WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Republican staffer fired from the House Benghazi committee filed a lawsuit against the panel's GOP chairman Monday in an escalating dispute over the investigation of the 2012 deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans hope a post-Thanksgiving drive to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law and block Planned Parenthood's federal funds will spotlight their fierce support for top-tier conservative causes. The certain veto waiting at the White House will only help them sharpen their stance for voters, they say.
HARRISBURG - Uber and Lyft drove toward legal status in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. On its final voting day before a Thanksgiving break, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that creates provisions to permanently legalize the ride-sharing services.
As anti-immigration fervor and security fears course through the Republican presidential primary – and the response to the Paris terrorist attacks - Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman has launched a video highlighting his wife’s arrival in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly five weeks after Hillary Rodham Clinton's marathon testimony on the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, several investigations into the deadly assault and Clinton's use of a private email account and server are going full bore - and likely will continue into the presidential election year.
Two former state lawmakers from Philadelphia, forced out of office after a corruption sting investigation, have agreed to pay fines and costs for violating ethics laws, officials said Thursday.
WASHINGTON - The House approved a plan Thursday to effectively stall the arrivals of Syrians and Iraqis seeking refuge in the United States, as 47 Democrats joined Republicans in a rebuke to President Obama and a sign of how the Paris terrorist attacks have stoked security fears.
The Veterans Freedom of Health Care Act would put a stop to the wait times and ensure veterans can receive care at the health facility of their choice using their VA insurance.
Tax-driven "inversion" deals that let companies flee the U.S. tax system by relocating abroad, if only on paper, would be curbed under legislation introduced in Congress, as Pfizer Inc pursues such a deal with rival Allergan Plc .
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Joe Pitts of Chester County, the senior Pennsylvania Republican in Congress, will not seek re-election next year, he announced Friday...
State Rep. Dwight Evans, a longtime powerhouse in Philadelphia Democratic politics, will challenge embattled U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in next year's primary.
Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan can add one more burning issue to his agenda as the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives: how to get rid of the stench of cigarette smoke.
WASHINGTON - Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers late Tuesday that he will run for speaker, but only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate - an ambitious bid to impose unity on a disordered and divided House.
(TNS) “I cannot and will not give up my family time.” Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan spoke those admirable words recently. While considering...
WASHINGTON - Congress completed work on a two-year budget after an early Friday morning vote to approve the deal that would increase spending limits and avert a damaging default, essentially ending the budget battles that have defined President Obama's relationship with Congress in recent years.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Ryan stepped closer to becoming the new House speaker Wednesday, winning an internal Republican nominating election for the job he never wanted but is now eager to embrace.
WASHINGTON - House Republicans embraced a new leader yesterday and swiftly consented to a major budget-and-debt deal to avert a federal financial crisis, highlights of a day of dramatic fresh starts at the Capitol after years of division and disarray.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Chaka Fattah’s campaign fund is nearly empty and his leadership PAC is in the red. Now, a new filing shows that his legal...
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Ryan formally declared his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House Thursday evening, pledging in a letter to GOP colleagues, "We have an opportunity to turn the page."
With his embattled congressman father and TV news anchor stepmother sitting in the front row on the first day of his bank and tax fraud trial, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. accused federal authorities Friday of basing their case against him "entirely on speculation" and a "gross lack of investigation."
"8 On Your Side" Government reporter Pete Muntean explains that PA's heroin epidemic is now becoming a crisis in the eyes of Congress.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) continues to far outpace his potential Democratic rivals in the push for campaign money ahead of the 2016 Senate race.
UPDATED below with comments from Sestak. WASHINGTON – A nurse’s union endorsed Democrat Katie McGinty in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race...
A federal judge ruled again against Sen. Robert Menendez on Thursday in the New Jersey Democrat's corruption trial, denying all of his remaining motions to dismiss the charges.
WASHINGTON - Calling for "a national movement" on gun laws, Senate Democrats on Thursday urged the public to build pressure on Congress to tighten background checks and fight the illegal gun trade.
