| 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
| 12:30 PM
WASHINGTON -- The determination of conservative Republicans to thwart Barack Obama at every turn was clear from the first days after his election in 2008, as their Senate leader Mitch McConnell publicly vowed to make him "a one-term president."
| 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 24, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Bob Carr's demise
Monday evening, we were entertained by a one-night event, "In The Mood," at the Bob Carr Theater. Considering the big-band sound, the singers and dancers, I rate the group an "A." The Bob Carr? A solid "D."
Orlando likes to think...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 5:32 PM
— Another financial cliff is looming before Congress, and Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent might be forgiven for saying, 'I told you so.'"
If Congress doesn't approve a funding bill by Friday night, the Department of Homeland Security will...
| 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 2, 2015
| 9:29 AM
President Obama released a $4-trillion budget Monday with liberal priorities that have little chance of passage but will serve as an initial foray in negotiations with the new Republican Congress and help define the Democratic Party in the run-up to the...