1 hr ago
The San Diego Union-Tribune
E.J. Dionne Jr.: Can Congress be responsible?
There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove.
5 hrs ago
The Washington Post
Remember the Navy Yard tragedy Tuesday at Canal Park
Tuesday is a somber day in the District of Columbia: It is first anniversary of the Navy Yard rampage, in which deranged contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 workers before being shot to death by police . The main ceremony commemorating the victims will be an invitation-only affair taking place behind the walls of the Navy Yard complex itself, featuring Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and members of the Navy brass.
Sun Sep 14, 2014
White House presses Congress to vote now on Islamic State plan, keep US troops out of Middle East
The White House on Sunday put the pressure on Congress to vote this week in favor of President Obama's plan to destroy Islamic State by training and arming Syrians rebels, making clear that sending U.S. combat troops is not an option. "If it's not the Syrian opposition, trained and equipped by the United States, authorized by Congress and the president, a then it'll have to be U.S. troops," White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told "Fox News Sunday."
Sat Sep 13, 2014
NFL needs new face to get character back in the game
Former Mayor Willie Brown poses for a portrait at his apartment in the St. Regis Hotel on Thursday July 31, 2008 in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle The league needs a new face at the top, big time, and I suggest Condoleezza Rice - a huge football fan who's a member of the new college playoff selection committee - or maybe even Bill Clinton .
Fri Sep 12, 2014
The Washington Post
TV listings: Weekend of September 13-14, 2014
Broadcast live from Baltimore's Pier Six Pavilion, "Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem" salutes America's anthem with performances from Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. John Lithgow and Jordin Sparks host.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
The Baltimore Sun
Obama to meet, raise money with connected advocate for Israel
President Barack Obama , who is attempting to help Democrats maintain their grip on the Senate , will attend a fundraiser Friday at the home of a wealthy Baltimore hedge fund manager who has become one of the nation's foremost advocates for Israel. Howard E. Friedman, a former president of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and a leading patron of Jewish political causes, will host Obama for a dinner that will cost guests up to $32,400 - the maximum an individual may give to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the calendar year.
The Washington Post
Hoyer: War resolution debate should be held after November elections
House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Thursday there is growing momentum for Congress to hold an expansive war debate after the Nov. 4 elections to give a greater legislative imprint on President Obama's conduct of attacks against the Islamic State. Hoyer said that Congress should take a "two-step process" to handle the issue, first approving a modest proposal that would allow Pentagon officials to train and arm pro-western Syrian rebels to fight against Islamic State forces that control portions of that country and Iraq.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
Delay Opens Door for More Continuing Resolution Complications
Obama's last-minute "Title 10 authority" request could make it tougher for Hoyer and other Democrats to oppose the GOP spending bill. President Barack Obama conservatives emerged from a Tuesday night meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz expressing a desire to change how long the government will be funded under the bill.
The Washington Post
Wonkbook: Congress just may avoid a government shutdown
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Thu Sep 04, 2014
Watchdogs urge House leaders to keep ethics panel
A long list of good-government groups is urging House leaders this week to extend the life of an independent office charged with probing congressional misconduct. The watchdogs say the Office of Congressional Ethics "has significantly improved the House ethics process" by adding unprecedented transparency to an otherwise murky system while amassing "an outstanding record of bipartisan ethics enforcement."
Tue Sep 02, 2014
AIPAC's Fight Against Iran Diplomacy
In the September 1 issue of the New Yorker, reporter Connie Bruck offers a long article on America's top Israel lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee .
Fri Aug 29, 2014
COMREL welcomes Rep. Steny Hoyer
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Maryland 5th congressional district, addresses the Naval Support Activity South Potomac Community Relations Council at the Town of Indian Head's Village Green Pavilion on Aug. 27. Hoyer emphasized the "clear and present danger" represented by the sequester cuts to the national defense and the importance of ... (more)
Sat Aug 23, 2014
TANF is Now Old Enough for TANF to Stop Caring About Its Well-Being
On August 22, 1994, twenty years ago to the day from yesterday, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, known as "welfare reform."
Wed Aug 20, 2014
Dems blast McConnell 'shutdown' talk
In a series of statements and fundraising emails, Democrats said McConnell's statements in a news interview suggest he'd threaten to shut down the government by demanding that the White House accept restrictions on its policies in exchange for legislation funding the government.
House Democrats Have Cash Advantage But Little Chance of Winning Seats
PHOTO: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., joined by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., criticizes the efforts of Republicans to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law, ... (more)
Tue Aug 19, 2014
World's Largest Hindu Temple Comes to New Jersey
ROBBINSVILLE, New Jersey: It was a culmination of years of planning, preparations and prayers as the second phase of the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha's Shri Swaminarayan temple was inaugurated over the weekend.
Mon Aug 18, 2014
The Wall Street Journal
Social Media: Lawmakers Embrace ALS Challenge, Quieter on Ferguson, Middle East
A look at the past day on Twitter shows that more from Congress are dumping ice water on themselves in the name of charity than using social media to weigh in national and international events.
Media Notes Congressional Failure to Demilitarize Police, and Reason is Proud to Lead the Way
Members of Congress had a recent chance to demilitarize policing-and Ferguson, Missouri's own member of Congress, Rep. Lacy Clay , is among the majority of both Democrats and Republicans who turned up their noses at the opportunity.
The Jersey Journal
Military Update: Expansion of networks become key tool to ensure timely VA healthcare
President Barack Obama, flanked by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., right, signs H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, at the Wallace Theater in Fort Belvoir, Va.
The Baltimore Sun
Eastern Shore wind farm: Let the Navy decide [Editorial]
The wind-power power struggle at the highest levels of Maryland's Democratic Party seemed to have been decided in May when Gov. Martin O'Malley bucked Rep. Steny Hoyer to veto legislation that would have essentially killed a green energy project on the Eastern Shore.