| Apr 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 budget is a concrete plan to create jobs and cut the deficit. We do not need to choose between these two priorities. The president's balanced, compromise plan proves we can do both.
The guiding principle...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 10:01 AM
It should surprise no one that President Barack Obama has been turning his attention of late to income inequality. In a speech last week and in a follow-up interview with The New York Times, he fretted about the widening gap between the wealthy and the...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 4:49 PM
Mary Theresa Nipwoda, a lab technician at Aberdeen Proving Ground, did what she could to prepare for the 20 percent pay cut she knew was coming this week.
The Harford County woman, who earns about $67,000 annually, switched her prescription...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 5:01 PM
Days after the Obama administration threatened widespread furloughs of government employees, one of Maryland's largest federal agencies, the Social Security Administration, said it might shoulder across-the-board spending cuts without sending any of its...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 10:13 AM
The Democratic Governors Association wants to conduct federal electioneering activity — things like get-out-the vote campaigns and voter identification programs — but it wants to do it with money that isn't subject to federal campaign...
| Jan 5, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Everything that everyone loathes about Washington was present in the "fiscal cliff" bill just passed by Congress. It is 153 pages long; most members probably hadn't read all of it before voting on it; it was delivered in the middle of the night; it was...
| Dec 8, 2012
An Internet search is inconclusive as to where the phrase "no skin in the game" originated. Some ascribe it to the late columnist William Safire, others to investor Warren Buffett. Politicians often use the phrase to justify policies to their liking. It...
| May 6, 2013
| 8:57 AM
In President Barack Obama's running argument with the Republicans in Congress over who's responsible for the legislative stalemate on Capitol Hill, he suffers self-inflicted wounds by continuing to run up the same white flag that undermined his own...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Letter writer Joe Everett made a valid point about the Voting Rights Act but failed to see the bigger picture and the totally inequitable situation that needs to be addressed ("Where was the outcry when Md. voters were harmed?" June 27).
In the last...
| Jul 4, 2013
Congressional frustration with efforts to get to the bottom of the IRS' targeting of conservative groups plainly shows the tax agency is dangerous to civil liberties, irrevocably broken and corrupting of national politicians.
Investigators on Capitol...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 8:09 AM
Now that the way has been cleared for the U.S. Senate to vote on a bipartisan bill to toughen federal gun controls, Americans should remember that the effectiveness of government regulations has limits. Ultimately, new laws will give Americans a false...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 4:04 PM
Baltimore officials voted Wednesday to raise water and sewer rates by 42 percent over three years, despite residents who pleaded for relief and a city audit that called the increase "higher than necessary."
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who controls...