September 10, 1995
Get ready for the mother of all train wrecks. Washington is fascinated by speculation that the Clinton administration and the Republican-controlled Congress are on a collision course that could shut down the government and even lead to economy-damaging defaults on the national debt.Paul Tsongas likens the situation to the big league baseball strike, with "true blood lust" prevailing over the true interests of the contending factions -- and, of course, the country as a whole. He warns that a real fiasco could confirm popular distrust of the present political system and bolster third-party sentiment throughout the land.
June 23, 1993
Washington. -- Finally, President Clinton has appointed a task force to develop his famous plan ''to end welfare as we know it, to break the permanent culture of dependence.'' That's the good news.But Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, D-N.Y., the man in politics who knows the welfare issue best, is not happy. He says that if the Clinton plan embodies the principles that have been ascribed to it, it will be ''a political train wreck waiting to happen.'' That, says Mr. Moynihan, is because ''there is a dirty little secret to it.''The secret is simple: The Clinton plan -- at least based on what has been said about it by the president and others -- will not end welfare as we know it. Not even close.
May 9, 2004
LIKE GOV. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., he's tax-averse. Mr. Ehrlich won't raise the sales or income tax. His county hasn't raised the property or income tax in 10 years. Like the Republican governor, he supports legalization of slot machines. He might accept slots parlors in his county as long as the fairgrounds in Timonium isn't one of the locations. He's a Democrat, but like the governor, he's had his difficulties with Democratic legislators: members of the County Council. Unlike Mr. Ehrlich, he seems to have found a way to work with his one-time detractors.
July 21, 2001
HANDLING emergencies requires courage and decisiveness. In recent days, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has shown he's up to the task. But Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend are still among the missing. When the downtown train wreck occurred at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Mr. O'Malley was politicking at an Eastern Shore clambake. He rushed back as fast as he could to take charge. Good thing he did: The subterranean fire fouled downtown routines and wrought untold millions in economic losses.
March 5, 1996
Some Maryland State Bar Association officials are red-faced about the organization's response -- or lack of one -- to last month's fiery train accident in Silver Spring.Seven years ago, the state bar was one of the first in the country to deal with such tragedies, creating a "disaster information plan" to shield accident victims and their families from unscrupulous lawyers.But in the hours after the crash, as some attorneys canvassed the crash scene, gathering up clients and their multimillion-dollar lawsuits, the state bar was strangely absent.
June 6, 1997
Rookie fullback Steve Lee's hunger can be satisfied in two ways. Give him a plateful of steak and potatoes, and put a linebacker or a defensive back in his path.Lee likes to tear through each of them. His appetite has helped him attain a bulky, 6-foot-1, 257-pound frame, which features calves that would fit the league's bigger linemen. His willingness to throw his body around unselfishly, clearing the way for ball carriers with crunching blocks, is the reason the Ravens made him a sixth-round draft pick.