| Nov 5, 2013
| 11:30 AM
How to explain this paradox?
Starting Nov. 1, more than 47 million Americans lost some or all of their food stamp benefits. House Republicans are pushing for further cuts. If the sequester isn't stopped, everything else poor and working-class Americans...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 10:18 PM
You may not have noticed, but the entire United States Congress sleazed out of town at the beginning of August for a five-week vacation, leaving much of the economy in a shambles.
Let's take stock. The economy grew in the second quarter at a pitiful...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 8:15 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Monday that about 5,600 low-income California children would be shut out of federally funded Head Start preschool programs because of Washington budget gridlock.
But the announcement bewildered state...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Congress started the official countdown this week: It's T-minus 31 days to a government shutdown.
OK, so I made up the part about the official countdown. But I don't see any other likely outcome, now that the only folks trying to negotiate a budget deal...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 7:33 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley and state lawmakers for the first time dipped into a $100 million fund set aside to deal with the impact of the federal sequester, lessening the blow of automatic federal spending cuts on the state's poor and elderly.
| Nov 11, 2013
| 8:23 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills.
| Oct 11, 2013
| 12:31 PM
WASHINGTON – Even as White House negotiators continue to wrangle with House Republican negotiators, separate discussions with GOP senators appear to be picking up steam after a meeting with President Obama.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 10:25 AM
Raising Maryland's minimum wage has faced tough going in Annapolis ever since Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. left office. It was the Republican governor's steadfast opposition to raising the minimum wage that spurred Democrats to support an increase in 2005...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 11:27 AM
I feel House Speaker John Boehner's pain.
Maybe it's because we're both from Ohio and we were both raised by parents who grew up during the Depression, but I am completely in sync with Boehner on the threat posed by the federal debt. And though we may...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:12 PM
Most of the federal workers calling financial planner Stephen Zelcer have an observation and a question.
They're worried Congress will kick off a shutdown sequel in January — and they want to know what, financially speaking, they should do to...
| Aug 14, 2013
The detention facility on our military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is holding 166 individuals. Most of them have been there a decade or more.
Operating Guantanamo costs about $450 million a year — or about $2.7 million a detainee, according to...