- President Donald Trump issued an executive order freezing federal hiring last week because he said the federal workforce had grown too big. The facts, however, do not support Trump's statement. In fact, the number of federal civilian employees has decreased over the past several decades.
- We are now less than two weeks into Donald Trump's 100 days, and it is less a honeymoon period than a prelude to a divorce, with great upheaval, unrest and massive resistance. But this is our first 100 days, too, and how we respond matters. If we want real change to happen, we must do everything we can to hold this administration accountable and to never doubt, as Margaret Mead once said, that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.
- President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates late Monday after she announced the Justice Department would not defend his travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries – embroiling the administration in controversy for a third day.
- Many Maryland elected officials not only responded to President Donald Trump’s executive order, but some took part in a rally at Baltimore-Washington
- The outrageous and unnecessary Trump executive order on immigration constitutes, among other things, another effort by the new president to denigrate Obama.
- As someone with a mixed-race heritage and who represents a racially-diverse constituency, I know how difficult it is for those who have "grown up straddling two worlds" to talk plainly and candidly about the strife our society experiences daily between the races. As any public figure soon learns, speaking plainly and candidly is very difficult without being perceived as choosing sides; when you are literally already on both sides, the natural instinct is to try to stay in the middle.
- Republicans believe in Keynesian economics and the importance of government fiscal policy in the management of the economy only when it works to the benefit of a Republican administration. This would suggest that we can expect the current Republican controlled Congress to somehow find a way to set aside their aversion to deficit spending and debt accumulation and support Mr. Trump's aggressive and risky plans.
The signature goal of President
Donald Trump's candidacy was to make America greater than it was under
This inaugural weekend found me rooted in front of the TV. Full disclosure: I voted for President Trump. He was not my first choice, but, as it turned out,In one of his first acts, President Donald J. Trump on Monday declared a hiring freeze for non-military federal workers, fulfilling a key campaign promise in what could be the first step toward a broader downsizing of the government workforce.On President Barack Obama's last full day in office, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it would conduct a sweeping review of Maryland's transport policies to determine whether they violate federal civil rights rules.There are three markers in Donald Trump's election to the presidency that suggest it may be a good time to introduce a "big infrastructure" problem. Here's a look at what happened in the past, and why it may signal something about the future.Mr. Trump has promised a lot that will be difficult to accomplish, because federal resources are limited. Without any new tax or spending initiatives, the federal deficit will grow as more baby boomers retire, and Congress will not always cooperate.On stage at its Annapolis venue through Jan. 28, Colonial Players is presenting playwright and novelist Anthony Giardina's reflective, penetrating 2014 drama, "The City of Conversation." The show, which touches the past 30 years including three political administrations , opened only a week before the inauguration of President Donald Trump – closing what many have called the most contentious campaign in decades.U.S. Department of Justice officials on Friday asked a federal judge to delay an initial court hearing on the terms of a police reform agreement they signed with Baltimore last week, saying they need more time to brief the incoming Trump administration on the proposed consent decree.Television’s days might be numbered in a digital world. But it still has an unrivaled ability to cover a wide range of events in a short space of time. And itOn Friday, tens of millions of people will watch the pomp and spectacle of a uniquely American tradition. Yet all of the day's formalities fail to cover up certain strains that often accompany this public ceremony. For alongside the pageantry, our inaugurations also expose some of the biggest tensions that define the U.S. presidency — and show how our democracy has survived to repeat the ritual for the nation's 45th commander-in-chief.President Barack Obama’s presidency may be coming to an end, but one Baltimorean has a comfortable keepsake to always remember him.With just two days left in the 44th presidency, I asked seven college professors to grade Barack Obama’s two terms in the White House. I have benefited greatlyPresident Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the soldier convicted of turning over classified diplomatic and military documents to the website Wikileaks.WASHINGTON — Once the parade winds down and spectators walk off the National Mall on Friday, President-elect Donald J. Trump is set to embark on a dizzying agenda during his first hours to reverse some of his predecessor's highest-profile policies. Even before he begins dismantling the Affordable Care Act and building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, Trump has promised to immediately end executive actions signed by President Barack Obama to shield some immigrants from deportationThe most frightening specter is not a President Trump who is overly friendly and compliant with Mr. Putin; it is a President Trump who believes Mr. Putin has played him for a fool and who overreacts. Hell hath no fury like a President Trump scorned.The airwaves are flooded this week with retrospectives on President Obama's eight years in office and worried talk about where we are headed in the next fourDemocrats in Maryland are looking for ways to use this year's General Assembly session to protect the legacy of President Barack Obama and blunt the impact of sweeping changes they fear the Trump administration will usher in.Now as families across Maryland and the nation undertake volunteer projects Monday, the final day of service under a president who has been its champion, organizers have faith the tradition is rooted enough to endure change in the White House.I still remember the film. It was black and white, but the people in it, only white. It stood in stark contrast to the shades of brown I encountered daily throughout my high school career in the Chicago suburbs in the 1990s, where the seeds for my vocation were sown. Today, I'm a spiritual leader in Baltimore, where I work with my historic Jewish congregation to engage our largely black and non-Jewish neighbors. It seems a long way from my school days, but that film still haunts me. And I findAfter the parade of Senate confirmation hearings last week, the contours of the incoming Trump administration — and how its positions and policies might affect Maryland — are beginning to take shape.
On the precipice of a week that will begin by honoring the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and end with the inauguration of President-electWitcover: In Chicago, Mr. Obama offered the case, to rousing assent, that America has never stopped being great. The change that looms ahead with Donald Trump surely will put the country to that test.Attorney General Loretta Lynch describes the sweeping Baltimore police reform document she signed Thursday as a "legally biding" deal that will survive a Trump administration. Others aren't so sure.