| Sep 9, 2014
| 3:29 PM
— U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey called in backup Tuesday as he pressed colleagues to approve his bill on school employee background checks before Congress wraps up this session.
The child advocates standing behind him want it. Law enforcement wants it. The...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 10:50 AM
WASHINGTON Sarah Palin has lost the magic. The defeat of her choice Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary in her home state of Alaska capped a primary season in which her favored candidates across the nation have stumbled.
A referendum to restore Palin'...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 5:25 PM
On a recent sunny Sunday in South Los Angeles, worshipers gathered in a wood-beam Pentecostal church to sing and offer testimonials of faith. In the middle of the African American congregation, swaying during the hymns and dropping money into the...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Primary season for this year's midterm election is now nearly closed, and the results have produced an outcome not seen in years: Incumbent Republican senators have brushed back all their conservative challengers in a series of victories for the party's...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 6:50 PM
Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee won his party's nomination for reelection Thursday in one of the last of the divisive tea party challenges to incumbent senators that have splintered the GOP.
The race had been Alexander's to lose --...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 9:01 PM
Mississippi's Republican Party announced late Wednesday that it would not hear Chris McDaniel's challenge of his loss to Sen. Thad Cochran in the June runoff, and told him to go to court instead.
In a letter to McDaniel's attorney, the state's GOP...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 10:14 PM
One of the last chances for a tea party challenger to oust an establishment Republican came to an end in Kansas on Tuesday night when Sen. Pat Roberts defeated Milton Wolf in the primary.
The three-term senator had 48% of the vote to Wolf's 41% with...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 8:16 AM
The last opportunity in this election cycle for tea party supporters to oust Republican senators arrives with primary elections in Kansas on Tuesday and Tennessee on Thursday.
Democrats, meanwhile, will confront their own party infighting on Saturday in...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 10:54 AM
Howard Henry Baker Jr., a respected Washington insider who played a pivotal role in the Watergate hearings in 1973, has died. He was 88.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the death on the Senate floor.
The former Republican senator from...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 3:51 PM
A group of six Republican lawmakers asked a federal labor board to reverse a preliminary ruling that expanded the definition of “employees” to include Northwestern University football players on scholarship, a decision that opened the door for...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 9:20 PM
Sen. Lindsey Graham, comfortably won his Republican primary Tuesday, defeating a field of six lesser-known challengers who failed to gain any traction against the backdrop of a tea party movement unhappy with the second-term senator.
| Apr 18, 2014
| 2:54 PM
As he considers a 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul acknowledges the GOP must go beyond its base and find ways to grow support or it will be unable to elect a national standard bearer.
On Tuesday, Paul comes to...