May 24, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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.
April 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As news of the death of Margaret Thatcher came in Monday, tributes flowed from conservative leaders across the Capitol, showing the lasting influence the "Iron Lady" on the personal careers of many American lawmakers. “Lady Thatcher was a towering figure and a hero of mine,” said Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania who once ran the conservative group Club for Growth. “Utterly fearless, she never once went wobbly,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, a first-term Republican from Texas and a tea party favorite.
November 21, 2011 |
President Obama appears determined to publicly keep his distance from the congressional super-committee and its failure to put forward a deficit-reduction plan, despite Republican efforts to shift blame to his end of Pennsylvania Avenue. In his first public event in Washington since returning from a nine-day overseas trip, Obama made no mention of the imminent deadline for the 12-member panel. Instead, before signing a bipartisan bill that offers tax credits for businesses who hire veterans, Obama made a generic push for Congress to "keep working.
February 3, 2012 |
One of the most sweeping ethics bills covering the personal financial activities of congressional and executive branch employees is now headed to the House after the Senate gave overwhelming approval as lawmakers try to repair their public image. President Obama called for the bill in his State of the Union speech last month, and just three senators declined to back it -- an unusual show of near unanimity after lawmakers spent the week toughening up a bill that initially that carried more symbolism than bite.
September 16, 2009 |
President Obama, making an unusual foray into a Democratic primary election battle, told a paid crowd of supporters of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) on Tuesday that the senator would fight "to help me move this country forward." The reception drew 750 people, some of whom paid $2,400 to attend. The president was scheduled to attend a more intimate gathering of Specter's big-money donors later today. Overall, the fundraiser was expected to bring in nearly $2.5 million, split between Specter's campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
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.
March 25, 2009 |
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) on Tuesday dealt a major setback to organized labor's top legislative priority, announcing that he opposes a bill that would make it easier for workers to unionize. That leaves the measure without a crucial Republican swing vote. In a speech on the Senate floor, Specter said the dismal economy makes it "a particularly bad time" to enact the Employee Free Choice Act -- the so-called card check law -- but that he might reconsider "when the economy returns to normalcy."