Senate Democrats plan to introduce a package of bills today to tighten gun laws – and pile pressure on vulnerable Republicans -- but Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who in 2013 was a key Republican on the issue and faces re-election next year, said Thursday he was worried about the “partisan” effort now being advanced.
A bipartisan group of senators has won enough support to advance a bill Frank Lautenberg long championed to tighten the oversight of chemicals in everyday products, moving toward a posthumous capstone for the New Jersey Democrat's long Senate career.
WASHINGTON – Democrat Katie McGinty raised slightly more than $1 million in her first two months since entering the Pennsylvania Senate race, her...
WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised conservative GOP lawmakers yestersday "I'm not John Boehner" as he sought their support to replace Boehner as speaker.
State Rep. Brian Sims is expected today to officially declare his candidacy for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattahs seat.
CONCORD, N.H. - Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Monday that she will challenge Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, setting the stage for a highly competitive race that will be critical in determining majority control of the Senate in the next president's first year.
WASHINGTON - Bills sponsored by two Pennsylvania Republicans that seek to derail the international nuclear deal with Iran unless the country pays $43.5 billion it owes U.S. victims of terrorism moved ahead in the House and the Senate on Thursday despite a veto threat from the White House.
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, now facing public corruption charges, may soon have a third challenger in next spring's April 26 Democratic primary.
WASHINGTON – Two Pennsylvania Republicans are pushing a bill that could stop the international nuclear deal with Iran deal unless the country pays...
Rep. Brian Sims has been in the Republican-controlled state House for nearly three years, and in that time, the Center City Democrat has had no legislation become law.
NEWARK - Sen. Robert Menendez's corruption trial likely won't begin until the fall of 2016, Judge William Walls told prosecutors and defense attorneys Thursday, scuttling plans to start Oct. 13.
WASHINGTON - A federal judge dealt Sen. Robert Menendez a setback in his defense against corruption charges Monday, denying most of the New Jersey Democrat's motions to dismiss the case or throw out evidence.
WASHINGTON – A federal judge has dealt Sen. Bob Menendez a setback in his defense against corruption charges, denying nearly all of the New Jersey...
Pick your metaphor for the impossible job Republican House Speaker John Boehner has faced for the last five years: Sisyphus, Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, cat-herder-in-chief. You get the idea.
THE HEAVENS may know that Pope Francis on Thursday addressed a joint meeting of Congress, a glass of water by his side. It may not be as widely known that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Philadelphia, was keeping an eye on that glass of water.
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah can continue to publicly defend his record in Congress and question the motives of prosecutors as he prepares for a May trial on corruption charges, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Is U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's frequent and forceful criticism of the federal Justice Department's case against him an effort to defend his reputation ahead of what could be a competitive reelection campaign next year, or, as prosecutors see it, a subtle and improper attempt to taint the jury pool?
Rep. Chaka Fattah is asking voters for help to pay his legal bills as he fights federal corruption charges that threaten to end his political career.
A federal judge Thursday granted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's request to communicate with 23 potential government witnesses as he prepares for trial next year on corruption charges.
Rep. Chaka Fattah's social network just became a little larger as federal prosecutors agreed to allow the Philadelphia Democrat to maintain contact with 16 potential government witnesses as he prepares for trial next year on corruption charges.
Bob Cortes, a Republican legislator in Florida, fears he is losing the Hispanic vote that helped get him elected. The culprits: Republican presidential candidates such as Donald Trump who are railing against immigration.
WASHINGTON – The tattooed, goateed mayor of tiny Braddock, Pa. is planning to run for U.S. Senate – and he’s bringing tacos. Democrat...
WASHINGTON – A Pennsylvania Congressman invoked the 9/11 terrorist attacks Friday while railing against the international nuclear agreement with...
WASHINGTON – Philadelphia-area Senators split on the international nuclear deal with Iran Thursday, with four voting in support of the agreement...
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Thursday approved $253 million in tax incentives for a company to build a sprawling metal recycling complex in Camden's mostly industrial Waterfront South district.
WASHINGTON – A resolution honoring the late Pennsylvania Senator Richard Schweiker cleared the Senate late Wednesday, recognizing the passing a...
