| Oct 14, 2013
| 8:59 PM
WASHINGTON — Two weeks into a budget impasse that has left Americans dismayed by Washington brinkmanship, an outline of a deal emerged Monday as Senate leaders worked to prevent a potentially catastrophic debt default and end the damage inflicted by...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 10:36 AM
With the slip of a finger on the keyboard, The New York Times may have inadvertently handed any future Charlie Dent opponent a gift.
In an online story Tuesday afternoon about the budget standoff, the newspaper referred to the Lehigh Valley Republican...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 2:11 PM
WASHINGTON – Senate leaders abruptly put talks over a bipartisan budget plan on hold Tuesday to give embattled Speaker John A. Boehner an opportunity to put together a proposal that could pass the Republican-led House.
Top Republicans portrayed...
| 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...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 7:16 PM
WASHINGTON -- It wasn’t long after Lisa Murkowski voted to continue a filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to lead the ATF that the Alaska Republican found herself surrounded in the well of the Senate, as colleagues from both parties made a...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 2:17 PM
WASHINGTON – B. Todd Jones is on the cusp of becoming the first Senate-confirmed director of the ATF on Thursday, after a fierce lobbying effort successfully swayed a single Republican lawmaker to change her vote.
Democrats had expected a close...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 5:02 PM
It’s been nearly three years since Chicago police Officer Thomas Wortham IV was shot and killed with a gun purchased in Mississippi by a straw purchaser -- a person who buys guns for those who aren't allowed to.
But on Friday, his sister Sandra...
| Dec 15, 2012
After 24 years in the U.S. Senate, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, the first and only Jewish politician nominated to a national major party ticket, in 2000, had some advice to his colleagues in a farewell speech Wednesday on the Senate floor.
To break the...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 8:51 AM
There was a time when a president and the opposition party in Congress could agree on certain basics, such as the right of the chief executive to select members of his cabinet with no fuss or bother.
The president's most important choice in this...
| Dec 14, 2012
| 4:45 PM
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will be a guest on ‘Meet the Press.' Photo credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images UPDATE: THE REVISED GUEST LIST IS AT THE BOTTOM: The fiscal cliff, Susan Rice and Benghazi will be topics on the Sunday morning...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 4:36 PM
By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, one of President Obama’s most persistent critics, joined him for dinner at the White House on Wednesday night to talk immigration, the budget and a wide range of other...