| Jun 16, 2013
Policy. Remember that? It’s what America used to discuss back in the day, before we became obsessed with birth certificates and the 47 percent.
Policy is what the government does, instead of how it does it or why — two questions that are...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 8:48 PM
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...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 12:00 PM
While the Republicans were certainly guilty of deficit spending, they at least fulfilled their due diligence during President George W. Bush's administration ("Get it done," Feb. 13). They submitted a budget in accordance with the law and the most basic...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 6:08 PM
Calling the failures at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Baltimore "inexcusable," Maryland's congressional leadership on Monday demanded the beleaguered agency develop an immediate plan to fix the local problems in processing disability claims....
| Feb 4, 2013
| 4:13 PM
U.S. Senate Democrats will hold their annual retreat beginning Tuesday in Annapolis, giving lawmakers a chance to strategize about gun control, immigration and the latest fiscal crisis.
The meeting, which will end with a closed-door address Wednesday by...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 11:29 AM
Two months after American voters made it clear they want effective government — and two years before the U.S. Senate's next opportunity to reform its broken rules — that "do nothing" chamber appears poised to fix its filibuster. In its present...
| Jan 20, 2013
| 2:46 PM
She'd never seen a presidential inauguration in her life, or wanted to, but on Jan. 20, 2009, Nathasa Werts braved bone-chilling weather and a crowd of more than a million people for a trip to Washington.
The nation had just elected its first black...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 5:33 PM
President Barack Obama began his second term Monday by calling for an end to the rigid ideologies of modern politics but laying out a broad policy agenda more likely to stoke partisan confrontation than avoid it.
Looking out over hundreds of thousands of...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 12:29 PM
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ben Cardin met with Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on Wednesday in an effort to smooth concerns the Maryland Democrat has raised about the controversial appointment.
Usually a reliable supporter of the Obama administration,...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 5:12 PM
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will end the long-standing prohibition on women serving in direct combat, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, opening hundreds of thousands of military jobs previously closed to female service members.
Panetta and Gen....
| Jan 25, 2013
| 10:39 AM
U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin told members of the House of Delegates Friday that he doubts whether the Congress will meet a March 1 deadline for avoiding automatic federal budget cuts.
Cardin, who was in Annapolis to meet with the Baltimore city and...