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  • Congress' approval rating matters

    Congress' approval rating matters<!-- span class="opinionlabel">[OPINION]</span -->
    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,...
  • Inevitability and the race for governor

    Inevitability and the race for governor
    The 2014 Maryland governor's race has been shaping up so far as a fight about inevitability. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler long fostered the sense of his own lock on the job through a massive campaign war chest. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown countered...
  • Labor lawyer Schiffer tells senators she can be impartial on NLRB

    Labor lawyer Schiffer tells senators she can be impartial on NLRB
    An Annapolis lawyer who has long represented unions tried to assure Senate Republicans on Tuesday that she could serve impartially on the federal panel that hears disputes between workers and management. "I understand that this position is different,"...
  • Top item on Obama's agenda: damage control

    Top item on Obama's agenda: damage control
    As it must come to all American presidents, it seems, Barack Obama's policy agenda is being crowded out of the headlines by the imperative of damage control against administration scandal. The allegations of incompetence or worse in the IRS' targeting...
  • Hoyer to endorse Brown in governor's race

    Hoyer to endorse Brown in governor's race
    Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's campaign for governor is poised to collect two more high-profile endorsements from top Maryland Democrats Monday as Democratic candidates in the race for Maryland's next governor hold events across the state. House Minority Whip...
  • Obama to make public plea in Maryland

    Obama to make public plea in Maryland
    President Barack Obama will make his case for reopening the federal government at a construction firm in Maryland on Thursday as a political solution to end the 2-day-old shutdown remains elusive. Obama will visit the Rockville office of Baltimore-based...
  • No progress toward deal on shutdown

    No progress toward deal on shutdown
    Lawmakers in Congress made no progress Tuesday on ending the budget impasse that has thrown federal agencies in Maryland and elsewhere into the first government shutdown since 1996. There was little indication that either side was prepared to negotiate,...
  • Services suspended, offices closed, workers sent home

    Services suspended, offices closed, workers sent home
    Workers at Fort McHenry emerged shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday to post the sign: "Closed until further notice. No Entry. No trespassing." Over the next hour, joggers and cyclists pulled up to the gate, stopped, read the notice and turned around. Finally,...
  • Congress steers government toward shutdown

    Congress steers government toward shutdown
    Lawmakers in Congress failed to settle on legislation Monday to end the latest budget showdown, forcing federal agencies to begin shutting down services for the first time in 17 years. The Republican-led House and Democratic Senate majority, unable to...
  • Are tax cuts in Maryland's future?

    Are tax cuts in Maryland's future?
    To paraphrase the British author Samuel Johnson, nothing focuses the mind like an imminent election. After raising billions in new taxes during Gov. Martin O'Malley's tenure, state legislators have begun focusing their minds on next year's election...
  • Perez confirmation vote hangs on Senate's 'nuclear option' debate

    Perez confirmation vote hangs on Senate's 'nuclear option' debate
    Thomas E. Perez, the Marylander nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, is set to face a critical vote in the Senate this week that puts his confirmation in the middle of a blistering battle over the use of the...
  • Md. lawmakers change tune on gay marriage

    Md. lawmakers change tune on gay marriage
    Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act — and more recent efforts to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage — underscores just how dramatically views on the divisive issue have changed...