| Apr 17, 2013
| 6:57 PM
Angered by a resounding defeat Wednesday of proposed gun control legislation that grew out of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, President Barack Obama stood outside the White House with parents of murdered Newtown first-graders and vowed: "This...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) wants his colleagues in Congress to know that he is appalled by the failure of the Senate to pass a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would have mandated background checks for firearms buyers.
“What happened this...
| Apr 19, 2013
Let me begin this column with an apology. Once a week, I pick an important issue and offer my reasoned analysis, based on the facts, of what it all means and how we should react. But there are times when the intellect fails and the heart and gut take...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 9:25 AM
The U.S. Senate minority's squelching of debate and votes last week on any meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence has unfortunately become the rule, not the exception.
Not much can get done in the Senate under the tyranny of the minority, when it...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 7:31 AM
Had Sen. Pat Toomey's amendment to expand background checks passed, Pennsylvania's other U.S. senator said Monday that it would not have been enough to curb gun violence.
Bob Casey spoke about gun control, an issue he "evolved" (Washington speak for...
| 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...
| 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
| 5:18 AM
UPDATED: Sen. Pat Toomey kept his head down as he quickly walked past a gaggle of reporters. Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who Toomey is working with on a background check compromise, sprinted past several huddled reporters, arms pumping,...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 6:21 AM
WASHINGTON — At the end of an emotional day of deeply personal meetings with senators Wednesday, families of victims of the Newtown school massacre sat down for a public conversation with Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who had just...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Let a cheer, however muffled, arise for the bipartisan deal on expanded background checks announced Wednesday by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Patrick Toomey, R-Pa.
The agreement does not close all the loopholes in current law on background checks for...
| Apr 12, 2013
They started out with a lot in common -- Joe Manchin and Patrick Toomey. Sure, one's a Democrat and one's a Republican, but they're both conservatives, both longtime gun owners and both sport an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association.