| Jul 9, 2014
| 6:23 PM
RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly will go back into session this September to debate Medicaid expansion, legislative leaders said Wednesday.
The reconvened session would fulfill a longstanding promise from House Republican leaders, who...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 11:40 AM
As we all know, the official animal of Washington, D.C., is the scapegoat. Today's example is Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting commissioner of Social Security.
Colvin recently was raked over the coals by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, the capital's chief...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 12:20 PM
In a controversial decision June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the religious rights of the closely held for-profit Hobby Lobby crafts chain, whose owners objected to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptives mandate. (The court did not apply those...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 5:20 AM
The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday, July 3:
This U.S. Supreme Court session has been tough on American women.
A couple of weeks ago the court struck down laws requiring buffer zones for protesters around Planned...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Military and economy
Recently, the Sentinel announced that some local jobs would be cut due to the lack of military funding. There's no doubting the sense of despair coming from those caught directly in the middle of this; for if your livelihood has...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:13 PM
America's doctors have joined the chorus urging parents to read daily to their children, instead of handing over iPads or parking the kids in front of the TV.
The American Academy of Pediatrics launched its "literacy promotion" campaign this week,...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 12:17 PM
A new study ranking Florida among the top 10most corrupt states in the country barely made the radar for most media outlets because the mundane facts and figures weren't sexy.
The study by researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 8:07 PM
Bringing a swift end to a low-key budget process, Gov. Jerry Brown signed California's new $156.3-billion spending plan on Friday.
He made almost no vetoes when approving the budget, which expands preschool to more poor children, increases welfare...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Thirty-five years ago, when the number of homeless people in Baltimore was noticeably on the rise, several reasons were given: mental illness and deinstitutionalization, the city's relatively high unemployment rate, drug addiction, family dysfunction...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 9:43 PM
Flush with optimism from California's resurgent economy, lawmakers approved a $156.4-billion state budget that expands preschool for children from poor families, increases welfare payments and provides critical funding for building the nation's first...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 6:18 PM
Old-fashioned horse trading, back scratching and leveraging — the proven path to successful legislating, especially budgeting.
It may emit a slight odor for the queasy. But it beats how, say, some Sunnis and Shiites settle their differences....