February 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are pushing ahead with a vote Tuesday on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary, rejecting Republican demands for more financial information from Hagel in a politically charged fight over President Obama's second-term national security team. In a brief statement, Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the panel would meet Tuesday afternoon with the "intention to vote on the nomination after the members have an opportunity for discussion.
December 6, 2012 |
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge , will stay in the hospital a bit longer for treatment of severe morning sickness. The news she is with bairn has exploded the brains of the world. Snooki of Jersey Shore has sage advice for Kate: "It's hard, but don't stress out! Enjoy your pregnancy and be excited. " Kate's said to be feeling better, especially after William, Duke of the Same Cambridge , visited her. TV news from all over Newt Gingrich ran into NBC's Parks and Recreation filming at the St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis.
November 27, 2012
President Obama carried Philadelphia by nearly a half-million votes in the Nov. 6 general election, drawing fewer votes than he did four years ago but piling up a bigger margin against Republican Mitt Romney than he did against John McCain, according to an official canvass made public Monday. The final totals - to be certified next week unless there's a legal protest - gave Obama 588,711 votes, or 85.2 percent, vs. 96,437 votes for Romney, just short of 14 percent. Obama's margin in Philadelphia was 492,274 votes - the difference in the election, since Romney carried the rest of Pennsylvania by about 185,000 votes.
November 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Republican senators' angry criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over her initial account of the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya smacks of sexism and racism, a dozen female members of the House said Friday. The Democratic women lashed out at Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham who earlier this week called Rice unqualified and untrustworthy and promised to scuttle her nomination if President Obama nominates her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "All of the things they have disliked about things that have gone on in the administration, they have never called a male unqualified, not bright, not trustworthy," said Rep. Marcia Fudge (D., Ohio)
October 23, 2012 |
FARMVILLE, Va. - For 10 presidential races in a row, Virginia voted reliably Republican. Then came 2008, and Barack Obama's victory. Now, the GOP is battling to take back what it still regards as its turf. But this isn't the sleepy, agrarian Old Dominion that reflexively backed Republicans in every White House election from Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 through George W. Bush in 2004, except for Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 national landslide. A population boom and its attendant cultural, economic, and demographic changes, particularly since the 1990s, has transformed a state both parties had dismissed for decades as a Republican redoubt into a pivotal electoral battleground for the second presidential race in a row. Virginians are unaccustomed to nonstop presidential campaign stops and incessant negative ads. It's all aimed at Harry Donahue and other independent voters, many of whom altered Virginia's political complexion by moving here in the last 20 years.
July 20, 2012 |
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) has provided more evidence that the Republican Party dodged a bullet when she dropped out of the picture as a leading contender to become the GOP presidential nominee. Bachmann and four other Republican members of Congress have all but accused Huma Abedin, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's top aide, of being in league with the Muslim Brotherhood. They have asked the State Department's inspector general to investigate their suspicions.
May 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The United States can't count on Russia - a major arms supplier to Syria - to force President Bashar al-Assad from power, Sen. John McCain said Sunday, blaming President Obama for embracing a "feckless" foreign policy and punting tough decisions until after the fall election. It was a particularly sharp rebuke even for McCain (R., Ariz.), who as a longtime critic of Obama's war strategy hasn't pulled many punches. As the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain's viewpoint on complex world events often finds its way into GOP election-year talking points.
April 10, 2012 |
If Mitt Romney secures the Republican presidential nomination, he might want to start worrying about whether Rick Santorum is going to give him the John McCain treatment. Twice in the 2008 primaries, as McCain was closing in on the nomination, Santorum took to his newspaper column to trash him as moderate. McCain "has too often joined the very people who seek to destroy and replace what we fight to conserve and improve," Santorum wrote. "And so we wonder: Is this the man we can trust to take our case to the American people?"
March 30, 2012
Obama pressured over defense cuts WASHINGTON - Republicans pleaded with President Obama on Thursday to negotiate with Congress to avert automatic, across-the-board military cuts that Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has warned would be devastating. The reductions - $50 billion in the first year and $492 billion over a decade - won't kick in until January, but lawmakers argued that Congress and the Obama administration can't wait months to deal with the issue and leave it to a lame-duck session in December.
March 16, 2012
FORMER U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter was in the air in 2008 when the Republican nominee for president, U.S. Sen. John McCain , revealed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his pick for vice president. "Who?" Specter recalls asking when his flight landed. A few months later, Specter rode with McCain and Palin on the "Straight Talk Express" bus to introduce them at a Delaware County rally. Specter writes in his new book - Life Among the Cannibals: A Political Career, a Tea Party Uprising and the End of Governing as We Know It - that Palin "sat silent" while he urged McCain to support a policy she opposed on embryonic stem-cell research.