus, several significant construction jobs over… Read More

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“The most epic and consequential story of the past 40 years”?






On June 19, Politico media reporter Joe Pompeo wrote that New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron “are the two most important newspaper editors in America right now, at a time when the news media are tackling the most epic and consequential story of the past 40 years.” Concerning the United States’ ‘most important’ newspaper editors, I have no… Read More

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How the Democrats keep losing. 2017, part 4.






How the Democrats keep losing. The most recent addition to this exhibition–probably not the last–is now installed. Georgia’s 6th congressional district went for Republican Karen Handel. In no way was this a surprise, as far as I am concerned. See previous posts on this topic here and here. (Yes, it is time for the I-told-you-so’s.) The final outcome wasn’t all that much of a squeaker,… Read More

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Georgia 6th special election






Live-blogging results from GA-6. 7:30 p.m. Two polling places scheduled to stay open until 7:30. No results yet from the Georgia State Board of Elections. 0 of 208 precincts reporting. An intelligent piece from Axios breaks down the math. Three counties in the district; in the election in April, a combined 77 percent of the vote total came from the two counties that went Republican.… Read More

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John Doar of Watergate






Today’s history lesson. The Watergate investigation was headed by Republican John Doar, an alumnus of Princeton and of Berkeley Law. Before serving as chief investigator in Watergate, Doar had served as an Army Air Force pilot in World War II and as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the sixties. His duties as Assistant AG included protecting James Meredith at the University of Mississippi.* President… Read More

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Yesterday’s mass shooting






By now everyone knows about the shootings yesterday of Republicans practicing for tonight’s Congressional Baseball Game, a Washington annual charity event. A sixty-six-year-old white guy named James Hodgkinson went to the ball field, checked to make sure that morning’s practice was GOP–the Democrats had practiced earlier–and once players were on the field, opened fire. Majority Whip Steve Scalise is in critical condition. Tyson Foods lobbyist… Read More

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before Intelligence Committee






Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify soon before the Senate Intelligence Committee– (Watching live-streamed on C-Span, as with former FBI director James Comey’s testimony last week) As has been adequately reported, or almost adequately, Sessions requested an appearance in open rather than closed setting. Politico notes that The attorney general is facing increased scrutiny from lawmakers after former FBI Director James Comey testified last week that he knew… Read More

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Caveat emptor – “Wiky.Team” (Caymans)






If you are reading this, you know that my web site is located at www.margieburns.com. You know that I am the author. I am the creator of this blog site and am the only copyright owner. It has now come to my attention, as they say, that a purveyor called “Wiky.Team” is converting my site to pdf and is giving away and/or selling it. Link… Read More

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Washington figures– Comey, McCain, New York Times






Today’s Comey testimony — Fired FBI director James B. Comey’s much-anticipated appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee today did contain three surprises. Keeping it brief, I’d rather highlight the three than recap everything that will be covered by every media outlet. I watched the presentation live-stream on C-Span, the event unedited and unfiltered by commentary. It was pretty much a given that Comey would fire back at the man… Read More

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