| Dec 22, 2013
| 8:53 PM
WASHINGTON — By the numbers, this Congress is on track to make the infamous "do-nothing Congress" of the late 1940s look downright prolific.
Before the Senate adjourned Friday for an extended holiday break, the two bodies of the 113th Congress...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:45 AM
WASHINGTON -- The 113th Congress looks to be a sure bet to go down as the most ineffective in history.
Just 56 bills were signed into law so far in 2013, as the first session prepared to wrap up. For the first time in recent memory, the number of new...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 8:15 PM
SAN JOSE – Avoiding the controversial issue of domestic spying, President Obama told a gathering of liberal activists Thursday that they may not always agree with him, but their shared work on causes such as the overhaul of the nation’s...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 2:55 PM
In the days after Megan Chuhran was sexually assaulted in a Kalamazoo College dorm room, she felt like she was torn between two terrible options: let the traumatic experience go, or endure months of interviews, hearings and investigations from professors,...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 3:40 PM
The always quotable Vice President Joe Biden took a shot at House Republicans the other day, referring to them as “this Neanderthal crowd” for having resisted speedy reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. His crack certainly...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 1:25 PM
Dismissing comparisons of tea party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to the infamous Joe McCarthy, Jonah Goldberg suggests in his column Tuesday that Cruz instead "might be the conservative Barack Obama." Goldberg then requests that readers "bear with me."
| Feb 27, 2013
| 12:53 PM
U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent plans to buck fellow Republicans and vote against their scaled back version of the Violence Against Women Act Thursday.
But he will support a Senate-passed version that includes protections for gay, lesbian and transgender...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 4:30 PM
It suddenly hit me this week: I don't live in the real world. I live in Washington, D.C.
In the real world, nobody would argue about renewing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It's a no-brainer. Violence against women, all women, is wrong. Only in...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 9:30 AM
It's been a busy week. The Senate voted 78-22 to renew the Violence Against Women Act. Christopher Dorner, ex-cop turned cop killer, was finally tracked down near Big Bear, Calif. Leaders of the International Olympic Committee voted to drop wrestling from...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 7:37 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) --
In a solid show of bipartisanship, the Senate has voted to renew the two-decade-old Violence Against Women Act with new provisions to ensure that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women have equal access to the act's...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 5:26 PM
America's most interesting development since November is the Republican Party becoming more interesting. Consider the congressman from Grand Rapids, Mich., who occupies the seat once held by Gerald Ford, embodiment of vanilla Republicanism. Justin Amash,...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 1:40 PM
For the second time in less than six months, just three House Republicans signed their names to gay rights legislation. And one of them is again Lehigh Valley Rep. Charlie Dent.
Dent added his name Thursday to a bill making it illegal to discriminate...