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Harry Reid

The Three Senate Ds: Leaving Vigor And Voices Behind

Three great Democratic players are taking their last bows. Their vigorous voices will be missed in the fight against President Trump. There’s nobody quite like this trifecta, all proudly from humble origins.

December 3, 2016
Democrats struggling to stem the tide

Democrats Search For Answers To Stem A Spreading Republican Tide

During Obama’s tenure, Democrats lost over 800 state legislative seats, at least 13 governorships, and both houses of Congress.

November 22, 2016
Republican Rand Paul

Willing To Oppose Trump, Some Senate Republicans Gain Leverage

A small number of influential Republicans in the Senate are threatening to block Trump’s appointments, derail his thaw with Russia and prevent the planned border wall

November 22, 2016
Lindesy Graham

Lindsey Graham Calls For Senate Investigation Into Alleged Russian Hacks

Senior Democratic and Republican U.S. lawmakers want Washington to respond to Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election, despite Trump’s calls to improve relations.

November 16, 2016
How Clinton lost the 2016 election

Why Hillary Clinton Lost Her Chance To Break American History

There are two Americas. Women leaned toward Clinton. Black women were her strongest supporters. But men elected Trump — meaning mostly white men, with some help from Latinos. Sex, power and privilege. That’s the deep story of this election.

November 11, 2016
Democratic ash heap

Democratic Aspirations Are Headed For The Ash Heap

The Democratic Party is bleeding out and near death, too. It may not be terminal, but it is certainly comatose. It may recover, but even if it does, its health will be fragile for years to come.

November 11, 2016
President Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump

Why We Will Survive President Trump

I am not freaking out about President Trump. Actually, that’s not true. I am absolutely freaking out about President Trump. But in my calmer moments, I tell myself it’s going to be OK. This is why.

November 10, 2016
Trump

Trump Promises To Call Congress Into A Special Session On Obamacare

The Constitution gives the president the authority “on extraordinary occasions, to convene both houses (of Congress) or either of them.” Since the amendment was adopted in 1933, presidents have only exercised their power to convene Congress four times.

November 2, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Florida Senator Marco Rubio addresses the crowd while campaigning in Toa Baja

Rubio Keeps Eyes On The Prize In 2020

When pressed, Rubio says he intends to serve the full term as a senator. Who believes that? There’s only one job he cares about, and he’s going to try again in 2020.

October 31, 2016
Democrats may have trouble winning the Senate and House in future elections.

The Democrats’ Bad Map

Republican-led gerrymandering, which has put Democrats at a disadvantage in the House and in many state legislatures. But this overlooks an even bigger problem for their party. More than ever, Democrats are sorting themselves into geographic clusters where many of their votes have been rendered all but superfluous, especially in elections for the Senate and the House.

October 24, 2016
Curt Schilling

Former Red Sox Pitcher Considering Senate Bid Against Elizabeth Warren

“I’ve made my decision. I’m going to run,” Schilling said during an interview on WPRO-AM radio in Providence, Rhode Island.

October 18, 2016
SCOTUS vacancy

RBG Hopes ‘Cooler Heads’ Prevail On SCOTUS Vacancy

Ginsburg, 83, a liberal appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1993, acknowledged that the Senate, which has the responsibility to confirm or reject judicial nominations, did not have to confirm the nominee. But she said it did have an obligation to at least consider Garland instead of taking no action at all.

September 8, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets audience members during a campaign stop at the 49th Annual Salute to Labor in Hampton, Illinois, U.S. September 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Democrats’ Hopes For Senate Majority Hang By A Slim Thread

The Democrats’ ability to appoint and confirm the next U.S. Supreme Court majority, which will shape the court’s values for years, is hanging by a thread and will be determined by U.S. Senate races in a half-dozen presidential swing states.

September 5, 2016
Rob Portman

Rob Portman Ignores Shadow Of Trump In Re-Election Bid

Rob Portman is largely ignoring Donald Trump, which is hard to do in U.S. politics today, but the strategy seems to be working for the Republican senator in his re-election bid in Ohio.

