| Dec 22, 2013
| 8:53 PM
WASHINGTON — By the numbers, this Congress is on track to make the infamous "do-nothing Congress" of the late 1940s look downright prolific.
Before the Senate adjourned Friday for an extended holiday break, the two bodies of the 113th Congress...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:45 AM
WASHINGTON -- The 113th Congress looks to be a sure bet to go down as the most ineffective in history.
Just 56 bills were signed into law so far in 2013, as the first session prepared to wrap up. For the first time in recent memory, the number of new...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 2:55 PM
In the days after Megan Chuhran was sexually assaulted in a Kalamazoo College dorm room, she felt like she was torn between two terrible options: let the traumatic experience go, or endure months of interviews, hearings and investigations from professors,...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 1:25 PM
Dismissing comparisons of tea party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to the infamous Joe McCarthy, Jonah Goldberg suggests in his column Tuesday that Cruz instead "might be the conservative Barack Obama." Goldberg then requests that readers "bear with me."
| Sep 18, 2013
| 3:40 PM
The always quotable Vice President Joe Biden took a shot at House Republicans the other day, referring to them as “this Neanderthal crowd” for having resisted speedy reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. His crack certainly...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 8:15 PM
SAN JOSE – Avoiding the controversial issue of domestic spying, President Obama told a gathering of liberal activists Thursday that they may not always agree with him, but their shared work on causes such as the overhaul of the nation’s...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 6:26 AM
Who is the face of American liberalism? Who is the face of American conservatism?
In Washington politics and on social media these days, the king and queen of "base" politics are two freshman U.S senators — Texas' Ted Cruz for conservatives and...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 1:40 PM
For the second time in less than six months, just three House Republicans signed their names to gay rights legislation. And one of them is again Lehigh Valley Rep. Charlie Dent.
Dent added his name Thursday to a bill making it illegal to discriminate...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 12:23 PM
Those of us who appear regularly in the North Avenue courthouse, where Baltimore City's domestic violence cases are heard, were already aware of the "spike" in domestic violence homicides noted recently by The Sun. We knew that some of those women had...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 8:07 AM
The U.S. Justice Department will award $2.3 million in grants to a dozen local governments across the country in an effort to reduce domestic violence homicides, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., announced Wednesday at an...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 12:53 PM
U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent plans to buck fellow Republicans and vote against their scaled back version of the Violence Against Women Act Thursday.
But he will support a Senate-passed version that includes protections for gay, lesbian and transgender...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 12:39 PM
The 1994 Violence Against Women Act has done tremendous good in stepping up prosecution of domestic violence, aiding victims and increasing awareness of a too-often silent threat to our society. But the act was allowed to lapse in 2011 amid partisan...