| Jan 5, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Republicans say they will not cooperate on raising the debt limit in mid-February unless Democrats agree to cut spending by an equivalent amount ("Trouble ahead," Jan. 2). What these trillions of tax dollars are allocated for is instructive.
| 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...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 6:48 PM
— Gov. Martin O'Malley took the stage Saturday at a high school in this early presidential primary state, telling an auditorium of South Carolina Democrats that his principles worked in Maryland — and they'd work elsewhere.
| Dec 19, 2012
| 9:23 AM
The announcement that House Speaker John Boehner has offered to take the debt ceiling off the table in the current "fiscal cliff" negotiations is, in one sense, a welcome development. If the Senate agrees, we will temporarily be spared the sort of...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 9:31 AM
Anyone who believes that political stalemate over raising taxes or a preference for deferring hard choices were problems unique to Congress has probably never been to Annapolis. Even when one party dominates both chambers, as the Democrats do in the...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 1:56 PM
As the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session winds down in Annapolis, Harford's lawmakers said they have been kept busy this year with prominent bills, including a repeal of the death penalty, stricter gun controls and higher taxes.
All of Harford's...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Del. Frank Turner said he doesn't like increasing the gas tax, but "to do nothing is irresponsible." Turner, a Columbia Democrat, served as Democratic floor leader for the heated gas tax debate, which was eventually passed by the House of Delegates, 76 to...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:45 PM
Former Maryland congressional candidate Wendy W. Rosen was charged Thursday with illegally voting in two elections and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt charged Rosen, 58, with casting ballots in...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 8:54 AM
Current and retired federal employees who have been on the offense against the Defense of Marriage Act can't taste victory yet, but its scent is growing stronger now that the Supreme Court has decided to review the law.
Federal workers and retirees have...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 8:36 PM
What a lovely spot for a veto.
Clark's Farm in Ellicott City spreads out on 540 acres along Route 108, where cattle roam the pastures and where Humpty Dumpty, Willie the Whale, Little Red Riding Hood and other characters from the old Enchanted Forest...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 4:10 PM
Maryland's economy shed 3,100 jobs in November, the latest U-turn in a bumpy year overshadowed by the fast-approaching "fiscal cliff," according to federal data released Friday.
The U.S. Department of Labor also sharply revised downward its estimate...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 3:00 AM
"Saving the Chesapeake Bay is a test; if we pass we get to keep the planet," wrote Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker, in the foreword to a book I wrote about 20 years ago for the foundation.
The bay, on the doorstep of the nation's capital,...