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Obamacare provision challenged in court

Geneva College in Beaver Falls and the Catholic dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie won the initial rounds of cases.

about 15 hours ago

 President Barack Obama recognized Pittsburgh educators Wednesday at a White House education summit.

Pittsburgh educators immersed in Obama’s technology initiative

They were among 100 school systems highlighted as examples for the rest of the country.

about 15 hours ago

 In a 22-page letter sent Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency, Sen. Bob Casey makes clear he supports broad goals of combating global warming and agrees an EPA plan is necessary.

Sen. Bob Casey: Obama climate plan unfair to Pennsylvania

A 22-page letter is Mr. Casey’s first formal comment on the issue since the EPA released its proposal in June.

about 4 hours ago

 Secretary of State John Kerry is pictured as he and Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond address journalists during a meeting in central London on Tuesday.

Kerry seeks path to Iran nuclear deal

The prospect of a talks extension is appearing more likely, and some who opposed that avenue now see it as a preferable diplomatic path.

about 15 hours ago

Immigration clash intensifies

President Barack Obama will announce his intention to use his executive powers to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

about 16 hours ago

Islamic State jihadis behead ex-U.S. soldier

The death of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, previously known as Peter, came after ISIS said it would kill him because of U.S. bombing in Syria.

3 days ago

 Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott and President Barack Obama meet a pair of koalas before the start of the first G-20 meeting Saturday in Brisbane, Australia.

Obama heads home after ‘pretty good week’

President Barack Obama on Sunday wrapped up what was arguably the best week he’s had in years.

3 days ago

In W.Va., the GOP surge reaches deep into counties

“I really feel Scooby-Doo would have won the race if he’d had an ’R’ beside his name,” said a Democrat who lost in a Jefferson County race.

4 days ago

 U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the House Chamber today to vote on the final passage of H.R.5682, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican-led House passed the bill, which would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but prospects for the Senate approving the measure were uncertain.

U.S. House sends bill approving Keystone oil pipeline to Senate

Approval by the Republican-controlled House sets the stage for a Senate showdown.

6 days ago

Congress returns to Washington — and partisan angling

Leaders from both parties in the House and Senate pledged bipartisan cooperation, but quickly returned to partisan sniping that has been

1 week ago

House, Senate to vote on Keystone XL pipeline

Long-stalled legislation to build the pipeline got new life after Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned efforts to block it.

1 week ago

 President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) Zhang Dejiang during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday.

U.S., China to cut tariffs on tech goods

At the same time, they are each promoting rival free-trade blocs excluding the other in the Asian region.

1 week ago

 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, listen as President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House.

U.S. trade pacts more likely with GOP majority

With fellow Democrat Sen. Harry Reid out of the way, President Barack Obama can focus on overseas trade deals.

1 week ago

Justices to review racial makeup of Alabama districts

Black Democrats in Alabama are taking a case to the Supreme Court today.

1 week ago

Dems take a beating in campaign spending

Facing tough midterm elections, Democrats spent a lot of money. But not enough.

1 week ago

 Sen. Joe Manchin talks to members of the media at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Joe Manchin, a rare W. Va. Democrat, stakes out new role in Senate

Republicans’ clean sweep in West Virginia Tuesday night leaves the former blue state with one lone Democrat in Washington: Sen. Joe Manchin.

1 week ago

Two midterm elections have hollowed out the Democratic Party

The 2010 and 2014 elections saw the defeat of younger politicians who might have become national leaders.

1 week ago

A look at voter turnout suggests 2016 won’t be easy for GOP

There is little evidence that Republicans made major inroads among women, minorities and young voters.

1 week ago

 President Barack Obama

Cooperation pledges follow GOP victories

President Barack Obama and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged Wednesday to work together to govern the nation in a bipartisan way.

2 weeks ago

 Republican Mia Love, center, celebrates Tuesday with her father, Jean Maxime Bourdeau, in Salt Lake City after winning the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District.

Republican wave could get even bigger

The Republican victory wave might end up even larger by the time all the votes are counted.

2 weeks ago

With statehouse victories, GOP poised to enact policy changes

“It was a worst-case scenario for the Democrats,” said elections analyst Tim Storey at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

2 weeks ago

Anger at Obama trumps fear of GOP

This election wasn’t about hope and change. Instead, the midterm elections were a battle between fear and loathing.

