| Apr 16, 2013
| 10:42 AM
A scrum of reporters gathered outside Sen. Joe Manchin's office Tuesday afternoon waiting for any sign of movement on his embattled background checks amendment while inside he met privately with negotiating partner Sen. Pat Toomey and former Rep. Gabby...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 6:23 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed Congress on Thursday not to forget the heartbreak of the Newtown elementary school massacre and "get squishy" on tightened gun laws, though some lawmakers in his own Democratic Party remain a tough...
| May 6, 2013
| 7:12 PM
Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady is telling people tonight that he plans to resign Tuesday, sources familiar with his decision say.
The resignation comes after Brady survived an attempt last month to oust him as GOP chairman over his support for...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 2:42 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans, backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats, turned away legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, rejecting repeated appeals from President Barack Obama and personal pleas by...
| Apr 19, 2013
Let me begin this column with an apology. Once a week, I pick an important issue and offer my reasoned analysis, based on the facts, of what it all means and how we should react. But there are times when the intellect fails and the heart and gut take...
| Apr 19, 2013
It was dismaying.
Not that the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a major gun control proposal that would have required universal background checks prior to all firearm sales.
But that such a proposal, popular though it is in opinion polling, wasn't...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 9:25 AM
The U.S. Senate minority's squelching of debate and votes last week on any meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence has unfortunately become the rule, not the exception.
Not much can get done in the Senate under the tyranny of the minority, when it...
| Apr 24, 2013
Before we move off the issue of gun control — and it's dead for now, believe me, for reasons this column will make clear — let's take a close look at just how something as popular as expanded background checks failed to pass the U.S. Senate...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 8:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers, a pivotal part of President Barack Obama's plan for combating...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 5:39 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal seems imminent on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence.
Meanwhile, the Senate is ready for an opening...
| Jan 9, 2012
| 4:35 PM
A troubled Cook County program put faulty camera equipment in police cars, wasting perhaps millions of federal dollars, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general …...