A day after firing up conservatives and hinting at his own political aspirations at a conference in Prince George's County, John Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson kept his distance from the Republican Party during a television appearance Sunday, arguing his message should appeal to Democrats as well.
Dr. Ben Carson, who became a rising star among conservatives after a speech at the National Prayer breakfast last month, announced his retirement from medicine during an appearance at CPAC Saturday, fueling speculation about a future in politics.
During a ceremony Friday at the White House, Janice Jackson of Northwest Baltimore was among a dozen Americans who received the award for civic service. The president also issued posthumous honors to the six Sandy Hook Elementary School educators who died in the Dec. 14 shooting.
President Barack Obama used the first State of the Union address of his second term to try to breathe new life into his economic agenda, reviving modest measures to spur growth and trying to create fresh momentum in the all-but-stagnant talks over deficit reduction.
By By Kathleen Hennessey, Christi Parsons and John Fritze and Tribune Newspapers
President Barack Obama no longer needs Gov. Martin O'Malley as a top campaign surrogate, and the Democratic Governors Association is set to elect someone else as its chairman. But neither development is likely to push Maryland's governor off the national stage.