| May 3, 2013
| 11:39 AM
It was Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania who indicated that there was another, less savory Senate motive for defeating universal background checks for gun purchases last week.
All this time, many of us had assumed that the dogged preservation of the...
| Apr 24, 2013
Before we move off the issue of gun control — and it's dead for now, believe me, for reasons this column will make clear — let's take a close look at just how something as popular as expanded background checks failed to pass the U.S. Senate...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 5:27 PM
For the second day in a row, Sen. Pat Toomey took to the Senate floor Wednesday to rail against the Obama administration for the nation's widespread flight delays, a tangible result of the $85 billion automatic spending cuts.
The Pennsylvania Republican...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 7:07 AM
On the eve of the six-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook murders, Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey issued a statement reaffirming his support for expanding background checks on firearms sales and said he hopes the Senate can find the votes to make...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 5:38 AM
There's three and a half years before Republican Sen. Pat Toomey faces voters again at the ballot, but Quinnipiac University has tested early how he'd fare today against a familiar foe: Democrat Joe Sestak.
A survey of Pennsylvania voters found Toomey...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 5:37 PM
Taking a cue from the Bible, the Department of Veterans Affairs has decided the last shall be first.
The agency announced last week it will expedite claims for disability benefits that have been pending for a year or longer. Those veterans will receive...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 5:14 AM
His work on background checks may enable Sen. Pat Toomey to get re-elected.
(That sentence should be read in your best Arlen Specter voice. If that joke is lost on you, watch here.)
Slightly more than 50 percent of Pennsylvania's voters have a more...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Two U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, unveiled a compromise Wednesday to subject more gun buyers to criminal background checks. Currently the checks only apply to sales from licensed dealers,...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 10:41 AM
How could it be that even a single U.S. senator — no matter how opposed to gun control — could vote to hold up consideration of a proposal to require background checks for gun purchases? This is an idea not only embraced by something in the...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 6:23 AM
Congressional Republicans are stepping up their rhetoric on federal employee pay, positioning the issue as a central bargaining chip in negotiations next month over raising the debt ceiling and keeping the government open.
House GOP leaders will hold...
| Mar 13, 2013
President Obama took a posse of Republican senators to dinner last week, and this week he's giving Congress the unusual courtesy of no fewer than four presidential visits to Capitol Hill.
Can a flurry of presidential schmoozing change Washington from...