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Obama's choice for civil rights chief fails in Senate

Obama's choice for civil rights chief fails in Senate

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate rejected President Obama's civil rights nominee Wednesday because of criticism over his involvement in the defense of a convicted cop-killer.

Industry responds, ready to work with Obama on jobs, economy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The non-partisan Campaign to Fix the Debt said Tuesday it was disappointed President Obama didn't prioritize debt reduction in his State of the Union speech.
Interior Secretary: Gettysburg Address a reminder of sacrifice

Interior Secretary: Gettysburg Address a reminder of sacrifice

GETTYSBURG, Pa., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered 150 years ago, tells "us what it means to be an American."
Capitol Hill suspect shot dead identified as Miriam Carey of Conn.

Capitol Hill suspect shot dead identified as Miriam Carey of Conn.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A woman rammed a barrier at the White House, then led police on a high-speed chase near the U.S. Capitol before being shot to death, police said Thursday.
Kerry condemns chemical attack in Syria, says it offends humanity

Kerry condemns chemical attack in Syria, says it offends humanity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The reported use of chemical weapons by troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad was "undeniable," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

The Issue: Red line crossed in Syria. Now what?

The scenario is disturbingly familiar: a dictator, charges of atrocities, lack of cooperation with international investigators, a group seeking support from the international community to alleviate their suffering -- we've been here before, repeatedly.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International
Susan Rice replaces Tom Donilon as national security adviser

Susan Rice replaces Tom Donilon as national security adviser

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday national security adviser Tom Donilon is stepping down and will be replaced by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Pa. a gun-control swing state

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania was a swing state in the November election and could be a key battleground when it comes to gun control, debate participants say.
Obama wins Pennsylvania

Obama wins Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama won Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes Tuesday, MSNBC projected based on early results.
U.S. Senate races tighten in key states

U.S. Senate races tighten in key states

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Surges by U.S. Senate candidates in at least two races thought to have been pretty much decided have turned the races into nail-biters, political observers say.
Obama in Catholic bishops' cross hairs

Obama in Catholic bishops' cross hairs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- No president in U.S. history has been targeted en masse in lawsuits filed by Catholic bishops and institutions till now: President Obama is facing a tsunami of suits opposing the contraception mandate in his healthcare reform law.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

Pa. Senate candidate wades into rape issue

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith said Monday fetuses conceived out of wedlock and by rape both need to be protected from abortion.

Benefits payees to face greater scrutiny

PHILADELPHIA, June 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. government will implement tougher screening for payees who receive benefits on behalf of disabled adults, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said Monday.
Senators unveil 'Ex-Patriot Act' for tax dodgers

Senators unveil 'Ex-Patriot Act' for tax dodgers

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- Two U.S. lawmakers announced legislation Thursday to punish Americans who renounce their citizenship to dodge taxes.

U.S. expects trouble from refinery closing

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- A decision to close refineries in Philadelphia and elsewhere in the U.S. northeast could mean higher gasoline and heating costs, officials said.
Santorum's post-Senate income increases

Santorum's post-Senate income increases

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's post-U.S. Senate income has risen, mainly as a Fox News contributor and as an adviser, financial forms show.
Santorum: I've won in 'tough states'

Santorum: I've won in 'tough states'

CORALVILLE, Iowa, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Thursday he has a stronger record than his competitors of winning elections in "tough states."
President Obama signs two-month extension of Social Security payroll tax holiday

President Obama signs two-month extension of Social Security payroll tax holiday

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Friday signed a compromise deal extending the Social Security payroll tax holiday for two months.
Dems offer new payroll tax-cut proposal

Dems offer new payroll tax-cut proposal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats Monday offered a new payroll tax cut extension plan, which one Senate Republican said had no chance of passing.
Senators take back Paterno nomination

Senators take back Paterno nomination

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators nominated Joe Paterno two months ago for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but Thursday said they withdraw the nomination.

Senators seek crackdown on bomb ingredient

WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. senators urged the Obama administration to pressure Pakistan to restrict chemical fertilizer supplies to Afghanistan, where it is used to make bombs.

Ex-Santorum aide plans Senate run

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A longtime associate of Rick Santorum wants to take on the man who knocked Santorum out of the U.S. Senate.
Pipeline safety worries Pa. lawmaker

Pipeline safety worries Pa. lawmaker

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Gas extraction from Marcellus Shale and oil and gas pipeline problems in the United States are cause for safety concerns, a Pennsylvania lawmaker said.

Bishop Martino slams U.S. Sen. Casey

SCRANTON, Pa., May 2 (UPI) -- The Rev. Joseph F. Martino, bishop of the diocese of Scranton, Pa., says U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is not doing enough to oppose abortion rights.
Dems try to lure Specter to their side

Dems try to lure Specter to their side

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- Heavy-hitters in the Democratic Party are taking their best shot to convince Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., to return to the fold, the state's top official says.
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