It's beginning to seem like the longest running off-Broadway show, the Republican effort to end the Obama presidency prematurely. The latest act was staged the other day before the House Rules Committee.
After 80 years, the city of Cleveland, much maligned in lore as "the mistake on the lake," has been selected to host a national political convention in 2016. Famous Ohioans President William McKinley and Mark Hanna, the Karl Rove of his day, might well be turning in their graves.
The stunning primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the first ever suffered by any congressional leader of either party, may well reflect his Virginia constituents' souring toward his personal hubris more than any cosmic policy issue.
This president, who's spent much of his time pivoting away from former President George W. Bush's wars, now risks accusations of emulating the earlier efforts of Mr. Bush's vice president, Dick Cheney, to expand presidential powers in wartime. Mr. Cheney expounded the theory of "unitary power," which holds that the Constitution gives the president as commander in chief unlimited authority to protect the nation as he sees necessary.
After endlessly trying to repeal and replace "Obamacare," the GOP has come up empty-handed. The health-care law appears to be gaining more public acceptance. So congressional Republicans are doing what they can to revive another old hobby horse — Benghazi.
Responding to complaints that universities have fallen short in policing sexual misconduct, the White House on Tuesday announced a series of measures intended to pressure college officials to step up efforts to combat rape and assaults on campus.
By By Carrie Wells and John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun
As he weighs whether to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, political observers say the remainder of this year will be an important test of the governor's ability to lift his profile in early voting states like New Hampshire and raise enough money to appear credible on the national stage.
By By John Fritze and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun
Thanks again to the conservative Republican majority on the Supreme Court, big money will be dominating a fall campaign in which combative and often irresponsible advertising will flood the airwaves in congressional districts and states across the land. All in the name of the First Amendment and free speech.
Reg Avery has been keeping busy. The Oakland Mills Village Board vice chair and PTA Council of Howard County executive vice president announced last month that he was running for County Council in Columbia's District 2 as a Republican.
Former Democratic National Chairman Robert S. Strauss, who passed away Wednesday at a robustly lived 95, was a happy political warrior whose talent and energies took him far afield from his chosen playground, even to Moscow where he served as the first American ambassador after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
As the world's most powerful democracy and a large aid donor, the United States was uniquely positioned to support the Egyptian people's quest for freedom and a better future. Instead, our response has been remarkably short-sighted and always a step behind.
Is it possible that the adults in Congress are finally taking over? That prospect has reared its head in the decision of Republican leaders in both the House and Senate to back away from another threatened government shutdown, by swallowing an uncomplicated vote to raise the federal debt ceiling.
President Barack Obama told House Democratic lawmakers on the Eastern Shore Friday that Congress must focus on increasing the federal minimum wage and changing immigration laws ahead of a midterm election that he acknowledged could be difficult for his party.
After five years of partisan obstruction on Capitol Hill, Mr. Obama says he will still set out to change Washington all right, but not as he originally thought he could. Instead, he's told congressional Republicans that while he's still willing to work with them, he's going to end-run them if they continue to buck his own legislative agenda.
Robert Gates' new memoir shows he was admitted to the Obama inner circle and rather than openly blowing the whistle on presidential decisions with which he strongly disagreed, he chose to keep the depth of his dissent to himself until after his retirement when he was back in private life.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her security detail made two dozen out-of-state trips in 2013. The mayor's supporters applaud her travel, saying she is representing the city well before groups across the country. But some question whether it's possible to govern as effectively from out of town.
Much is being made of former President Bill Clinton's swearing-in of New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at their side at City Hall. The cameo apparently sought to declare Democratic harmony in Gotham, that supposed bastion of liberalism.
Three years before the next presidential election, Republican also-rans are making noises about trying again. The most conspicuous is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 but quickly faded and pivoted to his own television show to lick his wounds and contemplate his future.
After five years of enduring Republican obstructionism against President Obama's executive and judicial appointments in the Senate, and general GOP naysaying in the House, Sen. Reid has pulled the trigger on the so-called nuclear option. Henceforth, a simple majority in the Senate will be able to cut off debate on such nominations, though not on legislation
There's a long history of vice presidents being denied a second term, either because the man in the role chose to shed a thankless, end-of-the-road political job or because some strategist imagined that a different nominee might offer a better geographical or other balance to the ticket.