| 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...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 12:45 PM
Happy Halloween! Let's talk about something truly terrifying: LGBT discrimination in hiring.
Maybe not as viscerally scream-inducing as ghouls or witches, I know. But after progress on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act got halted by a government...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 1:11 PM
In a couple of weeks, state legislators will gather in Annapolis for the annual circus that is the Maryland General Assembly's legislative session. Given that 2014 is also an election year, the show will be even more entertaining, or depressing, depending...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 5:15 AM
A family that takes a second and a third mortgage may be in danger of losing the family home. A nation raising its debt ceiling again and again is in danger of losing its future. I think that many people are willing to do something, but what can we do?...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 11:49 AM
WASHINGTON -- The 16-day shutdown of the federal government last month resulted in $2 billion in lost productivity and, at its peak, left 40 percent of the federal workforce furloughed, according to a report released by the Obama administration Thursday....
| Nov 18, 2013
Local government officials aren't the only ones who have to worry about meeting the stormwater pollution reduction targets set by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its Chespaeake Bay pollution diet. The State Highway Administration also has a...
| May 18, 2013
| 5:17 PM
Race 1: Jockey Joel Rosario rode Aussi Austin to victory in the first of 13 races on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Bake Shop took second and Pretension finished third in the 1 1/16-mile dirt race. The winner finished in 1:45.23.
Bake Shop and...
| 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...
| Jun 23, 2014
Will Rogers, America's favorite philosopher/comic, once said, "Democrats never agree on anything. That's why they're Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they would be Republicans."
He wouldn't say that now.
The Republican Party, which was more...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 12:08 PM
This week's news that the economy had shrunk by 2.9 percent in the first three months of the year recalls one of former President Ronald Reagan's most memorable political lines: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
And so, we ask: How are...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Haley Barbour is the most popular modern Mississippi politician. His portly stature and marble-mouthed drawl were already something out of central casting for a Mississippi governor when elected in 2003; his performance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 9:00 PM
The Republican Party's reliance on tea party support is like an addict's dependence on a dangerous drug: It may feel good at first, but eventually it eats you alive.
No House majority leader had ever been ousted in a primary before Eric Cantor's...