| May 2, 2014
| 6:15 AM
The subway ride between the Russell Senate Office Building and the Capitol basement takes no more than 25 seconds to cover a fifth of a mile. But over an estimated 130,000 trips shuttling lawmakers, staff and visitors, train operator Daryl Chappelle was...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 2:37 PM
The documentary "Kids for Cash" breezed in and out of Los Angeles so quickly last month that there was little buzz (far too little) about just what the real crime was that the film depicted. That's a shame, because it's such an important story....
| Oct 2, 2013
| 7:20 PM
Congress has failed so miserably that it can't even keep the government open for business. But our representatives and senators still will get paid for failing to do their job.
Rest assured it's not because they are considered "essential" personnel...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 1:15 PM
Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators voted against final passage of the farm bill Tuesday for the exact opposite reasons.
Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey joined a bipartisan mix of 32 senators voting against the $956 billion measure that...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 4:23 PM
A year out from the 2014 election, a new Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows Governor Tom Corbett still isn't getting any love from Pennsylvania voters. Only 20 percent believe Corbett, a Republican, deserves re-election, and 44 percent of...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 2:19 PM
Last month, in endorsing President Obama’s nomination of veteran litigator Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, a Los Angeles Times editorial noted the possibility that Republicans would line up against the...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 7:16 PM
WASHINGTON — In a surprising defeat for President Obama, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Wednesday blocked his pick to head the Justice Department's civil rights division, the first time in his presidency that one of his nominees failed to...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Sen. Pat Toomey was among 18 senators to vote against a deal Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling.
The Pennsylvania Republican joined the Senate’s most conservative lawmakers in their opposition to a last-...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 7:50 AM
The notably combative Texas Sen. Ted Cruz – the man many hold responsible for the federal government shutdown in October – had some holiday advice for his much more mild mannered colleague from Pennsylvania:
Indulge in stronger vices....
| Oct 3, 2013
| 12:46 PM
As the medical device tax begins to look more and more like Obamacare's sacrificial lamb, the invaluable MapLight provides us with a rundown of the device industry's spending to kill the tax.
The raw number -- and we do mean raw: Supporters of the...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Watching President Obama's press conference Thursday, I almost started humming the old ditty the "Farmer in the Dell" because all I could think was: "The cheese stands alone."
The president did his level best to explain that he was as in the dark as...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:17 PM
Sen. Bob Casey said Wednesday he was "stunned" that the White House staffer behind a snarky and often offensive anonymous Twitter feed insulting public officials was a man he knew well - or thought he did.
During the early days of Casey's U.S. Senate...