| Nov 29, 2011
In the days following his 2010 Senate victory, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey co-authored an op-ed in USA Today with an unlikely future colleague, Democrat Claire McCaskill. Together, the senator-elect and the Missouri senator called for a moratorium on earmarks....
| Feb 2, 2012
| 12:59 PM
Pat Toomey’s effort to permanently ban congressional earmarks fell short in the Senate Thursday, but the Pennsylvania senator was heartened that appropriators separately agreed to extend a temporary moratoriam through 2013.
Toomey offered his...
| Jan 12, 2013
As the son of a woman, the husband of a woman and the father of daughters and granddaughters, I celebrate the record number of females who are now United States senators. However, I do see some differences in the way these and other women are treated,...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:06 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is circulating an online petition urging the National Rifle Association to "make their voice a part of the solution" to prevent future mass killings.
The Missouri Democrat said in a news release...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 4:07 PM
Furor surged in Maryland and across the country Monday over a Missouri congressman's comment that he opposes abortion in most cases of rape because women rarely become pregnant during a "legitimate rape."
Though Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican who is...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 12:11 PM
Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith said another GOP Senate candidate's incendiary remarks on abortion and rape do not "reflect the pro-life community's beliefs."
Smith, who is anti-abortion, joined the growing chorus of Republican...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 2:58 PM
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett repudiated fellow Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s comments on rape Tuesday, while his campaign manager called an attempt by Maryland Democrats to tie Bartlett to the controversy “disgusting.”
Akin, the GOP nominee...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 11:54 AM
Missouri is a long way from Maryland, so residents can be forgiven for never having heard of Rep. Todd Akin prior to this week. But when the socially conservative Republican Senate candidate suggested that the victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get...
| Aug 24, 2012
No recent development has underlined the decline of political party clout more than beleaguered Senate Republican nominee Todd Akin's refusal to accede to GOP leadership demands that he withdraw from his race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 3:32 PM
Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Tom Smith said Monday afternoon that he opposes abortionin all cases -- even for victims of rape and incest.
Smith's comments came after he was asked about the political firestorm surrounding the abortion-related...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 5:03 PM
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the self-styled dean of the Democratic women in Congress, urged support of female candidates in an address to her party's national convention Wednesday that came as both presidential campaigns sought to court women voters.