President Barak Obama was fond of saying, in the aftermath of racist or other obnoxious incidents against fellow Americans, that such behavior does not represent who we are as a people. But one wonders if that still holds today. An unchecked meanness has taken hold throughout the land, encouraged by the presidential campaign and election of Donald Trump. It includes a despicable targeting of Muslims and Mexicans, the probable and unconscionable deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants
Medicare, which makes medical care affordable and accessible for millions of older or disabled Americans, just celebrated its 50th anniversary — arguably a half century of success. Yet, call for its privatization is one of the hot topics in D.C. right now, at the top of the list on House Speaker Paul Ryan's legislative agenda. This is irresponsible public policy and bad for both seniors and younger generations.
WASHINGTON — Maryland added two Democrats to its congressional delegation and elevated a third to the Senate as a new session of Congress opened Tuesday and was immediately rocked by bipartisan backlash over proposed ethics rules.
How much is the presidency that Donald Trump has just won worth to him? That's the tantalizing question he faces as pressures mount to divest himself of his immense real-estate and other stock holdings as the price of moving into the Oval Office next month.
Mr. Trump's invitation to the White House was largely earned by effectively disparaging his host's presidential years as an abysmal economic failure. He did so even though Mr. Obama reduced the nation's unemployment rate from 10 percent to the current 4.9 percent, adding millions of new jobs in that time and bailing out the American automobile industry.
Voters, advocates and political leaders in Maryland and across the nation started to come to grips Wednesday with Donald Trump's stunning win in the presidential election — and quickly began to calculate how a new, untested administration will affect them.
Rep. Andy Harris wants House Republicans to use an upcoming debt ceiling deadline to force more fiscal restraint. And for the first time in his congressional career, the Baltimore County lawmaker could have considerable influence to make it happen.
I must admit to being no big fan of Hillary Clinton, and for a variety of reasons. Regardless, when you put the two candidates on the scales, there is no question about who is more qualified and has the better character and temperament, and who gets trumped.
House Democrats, frustrated over the lack of progress on gun control, staged a sit-in on the chamber's floor Wednesday, and vowed not to leave until Republican leaders allowed a vote on a proposal to ban people on terrorism watch lists from buying firearms.
Donald Trump poses an Aesopian challenge to Paul Ryan; the scorpion must sting the frog because that is its nature. The only way to avoid the sting is not to ally yourself with the scorpion in the first place.
A day after Hillary Clinton made history by claiming the Democratic presidential nomination in front of a throng of boisterous, flag-waving supporters, the work of unifying her party got underway in a windowless hotel conference room where signs and outbursts were strictly prohibited.
Like locking the barn door after the horse has been stolen, the Republican establishment is mounting a feeble rebellion against Donald Trump's presidential nomination, which is now nearly certain at the party's July national convention in Cleveland.
Amid the partisan discord and more than 100 competing tax proposals in Annapolis, Republicans and Democrats have firmly agreed on one thing. They want to funnel millions into the pockets of Maryland's working poor, expanding a program widely considered the government's most effective tool for helping people out of poverty.
The $1.1 trillion spending bill congressional leaders unveiled early Wednesday includes $390 million to begin work on a new headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation – a coup for a Maryland lawmaker likely making her last mark on federal funding.
The Summer Meals Act, H.R. 1728, is a straightforward proposal that would support millions of American children in getting access to affordable, nutritious food over the summer months. Legislative action is needed now in order to prepare students, sponsors and state administrators for the summer of 2016.
Rep. Paul Ryan should seize this opportunity as speaker to clean the slate by shutting down the wasteful Benghazi Committee, eliminating the indefensible Planned Parenthood panel and sending the ridiculous IRS impeachment resolution to the dustbin of history. These are all remnants of Speaker Boehner's legacy — not Speaker Ryan's.