If you want to see an example of a small lobbying group intimidating Democrats and Republicans prior to an election, just look at the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act that sailed through Congress, and then again after the bill was vetoed by President Barack Obama.
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland announced her support Wednesday for the pending nuclear agreement with Iran, becoming the last vote President Barack Obama needed to ensure he can sustain a veto if Congress rejects the controversial pact later this month.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators.
The controversial National Security Agency program to collect data on millions of Americans' phone calls is on hold while lawmakers debate reauthorization. But politicians, officials and analysts differ on the impact of the lapse.
Congress gave final approval Tuesday to the most sweeping rollback of government surveillance powers in the post-Sept. 11-era, clearing the way for a new program that bans the National Security Agency from collecting and storing Americans' telephone dialing records.
Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, declared his administration would curtail deportation of immigrants despite a loss in court earlier this month.
The determination of conservative Republicans to thwart Barack Obama at every turn was clear from the first days after his election in 2008, as their Senate leader Mitch McConnell publicly vowed to make him "a one-term president."
If the same stalemate and inaction born of partisan obstructionism of the last six years continues for the next two, Mr. Obama will not be the only loser. Public disillusionment with government will take another heavy hit, with both parties now bearing the burden.
As Congress opens its session on Tuesday, several Maryland interests — including chicken farmers, environmentalists and federal employees — will be watching for signs of how the new political landscape on Capitol Hill will affect issues they say are critical to the state's economy.
When the new Congress begins its work next month Sen. Ben Cardin will become the top Democrat on the Senate committee with oversight of small business policy, giving the Maryland lawmaker a new platform to influence a key sector of the economy.
As a former prisoner of war who experienced torture, John McCain has more standing than any of his Senate colleagues when it comes to rendering judgment about the CIA's Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program.
The current lame duck session of Congress, which ends on Jan. 3 and includes senators and representatives defeated on Nov. 4, began with the same old partisanship that characterized the last few years in Washington, as the Senate rejected the Keystone XL pipeline construction bill by a single vote.
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.