| Feb 12, 2014
| 11:21 AM
With Tuesday's decision to bring to a vote an increase in the nation's debt limit without any conditions, House Speaker John Boehner reasserted himself as the pivotal figure in a badly divided Washington. He demonstrated again that he is able and...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 10:58 AM
It was a hot day in Reyhanli, a small town on the Turkish-Syrian border. "Tell Obama we don't want him to intervene," a Syrian woman yelled to me in Arabic. "We do not want to be another Iraq!" She was half joking, but her 19-year old daughter added on...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:41 AM
As concern over the August chemical attack in Syria heated up and the U.S. was plunged into a debate over the use of military force to punish Syria for its use of internationally banned weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, House leaders wisely...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 5:07 PM
He knocked on doors in Ohio for President Barack Obama's campaign last year and is active in Maryland's Democratic Party, but Dave Kunes nevertheless opposes the president on what has become the central issue of his second term: whether to launch a...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 9:19 AM
The recent indictment of 10 Baltimore business owners or operators on charges of stealing more than $7 million from the food stamp program is a welcome development but badly timed. No doubt it will be used as fodder by House Republicans angling to take...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 9:51 AM
Ever see the Al Pacino movie, "Dog Day Afternoon?" Based on a true story, it's about a bank robbery that goes bad. When it becomes clear that the jig is up — that there's not much money to be had and they're surrounded by police — the list...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:05 PM
A Russian newspaper editor was fined Wednesday for printing a quote indicating that being gay was normal.
English translations of the contentious quote differ — Gay Star News went with "My very existence is proof being gay is normal" while the...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 1:00 PM
I don't understand why liberals and progressives think that President Obama is so wonderful. His State of the Union Address was empty of serious proposals, disappointing and unresponsive to the real problems Americans face and disturbing in its tendencies...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Even his supporters must have gotten a chuckle out of House Speaker John Boehner's declaration that immigration reform is in its death throes in his chamber because President Barack Obama can't be trusted to enforce whatever law they pass. As a bit of...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 11:16 AM
Is it possible that the adults in Congress are finally taking over?
That prospect has reared its head in the decision of Republican leaders in both the House and Senate to back away from another threatened government shutdown by swallowing an...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 3:12 PM
President Barack Obama told House Democratic lawmakers assembled Friday on Maryland's Eastern Shore that Congress must focus on increasing the federal minimum wage and changing immigration laws ahead of a midterm election that he acknowledged could be...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 9:57 AM
Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a government funding bill early Sunday that would delay the nation's health care law for one year — inching federal agencies closer to a shutdown that analysts predict would damage Maryland's...