James K. Bredar, the federal judge assigned to oversee and enforce the consent decree struck between the Justice Department and the City of Baltimore, brings an unusual — some say, unusually appropriate — background to the task.
Top city officials unanimously approved spending city funding on police reforms agreed to under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. They did so without releasing the agreement, and without specifying how much money would be spent.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will deliver a speech on community policing at the University of Baltimore School of Law on Thursday, according to the school — putting her in the city just as Department of Justice and city officials have said they would be finalizing a consent decree around police reform.
Mr. Obama was aware of the profound significance of being the first African-American president, but was never consumed by it. He does, nonetheless, represent the progress of our nation in achieving equality for all and getting closer to the attainment of Dr. King's dream — that we should be judged by the "content of our character," and not by the "color of our skin."
There is only one plausible explanation for President Obama's 11th-hour provocations of Israel and Russia: He is laying the groundwork with Senate Democrats to poison the confirmation well for Trump cabinet nominees. President-elect Donald Trump should take the opportunity thus afforded to drive more nails into the Senate Democratic coffin.
Federal workers in Maryland and across the nation are bracing for reductions in head counts, civil service protections and salaries when President-elect Donald Trump and Congress turn their attention to government spending later this year.
A little over three years after the launch of "The Kelly File," here she is in a league by herself as a TV news personality. There is no one even close. That's an incredible ascent, and I do not claim to have expected that.
Of all Barack Obama's costumes, the most ill-fitting is that of the hawk. The guise doesn't work for all sorts of ideological and historical reasons. Plus there's the fact that he's rushing to put on the outfit as he's heading out the door.
Ahead of the release next week of a report into Russian interference in the presidential election, top American intelligence officials said Thursday that the government needs to rethink how it responds to the hacking efforts of foreign governments.
The Democrats have 12 fewer U.S. senators than when President Obama was sworn in, 63 fewer House members and 16 fewer governors. They have the fewest number of state legislators in more than 100 years. In only six states do Democrats control both the governorship and the legislature — the lowest number in our history. Other than President Obama, Democrats have a severe messaging problem and dearth of winning candidates; the party is a fundamental mess.
Every year I begin with more questions than answers. When is President Obama supposed to come and take all the guns away? Are we a socialist Muslim country yet? How come we never saw that Michelle Obama "whitey" tape that was alleged to exist before the 2008 and 2012 elections? What happened to all those FEMA concentration camps we were told about? If they really did exist, why didn't Obama put Ted Nugent in one first?
It's time the media applied at least the same level of skepticism that they reserve for real terror attacks to fake hate crimes. Why? First, because their job is to report the facts. Second, because if they're really concerned about not alienating or radicalizing American Muslims, they shouldn't hype the propaganda efforts of the idiots who are doing exactly that.
The Obama administration's move to shut down a Russian diplomatic retreat over meddling in the presidential election cast a small patch of light on the normally shadowy job of battling foreign spies on American soil — all in the seemingly unlikely location of small waterfront community on the Eastern Shore.
A film titled "Barry" about his search for identity as student at Columbia University is now streaming on Netflix. A two-hour National Geographic documentary on what he did and did not accomplish during his eight years in office debuts Jan. 15. And a Ta-Nehisi Coates essay titled "My President Was Black" is the January/February cover story of The Atlantic.
As the White House announced a series of measures designed to respond to a hacking campaign to interfere with the presidential election, officials revealed that Russia maintains a suspected spy base in Maryland.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a political conservative in the mold of President-elect Donald J. Trump, seemingly cannot wait for what he envisions to be the dawn of a new America Jan. 20, when Mr. Trump is inaugurated. But that bodes ill for Israeli-Palestinian peace. A Trump-Netanyahu bond will mark a radical change in U.S.-Israeli relations.
Barbara A. Mikulski, who will retire next month after 45 years in elected office, has become an accomplished political tactician, able to maneuver through the Senate, ascend to the chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee and build a legacy that will last long after Rep. Chris Van Hollen is sworn in next month as her successor.
Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said Tuesday she has set a goal to complete negotiations with the Department of Justice over reforming Baltimore's police department before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes over.
Sen. Ben Cardin: I strongly encourage Mr. Trump to embrace the view that U.S. energy policy — and economic policy — should support the goals of the Paris agreement. Doing so will support the domestic production and use of clean energy technology in America and countries around the world, which will power our futures by reaping the benefits of more jobs and a growing GDP.
Baltimore activists gathered Monday to brainstorm ways to pressure Baltimore's elected officials to sign a consent decree on police reform with the U.S. Justice Department before President Barack Obama leaves office next month.
Six Marylanders were among 231 people granted clemency Monday by President Barack Obama in what White House officials described as the most pardons or commutations granted by a president in a single day in U.S. history.
Before President Obama turns off the Oval Office lights for the last time, it's critical that he make good on his order for a definitive report from the full American intelligence community — not just the CIA and the FBI — on whether the Russian government hacked into U.S. cyberspace in ways that could have, or did, affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday that she is hopeful that Department of Justice and Baltimore officials will agree to a consent decree governing police reform within the next month — but that reaching a deal depends on continued cooperation and good faith negotiations.
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez is set to announce today that he will run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, potentially taking himself out of the speculative mix of candidates considering the Maryland governor's race in 2018.
Aleppo has fallen to the Russian-backed forces of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. This defeat forecasts the end of wider opposition efforts in Syria and is a major victory for the brutal Assad regime. For the United States, a significant aspect of this outcome is the victory that Russia can now claim in the Middle East, for it is now clear that Russian intervention in Syria is part of a greater objective to challenge the U.S. reign as global superpower and fundamentally undermine the Western