Marcus: Obama has a pen, a phone and a precedent

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) calls President Obama’s tenure “an increasingly lawless presidency.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) cites “the president’s persistent pattern of lawlessness.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) called a...

Parker: In Christie saga, keep calm and gossip on

We have officially reached the take-a-step-back moment in the unfolding — or unraveling — of the Chris Christie alleged bridge/political retribution/Sandy funds political scandal. It always happens in any story these days. News stampedes through the ether, trampling context and...

Reversing the grievous error of Citizens United

Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, represents California’s 12th Congressional District. John Sarbanes, a Democrat, represents Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. Americans have seen it on their televisions and heard it on their radios: political ads backed...
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Editorial: Dodging accountability in Annapolis

THE DEMOCRATIC Party’s commissars in Maryland have decreed that meddlesome questions about the state’s disastrous online health-insurance exchange are distracting and, for the time being, terribly inconvenient. Having closed ranks behind the gubernatorial candidacy of...
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Editorial: In Congress’s farm bill, the rich get richer

CONGRESS HAS sent a $956 billion farm bill larded with subsidies for agribusiness to President Obama, who issued a statement Tuesday praising it. Maybe he should first have reread his fiscal 2014 budget proposal. “The farm sector continues to be one of the strongest sectors of...
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Editorial: Egypt’s military shows it is no friend of freedom

SOME IN Washington argue that the United States has little choice but to support the new military regime in Egypt. While some of its tactics may be distasteful, the argument goes, the military is preferable to the presumed alternative — the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood — because...

Update: Six area counties at Level 1

Hancock County and five other counties remain under a Level 1 weather alert tonight. An alert warns of dangerous road conditions. Allen, Henry, Putnam, Seneca and Wood counties also are under a weather alert. Hardin County has lifted its roadway warning.

Hancock County offices, Findlay Municipal Court closed

The Hancock County Courthouse and all county government offices will be closed Wednesday because of weather conditions, Commissioner Mark Gazarek reported. Findlay Municipal Court also will be closed Wednesday.

A not-so-modest change for retirees

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