| Apr 10, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Labor unions representing federal employees reacted angrily to the $3.8 trillion budget unveiled Wednesday by President Barack Obama, who proposed trimming $20 billion from federal retirement benefits — reopening a debate many Democrats felt had...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 11:41 AM
It's facile to say that if the extreme right and left of American politics dislike something, it must be a good idea, but in the case of President Barack Obama's budget proposal, it may be true.
The president is taking one more stab at a "grand bargain"...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 12:45 PM
Sen. Ben Cardin joined local business leaders and elected officials Friday in Howard County for an informal town hall meeting to discuss the impact of sequestration and federal budget battles on the county's business community.
"It is affecting our...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 8:12 AM
The budget fights in Washington, D.C., and Annapolis are looking predictably ugly this year and are shaping up along familiar lines: Do we raise taxes? Do we sink deeper in debt? Which programs do we cut — and how deep? How can we fund public...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Sen. Ben Cardin lamented snowballing damage from federal budget cuts in town hall meetings with federal workers and small-business leaders Friday, pledging to work toward an alternative budget solution by October.
But he acknowledged that achieving a...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 9:15 AM
The Internet is changing how leaders talk. Leaders from Rome to Beijing and beyond are helping usher in a new era of plain speaking. But American leaders are lagging behind, stuck in old patterns of windy and obfuscatory speech.
Around the globe, what's...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 12:36 PM
A month after across-the-board federal spending cuts began, there are signs that one of the most troubling potential consequences for Maryland — the furloughing of federal employees — might not be as widespread as initially feared.
| Mar 10, 2013
My columnist and television pundit gigs have me thinking a great deal about the relative positions of the two parties heading into the midterm election cycle.
For starters, the Democrats are ahead. Last November's elections gave the president a...
| Mar 17, 2013
The across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester come at a bad time for Maryland colleges.
Many usually send out financial award letters this month, but they still don't have all the details on how much federal funding they will...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 6:50 AM
Over the past six years, Maryland has taken a balanced approach when it comes to fiscal policy — making responsible cuts to spending while prioritizing investments in jobs, opportunity, and a stronger middle class. Because of this balanced approach,...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 5:01 PM
Days after the Obama administration threatened widespread furloughs of government employees, one of Maryland's largest federal agencies, the Social Security Administration, said it might shoulder across-the-board spending cuts without sending any of its...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 6:33 PM
Midshipmen at the Naval Academy could spend less time training at sea, some gates into Fort Meade could be shut down and routine maintenance at military installations across the state could be delayed under federal budget cuts set to begin Friday....