The Senate gave final approval Thursday to a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws that would spend billions more on border security while granting 11 million undocumented immigrants a chance at U.S. citizenship.
A divided Supreme Court struck down a federal law Wednesday that prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that will make federal marriage benefits available to legally married same-sex couples for the first time in the nation's history.
Midshipmen at the Naval Academy could spend less time training at sea. Some gates into Fort Meade could be shut down. And routine maintenance at military installations across the state could be delayed, under federal budget cuts set to begin Friday.
Checks will arrive on time, but nearly every other task the Social Security Administration performs will be delayed if Washington fails to stop deep federal budget cuts this week — from answering phones to determining eligibility for disability claims.
The vast majority of civilian defense employees face a 20 percent pay cut from April through September if looming budget reductions aren't averted, a move that will hit Maryland harder than almost every other state, the Pentagon warned Wednesday.
How much President Barack Obama can accomplish in his next term, which formally begins with Monday's inauguration, is anyone's guess, but few expect the kind of sweeping policies that defined his first years in the White House. Despite a convincing win in the November election, the country remains deeply divided over how to address the economy, immigration and the nation's spiraling debt.
WASHINGTON — Maryland's newest member of the House of Representatives, Democrat John Delaney, was sworn into office Thursday amid a flurry of symbolism and celebration but also apprehension over issues left unresolved by the last Congress.
A bipartisan plan to avoid federal spending reductions and tax increases that would hit Maryland especially hard won final approval Tuesday night in the House of Representatives even as outside groups warned that the bill would simply delay difficult decisions for a few months.
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