| Aug 18, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Live animals are not meant to serve as targets or afternoon entertainment. Using these feeling, breathing animals as animated targets is not a right, or even close to a right. It is a medieval wrong.
I'm speaking of Pennsylvania's throwback pigeon...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 5:00 AM
A little more than a year after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the federal government was collecting and storing the telephone records of millions of Americans, Congress is poised to end the program and provide...
| Aug 10, 2014
Congressional Democrats are lining up behind a constitutional amendment to allow restrictions on campaign contributions and spending, and Republicans, to their everlasting credit, are opposed. They agree with the Supreme Court that limits like these are...
| Aug 7, 2014
A diplomat was once defined as someone whose job is to lie for his country. That's apparently what makes diplomats different from intelligence officers, whose function is to lie to their country.
How else can you explain why CIA Director John Brennan...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 5:17 PM
CIA spying on the Senate is the constitutional equivalent of the Watergate break-in. In both cases, the executive branch attacked the very foundations of our system of checks and balances.
President Obama is not President Nixon. He hasn’t been...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 7:06 PM
— Joseph "Jay" Leeson, a former Bethlehem councilman and solicitor, and three other federal judicial nominees from Pennsylvania on Thursday faced questions from a Senate panel in their first public examination since being named last month.
| Jul 21, 2014
| 5:08 PM
The Obama administration and Senate negotiators appear close to an agreement to strengthen legislation that would curtail the bulk collection of data on Americans.
In May, the House passed a watered-down version of a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 3:21 PM
By now we know that ignition defects in Chevrolet Cobalts contributed to the deaths of at least 13 people. The real number may be more than 20 times as high.
But we could have found out a lot sooner — soon enough, perhaps, to save many of those...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 4:50 PM
WASHINGTON The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced a bill Tuesday to halt the federal government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone and Internet information.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said that, if enacted, the bill "would...
| Jul 25, 2014
| 1:50 PM
The House on Friday unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that would allow consumers to “unlock” their cellphones when switching providers.
The chamber's approval comes a week after the Senate passed the bill, so it advances to the...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 1:18 PM
Republicans and Democrats in the Senate argued bitterly Wednesday about the need for a new law to protect the voting rights of minorities.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on proposed legislation to resuscitate a critical provision of the...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 9:20 PM
James S. Brady, the often-irreverent press secretary to President Ronald Reagan who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on his boss in 1981 and who became an enduring symbol of the fight against unfettered access to guns in American...