| 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 9, 2013
| 1:04 PM
House Speaker John Boehner has said he would oppose a landmark gay-rights bill, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), because its religious exemption is not broad enough.
But the House speaker has it backward. The current religious exemption in...
| Dec 25, 2013
The week between Christmas and New Year's is surely the nation's least productive, and that's why it ought to be dubbed "The 113th Congress Week." Naturally, the members of the U.S. House and Senate who so richly deserve this distinction are observing the...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Those familiar with my life story understand my emotional approach to educational opportunity — particularly where the story line ends in opportunity denied.
Simply put, I got lucky at a tender age. Enough athletic and academic prowess, in...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:57 PM
Baltimore Sun staff and wire reports
— With millions of consumers — including 73,000 Marylanders — getting health insurance cancellation notices, President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he will encourage insurers to continue...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 5:50 PM
The first time Kai Bacharach uttered his name — his male name, the one he chose for himself — was in the spring, at an event for students accepted to Goucher.
For the first 18 years of life, Bacharach used the female name his parents bestowed...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 10:25 AM
Republican Senator Dean Heller, the junior Senator from Nevada, announced Monday his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which likely makes him the crucial 60th vote in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's attempt to get the bill...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 11:54 AM
Most Americans believe that a person should not be discriminated against in the workplace because of sexual orientation. Polls have shown this consistently and strongly for years. So it shouldn't be too much of a shock if the U.S. Senate this week...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 11:15 AM
The headline over The Sun's recent editorial regarding immigration asks, "Can GOP compromise on immigration?" (Oct. 29) Why should they?
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan believed the Democratic Congress when they promised that if he signed the...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 2:46 PM
President Barack Obama renewed his call to Congress last week for passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would "grow the economy and shrink our deficits" as well as strengthen border security, modernize the visa system and offer a...
| 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 17, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Now that the debt limit has been raised, government workers are back to work and the proverbial budgetary can has been kicked a couple of months down the road, the obvious question is, what's next? After venting his spleen a bit over "manufactured crises"...