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah will support the international nuclear agreement with Iran, he said in an interview Tuesday, adding to the regional backing for the pact.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) criticized the international nuclear deal with Iran as dangerous and urged voters to press their officials...
WASHINGTON –Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) will support the international nuclear deal with Iran, he said Thursday, adding to the growing momentum...
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah can't keep federal investigators out of his Gmail inbox by claiming a congressional privilege typically used to protect lawmakers from interference by the executive branch, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania's Robert P. Casey heard from critics who invoked the Holocaust, the anguish of their ancestors, and the worry that America was opening the door to a threat to Israel's very existence.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the proposed international nuclear deal with Iran as "hugely positive step" for world stability Wednesday as the Obama administration secured enough support in the U.S. Senate to preserve the agreement.
WASHINGTON - Sens. Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania and Chris Coons of Delaware, both Democrats, announced their support for the international nuclear agreement with Iran on Tuesday, putting President Obama on the brink of a major victory.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) endorsed the international nuclear deal with Iran Tuesday, just hours after Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) announced...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercut threats by fellow Republicans to hold the budget process hostage in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, saying conservatives do not have enough support in Congress to cut off the group now under fire from abortion opponents.
WASHINGTON - As New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez announced his firm (but unsurprising) opposition Tuesday to President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, the votes of three other local Democrats hung in the balance, and with them critical tallies that could help determine whether the accord survives congressional objections.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats are confident they will have enough votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in the U.S. Congress, but they face an uphill...
"Hey - my name's Alex. I'm running for Congress," the affable young fellow says, deftly deploying a handshake that's as earnest as his eye contact.
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of trying to influence potential jurors with recent public statements in which he touted his accomplishments in Congress and questioned the motives of authorities handling his case.
A veritable who's who of Pennsylvania politics could end up taking the stand when U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah goes on trial next year on federal racketeering conspiracy charges.
HARRISBURG - Five new members were sworn into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday, including two elected to complete the terms of legislators who resigned after pleading guilty to corruption charges.
Democrats Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty fare about equally in potential match ups against Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, though the Republican incumbent holds a double-digit advantage over them both, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Tuesday.
The Street: You might want to enjoy the last days of summer while you can, because Goldman Sachs is predicting an autumn filled with contentious political debates that will roil U.S. markets.
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, under indictment on federal corruption charges, now also has a challenger in the April 26 Democratic primary election.
CapitolInq: Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) said Tuesday he will vote against the pending nuclear deal with Iran, and will vote to override a presidential veto if needed to help kill the deal, striking a firm - though unsurprising - stand against one of President Obama's top priorities.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chaka Fattah fired back at federal prosecutors Monday, saying the officials who have brought racketeering charges against him used...
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, charged in a 29-count racketeering conspiracy indictment, will make his first appearance in federal court next week along with three others charged in his case, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday.
After 10 people were shot last weekend in Philadelphia, three of them fatally, U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) visited North Philadelphia on Wednesday to tout legislation that would invest federal funds in local crime prevention programs, saying the "school-to-prison pipeline" needs to be cut off.
President Obama plans to nominate former Bucks County Congressman Patrick Murphy to become undersecretary of the Army, the branch’s second-highest ranking civilian position, the White House announced Wednesday.
WASHINGTON – It’s official: Democrats have a primary in Pennsylvania’s critical U.S. Senate race. Katie McGinty, former chief of staff...
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WASHINGTON – Democrat Katie McGinty, the former chief of staff for Gov. Wolf, announced her campaign for Senate Tuesday, entering a Pennsylvania...
(Repeats to fix story link; no change to text) WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Several U.S. politicians sharply criticized the Obama administration on...
Throughout his two decades in Congress, Chaka Fattah has repeatedly touted two accomplishments: The millions in federal education funding he has secured and distributed through nonprofits he created, and the tight-knit group of allies he cultivated to run his political and charitable networks.
Richard Schultz Schweiker, 89, a political novice who rose from the unlikely incubator of Norristown to become a U.S. congressman, senator, and secretary of health and human services, died Friday, July 31.
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of using his campaign coffers, charities he created, and federal grant funds he controlled to bankroll a failed 2007 Philadelphia mayoral bid, and line the pockets of family members and close political allies.
