| Feb 2, 2015
When President Barack Obama releases his budget Monday, the words "dead on arrival" will be widely incanted because they are part of a quasi-religious Beltway ritual.
This year, those words will be misleading.
No one expects Obama's budget to be...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 5:04 AM
President Obama is scheduled to release his latest annual budget proposal Monday, and critics -- OK, Republicans -- are already complaining that Obama wants to spend too much and tax too much.
But just as much of the $4-trillion budget is on autopilot,...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 9:00 PM
The question that faced President Barack Obama as he delivered his sixth State of the Union address was whether his final two years in the White House can come close to repeating the successes of his first two. He has neither the Democratic majority...
| Feb 22, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Reprising a scene that lawmakers have acted out too often in the last four years, Congress is heading for a partial government shutdown this week because of a Republican attempt to repeal one of President Obama's high-profile initiatives.
The fight this...
| Feb 20, 2015
| 3:04 AM
Congress needs to get its act together. I believe the American electorate last November gave the Republicans the power to govern.
Now, House Speaker John Boehner is preparing for a potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown later this month, and...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 3:14 PM
Last November, voters elected Republican majorities to both chambers of Congress. So if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security shuts down over a budget impasse between the House and Senate, it will be the fault of … Senate Democrats?
| Feb 14, 2015
| 11:59 AM
A political brawl over funding the Department of Homeland Security is troubling local officials in Maryland who rely on millions of dollars in agency grants for firefighter gear, emergency planning and training.
The dispute, which could force hundreds of...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 1:06 PM
On a gray wintry day outside the Capitol, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stood on the grassy East Lawn and denounced President Obama’s plan to temporarily defer deportation for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.
Gathered to hear the senator...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 5:11 PM
As the clock ran out on the Department of Homeland Security’s budget Friday, managers at offices across the country scrambled to make plans for thousands of furloughs and service cuts.
Training centers for air marshals, Secret Service officers,...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 5:15 AM
If you don't have the votes to get a bill passed, do you:
a) Wait for people to change their minds;
b) Rewrite the bill and try again; or
c) Break something on the theory that it will persuade your opponents to cave?
This is the question...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 1:56 PM
Eager to spare his party political blame for a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he would attempt to pass a funding bill that is free of provisions targeting President Obama’s...