| Oct 16, 2013
| 9:31 PM
A bipartisan deal to reopen the government and extend the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling into early next year won overwhelming support in Congress late Wednesday, allowing tens of thousands of federal employees in Maryland to return to work starting...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Thanks to last-minute negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the government of the United States open, and the threat that the nation will default on its debts for the first time has lifted, at...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Just hours before the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan plan to reopen the government last week, Republicans emerged from a final meeting on the matter with grim faces and tight lips.
Except for Rep. Andy Harris.
While many of his...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 2:27 PM
If you don't think TV is in the midst of revolutionary change, go to Amazon.com this weekend and instead of buying a book or baby food, take a look at the online giant's original production of "Alpha House."
It's a political satire written and...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 11:25 AM
While there may be some bruised feelings and anger left behind in the aftermath, the so-called "nuclear option" unleashed Thursday by Senate Major Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats hardly seems worthy of its destructive billing. It means only that...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid says he's thoroughly fed up with Republicans' abuse of the filibuster rule to block President Obama's executive branch appointees. This week he may finally get a chance to do something about it.
In saying that he may...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 7:07 PM
Thomas E. Perez, the Marylander nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, is set to face a critical vote in the Senate this week that puts his confirmation in the middle of a blistering battle over the use of the...
| Jul 17, 2013
Faced with another crisis over one of its least democratic traditions, the U.S. Senate appears to have blown off enough steam to avoid a messy and divisive showdown over the use of the filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and a handful of...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 6:26 PM
Senate leaders struck a deal Tuesday to avoid a showdown over the use of filibusters, ending a political drama and clearing the way for Marylander Thomas E. Perez to win confirmation as head of the Labor Department.
After days of escalating rhetoric,...
| May 20, 2013
| 8:54 AM
Well, that didn't take long.
Just as several genuine scandals cast the Obama administration in an unfavorable light, Republicans in Congress are already overreaching — with hyperbolic comparisons to Watergate, calls for special prosecutors,...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 4:31 AM
Second presidential terms are supposed to give the occupant of the Oval Office a voter-endorsed ticket to pursue a more favorable narrative place in the history books. Barack Obama's second time around, however, is developing more as a rerun of his...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 11:01 AM
We're decades past the Cold War years when the two leading nuclear powers of the day, the United States and the Soviet Union, talked freely about their MAD strategies, which stood for Mutual Assured Destruction in any nuclear-weapons exchange.
Now, in a...