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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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  • Sen. Lieberman Adds a Visit to Hartford to His Weekend Schedule

    From Sen. Joseph Lieberman's office comes word that he will come to Connecticut on official business this weekend after all. Lieberman, who has not been in the state in the aftermath of the storm, will travel to Hartford on Sunday. He'll attend an 8 a.m....
  • Changes in chemical safety law getting bipartisan support

    Changes in chemical safety law getting bipartisan support
    The first signs of bipartisan support for overhauling the nation's chemical safety law emerged Monday, as three Republicans joined 23 other senators calling for tough restrictions on toxic flame retardants. Citing the Tribune's Tribune's "Playing With...
  • First look at HBO's 'Game Change' - A film so political in so many good ways

    First look at HBO's 'Game Change' - A film so political in so many good ways
    I just walked out of a dark room after spending two hours with the screener for "Game Change," the HBO film about the 2008 Republican presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Based on a best-selling, non-fiction book about the historic race,...
  • Japan's crisis may have already derailed 'nuclear renaissance'

    Japan's crisis may have already derailed 'nuclear renaissance'
    The nuclear crisis in Japan, even if authorities are able to bring damaged reactors under control, has cast doubts on the future of nuclear power as a clean-energy solution in the United States and around the globe. Before the recent events in Japan, the...
  • Super committee fails to agree on deficit-reduction plan

    Super committee fails to agree on deficit-reduction plan
    Unable to break the partisan stalemate over taxes and Medicare, the congressional "super committee" came to a quiet close as the co-chairs issued a statement saying no deal could be reached by the panel's deadline. "We have come to the conclusion today...
  • Backgrounder: Glenn Beck

     
    Alexander Zaitchik's series for Salon on Glenn Beck's roots. Part One: The Making of Glenn Beck --His roots, from the alleged suicide of his mom to Top 40 radio to the birth of the morning zoo. Part Two: Glenn Beck......
  • Sunday shows: Rubio, Axelrod, Clinton, Queen Rania

     
    Also, chief Tea Party Express strategist Sal Russo, Arne Duncan, Steny Hoyer, John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, Ken Buck, Mike Pence, Dick Durbin, Mitch McConnell, Nick Clegg, Shimon Peres, Abdullah Gul, Marsha Blackburn and Cathy Rodgers....
  • Weekend TV Talk Shows for Sept. 25th – 26th

     
    SATURDAY The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer The Middle East, poverty, his diet: President Bill Clinton 3 p.m. CNN McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (“Waiting for ‘Superman'”); filmmaker Ken Burns. (N...
  • Barack Obama related to Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and George W. Bush, ancestory website claims

     
    Guess who's coming to the family reunion? It wasn't that long ago that it was discovered that President Obama was related to Vice President Dick Cheney. Late-night talk-show hosts had a field day in their monologues, and even the politicians......
  • Once again, Bill Clinton tries unsuccessfully to nudge an inconvenient Democrat from a Senate race

     
    Florida's Kendrick Meek is the unwilling victim this time....
  • Defending the Green

     
    Political Science professor William P. Kreml of DePaul University writes to take issue with my view of the Green Party's performance in the recent election: believe I was the largest contributor to the Rich Whitney campaign. I contributed to, and......