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Joe Lieberman

Joe Lieberman
Joseph I. Lieberman's political career began as a popular Connecticut Democrat, but ultimately left him an independent U.S. Senator. Only a few years after a campaign as the Democratic party's nominee for vice president, Lieberman lost a contentious re-election primary for his Senate seat and opted to run as an independent. His split from his party was fueled by his strong support for the war in Iraq. Lieberman is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. He was a vocal advocate of legislation creating the department. Born in Stamford, on Feb. 24, 1942, Lieberman earned his law degree from... Show more »
Joseph I. Lieberman's political career began as a popular Connecticut Democrat, but ultimately left him an independent U.S. Senator. Only a few years after a campaign as the Democratic party's nominee for vice president, Lieberman lost a contentious re-election primary for his Senate seat and opted to run as an independent. His split from his party was fueled by his strong support for the war in Iraq. Lieberman is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. He was a vocal advocate of legislation creating the department. Born in Stamford, on Feb. 24, 1942, Lieberman earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1967. He was elected to the state Senate in 1970 and served there for ten years, the last six as majority leader. He was elected as state attorney general in 1982. He won his first term to the U.S. Senate in 1988, defeating Lowell Weicker by a huge margin. Lieberman's popularity soared in 2000 when he became Al Gore's running mate and the first Jewish American to seek the vice presidency. Fueled by concerns about the ongoing Iraq war, his 2006 campaign drew national attention when businessman Ned Lamont defeated him in the primary, but lost to him in the general election. Lieberman lives in Stamford and Washington with his wife Hadassah. They have four children. (Photo AP) « Show less

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  • Connecticut Has Had A Few Mayors That Out-Shame Rob Ford

    Connecticut Has Had A Few Mayors That Out-Shame Rob Ford
    You'd think that Rob Ford, Toronto's crack-smoking-oral-sex-denying-binge-drinking buffoon of a mayor, would be a tough dude to top in any screw-up contest for local politicians. It's true that Ford's antics have provided an insane amount of...
  • Internet Kill Switch Here? Lieberman Bill Causes Worry

    Should the president be given emergency powers to control the Internet in a crisis? The recent Internet shut-off in Egypt has some wondering whether legislation recently introduced by Joe Lieberman and other senators hands the government a "kill switch."...
  • Atomic Energy Agency has it right on Iran, but nobody is listening

    Atomic Energy Agency has it right on Iran, but nobody is listening
    The growing global opposition to Iran’s continued history of stonewalling inspections of its nuclear sites is long overdue. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been complaining about this intransigence for years, but few seem to have...
  • Scholarship Recipients Give Lieberman 'Hope For The Future'

    HARTFORD — Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman returned to the Capitol building Wednesday to award scholarships to five college-bound Connecticut students. Renewable for four years of undergraduate study, the $1,500 awards come from a combination of...
  • Giordano granted hearing in appeal of child-sex sentence

    Former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano has been granted a hearing to determine whether he received ineffective counsel during his federal child-sex trial. U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill has ordered the hearing to determine whether attorney...
  • Washington aide who admitted 2 assaults avoids jail after he becomes a victim

    She sat in the back of the courtroom, wearing oversize black sunglasses, watching as the former Democratic congressional aide was sentenced for slipping a sedative into her drink and then raping her. It was the summer of 2010, and she had just arrived...
  • John Boehner on 'Face the Nation'; Scott Walker on 'Fox News Sunday'

    John Boehner on 'Face the Nation'; Scott Walker on 'Fox News Sunday'
    UPDATED: The guest list for the Sunday morning programs this weekend: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks to CBS' "Face the Nation"in an exclusive interview at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. Other guests are Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.;...
  • Sen. Harry Reid, Longtime Friend of Joe Lieberman, To Retire

    Sen. Harry Reid, Longtime Friend of Joe Lieberman, To Retire
    U.S. Senator Harry Reid, one of the most prominent and powerful senators in recent years, will not seek reelection in 2016 and will retire from the historic chamber. Reid was a longtime friend of former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman who stood by...
  • Chabad previews new east Boca center

    Chabad previews new east Boca center
    This past Sunday (March 29) proved to be a beautiful afternoon, a pleasant day and a milestone occasion for the Chabad of East Boca Raton. On that day, Rabbi Ruvi New — the founder, director and spiritual leader of the Chabad since 1999 —...
  • Baseball 2015 season preview

    Baseball 2015 season preview
    Pioneer Press breaks down the Mundelein, Carmel, Vernon Hills, Stevenson, Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove, Lake Forest, Deerfield, Highland Park and Barrington baseball teams. Lake Forest A youth movement from a year ago is set to evolve into serious...
  • Chris Murphy and John McCain: A Budding Bromance

    Chris Murphy and John McCain: A Budding Bromance
    On the surface, they appear to be the ultimate political odd couple: a 78-year-old conservative Republican from Arizona and a 41-year-old Connecticut Democrat. Yet Sens. John McCain and Chris Murphy have transcended ideological, generational and...