| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:39 AM
Class, here's a pop quiz on Washington's view of economics. Who gave the following unsolicited endorsements of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the refundable federal tax credit for low and moderate income workers?
The program gives "families flexibility...
| Jan 5, 2014
Facing a backlash from veterans, lawmakers in both parties — including several in Maryland — are reconsidering a cut to military retiree pensions that they approved last month as part of a rare bipartisan budget agreement.
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:44 PM
A bipartisan budget deal aimed at calming debates over U.S. fiscal policy for the next two years cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate, reducing the risks of another government shutdown and spending cuts that would have had an outsized impact in...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 10:27 AM
Well, so much for the return of reason to the Congressional budget debate.
Even before the ink was dry on the bipartisan agreement that is supposed to stabilize the budget debate for the next two years — and before the Senate has even voted on the...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:49 AM
At first glance, it would be tempting to condemn the bipartisan budget agreement announced late Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, if only because it asks further sacrifice of the unemployed and of federal workers. Those are hardly the two...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill on Monday to begin a critical week of budget negotiations with wide-ranging economic implications for Maryland — on issues that include Baltimore harbor dredging, preschool classrooms and the Eastern Shore's...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 5:52 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley used an address in New Hampshire on Saturday to compare the city he inherited as mayor in 1999 with the nation many believe he hopes to lead.
Noting he was elected Baltimore's mayor 14 years ago this month, the Democrat used an...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 5:09 PM
As the late budget agreement cleared the way for federal workers across Maryland to go back to work and government offices to reopen Thursday, attention in Washington shifted to the next problem: striking a new deal before funding runs out again in...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 10:40 AM
In spite of opposition by 72 percent of the American public, Republican members of the House of Representatives have driven the government, and possibly the economy, over the shutdown cliff. More ominous is their threat not to agree to an increase in...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 8:18 AM
The federal government has shut down. And it's the Republicans' fault — period.
Let's stipulate that most congressional Republicans are truly worried about federal spending and the national debt and honestly believe the Affordable Care Act is...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 6:20 PM
The director of the Maryland Republican Party resigned without notice. One of its state delegates was arrested for the second time on a serious alcohol-related charge. And a virtual civil war broke out over who should replace a leading senator who's...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 6:16 AM
"Our biggest problems over the next 10 years are not deficits," President Barack Obama told House Republicans last week, according to those who attended the meeting.
The president needs to deliver the same message to the public, loudly and clearly....