| Jan 31, 2014
| 12:00 PM
There should be no question that President Barack Obama gave a moving State of the Union speech ("Obama makes America proud," Jan. 30).
There was even some humor when he said even a bartender's son could rise to become the Speaker of the House of...
| 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...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Even his supporters must have gotten a chuckle out of House Speaker John Boehner's declaration that immigration reform is in its death throes in his chamber because President Barack Obama can't be trusted to enforce whatever law they pass. As a bit of...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 12:10 PM
Bills before the Maryland Senate and House would prevent the use of public college and university funds to support scholarly involvement in academic organizations that have voted to boycott Israel. The legislation is a serious threat to academic freedom,...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 10:33 AM
U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger joined the family of slain University of Virginia lacrosse player and Cockeysville native Yeardley Love and Towson University officials Tuesday morning to announce a House of Representatives bill that would make May 3, the...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The marvel of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, which the House of Representatives approved this week, is that for a piece of legislation that's essentially dead on arrival in the Senate, it's going to live on as a political document from now until November....
| Feb 18, 2014
| 5:20 PM
The Social Security Administration plans to streamline its review of disability claims for veterans starting next month, shaving weeks off the process by which it determines benefits, officials are set to announce Wednesday.
The Woodlawn-based agency...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 2:19 PM
The continued existence of Maryland's death row a year after the General Assembly abolished capital punishment was brought into question by two events this month, one obvious and one less so. The first is the death, apparently of natural causes, of one of...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 11:32 AM
The Republican lobbyist who was seemingly grandstanding all week about introducing legislation to ban out players from the NFL has released the text of the proposed bill.
"The American Decency Act of 2014" — which has, let's be clear, almost...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:51 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration laid out a framework on Thursday for assessing the amount of crude off the Atlantic coast, another step toward possibly allowing oil production in an area that has been out of reach for decades.
The plan was...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 1:58 PM
A House of Representatives hearing into the scandal surrounding the Internal Revenue Service devolved into a bizarre bit of political theater on Wednesday when the committee's Republican chairman closed down the proceeding before the ranking Democrat,...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 2:46 PM
Arthur Turco had defended members of the Black Panther Party across the country, but it was in Baltimore that he would be arrested and jailed — on charges that he and members of the militant group had killed a suspected police informant within their...