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 Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School, at the Allegheny HYP Club.

Yale scholar offers insights on Obama and constitutional change

Akhil Reed Amar spoke in Pittsburgh on his new book, “The Law of the Land,” which shows how regionalism helped shape the Constitution.

1 day ago

State Dept. releases Clinton emails on Libya and Benghazi attacks

Nearly 900 pages of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private account provide little apparent fuel for a Republican probe of her actions.

2 days ago

 Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says a new clean water rule is intended “to protect critical streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction.”

Obama set to strengthen federal role in clean water regulation

Environmentalists have praised the new rule, but it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests.

2 days ago

Obama wins Senate dispute over trade bill currency language

Majority Republicans, in a rare alliance with the president, overcame opposition from the chamber’s most powerful Democrats.

2 days ago

 President Barack Obama speaks Friday at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.

Obama says Israel should live up to its founding ideals

He argued that his approach to the problems in the Middle East flows from an interpretation of Jewish values.

2 days ago

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks down main street in Independence, Iowa, on Tuesday.

Clinton urges State Department to speed release of emails

Her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to dog her presidential campaign.

5 days ago

Candidates call Iraq war a mistake

Many people have been saying that for years, of course. But politicians hoping to be president rarely run ahead of public opinion.

1 week ago

 Political campaigns down to the state House level are targeting voters via social media based on information collected by social media companies and Big Data firms.

Political campaigns rely on social media data to target voters

Political campaigns now buy your data, and send their messages directly to you via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube because it is efficient.

1 week ago

House passes Pentagon measure after fights over funding and immigration

The 269-to-151 vote was an unusually low level of support — the bill received 325 votes in 2014.

1 week ago

Toomey signs off on nominee for federal appeals court

Democrats have been pressuring Mr. Toomey to sign off on the the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals nomination, but he refused.

1 week ago

 Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell stands underneath the rusting Liberty Bridge to blast Congress for cuts to federal highway and transportation funding. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, left, and Greg Scott, right, representing the American Society of Civil Engineers, look on.

Rendell as lobbyist urges U.S. Congress to pass long-term transportation bill

“We need federal funding to go with state funding,” former Gov. Ed Rendell said.

1 week ago

Senate Democrats block debate on trade bill

Only one Democrat, Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, backed the measure, despite a White House campaign blitz.

1 week ago

Obama disputes Warren’s claims on trade

The president said the Democratic senator is a factually wrong and politically motivated “politician.”

2 weeks ago

Michelle Obama opens up on race in graduation speech

Mrs. Obama referenced her satirical portrayal on a July 2008 cover of The New Yorker magazine as a terrorist.

2 weeks ago

Democratic path to a House majority could run through the courtrooms

Democratic attorneys are arguing that district maps drawn in a handful of states violate the Voting Rights Act.

2 weeks ago

 Harry J. Gilmore

Obituary: Harry J. Gilmore / 1st ambassador to Armenia after Soviet Union’s collapse

Mr. Gilmore, who became a model for U.S. government personnel overseas, graduated from Clairton High School in 1955.

2 weeks ago

 Senator Pat Toomey

Confirmation vote on Pennsylvania jurist awaits 'blue slip' from Toomey

Sen. Toomey backs Judge L. Felipe Restrepo for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, but hasn’t acted to move a confirmation vote forward.

2 weeks ago

 The lives of six police officers in Baltimore will never be the same, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Tuesday in a speech sympathetic to law enforcement.

Toomey sides with police in speech

Senator says a lot of social ills are being blamed on police instead of on broken family structures, criminal behavior and poverty.

2 weeks ago

 President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominates Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., center, as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, right, to be vice chairman during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House.

Obama nominates Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman

The president signaled that the battles against al-Qaida and Islamic State militants remain top priorities for the nation’s military.

2 weeks ago

 Former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. last month.

Huckabee declares 2016 GOP presidential candidacy, running as conservative populist

To an unusual degree, strategists for Huckabee are counting on his likability to break through the pack of competitors.

2 weeks ago

Diversity of GOP field widens as more launch campaigns

Former Hewlett-Packard exec Carly Fionina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joined the growing ranks of 2016 GOP presidential contenders.

2 weeks ago

 Ben Carson announces his candidacy for president during an official announcement in Detroit today.

GOP field grows: Fiorina, Carson launch White House bids

Ms. Fiorina is likely to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, with Dr. Carson the only likely African-American.

2 weeks ago

 Ben Carson

Retired surgeon Ben Carson announces bid for presidency

He has become a conservative favorite on the strength of his motivational life story and strong opposition to President Barack Obama.

3 weeks ago

Election agency unable to curb finance abuse in ’16, chief says

The Federal Election Commission is unlikely to be able to effectively enforce campaign finance laws, its chairperson says.

3 weeks ago

 U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., speaks on his agenda for America Thursday during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Independent Sanders launches campaign for Democratic nomination

Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist, has formally launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president.

3 weeks ago

Lethal injection case exposes U.S. top court’s death penalty divide

The nine-member court's five conservatives seemed likely to side with Oklahoma in the case brought by three death row inmates.

3 weeks ago

Iran official warns Congress about nuclear deal

The foreign minister said the U.S. will isolate itself if lawmakers act to nullify a nuclear deal the White House is working to finalize.

3 weeks ago

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan’s Abe avoids specifics in speech on trade accord

The prime minister faced a Congress divided by President Barack Obama’s drive to obtain fast-track negotiating authority.

3 weeks ago

 Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., right, is one of the Congreesmen behind the Student Data Privacy and Parental Rights Act.

Congress receives bill to protect student privacy

Vendors can accumulate students' names, home addresses, email addresses, photographs, video or audio clips, locations and other data.

3 weeks ago

 President Barack Obama hosts a state arrival ceremony Tuesday for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the South Lawn of the White House.

Obama defends U.S.-Japan alliance as no threat to China

President Barack Obama’s remarks came a day after the United States and Japan announced a revised defense agreement.

3 weeks ago

 Vice President Joe Biden swears in Loretta Lynch as attorney general Monday while husband Stephen Hargrove, second from right, and father Lorenzo Lynch look on at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. She replaces Eric Holder.

Lynch sworn in as attorney general, and a full agenda awaits

She made history Monday as she became the nation’s first female African-American attorney general.

3 weeks ago

Gay marriage gets Supreme Court airing today

After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, today is a potential watershed moment.

3 weeks ago

McCain renews push to end CIA control of drone strikes

His statements came after an attack on an al-Qaida compound in Pakistan killed two hostages.

4 weeks ago

Clinton Foundation admits missteps in donor disclosure

Acting chief executive Maura Pally defended the foundation’s work and reaffirmed its commitment to transparency.

4 weeks ago

 President Barack Obama speaks Saturday while, behind him, comedian Keegan-Michael Key plays “Luther, Obama's anger translator” at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Obama takes jabs at Republicans at White House correspondents dinner

Entertainer Cecily Strong also took some pointed jabs at the commander in chief.

4 weeks ago

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton at a campaign stop in Iowa earlier this month.

How will a woman running for president in 2016 be portrayed?

To keep an eye on political discourse, the Center for American Women and Politics has launched the Presidential Gender Watch 2016 project.

4 weeks ago

U.S. silence on drone strikes comes under pressure after hostage deaths

The revelation has revived questions about why the White House has been unwilling to provide similar information on other strikes.

1 month ago

House threatens to slash defense funding over Bergdahl investigation

The GOP leadership of the House Armed Services Committee has tucked the provision into an early version of an annual defense spending bill.

1 month ago


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