Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Senate
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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
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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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Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘The Good Fight’

Harry Reid’s 2009 memoir, ‘The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington,’ chronicles his journey from poverty to the Senate floor.

March 29, 2015
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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
Tom Cotton

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
Tom Cotton

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