Maryland Democratic lawmakers press oversight of Trump administration

Since Donald Trump’s first week as president, Maryland Democratic lawmakers have been at the forefront of a widespread effort to hold the administration accountable for potentially illegal or unethical behavior, possible conflicts of interest, questionable travel practices, and contacts with Russians during and since last year’s presidential election.

Maryland’s mysterious Russian compound gathers dust, awaits its fate

CENTREVILLE, Maryland — The soccer field is still trimmed to perfection, but no Russians will be gracing the pitch anytime soon. Nor will they be staying in either of the two Georgian-style mansions or in any of the ten bungalows clustered on the 45-acre waterfront property.

Family’s recovery sheds light on Afghanistan challenges

WASHINGTON – They were recovered after five years in Taliban captivity by Pakistani military forces using intelligence from the United States. Caitlin Coleman, an American citizen, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, a Canadian citizen, were kidnapped in 2012 in Afghanistan…

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…

Maryland groups, citizens and attorney general join suits against travel order

WASHINGTON – A refugee resettlement group based in Silver Spring, Maryland, has joined the legal fight against President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations in the Middle East and Africa. HIAS – represented by the ACLU,…

Maryland Democrats alarmed at possible attack on Russian activist

WASHINGTON – A Russian opposition activist and former journalist was hospitalized with organ failure Thursday, two years after a suspected poisoning put him in a coma. Vladimir Kara-Murza, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is in critical condition,…

Maryland’s Cardin emerging as leading Trump foreign policy critic

WASHINGTON – After introducing sanctions legislation on Russia and opposing Donald Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is emerging as a leading Democratic critic of the president’s foreign policy. “I think there’s a…

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