| Aug 8, 2013
| 8:44 AM
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as it turns out, were a pleasant fiction. The quasi-government guarantors of mortgage loans seemed like a good deal for Americans during all the years when they helped guarantee the availability of affordable, long-term home...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 3:11 AM
WASHINGTON -- A sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws such as the legislation approved in June by the Senate would boost Maryland's economic output by $740 million and add more than 8,000 jobs in the state, according to a report released...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 12:33 PM
WASHINGTON -- The only Republican member of Maryland's congressional delegation -- and the only veteran -- said Tuesday he currently does not support U.S. military intervention in Syria.
"The decision to engage militarily is one of the most serious a...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 8:42 AM
This month, Kimberly Perry, the new head of D.C. Vote, acknowledged the fatigue of past efforts to gain federal voting rights for the residents of Washington, D.C., and told The Washington Post, "there's always been the discussion of retrocession [to...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 8:11 AM
Can government solve the problem of poverty in America? It is a question worth asking because partisan politics is eroding the federal government's lead role in developing the social welfare policies that have defined much of the country's domestic agenda...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 5:01 PM
President Barack Obama on Friday proposed a 1 percent raise for civilian federal employees, a move that would end the pay freeze that has been in place for three years as policymakers sought to reduce budget deficits.
In a letter to congressional...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 9:12 AM
Much has been made of Congress' dismal approval ratings. A Rasmussen poll this summer found they had dipped below 10 percent. Sen. John McCain noted that Congress is less liked than a colonoscopy.
While such ratings may be grist for late-night TV humor,...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 12:57 PM
Something unusual happened when the controversy over the nation's health care law erupted again on the floor of the House of Representatives this month: A Maryland Democrat voted with Republicans.
Rep. John Delaney, the state's newest member of Congress,...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 11:00 AM
The GOP in Congress must make a firm decision to completely de-fund Obamacare before it is fully implemented next January ("Obama taking health seriously," July 21).
Obamacare, which was ramrodded through Congress by the Democrats, is a totally...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives, on a party-line vote, broke with tradition by stripping from the farm bill the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. What's left in the bill is billions of dollars...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 11:15 AM
In the last paragraph of his reply ("Pregnancy center signs are necessary," July 24) to Marta H. Mossburg's opinion article about the ridiculousness of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's legal crusade against crisis pregnancy centers, Baltimore City...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:30 AM
House Speaker John Boehner was quoted in Monday's paper as saying that fixing the nation's fiscal problems, not its immigration laws, is his top priority. Do we pay him to work on only one problem at a time? If so, is there anyone else in the U.S. House...