| 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,...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 4:33 AM
Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to be in Las Vegas Tuesday for a panel discussion on clean energy, appearing alongside former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at an event with big names in national politics.
The day-long National Clean Energy...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Sequestration is an extremely crude way to cut approximately 2 percent of federal spending. It is analogous to forcing a grossly obese person to lose a few pounds by not feeding him for a few days. On this issue, at least, it appears that Republicans...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 11:29 AM
Two months after American voters made it clear they want effective government — and two years before the U.S. Senate's next opportunity to reform its broken rules — that "do nothing" chamber appears poised to fix its filibuster. In its present...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 1:17 PM
The best chance to get the U.S. Senate to do its job is not to withhold pay (although withholding campaign contributions might have done the trick) but to reform the Senate rules so that filibusters aren't used so routinely to gum up the works. Majority...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Only a few days into the new year, the Grand Old Party has a huge political hangover from the events that rang in the tidings of 2013.
First came the escape from the fiscal cliff that saw its speaker of the House, John Boehner, embarrassed by his flock'...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Sen. Ben Cardin's fear-mongering article about the threat of budget sequestration was appalling ("No to sequestration," Feb. 20). He of all people should know that the sequester was proposed by President Obama himself to Senate Majority Leader Harry...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 11:38 PM
Hours before a midnight deadline Monday, the White House reached a tentative deal with Congress to stop an enormous tax hike for all but the wealthiest households and to postpone for two months tough decisions on how to cut federal spending.
After a rare...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Author's disclaimer: Today's piece may cause my center/right readers severe irritability, sleeplessness, and a strong desire to limit your cable television options to Fox. The antidote may not arrive until the midterm elections of 2014.
| Jan 7, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Regarding the recent editorial on the debt ceiling ("Another cliff ahead?" Jan. 4), why not put a majority of the blame on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the do-nothing Democratic-led U.S. Senate? He has avoided his Constitutional (not to mention...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Behind-the-scenes jostling for committee chairmanships in the U.S. Senate has left Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski poised to take over the Senate Intelligence Committee — a move experts said Tuesday could bolster the role cybersecurity plays in...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 6:25 PM
In an unexpected move that could have significant implications for Maryland, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski will be named the first female chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.
The Baltimore native and Maryland Democrat, who had...