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  • Nuclear deal that Iran's moderates want may entrench hard-liners

    WASHINGTON Even if an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program is reached, it would leave one big question unanswered.
  • The Maryland GOP on Pot: Free State Republicans have been warming to marijuana reform, but support for legalization so far remains a pipe dream

    The Maryland GOP on Pot: Free State Republicans have been warming to marijuana reform, but support for legalization so far remains a pipe dream
    While 2014 was a watershed year in the annals of liberalizing Maryland’s pot laws, ringing in decriminalization and revamped medical-marijuana laws, 2003 was a big one, too. That’s when then-governor Robert Ehrlich, a Republican, signed into...

    Waivers may give next president way out of health care feuds

    Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress. The law signed by President Barack Obama includes a waiver that, starting in 2017, would let states take federal...

    Returning to the exurbs: Rural counties are fastest growing

    DAWSONVILLE, Ga. Winding up Route 400, a good 40 minutes' north of Atlanta's traffic-snarled freeways, are miles of farmhouses, interspersed with mobile homes, McMansions and thrift shops. Here, too, is Dawson County's biggest draw: The North Georgia...

    Baby boom goes bust in Pennsylvania

    Baby boom goes bust in Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania has a baby problem: We're not making enough of them. The state's birthrate was 11 for every 1,000 residents in 2013, according to a report published this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To put that in perspective,...