By Jules Witcover | July 19, 2013
In a now-rare exhibition of sensible compromise in the United States Senate, John McCain of Arizona has re-emerged as the unpredictable maverick who had seemingly vanished in his 2008 bid for the presidency. Mr. McCain is credited with persuading enough members of his party to agree to a deal that avoid a threatened "nuclear option" -- a change in Senate rules that would curb the minority's ability to obstruct executive branch nominations by filibuster. The deal broke an impasse between Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over Mr. Reid's notion to bar filibusters on confirmation votes for certain nominees by letting a simple majority shut off debate.
July 19, 2013
When people talk about the top places to work, the same words pop up again and again -- purpose, flexibility, collaboration, respect, challenging and rewarding. Does that describe your company? Do you enjoy going to work? Does it feel more like a team, or even a family? Folks at more than 110 Baltimore-area firms feel that way, having nominated their employers for The Baltimore Sun's third annual list of the region's top workplaces. Given the strong response, we are extending the deadline until Aug. 16. Anyone can suggest a company, and it doesn't matter whether the workplace is for-profit or nonprofit, privately owned or publicly held, but it must employ at least 50 people.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2013
Netflix and its Baltimore-based "House of Cards" made history Thursday as the Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced in Los Angeles. It was the first time a series not presented on over-the-air broadcast or cable TV was nominated in the major categories. "House of Cards" offered a new business model for the TV industry when it debuted in February with a full season's worth of episodes streaming online. And while the money part of the model is still being debated, the artistic excellence of the series was affirmed with nominations in some of the biggest categories: best drama, Kevin Spacey for best dramatic actor and Robin Wright for best dramatic actress.
July 15, 2013
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid says he's thoroughly fed up with Republicans' abuse of the filibuster rule to block President Obama's executive branch appointees. This week he may finally get a chance to do something about it. In saying that he may invoke what is known as the "nuclear option," Mr. Reid has signaled his readiness to impose a small but significant change in the Senate rules that would reduce the number of votes needed to break a filibuster in certain circumstances - from a supermajority of 60 votes to a simple majority of 51. Mr. Reid is not proposing to eliminate the filibuster altogether, merely to prevent the minority party from derailing Senate confirmation of the president's nominees for executive agency posts.
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
The Ravens were well-represented today when ESPN announced the nominees for the 2013 ESPY Awards, which will be held on July 17 at 9 p.m. The Ravens, who beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to capture Super Bowl XLVII and complete a stunning playoff run, were nominated for the “best team” category along with Alabama's football team, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Miami Heat, the San Francisco Giants, the Oklahoma softball team and the U.S. women's...
Aegis report | June 23, 2013
Each year the Harford County Department of Community Services, Volunteer Harford, conducts a search for people who assist those around them. These "Beautiful People" volunteer at an extraordinary level, donating their time and talent to make a difference in Harford County. Harford's Most Beautiful People are honored at a program each year in October, hosted by County Executive David R. Craig. The program is aired on Harford Cable Network in the months following the event. Nominations are being accepted through Aug. 30, for the 27th annual Harford's Most Beautiful People awards.
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2013
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Del. Ron George pledged Friday not to raise any taxes if elected. “Our economy will not grow unless our citizens and business can keep more money to spend and invest as fits their needs,” George said in a statement announcing his pledge. George challenged other candidates to make a similar promise to taxpayers. The Annapolis jewelry store owner is a two-term delegate and father of six hoping to secure the Republican nomination. If successful, his bid for the governor's mansion would be unprecedented - no other politician has jumped directly from the House of Delegates to the govenor's office.
June 9, 2013
The Sun has developed a bad case of selective memory when it comes to judicial nominations ("Judicial profiling," June 5). When President George W. Bush nominated candidates for judgeships during the years that Republicans controlled the Senate, the Harry Reid-led Democrats, for the first time in history, filibustered several of them, including a Hispanic nominee for the same D.C. Court of Appeals they are complaining about today. There was no cry of outrage from The Sun then about this shameful practice, nor was there any attempt by The Sun to play the race card, despite compelling evidence that the filibuster was done solely to prevent Mr. Bush from appointing a Hispanic to a high-profile judgeship.
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
A Northwest Baltimore woman was nominated to the city's police civilian review board on Monday night, the first move in filling as much as eight positions on the beleaguered nine-member board.  The nomination of Sunny Luisa Cooper for the unpaid position represents the second time Cooper's name has been submitted to the board, which investigates citizen complaints of abusive language and excessive force by police. She was originally put forward along with two others by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2011, and confirmed by the council, but the swearing-in never took place.
By Seth Boster and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
Four Baltimore-area football players were nominated to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the annual showcase to be played between 90 of the nation's top senior prospects on Jan. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The list of 400 nominees, released Tuesday, includes Dunbar quarterback William Crest and Annapolis Area Christian receiver Demetrius Johnson. Gilman had two representatives on the list: linebacker Melvin Keihn and defensive back Troy Vincent. The dual-threat Crest, a four-star recruit according to who committed to West Virginia in April, led Dunbar to a Class 1A state title last fall.
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