- John McCain laments: Obama’s ‘self-pity … is really kind of sad’
- GOP offer to fix VA gives $10 billion in emergency funds
- Paul Ryan offers to repair U.S. economic safety net with a single grant stream
- Kim Jong-un builds bond with Putin: $250M Russia-backed addition to key port opens
- Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death
- Detroit porch shooting trial: Suspect says he didn’t know gun was loaded
- U.S. Navy admiral ‘receptive’ to giving Chinese counterpart a tour of carrier
- Islamic State orders female genital mutilation for Mosul girls, U.N. says
- U.N. school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed
- Obama encourages ICE to stand down, say former border agents
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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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
Last week's tax fight in Congress was about many things — Social Security taxes, unemployment benefits and an oil pipeline — but House Republicans tried to make it into an even bigger fight over the institutional relevance of the House of Representatives itself.
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.