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  • Christopher Borick: Pa. to provide plenty of political drama

    Christopher Borick: Pa. to provide plenty of political drama
    While much of the political world has already turned its attention squarely on 2016 and the drama that will accompany the election of the 45th president of the United States, 2015 promises to provide some political drama of its own, with Pennsylvania...
  • U.S. Senate 'candy desk' back in PA hands

    U.S. Senate 'candy desk' back in PA hands
    WASHINGTON — A spoonful of sugar is known to help the medicine go down, but can it also help smooth tensions in the U.S. Senate? Some lawmakers seem to think so, and a 50-year tradition of ensuring that sweet treats are within easy reach of...
  • McConnell must please Republican base without losing majority

    Mitch McConnell must balance twin goals as the new majority-Republican U.S. Senate convenes: pushing through legislation to please the party's base without harming members who will seek re-election or the presidency in 2016. Republicans get to set the...
  • Gov.-elect Tom Wolf heading to White House for meeting with Obama

    Gov.-elect Tom Wolf heading to White House for meeting with Obama
    — As Gov.-elect Tom Wolf builds his team in Harrisburg, he's also got his eye on building relationships in that other capital city. He was among a small group of incoming governors who spent Friday at the White House, meeting with President...
  • Pennsylvania politicos head to NYC

    Pennsylvania politicos head to NYC
    Many of Pennsylvania’s elected officials, lobbyists, business leaders and a host of other hangers-on are on their way to the Big Apple today for the Pennsylvania Society’s annual gala. The formal dinner on Saturday evening will honor Jim...
  • Pa. senators back Comcast merger

    Pa. senators back Comcast merger
    WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators urged regulators on Thursday to approve "as soon as possible" Comcast's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable, saying there were many potential benefits from the proposed tie-up that is opposed by some...
  • Gettysburg park to include Lincoln Train Station

    Federal legislation to expand the Gettysburg National Military Park's boundary on Friday passed Congress. The bill will incorporate the Lincoln Train Station on Carlisle Street in Gettysburg into the boundary of the National Park Service and expand...
  • Most Lehigh Valley lawmakers back federal spending bill

    Most Lehigh Valley lawmakers back federal spending bill
    WASHINGTON — Most of the Lehigh Valley's congressional delegation supported a wide-ranging spending bill crafted to keep the federal government operating. But that doesn't mean they liked the highly dramatic, last-minute process of moving that...
  • Sen. Kirk to seek re-election 'come hell or high water'

     Sen. Kirk to seek re-election 'come hell or high water'
    — Facing a tough campaign almost three years after a stroke, Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he is running for re-election in 2016 "come hell or high water." Kirk's bravado comes despite a second-term path lined with numerous political...
  • Pennsylvania's clout, Pat Toomey's role to rise if GOP takes Senate

    Pennsylvania's clout, Pat Toomey's role to rise if GOP takes Senate
    — 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,...
  • Tuesday's election will be hard to take sober

    Mix a pitcher of martinis Tuesday evening to fortify yourself against the torrent of election returns painting a pointillist portrait of the nation's mind. Before you become too mellow to care, consider some indexes of our civic tendencies. Voting...