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)