| Apr 16, 2013
| 5:30 PM
WASHINGTON -- An envelope laced with the lethal poison Ricin and addressed to a U.S. senator was found at a Maryland mail processing facility, officials said Tuesday.
The envelope, intended for the office of Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), was discovered...
| May 7, 2013
| 2:36 PM
Enrollment in a controversial program that provides free cell phone service to low-income families has increased faster in Maryland than any other state in the nation, jumping nearly 90-fold since 2008 — renewing scrutiny on Capitol Hill over its...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 4:53 PM
WASHINGTON — Nothing was going to stop Jack Poitras from playing taps at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, not even the National Park Police.
"I said, 'I am willing to be arrested,'" the Vietnam veteran from Missouri recalled. He had...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:29 PM
Airline passengers may no longer have to power off and stow their portable electronics when they fly, the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday, opening the door for airlines to lift most restrictions on how and when customers can use phones,...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:26 PM
WASHINGTON — The gay rights movement won at least a preliminary victory Monday as the Senate voted to advance a measure that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The 61-30 procedural vote does not...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Officials, banks and consumers all want a piece of Target and Neiman Marcus, filing lawsuits and launching investigations against the two retailers after they reported data breaches.
A letter from Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 8:23 AM
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is renaming its renovated Costume Institute for Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. Wintour has been a Met trustee since 1999 and a major fundraiser for the institute. [New York Times]
The engagment ring Evan...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 3:03 PM
WASHINGTON -- Concern over the increased number of sexual assaults in the military spilled onto the Senate floor Wednesday in an hours-long debate that has divided Congress over the best way to handle the problem.
The Defense Department estimated a 35%...
| May 13, 2013
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators last week introduced a bill that would prohibit rental-car companies from renting or selling vehicles with an open manufacturer's recall. The legislation, the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2013,...
| 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...