| Nov 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- The surprising decision of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to leave his Pentagon post after only 21 months of service has been widely greeted as a combination of his frustration in the job and a conclusion at the White House that he...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 6:33 AM
Republican Sen. Rob Portman, a former White House budget chief and trade representative who broke with fellow conservatives to back gay marriage, has ruled out a presidential run in 2016 and will seek a second term. In a statement Tuesday, the Ohio...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 4:27 PM
The Baltimore region has been less affected by federal spending cuts than other parts of the state, helping to make it a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster Maryland economy, a federal economist said Thursday.
Employment in the Baltimore region grew...
| Aug 26, 2014
Sen. Tim Kaine got schooled Monday at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science — a visit he says armed him in his mission to convince others in the U.S. Senate to continue funding critical research.
"Critical environmental research," Kaine, D-Va.,...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 7:51 AM
When a federal judicial panel voted this year to reduce the sentences of thousands of inmates serving time for federal drug crimes, the move won praise from the Justice Department and advocates for prisoners.
But now, with the Nov. 1 deadline for...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 6:55 PM
— The first known case of Ebola contracted in the United States is giving urgency to moves by lawmakers to boost funding for a response after years of cuts to federal prevention and research budgets.
With health officials raising the prospect of...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 10:24 AM
Defense spending -- and particularly the way the Pentagon buys things -- needs a sharp eye, says Suzanne Patrick, the Democrat who is challenging Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, in November.
But funding a powerful blue-water Navy is a priority,...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 6:04 PM
The aircraft carrier business has done more than boost the bottom line of Newport News Shipbuilding. It has almost certainly kept Hampton Roads out of a recession.
That observation, backed by data that illustrates the shipyard's striking influence in...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 5:36 PM
Gov. Terry McAuliffe helicoptered into Newport News Friday morning to help christen Jefferson Lab's new and improved particle beam accelerator, which just underwent a $338 million upgrade.
But he also came as a cheerleader, a coach and a bit as a...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 3:13 PM
Maryland is now facing a $405 million revenue shortfall over this year and next, largely the result of sluggish job growth, stagnant incomes and a weak housing market, state officials reported Wednesday.
Five years after the official end of the...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 3:38 PM
There is a rhetorical infestation loose in Washington, and left untreated, it will devour what little remains of honest communication in the nation's capital.
It is the f-word. No, not that one. The other one — the one that, in either its...