| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:40 PM
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...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 10:18 AM
For many Americans, the shutdown of the federal government has few, if any, immediate consequences. The mail will still be delivered, taxes will be owed, and many other services will continue for a time (even as some basic functions, from keeping Head...
| 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...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 3:34 AM
It's a beautiful thing: Thousands of people in Western Maryland — that cradle of rural conservatism and fed-up secessionists who want to declare their independence as the country's 51st state — are now eligible for affordable health...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Letter writer Joe Everett made a valid point about the Voting Rights Act but failed to see the bigger picture and the totally inequitable situation that needs to be addressed ("Where was the outcry when Md. voters were harmed?" June 27).
In the last...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 7:53 AM
For a while last year, I started to worry about liking Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” so much.
Most of my colleagues didn’t like it — not that being out of sync with the herd ever bothered me greatly. It usually turned out...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 7:43 AM
If Gen. Benedict Arnold, Capt. Charles Boycott, Sen. Joseph McCarthy and Gov. Elbridge Gerry had a voice in the matter, their names, or variations thereof would not be part of our political vocabulary.
The last instance is more pertinent to Carroll's...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Even as the Senate takes up the issue of immigration reform this week, Republicans are increasingly giving indications that the effort isn't likely to go very far. First, it was Sen. Marco Rubio's dance around the issue — repeatedly speaking out...
| Jun 9, 2013
| 9:06 AM
Arguing that the congressional investigation into the IRS should be concluded, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Sunday that closed-door interviews with the agency's staff show neither the White House nor officials in Washington had a hand in targeting...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:29 PM
Harford County Executive David R. Craig has launched his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor in 2014, betting that he can overcome the suspicions of the far right of his party and the Democrats' 2-1 voter registration advantage in...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 6:07 PM
A leading opponent of the effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland used a high-profile congressional hearing Tuesday to allege that the Internal Revenue Service leaked a list of its donors to an adversarial group just as it was mounting a campaign...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 12:45 PM
Transparency and accountability are not hallmarks of the Obama administration. When a government operation calls for the distribution of thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels and results in the death of a U.S. border patrol agent and at least 200...