| Jan 7, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Only a few days into the new year, the Grand Old Party has a huge political hangover from the events that rang in the tidings of 2013.
First came the escape from the fiscal cliff that saw its speaker of the House, John Boehner, embarrassed by his flock'...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Reports of the death of the tea party are greatly exaggerated.
For about two years now, certain observers have been declaring the demise of this insurgent tendency within the Republican Party. However, despite recent headlines, we should expect to...
| 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...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 5:21 PM
When push came to shove, Republicans and Democrats came together for a last-minute bi-partisan compromise on the so-called fiscal cliff, a combination of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that would have plunged the nation back into recession. The...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 11:38 PM
Hours before a midnight deadline Monday, the White House reached a tentative deal with Congress to stop an enormous tax hike for all but the wealthiest households and to postpone for two months tough decisions on how to cut federal spending.
After a rare...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 9:08 PM
A bipartisan plan to avoid federal spending reductions and tax increases that would hit Maryland especially hard won final approval Tuesday night in the House of Representatives even as outside groups warned that the bill would simply delay difficult...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Maryland's newest member of the House of Representatives, Democrat John Delaney, was sworn into office Thursday amid a flurry of symbolism and celebration but also apprehension over issues left unresolved by the last Congress.
The Potomac banker, who...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:19 PM
In a move that will help some 800 Maryland families affected by the effects of Hurricane Sandy, Congress approved $10 billion in emergency funding Friday for the federal flood insurance program.
The hastily scheduled votes came in response to criticism...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 9:23 AM
The announcement that House Speaker John Boehner has offered to take the debt ceiling off the table in the current "fiscal cliff" negotiations is, in one sense, a welcome development. If the Senate agrees, we will temporarily be spared the sort of...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 8:00 AM
It has been reported that House Speaker John Boehner is backing a compromise on taxing those "rich" Americans who make over $1 million a year.
Unfortunately, that threshold, as well as President Barack Obama's proposal to increase taxes on those...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 8:54 AM
Current and retired federal employees who have been on the offense against the Defense of Marriage Act can't taste victory yet, but its scent is growing stronger now that the Supreme Court has decided to review the law.
Federal workers and retirees have...
| 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....