Hours before a midnight deadline would have ushered in an enormous tax hike on ordinary Americans, the White House reached a tentative deal with Congress on Monday to raise taxes on the wealthiest households while putting off tougher spending decisions for another battle in a couple of months.
By By Lisa Mascaro, Kathleen Hennessey, Michael A. Memoli and John Fritze and Tribune Newspapers
WASHINGTON — In an unexpected move that could have significant implications for Maryland, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski will be named the first female chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.
Behind-the-scenes jostling for committee chairmanships in the U.S. Senate has left Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski poised to take over the Senate Intelligence Committee — a move experts said Tuesday could bolster the role cyber security plays in the state's economy.
A host of advocates for Maryland interests — from the Chesapeake Bay to the defense industry — are anxiously watching whether the election will change the political dynamic in Congress despite early indications that it probably won't.
The candidates for Maryland's District 3 and District 7, which include parts of Howard, took turns answering questions at the Howard County League of Women Voters forum, held Tuesday at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.
Rob Sobhani, an independent who turned in 77,000 signatures to the state Board of Elections to get his name on the Nov. 6 ballot, has spent $1.5 million of his own money on ads as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate.
A proposal to expand equal-pay protections for female workers sponsored by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski failed to clear a procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday, ending the measure's chances but opening a potential Democratic attack line in this year's election.
Ronald Weich, an assistant U.S. attorney general and former aide to Sen. Edward Kennedy, will be named the next dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law on Wednesday, nine months after his popular predecessor resigned amid a public dispute with the university's president.