2 weeks ago

 Massachusetts Republican Governor-elect Charlie Baker addresses supporters Tuesday night.

Republicans prevail in big, bitterly fought governor races

Republicans won the governor's posts in the Democratic strongholds of Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois, according to projections.

2 weeks ago

Exit poll: Financial worries turned voters to GOP

Six in 10 said they were dissatisfied or angry with the Obama administration; the same number felt that way about GOP leaders in Congress.

2 weeks ago

 Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle.

West Virginia elects nation's youngest state lawmaker

The Republican defeated Democrat Layne Diehl on Tuesday to win a seat in the state House of Delegates.

2 weeks ago

Oklahoma top court blocks laws curbing access to abortions

Each law was enacted this year by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, who was up for re-election Tuesday.

2 weeks ago

 U.S. Senate Canidate Shelly Moore Capito gives the thumbs up to her supporters in Charleston's Embassy Suites after national press declared her the winner.

GOP takes West Virginia seat

Ms. Capito is a moderate Republican, an opponent of the Affordable Care Act and a staunch defender of the coal industry.

2 weeks ago

 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky.,  joined by his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, celebrates with his supporters at an election night party in Louisville, Ky.,Tuesday.

Republicans clinch control of U.S. Senate; retain House majority

Republicans claimed a huge victory in Colorado, where GOP Rep. Cory Gardner ousted first-term Democrat Mark Udall.

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, right, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie raise their arms Sunday at a gathering at a campaign rally in Ivyland, Pa. Mr. Corbett will face Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in Tuesday's election.

Obama, Christie stir up Pennsylvania voters in governor's race

In Philadelphia visits, the president stumped for Tom Wolf at Temple and N.J. Gov. Christie rallied Republican voters for Gov. Tom Corbett.

2 weeks ago

Supreme Court to hear case on presidential foreign power

The case could decide when, if ever, the nation’s chief executive may ignore a law passed by Congress.

2 weeks ago

 Cartoon of Abe Lincoln and Gen. George McClellan prior to 1864 election. Illustration in Harper's Weekly, June 25, 1864.

1864, Lincoln vs. McClellan: How Allegheny County voted

“The decisive blow must be struck today,” The Gazette said. The Post:  “The main issue is no less than the preservation of our country.

2 weeks ago

 Michael Kraus, historian at the Soliders and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland, holds an envelope with instructions for handling a soldier’s proxy vote in the 1864 presidential election. The envelope is part of Mr. Kraus’ private collection.

Voting rites in 1864: messy and unfair, but rough justice

By the standards of day, the election did justify Lincoln’s claim: “the most reliable indication of the public purpose in this country.”

2 weeks ago

West Virginia House races showcase blue state turning red

State voters’ unhappiness with the Obama administration seems to be the cause of West Virginia becoming a state dominated by Republicans.

2 weeks ago

 Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, 2nd left,  who is running for the U.S, Senate seat in West Virginia, talks with D. David Stiles, left, at DiCarlo's Pizza in downtown Wheeling while on a campaign swing on Oct. 14.

Tennant, Capito in slugfest over West Virginia Senate seat

Democrat Natalie Tennant, state secretary of state, and Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito want to succeed Democrat Jay Rockefeller.

2 weeks ago

Both parties targeting statehouse monopolies

Republicans now control 23 states, and Democrats, 13, the most states under single-party rule in six decades.

2 weeks ago

Democrat playing the race card in Senate campaigns in South

The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression.

3 weeks ago

 Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a campaign rally for Tom Wolf today on the South Side.

Clinton stumps for Wolf, rues excessive partisanship

In a South Side appearance, former President Bill Clinton said Democrats must vote Nov. 4 to ensure Tom Wolf becomes governor.

3 weeks ago

 Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC.

In U.S. Senate races, it's all about Obama

In their effort to hold onto the U.S. Senate, Democrats are running against the GOP — and their own unpopular president.

3 weeks ago

The Top 10 tight U.S. Senate races

Here are 10 key races to watch in the battle for party control over the U.S. Senate.

3 weeks ago

GOP to benefit from election law changes

New voter-identification and similar laws passed by Republican-led legislatures seen as helping the party win in the mid-terms.

4 weeks ago


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