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POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey had a prime role Tuesday in the Republican push back against President Obama's plan to overhaul the corporate tax code.

Toomey was one of four Senate Republicans to speak out against the president's proposal at an afternoon news conference just off the Senate floor.

POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013, 4:37 PM
File photo: Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker at a 2007 news conference. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Cory Booker raised eyebrows among political watchers today when news came out that he was scheduled to speak in Iowa Aug. 29  -- just two-and-a-half weeks after the New Jersey Senate primary and before the state even holds its general election.

Any politicians' visit to Iowa, of course, prompts immediate speculation about national ambition, and could be seen as presumptuous for a mayor who is still campaigning for a Senate seat.

Booker, though, said this afternoon that he scrapped many planned speeches, including the one at the University of Iowa, when the Senate campaign unexpectedly began in June, following the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 2:13 PM

WASHINGTON – In a Pennsylvania summer tradition, Sen. Bob Casey and Sen. Pat Toomey met on the National Mall Tuesday for a softball game featuring the two senators, staffers and friends.

Team Casey took home a 20-10 victory. The Democratic Senator had a hit and scored a run.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 5:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Doctor Alieta Eck accused conservative leader Steve Lonegan of ducking her in a debate as the two run for the Republican nomination in New Jersey's special Senate election.

Eck's campaign, struggling to gain traction against the GOP front-runner, said Wednesday that Lonegan had refused an invitation from the League of Women Voters.

Eck campaign manager Thomas Roberts said Lonegan's refusal is "no surprise."

POSTED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 7:13 PM

From Inquirer staff writer Theodore Schleifer:

If former U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Trent Lott had House Speaker John Boehner’s job, he’d bring the Senate immigration bill up for a floor vote in the House, even though a majority of fellow Republicans oppose the idea Lott said in an interview in Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon.

POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013, 10:50 AM

WASHINGTON -- With just three weeks to go until New Jersey's Senate primary, the Democratic candidates signaled a new wave of intensity on the airwaves and online.

Congressman Frank Pallone launched is first television ad and has a campaign event today with Bonnie Lautenberg, the widow of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

Pallone's ad, which will air in the Philadelphia and New York markets, casts him as a "regular, ordinary Joe" who "gets things done," including a key role pushing President Obama's health care reform through the House.

POSTED: Friday, July 19, 2013, 2:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian writer near the center of the storm over leaks of U.S. surveillance programs, endorsed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt in New Jersey's Senate race Friday and took a shot at front-runner Cory Booker.

"Anyone concerned about mass spying or Wall-St-controlled crony capitalism candidates (Cory Booker) can back Rush Holt," Greenwald wrote on Twitter Friday.

POSTED: Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:09 PM

New Jersey's Senate primaries are still a few weeks away, but conservative Republican Steve Lonegan is already taking aim at Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

The two men are both heavily favored in their respective races, so Lonegan is hardly bothering with attacks on GOP competitor Alieta Eck, a doctor from Somerset County, and is instead digging his teeth into Booker.

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Jonathan Tamari is the Inquirer’s Washington correspondent. He writes about the lawmakers, politics and policy that affect Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tamari previously covered the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL. Before that he worked in Trenton, reporting on the characters and color of New Jersey state government. He lives in Washington.

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