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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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  • Will Congress really ban assault weapons?

    Will Congress really ban assault weapons?
    President Obama vowed Monday to use the power of his office to stop mass shootings, but was hazy on specifics. Will he? Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut called for the restoration of the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, and Sen. Dianne...
  • Editorial: Ban Assault Weapons, Then We'll Talk

    Editorial: Ban Assault Weapons, Then We'll Talk
    Let's not squander the opportunity to make the country safer. We don't need another study. We need to pass some common-sense laws, starting with a ban on military-style assault weapons. After the horrid murder of 27 children and adults in Newtown on...
  • Too many people who should not have guns do

    Too many people who should not have guns do
    On the day after the recent massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., police in Newport Beach, Calif., took a man into custody for allegedly firing more than 50 rounds from a semi-automatic handgun in the parking lot of a shopping mall. He aimed...
  • Climate Week: Vote Your Heat

    Climate Week: Vote Your Heat
    To catch up with climate week, check out these previous posts on the heat of 2012, the commitment to warming, and tax-and-dividend policy. I’m ending this week-long series of posts on climate change with two pleas, the first of which is to Justin...
  • Linda McMahon Trounces Shays In GOP U.S. Senate Primary

    Linda McMahon Trounces Shays In GOP U.S. Senate Primary
    Linda McMahon, the former CEO of wrestling juggernaut WWE, once again won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, crushing former Congressman Christopher Shays by a 3-to-1 ratio. In her victory speech, McMahon laid out the themes she...
  • McMahon-Murphy Senate Fight Begins

    McMahon-Murphy Senate Fight Begins
    The resounding primary victories by Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy on Tuesday will launch a fresh onslaught of political ads, arguments about the economy and a never-ending loop of attacks and rebuttals in what will be one of the nation's most closely...
  • Beyond The Lockstep Of Left, Right, Left

    Ann Coulter, the willowy Cohen look-alike and conservative provocateur, insists that she is more of a man than any liberal.     You know she's just having a little fun. Many talk radio/public affairs TV/newspaper columnists tend to spread the hyperbole a...
  • Report From Wild Kingdom

    All seven of the ``regular readers'' of my column have noticed that I stopped writing about the threat to us all from the animals.     Well, you see, one of the senior editors of this opining department is in cahoots with the animals. She warned me...
  • Howard Berman campaign to gain two GOP senators' support

    Howard Berman campaign to gain two GOP senators' support
    Rep. Howard Berman, gripped in a tough reelection battle with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman for the same San Fernando Valley congressional district seat, is expected to get endorsements Monday from two prominent Republican U.S. senators. Sens. John...
  • Time for school choice in Chicago

    Time for school choice in Chicago
    "There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time." -- Calvin Coolidge, responding to the 1919 Boston police strike This oft-quoted line from the then-governor of Massachusetts might be updated to include "the public...
  • Independent puts money behind Senate run

    Independent puts money behind Senate run
    Arguing that the two-party system is corrupt, a Montgomery County businessman is pouring his own money into an independent bid for the U.S. Senate from Maryland. Rob Sobhani, 52, who announced his candidacy this month, is the first candidate to buy...