| Dec 16, 2013
| 10:55 AM
It may have been a long time coming, but President Barack Obama's decision to stand up to the obstructionists in Congress that led to the 16-day government shutdown in October has begun to pay off.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, recognizing...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:29 PM
Congressional negotiators announced a $1.01 trillion budget agreement on Tuesday that would avoid another government shutdown but deliver an additional round of cuts to federal employees in Maryland.
The two-year deal would replace $63 billion in...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:49 AM
At first glance, it would be tempting to condemn the bipartisan budget agreement announced late Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, if only because it asks further sacrifice of the unemployed and of federal workers. Those are hardly the two...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 11:09 AM
First came the drama over the government shutdown. Then the showdown over the debt ceiling. Now another round of negotiations on the budget deficit.
Pardon me for asking, but when exactly will Washington begin to deal with the crisis of jobs, wages...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 11:38 AM
In a research lab in East Baltimore, rats that provide clues to how the brain degenerates with age could grow too old or even die before scientists can complete their experiments.
At a homeless shelter, a Baltimore mother feeds her underweight toddler...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Once again, right-wing lawmakers in Congress have shown how disconnected they are from the needs of the people. From forcing the federal government to shut down, engaging in futile votes to defund the Affordable Care Act and threatening to not raise the...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 5:00 AM
My conclusions about the latest mess in Washington, for your consumption:
•The GOP lost: Yes, Obamacare is a predictably unruly mess. It consists of many bad ideas (and a few good ones) wrapped into an enormously expensive partisan missile...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 7:02 AM
The Cecil County man, convicted in a prescription pill case, was due to be sentenced in federal court last spring — until his attorney made an embarrassing admission to the judge: The federal defender's office could not afford to pay for documents...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Like her colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tiffany House packed up her desk last week hoping the government shutdown would last only a few days.
But the single mom from Hyattsville will be in a position different from...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 10:25 AM
Raising Maryland's minimum wage has faced tough going in Annapolis ever since Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. left office. It was the Republican governor's steadfast opposition to raising the minimum wage that spurred Democrats to support an increase in 2005...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 12:47 PM
To us, biomedical research is not an abstract idea funded by wasteful government spending. It is work done by driven and passionate young people like ourselves who want to save lives -- but that work requires money, resources, and time.
We are a...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 3:00 AM
While it's not uncommon for any negotiation to begin with a degree of doubt, it's difficult to imagine any launched with as little optimism as accompanied the opening last week of federal budget talks. That President Barack Obama could possibly still be...