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January 19, 2017
“Thanks, Obama”: Hundreds pay tribute on his last day in office

On the eve of the presidential inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, about 800 people gathered Thursday to celebrate and applaud President Barack Obama on his last day in office.

January 17, 2017
Inauguration boycott includes two Maryland lawmakers; another undecided

WASHINGTON — As next Friday’s presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump draws closer, speculation over who won’t be in attendance has become as much a talking point as the event itself, with more than 50 members of Congress already saying they’ll skip the ceremony. In the Maryland congressional delegation, Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Upper Marlboro, and […]

January 31, 2017
Lax seat belt law hurts Maryland highway safety rating, advocates say

WASHINGTON – Highway safety in Maryland could be improved with tougher seat belt laws, an advocacy group said Tuesday. The state needs to pass legislation requiring back seat passengers to wear seat belts, according to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. Under current law, not wearing a seat belt while riding or driving a […]

February 15, 2017
Maryland Democrats join in pressuring White House on Russia

WASHINGTON – Maryland lawmakers on Wednesday joined Democratic efforts in Congress on several fronts to hold the Trump administration accountable on its policies toward Russia and controversial dealings with that nation’s officials. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Mechanicsville, introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday to give Congress the authority to review any easing of sanctions against Russia. […]

February 14, 2017
Maryland Democrats press for Flynn-Russia probe

WASHINGTON – Maryland Democratic lawmakers whose committees have jurisdiction over foreign policy and investigations on Tuesday urged a probe into the resignation of national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn and the full scope of the Trump administration’s dealings with Russia. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., told Capital News Service that Flynn’s communications with Russia requires a […]

January 27, 2017
Maryland lawmaker revives drive for equal rights for women in Constitution

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s presidency has inspired Democratic lawmakers to re-introduce legislation that would ensure equal rights for women in the U.S. Constitution. Days before participating in the Women’s March on Washington with several female family members, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., announced the re-introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment. “Twenty senators have joined me,” Cardin […]

April 7, 2017
Maryland lawmakers back U.S. strike on Syria, but many worried about what’s next

WASHINGTON – Maryland lawmakers on Friday supported the Trump administration’s decision to launch an airstrike on a Syrian airfield in response to that government’s recent chemical weapons attack. But most called on President Donald Trump to consult with Congress and develop a more comprehensive strategy for confronting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Damascus. “I believe a […]

February 7, 2017
Maryland senators vote against DeVos confirmation

WASHINGTON – Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos on Tuesday was confirmed narrowly by the Senate as the secretary of education after Vice President Mike Pence cast an historic, tie-breaking vote, but Maryland’s two senators opposed her, warning she was not qualified. Maryland Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen were among the 50 senators who voted […]

March 9, 2017
Maryland Terps aim to prove freshmen’s worth in Big Ten tournament

Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon talks to the media prior to the Terps’ first game in the 2017 Big Ten Tournament. (Abby Mergenmeier/Capital News Service)

September 15, 2017
Montgomery County language programs link students to their culture

Leo Sun, 15, on a trip visiting family in China in 2016. Sun views these trips as an opportunity to practice speaking Chinese, which he has learned through the Montgomery County Public Schools language-immersion program. (Photo courtesy Beibei Sun)

March 2, 2017
Most Maryland Democrats think Sessions should resign

WASHINGTON – Most Maryland Democrats are calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after failing to disclose to Congress conversations he had last year with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in July and September of last year. Sessions did not remember in detail what he […]

February 28, 2017
Olympic gold medalist Phelps: International sports plagued with doping

WASHINGTON – As retired Olympic shot putter Adam Nelson told his story, fellow Olympian and retired swimmer Michael Phelps’ eyes filled with tears. “So unfair. So, so unfair,” Phelps said Tuesday in front of a House subcommittee. Nelson won the silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games, but nearly a decade later was awarded the […]

January 21, 2017
Photo gallery: The Women’s March on Washington

Thousands of demonstrators participated in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

March 16, 2017
Trump budget plan draws mostly negative reviews among Maryland lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Maryland Democrats on Thursday voiced their displeasure with the Trump administration’s budget proposals, citing federal cuts to Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the National Institutes of Health. “The Trump budget is great if you can get on a plane every weekend and fly to Mar-a-Lago, but it stinks for […]

January 20, 2017
Trump takes oath, declares Washington’s power going back to “American people”

WASHINGTON — Promising to put “America first,” Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, assuming leadership of a polarized nation but with the benefits of a Republican-controlled Congress. Trump’s inaugural address, presented before what appeared to be a smaller crowd than had assembled for his predecessor Barack […]