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By L'Oreal Thompson | September 21, 2012
When 18-year-old Laura Ryan entered the 31st Annual Congressional Art Competition, she wanted to make a statement with her artwork. “Each section represents a different person,” says Ryan of her oil painting, “Unity,” which was selected to represent the 7th Congressional District. “The point was to show that even though we're different people from different places, we still unify into one face.” Every spring since 1982, the Congressional Institute has sponsored a nationwide art competition for high school students.
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June 30, 2014
If you told me a few years ago that I would be spending my vacation days talking to Congress, I would have thought you were out of your mind. But I ended up on Capitol Hill recently, lobbying with 600 other Americans from all walks of life. We went to converse with our senators and congressmen and congresswomen on both side of the aisle. We told them what we were concerned about, offered a simple solution and asked them what they thought. We listened to them and conversed with them about meeting on common ground.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Sun Staff Writer | May 13, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski lambasted the manager of the 2,200-person work force that operates the 285-acre Capitol complex yesterday, saying that he has responded to employees' complaints of discrimination with inadequate, "teensy-weensy" measures.Speaking at a hearing of the subcommittee that reviews the complex's maintenance budget, the Baltimore Democrat said that George M. White, who oversees the complex as architect of the Capitol, has failed to improve what many employees see as a hostile, racially and sexually discriminatory work environment.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin met with members of the protest group Pussy Riot on Tuesday to bring attention to human rights abuses in Russia as well as his efforts to expand economic sanctions against top officials in the country. The Maryland Democrat, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.S. Helsinki Commission on human rights said that Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina put a face on abuses that he said have taken place under the government of Vladimir Putin "Unless you can put a face on it, it's difficult to get attention or action," Cardin said.
NEWS
July 29, 1998
"What makes our democracy strong is not only what Congress may enact or a president may achieve. Even more, it is the quiet courage and uncommon bravery of Americans like J.J. Chestnut and John Gibson, and indeed every one of the 81 police officers who just this year have given their lives to ensure our domestic tranquillity."- President Clinton"As much as any soldier who ever landed on a beach, last week, the gatekeepers of our Capitol became the front-line guardians of our freedom."- Vice President Al Gore"At the top of this dome is a statue.
NEWS
October 7, 1994
Voters are getting increasingly cynical about Congress. What's worse, Congress is getting increasingly cynical about voters. How else to explain its arrogant refusal to clean up its own act, even in an election year where voter disenchantment with incumbents is a major factor? In the wake of the House bank scandal, the House post office scandal, the indictment of the House majority leader, soiled reputations of five senators in the savings and loan scandal, widespread disgust over the shenanigans of lobbyists on Capitol Hill, gridlock and third-party sentiment, legislators still feel able to thumb their noses at their constituents.
NEWS
May 21, 1993
President Clinton finds himself caught in Capitol Hill crossfire that could undermine his entire economic program. The situation is complicated because, in our view, dissident Democrats in the House are right on target in attacking the deficit and dissident Democrats in the Senate are dead wrong in trying to kill the president's energy tax.Mr. Clinton obviously hopes to emerge from this legislative mess triumphing over tormentors from within his own party on both issues and thereby short-circuiting Republican mischief-makers.
SPORTS
December 11, 1991
Freshman guard Joe Suarez hit two free throws with 30 seconds remaining in the game to seal Goucher's 68-64 victory over Capitol last night.Suarez, who had been on the bench with a sprained ankle, entered the game with 2 minutes, 51 seconds remaining and Goucher trailing by 64-57. The Gophers scored the next 11 points. Suarez hit a jumper with a minute remaining to pull Goucher within 64-63. He stole the ball 10 seconds later and passed off to Thurmon Toland (17 points), who hit a basket to put the Gophers ahead by 65-64.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,Washington Bureau | November 1, 1993
WASHINGTON -- It has cast a glow on Baltimore burlesque shows, shone down upon Methodist worshipers, and thrown light on the nation's lawmakers. But now the chandelier with such a radiant past has a distinctly dim future.Its 148 lamps and 14,500 crystals that first twinkled in the long-gone Maryland Theater on West Franklin Street are out of place in the Small Rotunda of the Senate wing of the august U.S. Capitol, according to no less an authority than George White, architect of the Capitol.
NEWS
May 28, 1995
Spiro T. Agnew hit exactly the right note in his speech at the Capitol Wednesday. He said the ceremony honoring him with a customary vice president's bust, 22 years after he was forced out of office in disgrace, was not as a tribute to him, personally, but to the high office to which he was twice elected. No self-justification for the deeds that led to his resignation. No self-pitying. No recriminations. In fact, he alone of the speakers at the dedication of the bust acknowledged, almost in passing, that the ceremonies would revive old criticisms of him from "some people."