Two hours and two Philadelphia blocks apart, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and challenger Joe Sestak traded major policy speeches Friday on Iran, offering the first blow-for-blow exchange of a widely watched Senate election that is still 15 months off.
WASHINGTON - He gave to Republicans. He gave to Democrats. And often, he gave big. Public records show that Albert Lord has long made donations across a broad swath of the political spectrum, but one quiet contribution has now embroiled the retired Sallie Mae CEO in the case surrounding U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) plans to introduce a bill named for Cecil the lion that aims to fight the sport hunting of potentially threatened or endangered species.
WASHINGTON - Republicans and some Democrats expressed deep reservations Tuesday about the Iran nuclear deal as Secretary of State John Kerry and two cabinet colleagues detailed the Obama administration's case for the agreement to the House for the first time.
The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to attach a renewal of the Export-Import Bank's charter to a multi-year transportation funding bill now making its way through the chamber.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should...
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, wrote to colleagues on Monday backing the nuclear agreement with Iran, as congressional Republicans railed against a U.N. vote on the deal.
Two Democratic U.S. senators on Monday vowed to escalate their push for tougher auto safety standards as the Senate prepared to vote as early as this week on long-term legislation to fund national highway investments.
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ZIONSVILLE, Pa. - It's a gray early spring morning in the Lehigh Valley when Pat Toomey slides into the leather passenger seat of an aide's Ford Explorer.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Thursday it was "pretty clear" that a majority...
Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) raised $2.2 million for his re-election campaign from April through June, according to a summary shared by his campaign Monday.
CapitolInq: President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran met with hostility from most Philadelphia-area Republicans and wariness from Democrats, demonstrating the skepticism he faces as he tries to prevent Congress from overriding the pact.
WASHINGTON - The meeting lasted about 160 seconds. With just a few words, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), declared that there would be no vote that day on Luis Felipe Restrepo, a federal judge in Philadelphia who has been waiting more than seven months to be confirmed to fill an emergency vacancy on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sen. Pat Toomey's reelection effort got an early start Tuesday with a first-of-the-campaign TV ad.
Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce called Friday for the restoration of $242 million for Amtrak that the House cut from next year's federal budget.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Bill Pascrell (D., N.J.), held his arms up like a victorious boxer. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) tweeted a photo of himself and President Obama, taken as the president savored a spoonful of Italian ice. "America Wins! Obamacare Wins!" read the caption.
WASHINGTON - In the U.S. Congress and on the campaign trail, Republicans vowed on Thursday to carry on with their fight against Obamacare, shrugging off appeals from Democrats for an end to hostilities after the Supreme Court upheld a central part of the healthcare law.
NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge here on Tuesday denied a motion by Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) to move his corruption trial from New Jersey to Washington.
WASHINGTON - The event was scheduled months ago, well before nine people were killed while praying in a South Carolina church.
Mike Parrish, businessman and former Army aviator, launches campaign for Democratic nomination for U.S. House in PA-6.
Confidential scores show that external peer-reviewers ranked Penn’s grant application 18th, behind 11 higher-scoring funding requests that NIJ rejected. The summary shows three of the eight other grant-winners were ranked even lower: 19th, 23rd and 33rd.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) renewed his call Monday for tougher rules to keep guns away from criminals and the mentally ill, just as the debate over gun laws gained new traction in the aftermath of the church shooting in South Carolina.
WASHINGTON - Along with the pomp and pride that comes with hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, there's an underside for Philadelphia: begging Congress for money.
Cory Booker is going old school. The Democratic senator from New Jersey, who often makes his mark on Twitter or Instagram or television, is writing a book due out in January.
The House passed a transportation spending bill Tuesday that cuts Amtrak funding, despite objections from several Pennsylvania Republicans who opposed the cuts and GOP lawmakers from other parts of the country who wanted more reductions.
Signaling a potentially tougher stand on railroads that have not installed a highly-touted new safety system, a key senator said Wednesday that he is reconsidering a plan to give the rail lines a blanket five-year extension to complete their work.
