| Jul 16, 2013
| 6:26 PM
Senate leaders struck a deal Tuesday to avoid a showdown over the use of filibusters, ending a political drama and clearing the way for Marylander Thomas E. Perez to win confirmation as head of the Labor Department.
After days of escalating rhetoric,...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Since Mitt Romney lost to President Obama on Nov. 6, the conventional wisdom has been that the Republican Party is in trouble. The less conventional truth is that it is the Democrats whose chances may be more bleak.
Yes, Republicans are currently...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 4:31 AM
Second presidential terms are supposed to give the occupant of the Oval Office a voter-endorsed ticket to pursue a more favorable narrative place in the history books. Barack Obama's second time around, however, is developing more as a rerun of his...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 12:43 PM
Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a common sense immigration reform measure in a strongly bipartisan fashion.
This was an important step in the right direction - especially for producers, farm workers and rural communities.
| Sep 3, 2013
| 4:00 AM
What if they held an environmental crisis and no one cared?
What if a law moving through Congress would significantly harm clean water, open space, the Chesapeake Bay? You'd hear the alarms, strong and clear, from the largest national groups to the...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 11:02 AM
Presidential second terms tend to be disasters, but, to paraphrase Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, each is disastrous in its own way.
The big domestic initiative of George W. Bush's second term was Social Security privatization. Politically, it was a...
| May 3, 2013
Probing questions at presidential news conferences sometimes have a way of getting their principals to reflect on their state of mind -- and at the same time the state their presidency, particularly when things aren't going well.
Back in 1995, when Bill...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 11:00 AM
In his recent commentary on House Speaker John Boehner and immigration reform, columnist Jules Witcover chooses to ignore a few basic truths that would contradict his arguments ("Boehner's stance on immigration puts GOP in peril," July 2).
| Jul 7, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Attempting to narrow America's immigration debate down to an easily understood set of issues is no easy task. But that's why The Sun pays me the big bucks. So, with no further caveats, I offer comprehensive immigration reform in 800 words, more or less....
| Jun 28, 2013
| 8:15 AM
One would assume that Thomas F. Schaller read all 1,100 pages of the immigration reform bill and all its amendments before he claimed that it represented the national interest ("Immigration reform would be a win for Obama and the country," June 26). He...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 12:37 PM
After many ups and downs, Congressional passage of comprehensive immigration reform now looks possible. In exchange for tighter border controls, an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants will receive a path to citizenship. The biggest players in the...
| Jun 21, 2013
There is something about the start of a second presidential term that induces talk and speculation about the incumbent's eventual "legacy." Such notions are usually based on the president's accomplishments in the first term, plus expectations -- or...