Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Senate
U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell addresses reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senate Will Pass Short-Term Highway Funding Fix While Working On Long-Term Bill: McConnell

The U.S. Senate is working to pass a three-month highway funding bill in the coming days as it finishes hammering out a longer-term blueprint for spending on the country’s roads, bridges and transit.

July 28, 2015
Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio Has A New Answer For His Inexperience Problem

In recent days, Rubio has come up with an argument that seemingly attempts to handle questions about both his limited political experience and his personal finance acumen.

July 25, 2015
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4 Bogus Controversies About Bernie Sanders

Yes, Bernie Sanders identifies as a socialist, but that and other “controversies” are really non-issues.

July 10, 2015
Barbara Boxer

Sen. Boxer, Nearing Retirement, ‘Focusing On The Big Ideas’

Even as the clock ticks down on Boxer’s 24-year Senate career — she announced in January she would not run for re-election next year — she’s not fading into the Senate’s ornate woodwork.

July 6, 2015
Charleston, S.C., aftermath

Four More Votes Needed To Remove Confederate Flag From SC Capitol

Four more members of the South Carolina House of Representatives must commit to vote in favor of removing the Confederate flag in order for the legislature to mandate its removal.

June 26, 2015
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida speaking with supporters at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Leadership Series luncheon in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Yielding Time In The Senate On The Presidential Trail

Time spent on Capitol Hill inevitably declines for those running for president, and Marco Rubio has missed the second-most votes of any senator.

June 25, 2015
Rand Paul

Senate Waste Watchers Soldier On

A dog-bite prevention website. Vermont puppet shows. Researching the bomb-sniffing capabilities of elephants. Those are just some government spending projects labeled “wasteful.”

June 19, 2015
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Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk Says Single Sen. Lindsey Graham A ‘Bro With No Ho’

A hot microphone caught one endangered Republican senator making a too-hot comment about his fellow colleague and GOP presidential candidate.

June 11, 2015
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Senator Johnny Isakson Announces Parkinson’s Diagnosis

“I am busier and have more responsibility today than ever before in my political career, and I couldn’t be happier about that,” Isakson said.

June 10, 2015
Rand Paul

Congress Curbs NSA Access To Phone Records While Resurrecting Spying Powers

For the first time since 9/11, Congress is enacting legislation that would actually limit intelligence authorities rather than dramatically expanding them.

June 2, 2015
Mitch McConnell

Congress Curbs NSA Surveillance, Sends Bill To Obama

US Congress curbs NSA surveillance, sends bill to Obama

June 2, 2015
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Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Authority For Obama, But House Fight Looms

The authority would allow the president to submit a negotiated pact knowing that Congress must vote it up or down with no amendments.

May 23, 2015
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Endorse This: Elton John Goes To Washington

The pop music legend discussed all the progress that governments and citizens alike have made — and also, he added with some colorful language, how much the work has helped him grow as a human being.

May 6, 2015
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Candidates Look To Make Family Legacies In Congress

Brand-name politicians aren’t only running for the presidency, they’re running for a seat on Capitol Hill too. 18 current members had a parent who served in Congress before them.

April 22, 2015
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Reid: ‘I Will Force A Vote’ On Loretta Lynch

Reid: “I had a conversation today with a number of Republicans and told them really to get her done, or I will make sure they will have an opportunity to vote against her.”

April 16, 2015
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Endorse This: Senator’s Musical Phone Call

This usually stone-faced U.S. Senator really “let it go” — if only for a moment.

April 16, 2015
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Justice Department In Partial Limbo As Loretta Lynch Awaits Confirmation

As Loretta Lynch waits for the Senate to vote on her nomination, the attorney general’s office is stuck in a political limbo as well.

April 13, 2015
John MCCain

Moving Parts Complicate Democratic Challenge To McCain

There are a few candidates Democrats believe would be strong contenders, but convincing them to run in Arizona may be difficult unless the dominoes fall a certain way.

April 9, 2015
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Senator Robert Menendez Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption And Bribery Charges

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez had a cozy relationship with his ophthalmologist, but did not have the vision to see that what he was abusing the powers of his office.

April 2, 2015
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Kirk Nod Gives Lynch Enough Backing To Become Attorney General

With the backing of five Senate Republicans, Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as the first African American female attorney general looks assured.

April 2, 2015
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Senate GOP Presidential Hopefuls Take On D.C.

GOP presidential hopefuls, looking to bolster their credentials, involve themselves in local DC matters.

April 2, 2015
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U.S. Indicts Sen. Menendez On Bribery, Other Charges

“Prosecutors at the Department of Justice don’t know the difference between friendship and corruption,” Senator Menendez said.

April 2, 2015
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Bill Clinton Endorses Strickland In Ohio

Bill Clinton, knowing the importance of the swing state, makes an early endorsement, backing Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s bid for Senate.

March 31, 2015
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Endorse This: Harry Reid Gets The Last Laugh

Harry Reid gloats about his final term in office — and why he ran for it in the first place.

March 31, 2015
Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate Harry Reid speaks during the dedication of the Dr. Norman Borlaug statue in the National Statuary Hall at the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

Harry Reid vs. The Smooth Deal

Democrats will miss Harry Reid more than they think.

March 30, 2015
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