| Dec 4, 2014
| 8:34 AM
Governor-elect Larry Hogan didn't even have a chance to finish his thank-you tour before getting a nasty budget surprise: The state's deficit for the coming year has jumped from $400 million to $600 million, and it's on a course to hit $1 billion by 2020....
| Nov 6, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Medicare's age of eligibility — 65 years — is outdated. It is not even rooted in the 1960s, when Medicare was created, but in the 1930s, when Social Security was enacted and initially fixed the normal retirement age at 65.
That's why a...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 7:03 AM
As President Barack Obama's speechwriters struggle with how, where and what to say as these dismal mid-second term congressional elections come to a close, I know exactly how they must feel. I was there — only it was 56 years ago, and the...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 12:33 PM
International nuclear inspectors reported Friday that Iran still won't answer their questions about its past nuclear weapons research. It won't grant inspectors access to military sites. It won't allow inspectors to interview key nuclear scientists....
| Nov 10, 2014
| 8:26 AM
Within hours of landing here on Monday, President Obama took credit for the release of two Americans detained in North Korea, defended his decision to send more military trainers to Iraq, vowed to expand trade with Asia and unilaterally extended the...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 6:44 PM
With the efficacy of his presidency in question, President Obama began a weeklong trip to Asia and Australia seemingly bent on demonstrating the tools still at his disposal.
Within hours of landing in China on Monday for an economic summit, Obama took...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 8:49 PM
More young adults today are poor and a smaller percentage are employed than their counterparts 34 years ago, though a greater percentage now have college degrees, according to Census Bureau data released Thursday.
Young adults of the so-called millennial...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 7:25 AM
Reflecting the urgency and scale scientists have called for to cope with climate change, the U.S. and Chinese presidents laid out ambitious new targets Wednesday to cut pollution in a deal that negotiators hope will inspire similarly dramatic...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 2:32 PM
We all want to be happy, don't we? Well, if you're dissatisfied, frustrated or downright miserable, cheer up. There's apparently a cure for you. Even better, it will materialize automatically. Just sit and wait; the very anticipation of its arrival...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 4:42 PM
The photograph on Tuesday from Beijing was as carefully arranged as a display of Ming china: Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping discussing the world's business as they walked, side by side, across a bridge with ornate, brilliantly illuminated...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Ending the dispute over Iran's nuclear program could ease the hostile relationship between Tehran and the West, resolve one of the world's most urgent security threats and provide a diplomatic triumph for President Obama.
But as negotiators from Iran...