NATIONAL POLITICS



Romney challenger role is still up for grabs

2012-03-08 00:01:00

After the continent-spanning competition of Super Tuesday, the Republican presidential race returns to a series of weeks and contests with m


Romney takes Ohio in close race with Santorum

Romney takes Ohio in close race with Santorum

2012-03-07 10:25:00

The agonizingly close Ohio results cast a shadow across any air of inevitability for the former Massachusetts governor.


GOP showdown arrives

GOP showdown arrives

2012-03-06 08:08:00

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio -- Super Tuesday could be remembered as the beginning of the end.


Poverty: Who is talking about it?

Poverty: Who is talking about it?

2012-03-04 23:52:00

In this election year, when the nation is debating its obligations to those in economic distress, the poor have two faces.


Reflections on poverty's causes and cures -- from the poor

Reflections on poverty's causes and cures -- from the poor

2012-03-04 16:36:00

The women in the Sojourner House MOMS program in East Liberty are near the bottom of America's economic ladder. So when it comes to the issu


A family of three GOP delegates gets Santorum on ballot in an Ohio district

A family of three GOP delegates gets Santorum on ballot in an Ohio district

2012-03-04 08:18:00

The Republican candidates' pitched battle for Ohio's 66 delegates on Super Tuesday runs deeper than the blaring voices and glaring televisio


Super Tuesday pivotal for GOP hopefuls

2012-03-04 00:23:00

After some mild trash talk about the Cleveland Browns -- "I know, I'm trying to get votes here, not lose them, but I was a Steeler fan befor


Candidates queried on poverty

2012-03-04 00:00:00

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, jointly asked all the major presidential contenders to comment on their positions


Santorum tells Ohioans he's the one to beat Obama

2012-03-03 00:00:00

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio -- With polls showing what has become a two-man race for Ohio tightening considerably as Super Tuesday approaches,


Altmire may hear by Monday whether he remains on ballot

2012-03-02 16:49:00

A Commonwealth Court judge may rule Monday whether U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, will stay on the primary ballot against fellow Rep


Back in comfort zone, Romney eyes big prize

2012-03-01 10:56:00

Mitt Romney couldn't resist one more shot at the rival who has placed his Republican presidential campaign in peril, forcing him to spend mi


Romney holds off Santorum in Michigan GOP presidential primary, wins Arizona contest

Romney holds off Santorum in Michigan GOP presidential primary, wins Arizona contest

2012-02-29 08:30:00

NOVI, Mich. -- Mitt Romney won popular vote victories in Michigan, his birthplace, and Arizona Tuesday night, dodging a potentially cripplin


Romney wins in Arizona and Michigan

2012-02-28 23:28:00

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won the Arizona primary -- a winner-take-all state with 29 delegates -- and Michigan, where the 3


Romney facing tussle in native state

2012-02-28 00:34:00

LANSING, Mich. -- The leading contenders in Michigan's unexpectedly competitive Republican presidential primary made their 11th-hour bids fo


Santorum courts backers by boosting religion, politics

2012-02-27 00:01:00

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- With two days left before the closely contested Republican primaries in Arizona and Michigan, Rick Santorum delivere


Santorum faces flap in GOP for help to Specter

2012-02-26 00:33:00

In 1994, a young, fairly obscure, two-term congressman asked Sen. Arlen Specter to support his bid for the Republican nomination against Sen


Romney team gearing up for a drawn-out battle

2012-02-26 00:01:00

TROY, Mich. -- Whether Mitt Romney wins or loses the Michigan and Arizona primaries Tuesday, his advisers are warning donors and other suppo


Romney touts budget plan; group offers review

2012-02-25 00:00:00

DETROIT -- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney offered a sweeping plan Friday to boost the U.S. economy, a program loaded with pre


GOP debate gets testy

2012-02-23 00:01:00

With Rick Santorum as the campaign's newest lightning rod, the Republican presidential candidates traded sharp criticisms Wednesday night on


Geneva College sues over insurance for morning-after drugs

2012-02-21 16:37:00

Geneva College today sued federal agencies and officials, saying provisions in the new healthcare law violate the constitutional rights of t


Targeting drug shortage, Fabry's patients sue FDA

2012-02-21 16:27:00

Two attorneys including one from McCandless and 25 people with treatable medical conditions including several from Southwestern Pennsylvania


Two at PBS 'NewsHour' honored by Allegheny College for civil discussions

2012-02-21 09:59:00

Mark Shields and David Brooks go head-to-head every Friday in a televised sparring match.


