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  • The Washington Times

    RAHN: Snooker - Democrats' favorite pastime

    Despite pledges to cut spending by the new Republican House majority, it appears spending during the current fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30, will actually be greater than in fiscal 2011. The House Republicans were filled with good intentions, but they got snookered by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

  • Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governor Association, speaks to the press about the efforts of Democratic governors to create opportunity during challenging economic times at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 14, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

    Taxes, gay marriage top O'Malley's agenda for Maryland assembly

    The 2012 General Assembly session could be Maryland's most hectic in years and the busiest yet for Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to push for same-sex marriage, environmental legislation and a higher gas tax.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Democrats are do-nothings; Republicans aren't

    Democrats continue to skew the facts to make the Republicans the only ones responsible for a do-nothing Congress. The Democratic Senate has not passed a budget in three years and will not accept bipartisan bills passed by the House for debate. The Tea Party made the public aware of the serious problems with the Obama legislation and executive orders that made the economy worse, killed job creation and added costs to taxpayers, especially the middle class. The 2010 election resulted in a Republican House majority and 47 Republican senators, enough to prevent Democrats from ramming through their legislation.

  • Illustration by Nancy Ohanian

    NORQUIST: Post-Iowa, GOP prospects promising

    As ancient Greeks anxiously waited for a pronouncement from the Oracle of Delphi, we have awaited the results from the Iowa caucuses. We now know who got the most votes and won, and who outperformed expectations and therefore "really" won. And of those who "lost" in Iowa, some will accept the decision of the Fates, and some will continue onto other primary states as zombies apparently unaware of their lack of pulse.

  • Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, a Republican, is leading an effort to pass right-to-work legislation in the upcoming session. Gov. Mitch Daniels also has been lobbying for the measure. (Associated Press)

    Indiana House speaker to push for ban on union dues

    Indiana's House speaker Tuesday promised swift action to make his state the first in more than a decade to ban labor contracts that require employees to pay union fees.

  • In Virginia, Kaine, Allen in dead heat for Senate

    Virginia will again play a big role in presidential-year elections that in 2012 include perhaps the country's marquee Senate race, while Maryland Democrats face a potentially bruising primary before trying to increase their ranks in Congress.

  • Bradley Abelow, MF Global president and COO, is sworn in Dec. 13, 2011, on Capitol Hill prior to testifying before the Senate Agriculture Committee. (Associated Press)

    MF Global chief missing $1.2B is financial adviser to EPA

    Even as he finds himself the public face of investment firm MF Global's bankruptcy and admitted to lawmakers that he had no idea how client funds disappeared, Congress and the administration have voiced no public concern about Bradley Abelow's role advising the $8.6 billion government agency on its finances.

  • House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks Dec. 22, 2011, about extending the payroll-tax cut during a briefing on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

    Tax bill set for increasingly rare conference committee

    Last week's tax fight in Congress was about many things ā€” Social Security taxes, unemployment benefits and an oil pipeline ā€” but House Republicans tried to make it into an even bigger fight over the institutional relevance of the House of Representatives itself.

  • ** FILE ** Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, center, is surrounded by reporters after exiting a House vote on the payroll tax cut in Washington, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Congress approves short-term payroll tax, unemployment benefits

    Congress closed out its legislative year on Friday the same way it began: with a divided House and Senate agreeing to a short-term extension, in this case renewing the payroll tax holiday for two more months, but leaving the bigger work for later.

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