Lindy Li, who grew up in Malvern and now has a home in Radnor, is running for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s seventh district, which also sprawls through Montgomery, Chester, Berks and Lancaster counties.
The governments trade bank helps level the playing field for small businesses like Bensalems Airline Hydraulics Corp.
The trial has not started yet, but lawyers are already baring their fangs in the fight between Sen. Robert Menendez and the federal prosecutors accusing him of accepting bribes.
WASHINGTON - House Democrats delivered a embarrassing rebuke to President Obama Friday, blocking a trade bill that he hopes can help solidify his legacy just hours after the president made a personal appeal for support on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON - Debate over a huge international trade agreement has scrambled the normal political allegiances on Capitol Hill and across the Philadelphia region.
WASHINGTON – Sens. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) and Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) are urging fellow senators to set aside $100 million for security costs at...
A federal program that tries to help police survive violent confrontations would be renamed for slain Philadelphia officer Robert Wilson III under a bill that passed the House Wednesday.
Amid an ongoing federal probe of the longtime congressman, a website called Crowdpac is recruiting candidates to run against him. Can a political Kickstarter work?
WASHINGTON - Members of Congress pointedly questioned federal rail investigators Tuesday over why they still don't know whether the engineer operating Amtrak Train 188 was using his cellphone when it crashed in Philadelphia on May 12.
Philadelphia-based Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo will have a Senate committee hearing Wednesday on his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
There was an unwritten rule among Bucks County Republicans during the four-decade reign of late party boss Harry Fawkes: Avoid a competitive primary at all costs.
Are Frank DiCicco and Ed Neilson going to be in Kenney's administration?
Sen. Pat Toomey has taken his defense of police to the White House. After delivering an unannounced, pro-police speech on the Senate floor two weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Republican on Thursday sent a letter to President Obama calling for an end to the newly announced ban on transferring military-grade weapons to local police departments - and saying that the task force which recommended the change had made "insulting" assumptions about police.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) sided with Republican defense hawks Tuesday in voting against a bill that would curtail the federal government’s...
Marijuana is legal in Washington D.C. Voters approved the law last fall by a margin of nearly 70 percent. The measure didn’t allow for retail stores but residents can grow up to six plants and possess up to two ounces.
WASHINGTON – The long-running battle over Amtrak funding took on an acidic tone Thursday, sparked by the train derailment in Philadelphia. Two...
Speaking about the events following the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore last month, Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., pushed back Tuesday against critics of law enforcement, saying while there is “no excuse for unlawful police conduct,” the notion that there is an “epidemic” of police crime is “not true.”
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) has joined the call for more forceful Congressional oversight over any nuclear deal with Iran, despite members...
Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said he was “anguished” by the images of riots in Baltimore yesterday, saying they are “not justified,” but that the conflict shows the need to continue pushing to fix the U.S. criminal justice system.
Crime & Punishment: Congress wants briefing on erroneous FBI hair analysis.
WASHINGTON – Philadelphia Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) proposed a $1.3 billion boost to Amtrak funding Wednesday, roughly 13 hours after the train...
Party doctrine will probably trump church doctrine in Congress, experts say.
Former Congressman Patrick Murphy On Board Derailed Train; Shares Photos From Inside Wreckage
A new political group affiliated with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads super PAC has launched a $400,000 ad buy in Pennsylvania backing Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) as part of its national push to bolster targeted Republican senators.
A House committee voted Thursday to subpoena personnel files from the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs benefits office, saying VA officials had ignored its requests for months.
As he battles the weight of the U.S. Department of Justice, Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) is pushing back with a team that includes one of Washington’s most high-powered lawyers, a communications chief who has worked on presidential campaigns, a crisis consultant who was once held a high-ranking post at the justice department, and a longtime New Jersey insider.
The health insurance industry took advantage of Washington’s infamous revolving door last week when it named former Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania...
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Most New Jerseyans think Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) should stay in office while he fights corruption charges, according to a...
A Republican member of Congress who posed for a photo with an assault rifle in his office could face investigation for violating the District of Columbia’s gun laws, the city's attorney general’s office said on Tuesday.
Joe Sestak just finished walking 422-miles across Pennsylvania -- and slipped three points further behind Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Monday.
