| Feb 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON --The Senate is poised Thursday to try again to extend unemployment benefits for 1.7 million Americans with a new Democratic proposal that aims to attract Republican support by prohibiting millionaires from receiving aid.
It remains to be...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 3:42 PM
WASHINGTON -- Alarmed by the shooting attack on a Silicon Valley-area power station last spring, several senators called on regulators to review security operations at electrical utilities and consider imposing new rules to protect against future attacks....
| Jan 22, 2014
| 2:10 PM
WASHINGTON -- Congress must raise the nation's debt limit by late February, a couple of weeks earlier than previously projected, because of an expected large outflow of cash for tax refunds next month, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said Wednesday....
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:39 PM
In my Bloomberg View column this week, I argued that Republicans should work to pass a law to prevent the abuse of Obamacare's "risk corridors." Designed properly, risk corridors can be a useful way to spread risk among the insurers who participate in...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 8:20 AM
Sen. Ted Cruz's appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" seemed to astonish moderator Bob Schieffer and other guests Sunday.
Schieffer asked: "Can you conceive of any situation in which you would do that again, try to shut down the government in exchange or...
| Jan 26, 2014
The most important person in the U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations right now may be Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader from Searchlight, Nev.
Two weeks ago, President Obama's nuclear diplomacy was in trouble, but not because of anything Iran was...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 3:00 AM
As a first term Member of the Maryland General Assembly, I joined a small delegation of elected officials on a mission to Israel in 1992. The trip was sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council. Such missions are regular occurrences for newly elected...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 11:21 AM
Senate Republicans blinked this week on the issue of unemployment benefits, but you can bet that their House counterparts won't be so easily swayed by compassion. At least that's what Democrats are counting on.
After legislation to resume long-term...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 3:03 PM
WASHINGTON -- Concern over the increased number of sexual assaults in the military spilled onto the Senate floor Wednesday in an hours-long debate that has divided Congress over the best way to handle the problem.
The Defense Department estimated a 35%...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 5:00 AM
My conclusions about the latest mess in Washington, for your consumption:
•The GOP lost: Yes, Obamacare is a predictably unruly mess. It consists of many bad ideas (and a few good ones) wrapped into an enormously expensive partisan missile...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- Friday’s weak jobs report could provide momentum in Congress for extending unemployment insurance, despite the continued objections of most Republicans who believe that government intervention distorts the market and provides a...