| Jun 23, 2014
| 6:00 AM
There were 500 of the truest-believing Iowa Democrats outside the ballroom doors waiting to get in, but Tom Harkin had one more story to tell, even as an aide tugged his sleeve and admonished, “Tom, you’ve got a lot of people here that want to...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 2:30 AM
I expected nothing but effusive praise from major media for Hillary Clinton's new book, "Hard Choices," much like the mass exaltation it showered on Barack Obama, America's first African-American president.
Initially that seemed where the reviews were...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 3:29 PM
— U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey called in backup Tuesday as he pressed colleagues to approve his bill on school employee background checks before Congress wraps up this session.
The child advocates standing behind him want it. Law enforcement wants it. The...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 7:04 PM
It must be said at this point: Sen. Al Franken is just dull.
How dull is he? He says the most memorable conversation he's had as a senator — "hilarious" even — was a wonkish discussion with former President Clinton about how to finance...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 7:10 PM
Ask Al Franken why he got into public service, and he's likely to quote Paul Wellstone's credo: "We all do better when we all do better."
"If I knew technically what a haiku was, it would be a haiku. But I don't think it's technically a haiku,"...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 12:31 PM
Assuming a more overtly political role, Hillary Rodham Clinton will join Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi for a high-dollar San Francisco fundraiser benefiting the party’s congressional candidates.
The invitation, issued Wednesday, solicits...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 10:35 AM
Returning to Iowa in grand fashion, Hillary Rodham Clinton will appear next month at Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry, accompanied by her husband in a double bill that will close out a decades-long Iowa tradition.
Harkin, who is retiring after...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 3:20 PM
Accepting the invitation to headline Tom Harkin's steak fry fundraiser, Hillary Clinton made perhaps her most conspicuous move yet toward another presidential bid. But Iowa's longtime Democratic senator says he saw having both Clintons attend the event as...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 5:25 PM
On a recent sunny Sunday in South Los Angeles, worshipers gathered in a wood-beam Pentecostal church to sing and offer testimonials of faith. In the middle of the African American congregation, swaying during the hymns and dropping money into the...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 6:55 PM
– His colleagues haven't responded to his urgent requests, and now U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has taken a legislative hostage.
The Pennsylvania Republican is using a procedural maneuver to hold up a child care bill, arguing that if his legislation...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 8:02 PM
In a campaign so far defined by hogs and chickens, the race for the open Iowa Senate seat that most expected to fall to Democrats is now perhaps the closest in the country.
And with the control of the Senate majority at stake in the upcoming election,...