| Jan 5, 2014
Facing a backlash from veterans, lawmakers in both parties — including several in Maryland — are reconsidering a cut to military retiree pensions that they approved last month as part of a rare bipartisan budget agreement.
| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:49 AM
Just as the Nixon White House tapes have been for years "the gift that keeps on giving" for the Democrats, Obamacare seems destined to be a recurring basis for political mischief by the Republicans.
While the GOP seriously damaged its brand with its...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 8:30 AM
When Maryland Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr. took the opportunity to announce that state Sen. Jim Robey would be the next Senate Majority Leader during a speech at an Oct. 23 fundraiser for Del. Guy Guzzone, everyone in the room was the...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 4:39 PM
Needle exchange advocates are urging lawmakers to use a coming must-pass budget bill to lift the decades-old prohibition on spending federal funds for clean syringes for drug users, supporters of the effort said Thursday.
The groups are pressing...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 3:00 AM
While it's not uncommon for any negotiation to begin with a degree of doubt, it's difficult to imagine any launched with as little optimism as accompanied the opening last week of federal budget talks. That President Barack Obama could possibly still be...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Senior lawmakers unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Monday that would keep the federal government running for most of this year while directing hundreds of millions of dollars to Maryland interests — from the James Webb Space Telescope to...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 6:00 AM
After reading Dan Rodricks' column ("Obamacare, Obama, GOP take a tumble," Nov. 5), I was surprised that he took off his liberal polarized glasses and finally has realized what many of us moderate Democrats have long known.
And that is that we have a...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 4:51 PM
Bill Schroeder, owner of a bustling Italian grocery on Westminster's Main Street, doesn't know Rep. Chris Van Hollen's voting history or many of his positions. But he knows his Democratic congressman lives in Montgomery County.
And he finds it...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:48 PM
As legislators grilled Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Tuesday over the dismal debut of Maryland's health insurance exchange, the O'Malley administration stood by the website and said it will not switch to the federal version.
Rejecting calls to shut...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 2:51 PM
The Latin phrase, Primum non nocere, or "first, do no harm," is one of the central tenets of the medical profession. It ought to be held as dear by those in Washington who suddenly want to "fix" Obamacare — they first should make sure they aren't...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 9:40 AM
After "60 Minutes" ran a devastating piece on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey O. Graham pledged to block President Barack Obama's nominees for Federal Reserve chairman and for the next secretary of...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:26 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley proposed a $39 billion state budget Wednesday that puts more money toward education, prisons and the environment, but calls for no new fees or taxes.
"This budget should be an articulation of who we are and what's important to us,"...