| Dec 25, 2012
| 4:18 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — In case the public weren't frustrated enough over Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 9:34 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans aren't budging on tax rates, and Democrats are resisting steps like raising the eligibility age for Medicare. Negotiations on averting a year-end fiscal train wreck combining big automatic tax hikes and sweeping...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 8:35 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five weeks after President Barack Obama won re-election and gained more leverage to make GOP conservatives bend on taxes, the new balance of power is proving vexing for both sides.
Republicans still aren't budging on Obama'...
| Dec 16, 2012
| 7:38 AM
As the fiscal cliff looms, two of Maryland's most influential congressmen have a message for those looking to the federal workforce for more savings: Look somewhere else.
"Federal workers have already been asked to sacrifice as part of the budget cuts...
| May 8, 2013
| 9:14 AM
WASHINGTON -- The budget feud on Capitol Hill is looking like those Vietnam War peace talks when negotiators bickered over the shape of the table.
House Republicans, after howling for years about Senate Democrats' failure to pass a budget, are...
| Apr 27, 2013
| 2:32 PM
The ninth annual Western Maryland Democratic Summit on Saturday drew the state’s party heavyweights from the U.S. Senate, House and statehouse, but also featured something this part of the state has not had in many years — a Democrat...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 6:00 AM
I find Rep. Chris Van Hollen's comments very ironic about Rep. John Boehner wanting to delay on the fiscal cliff until he is re-elected Speaker of the House ("Conservatives battle Obama," Dec. 13). Isn't this the same Rep. Van Hollen, the super-...
| Dec 8, 2012
| 11:00 AM
As Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen Jr. eyes a run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, readers deserve to know the truth about his record on Israel and Iran.
Some readers seem to believe that democracy ends on Election Day, and that afterward citizens give up...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 4:31 PM
Top Democrats from the state will converge in Hagerstown on Saturday for an annual summit of Western Maryland Democrats.
And although Western Maryland hasn’t been a Democrat stronghold in recent years, party leaders said they were buoyed by...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Labor unions representing federal employees reacted angrily to the $3.8 trillion budget unveiled Wednesday by President Barack Obama, who proposed trimming $20 billion from federal retirement benefits — reopening a debate many Democrats felt had...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 3:08 PM
In addition to having a hand on the nation's checkbook, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is reaping a political reward from her new assignment as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee: a significant increase in campaign cash.
The Maryland Democrat, who...