August 23, 2016
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to the media after a weekly Senate Republican luncheon

Republicans Will Likely Lose Senate Control: Poll Aggregation

According to a new aggregation of polls by The Huffington Post this week, the GOP will have a difficult time keeping its control of the Senate in the upcoming election cycle. HuffPost’s Senate model shows a 55 percent chance that Senate control will flip to Democrats.

August 22, 2016
Senate Majority Leader McConnell arrives to speak to The Faith and Freedom Coalition’s "Road To Majority" conference in Washington

Despite Trump, U.S. Senate Could Stay in GOP Hands, New Swing State Polls Suggest

The Democratic Party’s hopes for retaking a U.S. Senate majority in the November election face an unexpected setback, several new polls of presidential battleground states and 2016’s tightest Senate races suggest.

August 12, 2016
Tim Scott

A Black Republican Tackles The Police ‘Trust Gap’

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina was still learning the ways of Washington, he says, when he saw a police officer following his car near Capitol Hill. “I took a left…,” he recalled in a speech Wednesday on the Senate floor, “and as soon as I took a left, a police officer pulled in right behind me.”

July 16, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio parts the curtains to view the crowd before being introduced during a campaign event in Reno

Rubio Is Running For Reelection After All… Against Donald Trump?

Marco Rubio spent months after dropping out of the presidential election failing to rebuke Donald Trump in any forceful way, but now plans to make Trump a central part of his campaign platform.

June 22, 2016
AFP Photo/ Mandel Ngan

Senate Likely To Pass FBI Spying Bill After Orlando Shooting

Under the Senate bill, the FBI could demand electronic communications transaction records such as time stamps of emails and the emails’ senders and recipients, in addition to some information about websites a person visits.

June 22, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference as Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) listens on Capitol Hill in Washington March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Senate Rejects Gun-Control Measures After Orlando Shooting

The effort to keep firearms away from people on terrorism watch lists faced an uphill battle, with critics in both parties skeptical about its chances. “What am I going to tell the community of Orlando?” asked Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida after the votes. “Sadly, what I’m going to tell them is the NRA won again.”

June 20, 2016
Former U.S. President George W. Bush (L) joins his brother Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush (R) on the campaign trail for the first time in the 2016 campaign at a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Call In The Big Gun: George W. Bush Criss-Crosses The Country For GOP Senators

The 43rd president recently headlined fundraisers for Senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and will soon repeat the act for Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

June 20, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Senator Marco Rubio laughs while speaking during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina on September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Rubio Running For Senate Re-Election: Florida Lawmaker

“Marco is saying he’s getting in,” said Jolly, a fellow Republican who has been running to fill the seat.

June 17, 2016
Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to the media outside of his Senate office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Nihilist Ted, Back To The Back Bench

Failed campaign behind him, Ted Cruz will now recast himself as a party leader whose legislative agenda was endorsed by donors who backed him and citizens who cast their votes for him in primaries and caucuses. After reading 55 bills and 115 resolutions filed by Cruz, here’s the takeaway. Cruz is a destroyer.

June 11, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland walks after a breakfast with Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Capitol Hill Washington, April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Even After Trump’s Curiel Remarks, Merrick Garland Probably Won’t Receive A Senate Vote

Lindsey Graham called Trump’s attacks on Judge Curiel “the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy.” Still, he would rather Trump, who he has said he won’t vote for, choose the next Supreme Court justice over even considering the moderate Garland, who he has called “a very capable, honest judge.”

June 9, 2016
Mark Kirk Illinois Senator Republican

The First Of Many: Sen. Mark Kirk ‘Un-Endorses’ Donald Trump

“I have spent my life building bridges and tearing down barriers–not building walls. That’s why I find Donald Trump’s belief that an American-born judge of Mexican descent is incapable of fairly presiding over his case is not only dead wrong, it is un-American.”

June 7, 2016