| Oct 18, 2014
| 7:20 PM
In Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, crowded with attack ads from both sides, one group has spent millions praising Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a friend of the state's coal industry and flaying his Democratic challenger for cashing checks from...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 2:28 PM
When Congress reconvenes Nov. 12, opponents of billions of dollars in military compensation "reforms" sought by President Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have one final and narrow opportunity to derail the plans.
Three significant compensation...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 4:23 PM
With days to go until the midterms, and with polls pointing to the prospect that Republicans could take control of the Senate, the stakes are high not just for the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, but for the United States. The...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 9:11 AM
I do not live in Illinois, but the choice of a U.S. senator always carries national implications, and so my interest and dismay with your endorsement of Dick Durbin for re-election.
While I may be an elderly curmudgeon now, I was raised in an...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 3:22 PM
One vote can define a career in the U.S. Senate. Consider Edmund Ross of Kansas, one of the senators in John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage," who cast the deciding vote in the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson — and lost his seat as a result....
| Oct 28, 2014
| 1:51 PM
Times columnist Jonah Goldberg swings his rhetorical hammer Tuesday at congressional dysfunction, arguing that polarization wasn't as big a problem as politicians' eagerness for self-protection.
It's a good point, and his column is very much worth...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 2:18 PM
"What day is it?"
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.
As a proud member of the "don't just do something, sit there" school of politics, I don't fret much about partisanship and gridlock. Partisanship and gridlock aren't bugs...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 4:46 PM
The local official introducing the candidate eventually got around to the point — Sen. Mark Begich, standing up for Alaskans, get out the vote — but first he lit into the Koch brothers and what he described as money's power to warp politics....
| Nov 1, 2014
| 10:54 AM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said keeping a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa was key to Democratic control of the upper chamber as he and Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallied voters Saturday in a final push before election day.
"If we win Iowa, we're going to...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 3:02 PM
The race for the Senate pits a governor-turned-senator who prides himself on his willingness to work across party lines against a former head of the Republican National Committee who says it's time to break Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's grip.
| Nov 2, 2014
| 5:07 PM
— Pennsylvanians won't be voting on a U.S. senator this year, leaving the state voiceless in perhaps this fall's most high-stakes contest — which party controls the Senate.
The deciding battles are being fought in far-flung states like Iowa,...