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Baltimore's liquor board commissioners said Wednesday they've hired an experienced administrator to run the troubled agency. Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, the town administrator of Capitol Heights in Prince George's County, will become the first woman to head Baltimore's liquor board in its 80-year history, commissioners said. Bailey-Hedgepeth is scheduled to start work as the agency's executive secretary, as the position is known, by June 1. She replaces Samuel T. Daniels Jr., the board's longtime executive secretary, who announced his retirement last year.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
A Prince George's County police officer shot and killed an armed man early Saturday in Capitol Heights, authorities said. Police were called about 4 a.m. to Marlboro Pike and Lee Jay Drive after witnesses reported hearing gunshots, police said. Two officers nearby spotted a man fleeing the area on foot, grabbing his side. When the officers confronted the suspect, he reached for a weapon in his waistband, and one of the officers fired his weapon multiple times, police said. The man - who was not identified - was pronounced dead at Prince's George's County Hospital Center, police said.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
In Iraq, Lauren Augustine operated unmanned aircraft on surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the Army's storied 1st Infantry Division. In Washington last week, Augustine and her fellow veterans stormed Capitol Hill for comrades they say are being left behind. The 26-year-old Army veteran was one of more than 30 former service members who spent the week visiting lawmakers to call attention to the persistence of suicide among veterans. In a time of fiscal constraint, when the Pentagon is shrinking the military and other departments are reining in spending, the veterans are asking Congress and the White House to devote more resources to mental health for former troops.
NEWS
February 6, 2014
The nation's debt ceiling is back in the news this week and for all the old, familiar reasons. By month's end, it will need to be raised or the U.S. Treasury will run out of money to pay the country's outstanding bills, and House Republicans are once again looking to hold the authorizing legislation hostage in return for some sort of concession. What will it be this time? For a while, it looked like they would insist on some changes to Obamacare, specifically, the so-called "risk corridors," a provision of the Affordable Care Act that limits how much insurance companies can profit or lose by selling health insurance policies through exchanges during the first three years.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
George Frank Thompson, who made and served lunch to Pope John Paul II on his visit to Baltimore and who had earlier mixed drinks for five presidents as a Capitol Hill barman, died Dec. 14 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 98 and lived in the Otterbein section of the Inner Harbor. Family members said that he was hurt in a fall on a transit bus two months ago and died of complications from that injury. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Edward and Emma Milburn Thompson.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
President Barack Obama used a speech Thursday in Maryland to sharpen his critique of Republican leaders, who responded by pointing a finger at Democrats in a budget showdown that left the government closed for a third day. Speaking at a Rockville construction firm, Obama said House Speaker John A. Boehner could easily end the impasse that caused the shutdown by voting on a stop-gap spending bill free of provisions to delay the Affordable Care Act,...
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By Daniel Berger | April 5, 1997
THE CLINTON administration has assembled a team to dislodge the greatest obstruction to U.S. foreign-policy objectives, which is not Russia or China but the isolationist impulse governing Congress during its Republican ascendancy.This obstacle is personified by Sen. Jesse Helms, the reactionary Tar Heel who governs the Foreign Relations Committee as his personal microstate.Under his influence, the U.S. has refused to pay past United Nations dues; not ratified arms-control agreements; under-funded foreign policy; hobbled its ability to use aid as a tool of either U.S. national interest or Third World growth, and pretended to legislate for foreign countries.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | June 22, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Getting an American flag that once flew over the Capitol -- if only for a few seconds -- is one of the most enduring traditions of this federal city.For decades, people have snapped them up by the millions -- Boy Scout troops and veterans groups have placed big orders. Constituents love them flown on birthdays, an anniversary or the Fourth of July. Rep. James P. Moran Jr., D-Va., had one raised on June 8, the day that Air Force pilot Scott O'Grady was rescued from Bosnia, and gave it to the family.
NEWS
September 26, 2013
Ever see the Al Pacino movie, "Dog Day Afternoon?" Based on a true story, it's about a bank robbery that goes bad. When it becomes clear that the jig is up - that there's not much money to be had and they're surrounded by police - the list of demands gets truly outrageous, including a limousine to the airport and a jet to fly them out of the country. That appears to be exactly what's happening in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now that it's clear that they're getting nowhere by threatening a government shutdown on Oct. 1 unless Obamacare is defunded, Republicans are looking to shoot the proverbial moon.
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By L'Oreal Thompson | September 21, 2012
When 18-year-old Laura Ryan entered the 31st Annual Congressional Art Competition, she wanted to make a statement with her artwork. “Each section represents a different person,” says Ryan of her oil painting, “Unity,” which was selected to represent the 7th Congressional District. “The point was to show that even though we're different people from different places, we still unify into one face.” Every spring since 1982, the Congressional Institute has sponsored a nationwide art competition for high school students.
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