Armed with once-confidential documents, a U.S. congressional committee will investigate whether agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration divulged secrets at sex parties that drug lords in Colombia may have staged to elicit sensitive information.
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski launched a run for the U.S. Senate on Friday, setting up a Democratic primary against former Rep. Joe Sestak in a race crucial to their party's chances of taking back the Senate in 2016.
WASHINGTON – La Salle political science professor Mary Ellen Balchunis will launch a second campaign for Congress Saturday, aiming to take on U...
NEWARK, N.J. - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) foreshadowed the argument he hopes will save his career as he began his formal fight against corruption charges Thursday.
Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) is expecting a federal indictment Wednesday, according to two Democratic sources.
A House of Representatives committee investigating a 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has extended the deadline for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to turn over related emails, a panel spokesman confirmed Monday.
WASHINGTON – Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick will lead a House task force aimed at finding ways to cut off financing for terrorist groups...
LIGONIER, Pa. - It's 20 degrees out - and feels much colder - when Joe Sestak heads out of the Ramada Inn into the darkness just after 6 a.m.
US-USA-POLITICS-CLINTON:U.S. House committee seeks to interview Hillary Clinton over emails
Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday rejected suggestions by Democrats that budget cuts were at the heart of a deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia and said the agency's safety programs were adequately funded.
Bob Menendez, Pat Toomey and 11 other senators want to show Russia's 2018 World Cup a red card.
The Street: First Pell Grants got whacked. Now it's Stafford loans. The Pell spending freeze that appeared in the Republican's budget blueprint on Tuesday would cap the max Pell Grant for ten years and roll back recent expansions of the program.
President Obama does not think marijuana policy should be a top policy priority for young Americans. Maybe that's because he was never arrested for it during his smoke-filled youth.
WASHINGTON – In the latest Senate flare up, Republicans are getting some help from Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.), reflecting how the ground has shifted...
And now the story of another Democratic lawmaker caught up in a sexting scandal.
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D., Pa.), reacting to growing anxiety over fiery railroad derailments of crude-oil tankers, on Monday pushed for legislation that could provide new resources and training to emergency personnel.
It seems beyond doubt that those who were in on the Founding of the American government did not want ordinary citizens to be trying to act as diplomats in negotiating with foreign nations.
Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) hammered Senate Republicans’ controversial letter to Iranian leaders Wednesday, calling it “reckless.”
Sen. Bob Menenedez (D., N.J.) got a vote of confidence Tuesday from the Senate’s top Democrat, who called him an “outstanding senator” but refused to speculate on the New Jerseyan’s future.
The annual ratings by the conservative Club for Growth show a some movement over time by Pennsylvania's senators.
CapitolInq: It was business as usual for New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez Monday – at least in public – just days after reports surfaced that he could face federal corruption charges in the coming weeks.
U.S. Senate Democrats made clear on Wednesday they have serious concerns about President Barack Obama's war authorization request for his campaign against Islamic State, despite appeals from top administration officials for bipartisan support for the plan.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) added his signature to a hotly-debated letter to Iranian leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they...
CapitolInq: Federal prosecutors are readying corruption charges against Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), according to a CNN report Friday afternoon.
Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) joined with Sens. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) Tuesday to announce a bipartisan bill to lift federal restrictions against medical marijuana.
It would essentially give the federal government's blessing for states to enact their own medical marijuana laws without federal interference. But that has, obviously, already been happening.
Democrat Joe Sestak hopes to get to the U.S. Senate Forrest Gump-style: He's crisscrossing Pennsylvania, walking exactly 422 miles, in his effort to unseat Republican Pat Toomey. His campaign slogan, of course, is "Joe Sestak walks in your shoes."
WASHINGTON – Joe Sestak will formally launch his Senate campaign Wednesday at Independence Hall, he announced in a news release Monday. Sestak...
We at Clout are not oblivious to campaign-trail fashion trends. When retired Navy Adm. Joe Sestak snaps into campaign mode, for instance, we keenly...
WASHINGTON –Rep. Chaka Fattah will not attend Tuesday’s speech from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress, the Philadelphia...
