| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:23 PM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, the last World War II veteran in the Senate and a stalwart Democrat who led congressional battles over three decades to toughen gun laws, ban smoking on planes and crack down on drunk driving,...
| Apr 23, 2013
As the Obama administration launches a broad investigation of flame retardants used in furniture and other household goods, the nation's top environmental regulators are running into the limitations of a federal law that makes it practically impossible to...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 9:16 AM
††††††††††† Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., and Democratic wunderkind, is the headliner for the† Broward Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner.
†††††††††† Booker, 43, received rave reviews from Democrats after his speech last year to...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 6:04 AM
Adam Lanza blasted through the glass doors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School clutching a military-style Bushmaster rifle with 30 rounds in the clip and hundreds more at the ready.
When his chilling rampage was over minutes later, Lanza had used the...
| Aug 31, 2012
It appears that Gov. Jerry Brown is game for a cross-country rivalry with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie....
| Aug 4, 2012
| 5:00 AM
The gulf between the American left and right continues to widen against a backdrop of high unemployment, weak growth and high octane cultural battles.
I got to thinking about this growing divide in the aftermath of the Colorado movie theater shooting...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 8:56 PM
WASHINGTON — Chemical companies would need to provide more health and safety information about their products and regulators would have more authority to force harmful substances off the market under legislation approved along party lines...
| Jul 25, 2012
— The world's leading manufacturers of flame retardants faced scathing criticism Tuesday from U.S. senators angered by what they called the industry's misuse of science, misleading testimony and creation of a phony consumer group that stoked the...
| Jul 18, 2012
— TheU.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced it will conduct a broad investigation of flame retardants that a Tribune series identified as examples of the government's failure to protect Americans from toxic chemicals.
| Jul 10, 2012
The first signs of bipartisan support for overhauling the nation's chemical safety law emerged Monday, as three Republicans joined 23 other senators calling for tough restrictions on toxic flame retardants.
Citing the Tribune's "Playing With Fire"...
| Jun 4, 2012
Last month, we read a powerful story about just how far one industry would go to protect its bottom line.
In a four-part exposť in the Chicago Tribune titled "Playing with Fire," we learned how big chemical companies — on a mission to sell more...