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May 24, 2013 | By Morgan Little
The Michael Bloomberg-backed group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is following up on its promise to hound Senate Democrats who voted against gun control legislation in April. In an ad that launched Friday , Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is implored by a witness to the murder of state Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney in 2008 to revisit his vote on the failed bipartisan effort to expand background checks on gun purchases. “The pain of that experience will always be a part of me,” Angela Bradford-Barnes says in the ad. “Like 84% of Arkansans I support universal background checks.
November 10, 2011 | By Colby Itkowitz, The Morning Call
The shock waves from the explosive scandal at Penn State are reaching Washington. Pennsylvania Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey will rescind their Medal of Freedom nomination for former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the child abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach, the senators said Thursday. Paterno was fired Wednesday evening by the school's board of trustees, ending his 46-year-tenure as head coach. The award is considered the highest honor a civilian can receive.
October 16, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau
Democrats and Republicans pounding each other on the airwaves in the run-up to the Nov. 2 midterm elections have found one common enemy: foreigners. In political commercials around the country, candidates are sounding a nativist tone, castigating their opponents as supporters of foreign corporations, illegal immigrants and workers abroad. "Is Baron Hill running for Congress in Indiana ? or China?" asks a television ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee that features revolutionary-style images of a Chinese flag and clenched fists punching the air. A spot by MoveOn.
August 6, 2009
Arlen Specter, the five-term senator from Pennsylvania and recently minted Democrat, is one of the great survivors of U.S. politics, and he may extend his lease on public office next year when he seeks reelection. But he shouldn't expect to win the nomination of his new party by default. Thanks to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), he won't. Sestak, a retired vice admiral, announced Tuesday that he will challenge Specter in the 2010 Democratic primary.
October 20, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
The battle for control of the U.S. Senate grows more competitive each day, new polls from battleground states show. Two surveys released Tuesday showed Democrat Joe Sestak with his first lead over Republican Pat Toomey in the Pennsylvania Senate race since just after he won the state's May primary. Kentucky’s Jack Conway has pulled to within 5% of Republican Rand Paul; an internal poll by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee shows him ahead. A new CNN poll released today showed Republicans Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski tied in the Alaska Senate race; Murkowski is running a write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary in August.
August 10, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Republican leaders in Congress announced Wednesday the party's six appointees to the "super committee" tasked with making recommendations to reduce the federal deficit; most are veterans of Washington budget fights. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) named Jon Kyl of Arizona, the GOP whip and member of the Finance Committee; Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who was elected last November and served as president of the fiscally conservative Club For Growth; and Rob Portman of Ohio, also a freshman and the former budget director under President George W. Bush.
May 21, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani, Michael A. Memoli, and Melanie Mason
WASHINGTON - The outgoing head of the IRS said the agency still doesn't know which staff members were responsible for using politically loaded language to screen out nonprofit groups, as senators pressed them to explain how certain conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status received extra scrutiny. The last two heads of the agency, Steven T. Miller and Douglas Shulman, testifying Tuesday  before the Senate Finance Committee, once again linked  the problems to  poor decisions by lower-level employees working in the IRS' Cincinnati field office, but Miller said they haven't figured out who all of those employees were.
October 29, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Democrat Kendrick Meek reasserted on Friday that he was in Florida's three-way Senate race to stay, despite reports that he had been urged to withdraw in favor of Gov. Charlie Crist. Meek took to the airwaves in the morning to deny reports that former President Clinton had urged Meek to withdraw so that Crist would stand a better chance of defeating Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee who is a "tea party" movement favorite. "I told him I didn't have any thoughts about getting out of the race," Meek said of Clinton on ABC's "Good Morning America.
March 6, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- President Obama appears to be trying to thaw chilly relations with lawmakers as he pushed through the latest budget battle while moving on to other parts of his second-term agenda. Obama will head to Capitol Hill next week to visit Republican senators behind closed doors at their weekly luncheon, the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday. The president also has invited GOP senators to dinner this week, according to senators.
August 28, 2012 | By Colby Itkowitz, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Arlen Specter, the storied Pennsylvania politician who was a state institution for decades before switching political parties and losing in a Democratic Senate primary two years ago, is hospitalized with a very serious illness. Specter, who survived a brain tumor and non-Hodgkins lymphoma, is ailing from another form of cancer that flared up several weeks ago, according to CNN. Several sources at the Republican National Convention who know Specter confirmed that he is very sick. Specter, 82, famously co-authored the "single-bullet theory" during the investigation into President Kennedy's assassination.
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