Trump presidency brings unprecedented attention to the Constitution’s emoluments clauses

WASHINGTON — Before 2016, the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution didn’t get much attention. Now, these two short sections — which historians and legal scholars interpret as prohibiting government officials from accepting gifts from foreign or…

Washington Bullpen: Inside the District’s fight for voting representation in Congress

WASHINGTON – When the colonies broke off from British control to become the United States, one of their rallying cries was “no taxation without representation.” Now, 243 years later, license plates in the nation’s capital city bear the same message…

Supreme Court hears arguments on Maryland, North Carolina redistricting

WASHINGTON – For the second time in as many years, the Supreme Court heard arguments on partisan redistricting cases from Maryland and North Carolina Tuesday, but it remains unclear whether a constitutional standard for regulating the practice will be issued.…

Maryland voters rally to support gerrymandering case

WASHINGTON — Maryland voters, political groups and state elected officials all rallied together outside the Supreme Court Tuesday morning to support a case being heard on partisan gerrymandering in the state’s congressional districts. Held on the steps of the Supreme…

Hoyer says House will continue Trump investigations, ask for tax returns

WASHINGTON – Following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday in which he called for an end to “ridiculous, partisan investigations,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said Wednesday the House will continue its probes and increase oversight…

House Democrats seek sweeping reforms on ethics, campaigns

After Democrats seized a majority in the House with a 40-seat swing in the 2018 midterm elections, Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes said the results were a call for election and ethics reform. The “For the People Act of 2019” is the House Democrats’ bid to enact those reforms.

The Washington Bullpen, Episode 10

WASHINGTON – Host Jarod Golub discusses the California wildfires, the new Amazon headquarters, the CNN lawsuit against President Donald Trump and the Florida elections on Episode 10 of “The Washington Bullpen.”

Trone wins, will join Maryland’s mostly Democratic House delegation

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland — Voters across Maryland braved rainy weather and, in some cases, long lines to cast ballots that appeared to heavily favor incumbent Democrats to represent the state in the U.S. House. Based on slow returns late Tuesday night,…

Van Hollen leads push for difficult task: a Democratic Senate

WASHINGTON – Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen is chairman of the Democrats’ 2018 campaign to win back the majority in the Senate, and he has been under no illusions. “This cycle in the Senate is a very difficult political map…

Battle for Maryland’s only open House seat puts focus on Trump policies

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland – President Donald Trump wasn’t in attendance during a Tuesday debate in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, but his controversial comments and policies came up several times during the night.   That was not much of a surprise in…

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