| 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 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...
| 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...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:44 PM
A bipartisan budget deal aimed at calming debates over U.S. fiscal policy for the next two years cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate, reducing the risks of another government shutdown and spending cuts that would have had an outsized impact in...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 3:46 PM
Maryland lost about 21,000 jobs as a result of the automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester, state officials say, and they expect another 4,000 federal positions to evaporate over the next two years.
New state estimates peg the job...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 5:01 PM
President Barack Obama on Friday proposed a 1 percent raise for civilian federal employees, a move that would end the pay freeze that has been in place for three years as policymakers sought to reduce budget deficits.
In a letter to congressional...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Maryland gained 8,900 jobs in November, the federal government estimated Friday — a decidedly up month in an up-and-down year held back by Washington budget cuts.
Better job growth after a difficult few months pushed the state's unemployment rate...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:12 PM
Most of the federal workers calling financial planner Stephen Zelcer have an observation and a question.
They're worried Congress will kick off a shutdown sequel in January — and they want to know what, financially speaking, they should do to...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 4:25 AM
Four-year-old Ethan Garcia, wearing a striped shirt, a plastic red firefighter's helmet and a big smile, sat at a table at Columbia's Dasher Green Head Start Center one morning last week with teacher Tiffany Cook.
"OK, Ethan, we're going to find the...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 10:23 AM
Gov. Martin O'Malley called on the federal government Monday to sustain funding for aerospace research, calling the state's growing industry a critical part of the Maryland's "innovation economy." During a tour of ATK Space Systems Division in Beltsville,...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Sen. Ben Cardin writes that budget cuts that went into effect on March 1 are hurting Maryland ("Pain of sequestration is real," July 22. He lists a number of federal institutions in Maryland that are impacted by the so-called sequestration. His solution...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 10:35 AM
For those who missed it, President Barack Obama turned his attention to the U.S. economy this week in speeches where he renewed his commitment to green energy, boosting manufacturing, and spending more on infrastructure like roads and bridges; chastised...