- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
- Sen. Tom Coburn vows to slow down budget-busting bills ahead of recess
- Obama fantasizes about more executive power, signs new order on federal contractors
- Clintons call Klein, Halper, Kessler ‘a Hat Trick of despicable actors’: report
- Boehner accuses Obama of ‘legacy of lawlessness’
- Pro-marijuana group claims responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap
- Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey
- Stabbing attack on transgender girl, 15, was ‘bias motivated,’ police say
- LGBT adults still lean overwhelmingly toward Democratic Party
- Lawmakers rattled by Syria genocide horrors, call on Obama to act
IN OTHER WORDS: ‘Bizarre’ ways to pick up the tab
Question of the Day
The best way to use additional dollars that enter the D.C. piggy bank prompted hours of debate on Tuesday among council members, prompting one to term it a "bizarre bazaar."
But did they talk long enough? Here are the council's first four priorities, versus what they could have done with that cash:
1. $1.8 million to fund Green Team jobs, a beautification program that employs many ex-offenders
OR: Do Friendship Heights a solid by paying for its entire fiscal 2012 budget!
2. $32 million to the Department of Healthcare Finance for costs associated with managed care contracts for public financed health care programs
OR: Pick up the tab for the Royal Wedding!
3. $12.5 million to Department of Health for the school nurse program
OR: Compensate whoever paid this amount to Ben Affleck for "Gigli"
4. $10.8 million to increase the number of sworn Metropolitan Police Department officers
OR: Enough to pay for the Nats' Jayson Werth this season, with $229,000 left to throw at the Lincoln Theater!
Off the bench
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's role is usually limited to behind-the-scenes work and the occasional public appearance, but he stood in the spotlight at last week's Board of Public Works meeting.
Mr. Brown filled in for Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat who traditionally presides over the biweekly meetings — alongside fellow board members Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp — but was in Chicago attending a Democratic Governors Association event.
It was the second straight meeting at which Mr. Brown sat in for the governor, who was in Asia two weeks earlier on an economic development trip.
Rather than play the role of passive seat-filler, Mr. Brown took control of the room, questioning guests and occasionally injecting his opinions. He even chided a group of attendees who, as is common at public works meetings, noisily filed out after their agenda item had been heard.
"As you're departing, we'd be pleased if you could keep your conversations to nothing," Mr. Brown said to light laughter.
In a more awkward moment, he clashed with Mr. Franchot after the comptroller implied Mr. Brown wanted to place conditions on a lease that was up for board approval, when the lieutenant governor had only asked staff members if the board was allowed by law to do so.
The two men are widely believed to be front-runners in the 2014 election to replace Mr. O'Malley.
"Time out, Mr. Comptroller," Mr. Brown said. "At no point did I make a comment or offer an opinion. I simply asked a question."
Mr. Franchot withdrew his statement, but might not back down so easily in the 2014 debates.
It's the jobs, stupid.
"Jobs" is the magic word for politicians these days. Give the impression that every move you make in office will create a job, and you're golden.
It doesn't matter if you're talking about education, energy, health care or taxes. George Allen knows this. In a campaign platform released this week, the U.S. Senate candidate advocated for lowering the "U.S. tax on job-creating businesses." Translation: corporate income tax.
Annoying? Perhaps. But hey, Gov. Bob McDonnell does it every day. Here's what he had to say about a higher education bill he signed this week:
"In order to get a good job, you need a good education. This is a jobs bill."
• Tom Howell Jr., David Hill and Paige Winfield Cunningham contributed to this report
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Matthew Cella is The Washington Times’ Metro editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Police: 13-year-old charged with attempted murder in Wheaton gang shooting
- Border crisis fuels surge in immigrant enrollment at Montgomery County schools
- Prince William County officials alarmed at illegals housed at nonprofit
- Former P.G. County Executive Wayne K. Curry dies of cancer at 63
- Jury: HIV/AIDS grant money used to renovate building that opened as strip club
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
Both parties recognize the Democrats' scam
- Inside the Ring: Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Army's 3-D printed bombs to create 'a whole new universe' of lethal capabilities
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- GOP leaders delay border bill, leave Obama in control
- Report: 40% of weapons sent to Afghanistan are unaccounted for
- Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
- EDITORIAL: The real Lois Lerner exposed in newly released emails
- Colorado poll shows women tuning out Democrats' 'war on women' strategy
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world