Santorum continues attacking environmental policies

Santorum continues attacking environmental policies

2012-02-21 08:41:00

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- Rick Santorum accused the Obama administration of stifling energy development and the economy through its


GOP's reliance on super-PACs expands

2012-02-21 00:01:00

Weeks of intense campaigning in the early nominating states have left the leading Republican presidential candidates increasingly


Romney concentrates on jobs at Ohio stop

Romney concentrates on jobs at Ohio stop

2012-02-21 00:00:00

CINCINNATI -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney focused heavily on jobs while in Ohio on Monday, arguing he is the


Santorum speaks in Ohio

2012-02-20 13:24:00

Santorum speaks in Ohio


Romney's roots could harm, help in Michigan

2012-02-19 00:00:00

Growing up, Mitt Romney cheered for the Tigers' Al Kaline. But, he conceded to Michigan reporters last week, he's a Red Sox fan now.


Road to the White House: Santorum success forces Dems to revise strategy

2012-02-18 00:01:00

WASHINGTON -- Rick Santorum's surprising momentum at a critical stage in the presidential race has forced the Obama campaign to reassess its


Congress passes payroll tax, unemployment extension

2012-02-17 13:13:00

WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats came together today to extend an expiring payroll tax break, to preserve unemployment benefits and t


Santorum takes message to heart of Romney country

Santorum takes message to heart of Romney country

2012-02-17 10:53:00

DETROIT -- On a day when General Motors had trumpeted record profits, Rick Santorum said that the auto industry would have done as well or b


Congress reaches deal on payroll tax, unemployment benefits

2012-02-16 17:46:00

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers reached deal today that extends a $1 billion federal payroll tax break through the end of the year, staves off a cut


With factory as a prop, Obama hails insourcing

2012-02-16 00:00:00

MILWAUKEE -- President Barack Obama came here Wednesday to promote his new "insourcing" economic plan, which he says could help prod U.S. ma


Romney targets auto bailout in battle for Michigan

Romney targets auto bailout in battle for Michigan

2012-02-16 00:00:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is wooing tea partyers in his home state of Michigan with a potentially


Santorum's momentum builds in Michigan

2012-02-14 12:16:00

Rick Santorum has pulled even with Mitt Romney in two national polls while vaulting ahead of him in his home state, Michigan, the site of on


Obama stresses education, transportation in budget address

Obama stresses education, transportation in budget address

2012-02-13 13:42:00

WASHINGTON -- Education and transportation emerged as top priorities for President Barack Obama, who this morning presented his fourth spen


Political playlists: What messages do presidential campaign songs send?

2012-02-12 15:18:00

So is Mitt Romney going after the angry Toby Keith fan? Is Barack Obama looking for the edgy-yet-mellow independent voter, grooving to Al Gr


'The World America Made': Robert Kagan for the defense

'The World America Made': Robert Kagan for the defense

2012-02-12 00:00:00

'Anyone who tells you America is in decline ... doesn't know what they're talking about," proclaimed President Barack Obama in his 2012 Stat


GOP hopefuls locked in rocky contest

2012-02-12 00:00:00

Mitt Romney's subtle but unmistakable shift in rhetoric this weekend was just the latest evidence of the churning course of the Republican r


GOP candidates trumpet their credentials before CPAC

GOP candidates trumpet their credentials before CPAC

2012-02-11 11:36:00

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidates vied for the title of most-authentic conservative Friday, as they courted a mass gathering


GOP candidates trumpet their credentials

GOP candidates trumpet their credentials

2012-02-11 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidates vied for the title of most-authentic conservative Friday, as they courted a mass gathering


