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Senate OKs Budget, But GOP Rift Over Pentagon Emerges

The all-night session, dubbed “vote-a-rama,” always puts senators in a bind on a number of votes, and Thursday’s session was no different.

March 27, 2015
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Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid To Retire In 2016

During his time as Majority Leader, Reid presided over some of the most important legislation in decades.

March 27, 2015
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Tom Cotton Slams Obama For Undermining Foreign Negotiations, Kills Irony

Tom Cotton is upset that anyone but him would interfere with a foreign negotiation.

March 20, 2015
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) (World Economic Forum/Flickr)

Senate Committee Sets Vote On Iran Deal Approval For April

The Senate will wait a month before voting on the White House’s Iran deal.

March 20, 2015
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Iranian Leaders ‘Clearly’ Got Senate Letter Message, Cotton Says

Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran was a great success, according to Tom Cotton.

March 17, 2015
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in the Capitol Rotunda on the way to the State of the Union Address, Jan. 20, 2015. (James Cullum/Talk Radio News Service via Flickr)

Lynch’s Confirmation Vote Gets Tangled Up With Trafficking Bill’s Abortion Provision

The Senate is bracing for another showdown over abortion.

March 17, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers via Flickr

GOP Letter Complicates Nuclear Talks With Tehran

Iranian negotiators repeatedly demanded an explanation for Senate Republicans’ letter.

March 16, 2015
Barbara Mikulski

Mikulski Leaves The Senate A Changed Place For Women

Women have made huge strides on Capitol Hill since Barbara Mikulski took office in 1987.

March 16, 2015
The U.S. Capitol under construction in October, 2014 (Mike Maguire via Flickr)

Senators’ Letter To Iran Leader Sets Dangerous Precedent

Congressional Republicans reached yet another new low this week.

March 14, 2015
U.S. Senator John McCain speaking at the Arizona Republican Party 2014 election victory party at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Republicans Feeling Heat Over Iran Letter Express Some Regrets

Senate Republicans are beginning to realize what a big mistake they made.

March 13, 2015
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez addresses the AFL-CIO Convention, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles. (US Department of Labor/Flickr)

Secretary Of Labor Perez Rules Out Maryland Senate Run

Thomas Perez won’t be replacing Barbara Mikulski in the Senate.

March 13, 2015
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in the Capitol Rotunda on the way to the State of the Union Address, Jan. 20, 2015. (James Cullum/Talk Radio News Service via Flickr)

Popular Anti-Trafficking Bill Stalled Amid Abortion Debate

The Senate can’t even pass a bill to fight human trafficking without a partisan meltdown.

March 11, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: From Senate Diplomacy To Fraternity Racism

Jon Stewart: The GOP wasn’t warning Iran about working with Obama — they were warning about working with themselves.

March 11, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) stands next to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) during a round of nuclear negotiations on March 2, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland (AFP/Evan Vucci)

Obama Lambasts U.S. Senators Over Iran Nuclear Letter

The White House is livid over Senate Republicans’ letter to Tehran.

March 10, 2015
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Republicans Not Rushing To Criticize Menendez

Republicans are less interested in attacking Bob Menendez than they are in attacking President Obama.

March 10, 2015
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Politics Leap Over Water’s Edge With Senate GOP Letter To Iran

Republicans are shredding precedent in their quest to undermine President Obama.

March 9, 2015
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, asks questions of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as they testify on U.S. policy towards Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., September 16, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett (Released)

Ahead Of Highway Bill Deadline, One Republican’s Evolution On The Road To Transport Devolution

Right-wing Senator Jim Inhofe has become an unlikely ally for Democrats in the transportation debate.

March 9, 2015
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Reports: Senator Bob Menendez To Face Federal Corruption Charges

The Justice Department will reportedly bring charges against Bob Menendez within weeks.

March 6, 2015
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Senate Fails To Override Obama’s Veto Of Keystone XL Pipeline

The Senate’s dream of forcing President Obama to sign off on Keystone XL is dead.

March 4, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: Larry Wilmore Meets The Mayor

Larry Wilmore welcomed a special guest for a full episode interview: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

March 3, 2015
US Senate leaders struck a deal to avert an ugly shutdown and fund homeland security operations through September, but it remained unclear whether lawmakers will agree to the plan before Friday's deadline

Senate OKs Homeland Security Funds, But House Pushes Standoff To Brink

Republicans’ homeland security standoff is coming down to the wire.

February 27, 2015
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Senator Inhofe Disproves Climate Change — With A Snowball

Reminder: After the big Republican wins of 2014, Inhofe is now the Chair of the Senate Environment Committee.

February 26, 2015
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McConnell’s Move To Avert Shutdown Cheers Vulnerable Senators Up In 2016

Dodging a damaging shutdown would be a big win for GOP Senators on the ballot in 2016.

February 26, 2015
Mitch McConnell

Senate Leaders Reach Deal To Avoid Homeland Security Shutdown

The Senate is moving forward on DHS funding — but John Boehner and the House still need to act.

February 25, 2015
Ted Strickland

Ted Strickland Announces Senate Run In Ohio

Democrats have a top-tier challenger to Senator Rob Portman.

February 25, 2015