Joe Sestak announced his second U.S. Senate bid in vintage white Reeboks.
US-USA-ISRAEL:Israel's Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress
A senior U.S. lawmaker is pressing his case against any Obama administration plan to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying the communist-ruled island is harboring dozens of U.S. fugitives.
CapitolInq: A Philly state senator is mulling a run for U.S. Senate against the Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey.
US-USA-CONGRESS-SECURITY-BOEHNER:U.S. Senate votes to clear path for security agency funding
WASHINGTON – Chester County Republican Ryan Costello has been in Congress for just over a month, but Democrats are already hoping to end his House...
Sen. Bob Casey urged Amtrak to spruce up 30th Street Station to welcome visitors for the papal visit this fall and the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
House Speaker John Boehner says there are “unanswered questions” about the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi. He specifically...
CapitolInq: Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) leads potential Democratic challenger Joe Sestak by 10 percentage points in a new Quinnipiac Poll examining what seems on track to be a re-match of their 2010 Senate race.
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) used $7,869 from his campaign funds to pay for a trip to China in November for himself and his son.
The last time we saw New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on TV, he was cracking us up on Comedy Central’s "The Nightly Show."
Baer Growls: Ok, it's early but still....only one name Dem is leading Toomey in an early poll.
CapitolInq: During the 2013 government shutdown, Allentown’s Charlie Dent became something of a national spokesman for the oft-overlooked centrist Republican – a group that arguably includes every GOP Congressman from the Philadelphia suburbs.
CapitolInq: The Delaware River dredging project will receive another $97.5 million in federal funding, the most ever set aside in a single year, according to the office of Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.).
Baer Growls: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, long a target for late-night comedian Jon Stewart just handed The Daily Show host a present.
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski plans to run for Senate, setting up a contested Democratic primary. An announcement is scheduled for Friday.
CapitolInq: A vote on immigration policy Wednesday gave two new Republican Congressmen their first test in weighing their moderate districts against the more conservative instincts of some of their new colleagues.
A special election will be held March 24 to fill the state House of Representatives seat vacated by Rep. Brendan Boyle. Boyle represented parts of Northeast...
Prosecutors investigating U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah asked a three-judge federal appeals panel Monday to give them access to seven years of his private e-mails, a position Fattah's lawyer argued violates the protection the Constitution provides Congress.
Momentum builds in Congress for raising the federal gas tax
WASHINGTON –State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, a Bucks County Democrat, has filed papers to run for Congress in 2016, he announced Thursday morning...
Brendan Boyle ran for two legislative seats last year and had his choice of two oaths Tuesday: Swear in with the freshman class of U.S. representatives or retain his post in the Pennsylvania legislature.
CapitolInq: He became part of a Senate majority for the first time in his career Tuesday, and now Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) is reaping the first sweet taste of that power: he has won the right to stock the Senate candy desk.
WASHINGTON - With nods to history and their future plans, three new members of Congress from the Philadelphia area took oaths of office Tuesday, marking sweeping change to the area's delegation.
Rep. Elijah Cummings got his facts wrong when he said “96 percent” of fatal police shootings were “white officers killing African Americans.” His office told us he misspoke.
CapitolInq: Congressman Pat Meehan gave a thumbs up Tuesday to Sony’s decision to release The Interview in theaters, while seeming to give the movie itself a thumbs down.
On her final day of voting after a decade in Congress, Allyson Schwartz reflected.
CapitolInq: U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), whose parents immigrated from Cuba and who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a blistering critique Tuesday of the Obama administration’s decision to release Cuban spies as the Castro regime freed American Alan Gross from imprisonment.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in an opinion posted yesterday, ruled that the law firm Cozen O'Connor can write off a $448,468 debt incurred by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady in a court battle to stay on the 2007 Democratic primary election ballot for mayor.
A federal judge on Friday granted permission for Chaka Fattah Jr. to represent himself in a tax and bank fraud case that could send him to prison for life if he is convicted.
WASHINGTON - Is Joe Sestak the Democrats' only hope? The former Delaware County congressman is running hard for a 2016 rematch against U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) in a race Democrats see as crucial to taking back the Senate.