White House revises on insurance mandate for contraception

2012-02-10 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The White House is backing off a policy that would have required religious hospitals, schools and policies to pay for


Another twist in GOP race

2012-02-09 00:00:00

The Santorum campaign woke up Wednesday surveying a broader political map than the one it saw before Tuesday's trio of upsets that sent the


Santorum sweeps to wins in Colorado, Missouri, Minnesota

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Rick Santorum got the electoral boost his campaign badly needed Tuesday, winning GOP contests in Missouri and Minnesota while jumping out


Delaying primary would weaken Pennsylvania voice

2012-02-07 00:00:00

At the Allegheny County elections division, staffers are calling poll workers and reminding them of the April 24 primary.


Santorum banking on a bounce-back today

Santorum banking on a bounce-back today

2012-02-07 00:00:00

While their decisions won't award many actual delegates, voters in three states could reshape perceptions of the Republican presidential


Super Bowl ad sparks political football

2012-02-07 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Perhaps the most attention-getting Super Bowl ad -- other than that dog blackmailing his owner with tortilla chips to keep


Donations for Obama tied to Mexican crook

2012-02-07 00:00:00

Two American brothers of a Mexican casino magnate who fled drug and fraud charges in the United States and has been seeking a pardon


February a chance for GOP hopefuls to boost momentum

2012-02-06 00:00:00

After a blockbuster few months, the race for the Republican presidential nomination may be about to hit the snooze button.


Romney makes it two in a row by coasting to victory in Nevada

Romney makes it two in a row by coasting to victory in Nevada

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney cruised to victory in the Nevada caucuses Saturday night, notching a second consecutive


Romney focuses on Obama, Gingrich on Romney in Nevada

Romney focuses on Obama, Gingrich on Romney in Nevada

2012-02-04 00:00:00

LAS VEGAS -- A confident Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of failing to do enough to create jobs as he campaigned Friday ahead of


Nevada makes it mark with caucus votes for GOP presidential pick

Nevada makes it mark with caucus votes for GOP presidential pick

2012-02-04 00:00:00

LAS VEGAS -- Voters in Nevada have their chance to weigh in on the Republican presidential contest today with caucus votes.


Big campaign spenders have federal stakes

2012-02-04 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The millionaires, billionaires and companies giving big sums to political committees supporting former Massachusetts Gov.


Romney gets nod from Trump, prompting Gingrich brickbats

2012-02-03 00:00:00

For an event so politically fraught, it flashed by in what seemed like a New York minute.


Romney's 'poor' quote seized upon by critics

Romney's 'poor' quote seized upon by critics

2012-02-02 00:00:00

EAGAN, Minn. -- The Republican presidential contest shifted Wednesday to the West and Midwest, as an exultant Mitt Romney dueled with the


Toomey-backed earmark ban fails in Senate

2012-02-02 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate today rejected a permanent end to earmarks but its leadership consented to a one-year extension of a


Huge, secretive donations flow into super-PACs, filings indicate

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Newly disclosed details of the millions of dollars flowing into political groups are highlighting not just the scale of donations from


Toomey co-sponsors earmark ban

2012-02-01 02:03:00

WASHINGTON -- A temporary ban on Congressional earmarks could become an enduring law of the land under a bill amendment sponsored by Sens. P


Romney romps Florida primary

Romney romps Florida primary

2012-02-01 02:03:00

TAMPA -- Florida was the sunniest of sunshine states for Mitt Romney as he rebounded from a South Carolina rebuff to a commanding victory Tu


Romney romps Florida primary

Romney romps Florida primary

2012-02-01 00:00:00

TAMPA -- Florida was the sunniest of sunshine states for Mitt Romney as he rebounded from a South Carolina rebuff to a commanding victory


Toomey co-sponsors earmark ban

2012-02-01 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- A temporary ban on Congressional earmarks could become an enduring law of the land under a bill amendment sponsored by Sens.


