| Feb 16, 2014
Ever since a wave of conservative insurgents arrived in Washington after the congressional election of 2010, Congress has careened from one tea party-inspired fiscal crisis to another, from the debt-ceiling showdown of 2011 to last year's 16-day...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 7:36 PM
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — President Obama is weighing a "wide range of policy tools and options" for stepping up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to end his government's attacks on civilians and rebel forces, a senior White House official...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 10:34 AM
UPDATED: NBC's "Meet the Press" will offer quite a range of guests Sunday. "Science Guy" Bill Nye will weigh in on climate change. Mitt Romney discusses Republican politics and Olympic costs. Brian Boitano and Bravo's Andy Cohen examine the Olympics as...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:43 PM
Ted Rall's Feb. 6 blog post and cartoon, "Stop tenure tyranny and show some love for our hardworking teachers," is long on demagoguery and little else. Even the title of the piece misses the mark.
Contrary to what Rall writes, teachers in California's...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 7:40 PM
WASHINGTON — They'll meet at a discreet compound in Southern California on Friday, dining with a view of the mountains before a long talk and, if the mood strikes, a walk around the grounds in the balmy night.
It's hardly a storybook Valentine's...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 11:47 AM
At an Annapolis rally to raise the minimum wage last month, the crowd chanted "10-10," a refrain that refers to the $10.10 hourly rate proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.
Two weeks later during President Obama's State of the Union speech, the president...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 7:19 PM
CAMBRIDGE, Md. — A Republican blueprint for immigration reform offers legalization for some of the nation's 11 million people who are in the country illegally, but no special pathway to citizenship except in the cases of children brought here by...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 11:15 AM
A day or so of careful reading and cogitation by the media has begun to turn the tide on what had been the Congressional Budget Office's most widely misunderstood finding about the Affordable Care Act.
It is now recognized that, no, the CBO didn't say...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 11:45 AM
If you're handing out New Year's best wishes for the "losers" in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, save some heart for the people tasked with implementing the new law in red states -- the dozens of states where legislative obstruction has left...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 2:30 AM
In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a "war on poverty." Today, with roughly the same number of people below the poverty level as in 1964 and with many addicted to government "benefits," robbing them of a...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 3:00 PM
Nearly two out of every three people signing up for health care coverage so far on Maryland's troubled insurance exchange qualified for Medicaid — helping the state top its goal for the program's enrollment.
Enrolling more lower-income residents...