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Joe Lieberman

Joe Lieberman
Joseph I. Lieberman's political career began as a popular Connecticut Democrat, but ultimately left him an independent U.S. Senator. Only a few years after a campaign as the Democratic party's nominee for vice president, Lieberman lost a contentious re-election primary for his Senate seat and opted to run as an independent. His split from his party was fueled by his strong support for the war in Iraq. Lieberman is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. He was a vocal advocate of legislation creating the department. Born in Stamford, on Feb. 24, 1942, Lieberman earned his law degree from... Show more »
Joseph I. Lieberman's political career began as a popular Connecticut Democrat, but ultimately left him an independent U.S. Senator. Only a few years after a campaign as the Democratic party's nominee for vice president, Lieberman lost a contentious re-election primary for his Senate seat and opted to run as an independent. His split from his party was fueled by his strong support for the war in Iraq. Lieberman is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. He was a vocal advocate of legislation creating the department. Born in Stamford, on Feb. 24, 1942, Lieberman earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1967. He was elected to the state Senate in 1970 and served there for ten years, the last six as majority leader. He was elected as state attorney general in 1982. He won his first term to the U.S. Senate in 1988, defeating Lowell Weicker by a huge margin. Lieberman's popularity soared in 2000 when he became Al Gore's running mate and the first Jewish American to seek the vice presidency. Fueled by concerns about the ongoing Iraq war, his 2006 campaign drew national attention when businessman Ned Lamont defeated him in the primary, but lost to him in the general election. Lieberman lives in Stamford and Washington with his wife Hadassah. They have four children. (Photo AP) « Show less

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  • Rick Santorum visits three Sunday programs; Ron Paul on one

     
    "This Week" also talks to Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee. The panel will be George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Fox News contributor Liz Cheney and David Ignatius of The Washington Post....
  • McManus: And Romney's veep choice is ...

    McManus: And Romney's veep choice is ...
    The "Veepstakes" are on — but the smart money says they're already over. Like belles at a debutante ball, up-and-coming Republican politicians are lining up to campaign with Mitt Romney, hoping to catch his eye as a suitable choice for vice...
  • Faith leaders discuss role of religion in diplomacy today

     
    Washington, DC — Twenty-four Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders will meet with members of Congress on Feb. 29 tocall on U.S. officials to support policies that utilize religion as a tool for diplomacy and a catalyst for unity over...
  • Another moderate bites the dust

     
    This week's retirement announcement from U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maineisn't just bad news for her Republican Party and its prospects of taking control inCongress' upper chamber. It's bad news for anyone, Republican or Democrat or independent, who...
  • Panetta vs. McCain on stepping in on Syria -- in a picture

     
    Striking out on its own to try to stop the violence in Syria would be a mistake, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned a Senate committee on Wednesday, saying it could exacerbate the risk of civil war. His remarks pushed against a call by Sen. John...
  • ‘Face the Nation’ welcomes Clay Aiken, Ted Olson

     
    Clay Aiken visits ‘Face the Nation.' Handout art THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED: Here's something I never expected to write: “American Idol” alum Clay Aiken will be a guest this weekend on CBS' “Face theNation.” The topic will...
  • Rick Santorum on ‘State of the Union’; John McCain on ‘Meet the Press’

     
    The biggest guest on Sunday morning television will be Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is talking to CBS' “Face the Nation.” But I've written about that program, which will air at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. The rest of...
  • Netanyahu accuses world powers of giving Iran 'freebie' in talks

     
    Israel’s prime minister complained Sunday that six big world powers had given Iran “a freebie” in a new agreement that permits Tehran to enter negotiations about its disputed nuclear program May 23 without first halting enrichment of...
  • Hillary Clinton to visit Sunday morning shows

     
    Rep. Ron Paul, another GOP presidential candidate, visits "Meet the Press," which starts at 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2. The panel will be David Brooks of The New York Times; Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman; Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of...
  • Nationwide emergency warning test needs fine-tuning

     
    There was no panic in the streets from the first nationwide test of the government’s emergency warning system, but there might have been among federal officials after Wednesday’s test didn’t come off smoothly....
  • Rhubarb patch: Will GOP presidential hopefuls fail to KO wobbly Obama?

     
    Veteran Chicago commentator Dennis Byrne is a weekly contributor to the Tribune's commentary pages and the proprietor of The Barbershop, a ChicagoNow blog. In Wednesday's Tribune he joins me in The Rhubarb Patch to discuss the 2012 presidential race. To.....
  • Crist: Disagrees with McCollum on immigration and embraces his inner Democrat – though he won’t commit to caucusing with the D’s

     
    Gov. Charlie Crist went on CNN's “The Situation Room” tonight and gave a fascinating interview to host Wolf Blitzer. Among other things, the Republican-turned independent governor: – Took issue with Republican Attorney General Bill...