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U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd R) meets with the bipartisan leaders of the Senate to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, at the White House in Washington March 1, 2016. From L-R: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Vice President Joe Biden, Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Obama: Senate Inaction On Supreme Court Pick Will Erode Public Faith In Courts

“In some ways the judicial process is a casualty of some broader trends in our democracy.”

April 8, 2016
Photo: Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) at the Hyde Park Independence Day Parade, July 4, 2015, via Facebook.

Senate GOP Campaign Deletes Tweet Accusing Disabled Democrat Of ‘Not Standing Up’ For Veterans

The campaign arm for Senate Republicans looks like it needs to watch its language when discussing a top Democratic candidate.

March 8, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd R) meets with the bipartisan leaders of the Senate to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, at the White House in Washington March 1, 2016. From L-R: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Vice President Joe Biden, Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

No Breakthrough In Supreme Court Dispute Between Obama, Republicans

Republican leaders rebuffed President Obama during a face-to-face meeting that failed to budge them from their vow to block any nominee he offers.

March 1, 2016
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Democratic Senate Candidate Ties Trump Around John McCain

We now officially have an ad from a Democratic Senate candidate, who is latching onto the rise of Donald Trump in order to slam Republicans in a crucial down-ballot race.

February 29, 2016
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) speaks during a news conference following party policy lunch meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

No. 2 Senate Republican Voices Unease Over Trump Candidacy: CNN

Cornyn: “We can’t have a nominee be an albatross around the down-ballot races.”

February 29, 2016
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Late Night Roundup: Drone Strikes — ‘Precise’ And ‘Imperfect’

Trevor Noah and former CIA Director Michael Hayden discussed the complex moral issues of fighting against terrorism through the use of drone strikes.

February 26, 2016
File photo of President Barack Obama carrying a binder as he walks towards the residence of the White House in Washington

Obama’s Lonesome Ride To The Supreme Court

“Shoot. Me. Now.” Senator Barack Obama scribbled that note to an aide in a committee hearing.

February 26, 2016
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval gives a welcoming address at the Skybridge Alternatives Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Republican Sandoval Withdraws As Possible Supreme Court Pick

Sandoval’s name surfaced as a possible nominee on Wednesday, but Senate Republicans quickly said they still would not hold hearings or vote on any Obama nominee.

February 25, 2016
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV), official photograph.

Obama Weighs Republican Nevada Governor For Supreme Court

Brian Sandoval, a 52-year-old Mexican-American, is considered a moderate Republican, particularly on social issues.

February 24, 2016
U.S. President Obama delivers statement on plans to close the Guantanamo military prison at the White House in Washington

Obama To Proceed With Court Nominee Despite Republican Defiance

“I hope they’ll move quickly to debate and then confirm this nominee so that the court can continue to serve the American people at full strength.”

February 24, 2016
File photo of U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walking past a portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S Supreme Court's Great Hall in Washington

Senate Republicans Move To Block Obama High Court Pick

Senate GOP declares they will not hold Supreme Court confirmation hearings, nor even meet with a nominee from President Obama.

February 23, 2016
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk of Illinois speaks to supporters after beating Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias, at an election night rally in Wheeling

Republican Kirk Breaks With U.S. Senate Leaders On High Court Seat

Kirk, who holds President Obama’s old Senate seat, is facing a tough re-election fight in Illinois.

February 22, 2016
Senator McCaskill (D-MO) of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee questions a witness in Washington

Senator McCaskill To Be Absent For Three Weeks For Cancer Treatment

“It’s a little scary, but my prognosis is good and I expect a full recovery.”

February 22, 2016
President Obama meets with his national security team in Washington

Biden Says Obama Won’t Be Able To Pick The ‘Most Liberal Jurist’

Biden: “There are plenty of judges who are on high courts already who have had unanimous support of the Republicans.”

February 18, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the close of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage

White House Rebuts Supreme Court Hypocrisy Charge Against Obama

Spokesman: Obama’s vote to block Alito “symbolic,” contrasted to “Republicans’ reflexive opposition” to Obama nominating new justice to replace Scalia.

February 17, 2016
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) walks on stage at an event for Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) at the Ramada Hotel in Urbandale, IA

Key Senator Undecided On Hearing For Obama High Court Pick

Grassley: “I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decisions.”

February 16, 2016
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Late Night Roundup: Colbert Salutes Scalia — Really

Stephen Colbert paid a personal tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as a guy with a fun sense of humor.

February 16, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia during a statement delivered in Rancho Mirage

Obama Starts Work To Pick Supreme Court Justice Amid Political ‘Bluster’

White House: “This is not the first time that Republicans have come out with a lot of bluster, only to have reality ultimately sink in.”

February 15, 2016
Handout photo of U.S. Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan

Judge Who Could Replace Scalia Worked On Controversial Cases For Business

In private practice, prior to his appointment to the appeals court, Srinivasan successfully represented former Enron Corp CEO Jeff Skilling in a Supreme Court case.

February 14, 2016
U.S. Senator John McCain attends a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference in Munich

Senator McCain Says Could Subpoena U.S. Sailors Held By Iran

“I guarantee you, if they don’t have a debrief by the first of March like they said, we’ll have a hearing and we’ll subpoena.”

February 14, 2016
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), official photo

GOP Senator: Media Is ‘Lying’ — I Wouldn’t Vote Sanders Over Cruz

Denying an allegation of party treason by blaming “the liberal media” — a nice touch.

January 21, 2016
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Every Dollar Isn’t Equal In 2016 Digital Advertising

Just before Christmas, the Senate Majority PAC — a group formed to help Senate Democrats win seats in the Senate — announced a nearly $1.5 million digital advertising campaign.

January 8, 2016
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Late Night Roundup: Jon Stewart Shames Congress — On Behalf Of America’s Heroes

Jon Stewart made a grand return to “The Daily Show,” and he did it for a special cause.

December 8, 2015
Senate Majority Leader McConnell talks to reporters after the Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon at the Capitol in Washington

When Will Corporate America Confront Republican Climate Denial?

What would forward-looking American corporations do if they really, truly, seriously wanted to stop climate change? They would do what they do whenever they want to influence any important policy change, of course.

December 4, 2015
Russell Senate Office Building - Washington DC

Landscape Shifts: Democrats Could Take Control Of Senate

The Senate is up for grabs, and the landscape a year out suggests the Democrats could win control away from the Republicans.

October 31, 2015
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