| Mar 14, 2013
I hope I'm not too late to the fight.
Last week, freshman Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, held an old-fashioned filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Mr. Paul's stated reason for taking to the floor and talking for...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 10:04 AM
Defense officials and their allies in Congress have done their best to create a sense of crisis about impending budget cuts, but their warnings have failed to produce any visible result.
Instead, partisan divisions have hardened over how to avoid the...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 11:38 AM
The sweeping immigration bill outlined by a bipartisan group of eight senators this week represents the most comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. immigration system in more than a quarter-century. It's also probably Congress' best chance this year to...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 9:45 AM
When only one of the extreme sides of each political party is hollering against a bipartisan agreement on any bill, no doubt that side is the only one getting hosed. A true bipartisan bill gets both sides upset. So now begins the spin game by trying to...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:00 PM
A 19-year-old naturalized American citizen is accused of committing a crime of violence in the United States, and a gaggle of elected officials are urging for him to be treated as an enemy combatant and placed in the hands of the military. Not just the...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Immigration reform advocates are organizing thousands of Marylanders to attend a Capitol Hill rally on Wednesday to bring attention to negotiations in the Senate over immigration.
The rally, conceived by CASA de Maryland's executive director, Gustavo...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 8:51 AM
There was a time when a president and the opposition party in Congress could agree on certain basics, such as the right of the chief executive to select members of his cabinet with no fuss or bother.
The president's most important choice in this...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 11:52 AM
In general, presidents should appoint whomever they want to serve in their cabinets. But that doesn't mean that re-elected President Barack Obama will — or even should — appoint U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to replace the soon-departing...
| Jun 17, 2012
| 6:11 PM
Just days after Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosensteinand another federal prosecutor were appointed to look into national security leaks, a group of Republican senators called for their ouster, claiming the men can't be trusted to investigate the...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 9:45 AM
I read with interest columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s commentary regarding the recent Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Constitutional — but contemptible," July 9).
I am still confused — indeed...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 6:25 AM
President Barack Obama no longer needs Gov. Martin O'Malley as a top campaign surrogate, and the Democratic Governors Association is set to elect someone else as its chairman on Monday when the group meets in Los Angeles.
But neither development is...
| Dec 9, 2012
| 4:00 AM
A few words to ponder as we sail toward the fiscal cliff. Those words would be: "That was then, this is now."
Strip away the false piety and legalistic hair splitting offered by Republican lawmakers rationalizing their decision to abandon a pledge...