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  • Senate sends plastic gun restrictions to Obama for signature

    WASHINGTON – The Senate on Monday agreed to extend by another decade a ban on plastic guns that can evade traditional security screening, after an effort to include stronger limits was rejected. The renewed Undetectable Firearms Act, which is...
  • Boston bombing brings out the new xenophobes

    The Boston Marathon bombing has brought out the xenophobes. Often when America suffers some large, inexplicable tragedy, we want to blame "foreigners" and look for ways to fortify ourselves against them. It's more reassuring to believe that an evil lies...
  • Penny Pritzker is pick as commerce secretary

     Penny Pritzker is pick as commerce secretary
    President Barack Obama lauded her skills, several prominent business groups quickly heaped praise and critics remained generally quiet after Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker was introduced Thursday as Obama's nominee to lead the Commerce...
  • GOP ramps up criticism of Perez

    GOP ramps up criticism of Perez
    WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans, including Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, stepped up their criticism of Labor Secretary nominee Tom Perez on Tuesday, amplifying their concerns a day before the former state official faces a Senate committee vote on his...
  • In a stalemated Capitol, lawmakers embrace political theater

    In a stalemated Capitol, lawmakers embrace political theater
    WASHINGTON — On the first day of the federal government shutdown, Republican leaders shucked their jackets, sat at a conference table and faced empty chairs — and cameras — to show that Democrats wouldn't negotiate. With the shutdown...
  • The four stupidest ideas for ending the shutdown

    There are so many to choose from, but these four take the cake. In no particular order: 1. The Vitter amendment. Concocted by David Vitter (R-La.), this majestically cynical measure is based on the common misconception that members of Congress and their...
  • Obamacare supporters, critics united against requirement for Congress, staff

    Obamacare supporters, critics united against requirement for Congress, staff
    During the debate over the Affordable Care Act, critics in Congress warned that the law would mean that many Americans would lose their existing employer-provided insurance coverage. But when a key part of the law takes effect in January, the ones who...
  • The stupidest idea for ending the shutdown is still stupid

    The stupidest idea for ending the shutdown is still stupid
    Among the proposals coming from House Republicans this morning to end the shutdown/debt limit standoff is a modified version of the Vitter amendment. I identified this measure Monday as one of the four stupidest proposals to end the crisis.  It's been...
  • House insists on the dumbest Obamacare reform possible

    House insists on the dumbest Obamacare reform possible
    With negotiations on ending the government shutdown and debt limit impasse appearing to make progress in the Senate, there is now some reason to hope that the potential cataclysm brought on by the House tea party caucus' anti-Obamacare fever will be...
  • Mr. Wilkins goes to the Senate

    Mr. Wilkins goes to the Senate
    It was 21 years ago last month that Harvard-educated attorney Robert Wilkins was traveling in a car pulled over for going 5 mph over the posted speed limit on Interstate 68 in Western Maryland. But rather than receive a ticket, the group, all African-...
  • Americans need to stop subsidizing CEO pay

    Almost everyone knows CEO pay is out of control. It surged 16 percent at big companies last year, according to the New York Times, and the typical CEO raked in $15.1 million. Meanwhile, the median wage continued to drop, adjusted for inflation. What's...