| Sep 7, 2014
| 1:07 PM
Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill on Monday amid a backdrop of world crises and a looming showdown over immigration. But they're set to focus most of their effort this month on a more fundamental task: keeping the federal government open.
Fresh off summer...
| May 21, 2014
| 2:39 PM
The centrist shift of the Republican Party, first observed last fall with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's landslide re-election, continued this week with GOP establishment candidates defeating tea party challengers in primary races. The most visible...
| May 23, 2014
| 8:41 AM
As Marylanders celebrate Memorial Day with ceremonies, parades, barbecues or other festivities, we owe it to ourselves to also remember the reason why this is a national holiday: It's a day to honor our fallen heroes — all those who made the...
| May 27, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Election year 2014 is the third time the Republican Party has hitched its wagon to the tea party. In 2010, angry tea partiers shouted down incumbents in town hall meetings, put Democrats into a defensive, crotch-covering crouch and delivered the House...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 8:04 AM
House Republicans are behaving like children in their threats to shut down the government, especially when they have better options to move their agenda.
The House has passed a bill to keep the government funded at current levels after September 30,...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 10:44 AM
The nation's debt ceiling is back in the news this week and for all the old, familiar reasons. By month's end, it will need to be raised or the U.S. Treasury will run out of money to pay the country's outstanding bills, and House Republicans are once...
| 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...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 6:53 PM
"There are two types of vice presidents: doormats and matadors. Which do you think I intend to be?" --Frank Underwood
The president is working on his State of the Union address, in front of a room filled with staffers and advisers, including Christina,...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 7:13 PM
Chapter 17 opens with some verbal jousting between Frank and Remy Danton, who has been lobbying on Tusk's behalf.
Tusk has tasked Remy to help wrangle members of the House to vote for Frank's grand bill that passed the Senate in Chapter 16. Tusk seems...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 8:23 PM
"Presidents who obsess over history obsess about their place in it, instead of forging it." -- Frank Underwood
President Walker and his party are the target of some attack ads, designed to sway voters before the 2014 midterm elections. While the source...
| 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...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 6:01 PM
President Barack Obama proposed a $3.9 trillion federal budget on Tuesday that calls for spending billions more on infrastructure, raising taxes on the wealthy and closing the gap between rich and poor that he has vowed to make a focus of his second term....