| 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...
| May 20, 2013
| 7:50 AM
Although polls nationwide and in Indiana show overwhelming support for tightening background checks for gun purchases,Sen. Dan Coats, Indiana's Republican senior senator, voted "no." He says most constituents who contacted him wanted him to do just that....
| May 21, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Some of Baltimore's best-known candy makers are pressing Congress to overturn a decades-old sugar policy they say is leaving a bad taste in their mouth.
Goetze's Candy Co., Wockenfuss Candies and others want lawmakers to rethink long-standing...
| May 14, 2013
| 7:44 AM
The Admiral is readying for a rematch.
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who has played it coy since his narrow loss to Pat Toomey in the grueling 2010 Senate race, announced Tuesday morning by email that he's formed an exploratory committee to run again for...
| May 16, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators sit on the powerful tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, which will begin its investigation of the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups at a hearing on Tuesday.
Republicans and Democrats are...
| May 9, 2013
| 8:47 AM
A gun control advocacy group backed by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg began airing a television ad Thursday that thanks Sen. Pat Toomey for his work on background checks.
The Mayors Against Illegal Guns 30-second spot shows the Capitol building ...
| May 10, 2013
| 9:53 AM
U.S. House Republicans held investigative hearings this week on two terror events - the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi and the Boston Marathon bombing. On each committee was a local area lawmaker who attended the high-profile hearings, though...
| 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...