For Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin and other liberal Democrats in the Senate who are up for election next year, the decision Tuesday to vote for the compromise to raise the nation's debt ceiling was grueling. But unlike in the House, a majority of Senate Democrats backed the deal.
President Obama has met Republicans well more than half-way with his $4 trillion deficit reduction proposal; now it's up to them to show that their talk about unsustainable debt was more than just political rhetoric.
As work begins on a statewide fiber-optic network that will connect every Maryland school, college, hospital, police and fire station, senior center and library, businesspeople are hoping to get involved
House Speaker John Boehner talked tough on the need for budget cuts before raising the debt limit, but he knows how disastrous the consequences of failure would be; he needs to have the courage to negotiate a deal with Democrats, even if the tea party wing of his caucus doesn't like it.