Analysis: Nasty Florida fight may carry political costs for Romney

2012-02-01 00:00:00

With his resounding Florida victory Tuesday over Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney showed a worried Republican base a side of himself that it has


Romney wins Florida's GOP primary

Romney wins Florida's GOP primary

2012-01-31 00:00:00

TAMPA -- Florida was a Sunshine state for Mitt Romney as he rebounded from a South Carolina rebuff to a commanding victory in the largest co


Romney surging as Florida vote arrives

Romney surging as Florida vote arrives

2012-01-31 00:00:00

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- "Underwater" usually refers to mortgages in this recession-battered state, but the word increasingly describes Newt Gingric


Sunshine State basking under the nation's gaze

Sunshine State basking under the nation's gaze

2012-01-31 00:00:00

While Mitt Romney shook hands with the Republican voters who he hopes will support him in today's Florida presidential primary, state Sen. M


Final salvos fired before Florida primary

Final salvos fired before Florida primary

2012-01-30 00:00:00

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has based his long-shot run for the presidency on the tenets of faith and family, bo


Revving up for the primary: Sunshine State's Republican establishment put to the test

Revving up for the primary: Sunshine State's Republican establishment put to the test

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Florida defied the Republican establishment in pushing its way to the front of the presidential primary calendar. It's a state whose GOP est


Obama's backing of shale gas aimed at voters in Marcellus region

Obama's backing of shale gas aimed at voters in Marcellus region

2012-01-29 00:00:00

President Barack Obama's early valentine to the natural gas industry in his State of the Union address Tuesday spurred activist anxiety and


Feds take to Twitter to talk to the public

2012-01-29 00:00:00

They're from the government and they're here to tweet. Have a question about federal student aid? Need to get your State Department news in


Florida's burgeoning retirement community a main stop on GOP campaign trail

2012-01-29 00:00:00

The roads that lead to Florida's fastest-growing retirement community are smooth, level, straight and easy for the residents' golf carts to


Santorum leaves campaign trail to be with sick daughter

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum is staying in Philadelphia to be with his hospitalized daughter and has canceled presidential campaign stops


Five websites that ferret out political facts!

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Befuddled over all the mud that's being slung among the 2012 presidential hopefuls? Confused over all the verbal attacks and flips and flops


Romney targets Obama at Cape Canaveral stop

Romney targets Obama at Cape Canaveral stop

2012-01-28 00:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney bounded onto the small stage set up inside an assembly room for spacec


Heat's on as GOP candidates make their final pitch

Heat's on as GOP candidates make their final pitch

2012-01-27 00:00:00

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In an energized debate that was as much about projecting a powerful and presidential image as it was about answering q


Romney, Gingrich stage sharp attacks

Romney, Gingrich stage sharp attacks

2012-01-24 00:00:00

TAMPA, Fla. -- In his most aggressive debate performance, Mitt Romney fought back from his bruising loss in South Carolina with repeated, sh


United Steelworkers endorse Critz

United Steelworkers endorse Critz

2012-01-23 00:00:00

The United Steelworkers union announced its support this morning of U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, in the increasingly competitive race


Gingrich boasts, Romney reboots

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Newt Gingrich worked to capitalize Sunday on his upset victory in South Carolina's Republican presidential primary, while Mitt Romney moved


Giffords announces resignation

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., announced Sunday she intends to resign from Congress this week to concentrate on recovering from wounds su


Gingrich gets decisive win in South Carolina primary

Gingrich gets decisive win in South Carolina primary

2012-01-22 00:00:00

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- After one of the most tumultuous weeks in recent political history, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich swept to a come-f


Ex-fund manager with Pa. ties throws big bucks behind Santorum

Ex-fund manager with Pa. ties throws big bucks behind Santorum

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Foster Friess, onetime Pennsylvania resident and current Wyoming multimillionaire, is not shy about why he's backing Rick Santorum's preside


GOP contest shifts to Florida after Gingrich's S.C. win

2012-01-22 00:00:00

TAMPA, Fla. - A suddenly scrambled Republican presidential contest shifts to Florida after Newt Gingrich stopped Mitt Romney's sprint to the


