"I don't want to survive, I want to live." These powerful words spoken by the character of Solomon Northup in the Oscar winning movie "12 Years A Slave" echoed in my mind as I sat in the East Room of the White House this winter and heard President Barack Obama unveil the promise of what the My Brother's Keeper initiative can do for boys and young men of color: provide the opportunity to thrive, not just survive. Now, more than a month after the initiative's announcement, it's time to get to
Thanks again to the conservative Republican majority on the Supreme Court, big money will be dominating a fall campaign in which combative and often irresponsible advertising will flood the airwaves in congressional districts and states across the land. All in the name of the First Amendment and free speech.
The conventional view in Washington is that Mr. Putin is a belligerent authoritarian intent upon expanding Russia's borders and confronting the West. What the White House refuses to acknowledge, however, is that the Russian leader is simply acting in what he believes to be his country's best interest.
President Barack Obama will announce today that Bladensburg High School and two other schools in Prince George's County have won a $7 million federal grant to expand a program that helps student prepare for jobs in the region.
— As the prime minster of Tunisia visits the White House today to discuss his nation's move toward democracy Maryland officials are pressing him to resolve a years-old international kidnapping case they say speaks directly to whether the country will honor rule of law.
The board overseeing the Maryland health exchange voted unanimously Tuesday evening to scrap its dysfunctional website and adopt software developed by Deloitte Consulting and used by the more successful health exchange in Connecticut.
By By Andrea K. Walker, Meredith Cohn and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun
Right now, as the drama unfolds in Crimea, millions of Marylanders are facing the possible imposition of new and disruptive gas pipelines and compressor stations across much of their state. The gas would come from controversial "hydraulic fracturing" — or fracking — wells spread across the Appalachian region. It would be piped through Maryland to a massive $3.8 billion "liquefaction" plant for natural gas at a place called Cove Point right on the Chesapeake Bay.
Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson will be honored at the White House on Thursday along with eight other local leaders who have taken steps to reduce gun violence, the Obama administration said Monday.
In Iraq, Lauren Augustine operated unmanned aircraft on surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the Army's storied 1st Infantry Division. In Washington last week, Augustine and her fellow veterans stormed Capitol Hill for comrades they say are being left behind.
President Obama turned to the Basilica in Baltimore, the first Catholic cathedral built in the U.S., for a special present to give to Pope Francis when they met for the first time on Wednesday. The wood for the seed chest he gave came from former pews in the basilica
Reg Avery has been keeping busy. The Oakland Mills Village Board vice chair and PTA Council of Howard County executive vice president announced last month that he was running for County Council in Columbia's District 2 as a Republican.
Former Democratic National Chairman Robert S. Strauss, who passed away Wednesday at a robustly lived 95, was a happy political warrior whose talent and energies took him far afield from his chosen playground, even to Moscow where he served as the first American ambassador after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.9 trillion federal budget on Tuesday that calls for spending billions more on infrastructure, raising taxes on the wealthy and closing an income inequality gap the president has made a top target of his second term.
Philanthropic groups, including the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, will collectively spend $200 million on programs intended to help young black and Hispanic men as part of an initiative President Barack Obama will announce at the White House on Thursday.
Dr. Robert E. Cooke, a retired Johns Hopkins pediatrician-in-chief who was a founder of the Head Start children's program and a presidential medical adviser, died of heart disease Feb. 2 at his Oak Bluffs home on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. The former North Roland Park resident was 93.
Gov. Martin O'Malley said he intends to speak with the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security about a controversial federal program that appears to be deporting a high-share of immigrants without criminal records from Maryland.
Is it possible that the adults in Congress are finally taking over? That prospect has reared its head in the decision of Republican leaders in both the House and Senate to back away from another threatened government shutdown, by swallowing an uncomplicated vote to raise the federal debt ceiling.