| Feb 3, 2014
| 5:57 PM
The U.S. Senate is poised to give final approval Tuesday to a nearly $1 trillion bill that would dictate the nation's agriculture policy for the next five years, reduce how much taxpayers spend on food stamps and alter conservation programs for the...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 1:18 PM
Commander in chief, leader of the free world, POTUS (President of the United States) — these are common monikers for the U.S. president.
Yet after taking Patrick Heline's class on presidential malfeasance, one might come up with a few other...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 11:01 AM
WASHINGTON -- Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger will not run for governor this year, the Democratic congressman announced Wednesday.
The Baltimore County lawmaker has flirted for months with joining a crowded field of Democrats seeking to replace Gov....
| Jan 23, 2014
| 12:13 PM
This winter, Katherine Hackett is wearing a hat and coat around her Connecticut house. In order to save on heating costs, she keeps her thermostat set at 58 degrees. After 17 years in the health-care industry, after raising two sons who are now in the...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:10 PM
Maryland Republican legislative leaders vowed Tuesday to make tax reduction, including repeal of the so-called "rain tax," their top priority for the 90-day General Assembly session that begins Wednesday.
After a briefing at which GOP lawmakers were told...
| 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...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 6:32 AM
Adam Sachs, a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in District 12 wants to implement a system of public financing for state campaigns, and ban corporate and political action committee contributions to state candidates.
These are two bad ideas...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 10:48 AM
The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill Saturday to provide back pay to 800,000 furloughed federal employees when the government shutdown ends.
If approved by the Senate, the proposal would limit the economic impact of the shutdown....
| Oct 6, 2013
At least 100 federal workers usually crowd the Salsa Grill in Woodlawn for lunch. By Friday, the fourth day of the partial federal government shutdown, their numbers dwindled to three.
The Peruvian eatery — across from the Social Security...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 8:19 AM
While our nation enters week two of the government shutdown and Congress' approval rating reaches an anemic 10 percent, the lowest number in recent history, I grow more and more concerned about the future. We witness politicians on both sides of the aisle...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:00 AM
In reading The Sun's editorial pages on Oct. 4, I couldn't help but think that the editorial board, in bowing to the extreme left wing base, has been shoveling a huge amount of "stuff." Take, for example, the editorial, "Congress: Do your job," where...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 2:57 PM
House Speaker Boehner, so the thinking goes, is held hostage by the tea party members of his caucus. They, plus the more moderate House Republicans who fear tea-party primary challenges, form an effective majority of the Republican Caucus (the "majority...