South Carolina voters make their mark

South Carolina voters make their mark

2012-01-21 00:00:00

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Primary day at hand, fast-climbing Newt Gingrich told South Carolinians today that he was "the only practical conservat


Republican Party deals with changing demographics in South Carolina primary

Republican Party deals with changing demographics in South Carolina primary

2012-01-21 00:00:00

CHARLESTON S.C. -- Under majestic live oaks draped with Spanish moss, Stephen Colbert, who is exploring a run for president but whose name i


Gingrich headed for victory in South Carolina

2012-01-21 00:00:00

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- After one of the most tumultuous weeks in recent political history, former House Speaker appeared to have swept to a co


Iowa reversal in recount gives Santorum a boost

2012-01-20 00:00:00

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The latest, though still-flawed count of Iowa caucus votes shows Rick Santorum with a 34-vote lead over Mitt Romne


Fiery debate caps big day in S.C.

2012-01-20 00:00:00

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich met questions about his personal life and treatment of an ex-wife with a searin


Romney storm warning is raised for debate

Romney storm warning is raised for debate

2012-01-19 00:00:00

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- With three days until the South Carolina presidential primary and four Republican rivals nipping at his heels, Mitt Romne


Recount shows Santorum won in Iowa, but officials call it a tie

2012-01-19 00:00:00

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum wound up with a 34-vote lead in the Iowa caucuses, reversing the 8-point margin for former Massachuse


GOP campaign rhetoric raising racial concerns

2012-01-19 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to win the hearts of Southern conservatives, Newt Gingrich leaned into his argument that President Barack Obama is a "f


Politics, family style: Plenty of sons and daughters on the stump for GOP candidates

Politics, family style: Plenty of sons and daughters on the stump for GOP candidates

2012-01-18 00:00:00

Rick Santorum? Seven. Mitt Romney, five. Ron Paul, five. Jon Huntsman, seven. Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich? Two and two. Michele Bachmann, t


Conservative rivals keep hammering at each other

2012-01-18 00:00:00

FLORENCE, S.C. -- For conservatives, the tactical dilemma that has governed the Republican presidential race for months is repeating itself


Romney weathers attacks in South Carolina

Romney weathers attacks in South Carolina

2012-01-17 00:00:00

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Mitt Romney's Republican rivals struggled to block his path to the nomination Monday night as their overlapping attack


Wanna bet (invest) on who wins election?

2012-01-17 00:00:00

Looking for a way to hedge the economic risks this year's presidential election pose to what's left of your retirement savings? Or do you ju


Agreement on permit saves 700 miner jobs

2012-01-17 00:00:00

The jobs of 700 Greene County miners are safe -- for another five years, at least -- after state and federal officials sorted our their diff


Huntsman reported set to quit GOP race today

Huntsman reported set to quit GOP race today

2012-01-16 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Jon Huntsman will withdraw today from the race for the Republican presidential nomination, campaign officials told The Associa


Earmarks record dogging Santorum

Earmarks record dogging Santorum

2012-01-16 00:00:00

The announcements flowed out of Rick Santorum's U.S. Senate office: a $3.5 million federal grant to Piasecki Aircraft to help it test a new


Huntsman ends presidential bid

2012-01-16 00:00:00

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- With a tepid endorsement of Mitt Romney, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman ended a quest for the Republican nomination tha


Palmetto State unable to escape record barrage of political ads

2012-01-16 00:00:00

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- They have been inescapable: growling baritone announcers and grainy images of sneering candidates. Mitt Romney is a corpor


Beliefs of Mormon religion becoming an inescapable issue

2012-01-16 00:00:00

The Rev. R. Philip Roberts, the president of a Southern Baptist seminary in Kansas City, Mo., is an evangelist with a particular goal: count


Social conservative leaders back Santorum in GOP primaries

2012-01-15 00:00:00

An informal but influential group of social conservative leaders has thrown its support behind Rick Santorum, urging other conservatives to


Santorum snags endorsement of conservative coalition

2012-01-14 00:00:00

An informal group of social conservative leaders has thrown its support behind former Sen. Rick Santorum, urging other conservatives to unit


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