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Congress poised to approve major overhaul of federal taxes

Congressional Republicans were on the verge of approving the first major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws in three decades as negotiators locked down the final version of the bill Friday and two key Senate holdouts announced that they would support the measure.

Jubilant GOP leaders said they expect to vote on the $1.5 trillion legislation in the coming days and deliver it to President Donald J.

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Sessions assigns three new prosecutors to Maryland as part of plan to confront violent crime

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is assigning three additional prosecutors to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland, part of a broader reallocation the Justice Department announced Friday to confront violent crime.

The announcement comes days after Sessions held a press conference in Baltimore to discuss the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration and international gangs.

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Miller's long-time chief of staff to head Maryland legislative agency

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller’s long-time chief of staff has been appointed to lead the non-partisan agency the analyzes the budget and legislative policy for the General Assembly.

Milller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch jointly announced late Thursday they appointed Victoria L. Gruber as the executive director of the Department of Legislative Services.

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More than 20 medical marijuana dispensaries in Maryland approved, drug supply low

Medical marijuana regulators approved 12 new dispensaries Thursday to open in the state, more than doubling the number of businesses allowed to sell the drug.

But they cautioned the supply remains low, and it may be difficult to buy marijuana until at least March.

“Product is limited,” said Bryan Lopez, chairman of the Medical Cannabis Commission. “We expect that it will continue to be limited.”

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Judges ask lawmakers' help on shortage of psychiatric beds

Three judges who order inmates to treatment in mental health facilities asked state lawmakers Wednesday to help set clear rules on how long people can languish in jail waiting to be transferred for psychiatric care — and who will be held responsible if that deadline passes.

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Rod Rosenstein defends Russia probe after anti-Trump text messages released, denies 'witch hunt'

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein faced sharp questioning from congressional Republicans on Wednesday following revelations that two officials assigned to the Justice Department’s Russia probe exchanged text messages critical of Donald Trump during last year’s campaign.

Rosenstein, the former U.S. attorney for Maryland, defended both the investigation and Robert S.

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