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Friday, January 20, 2017
Senate
Rick Perry, Energy Department, Oops

Oops! Rick Perry Regrets Calling For Energy Department’s Elimination

“After being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination,” the former Texas governor said in his opening remarks during his confirmation hearing. Perry’s proposal to get rid of the Energy Department caused what has become known as his “oops” moment during a 2011 Republican presidential candidate debate.

January 19, 2017
DeVos

DeVos Confirmation Hearing: Guns, Charters, And ‘Potential Grizzlies’

While Republicans for the most part used their allotted five-minute questioning periods to praise DeVos or ask questions that didn’t challenge the nominee, Democrats tried to portray her as both inexperienced and inflexibly ideological. In one devastating exchange, Murphy forced DeVos to admit that she would, in theory, support guns in schools.

January 18, 2017
CIA, Russia

Trump’s CIA Nominee Includes Russia In List Of ‘Global Challenges’

Diverging from Trump’s stated aim of seeking closer ties with Russia, Pompeo said that Russia is “asserting itself aggressively” by invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and “doing nearly nothing” to destroy Islamic State.

January 12, 2017
Rex Tillerson

Tillerson Ducks Queries On Exxon’s Climate Record, Lobbying In Senate Hearing

During the hearings, Tillerson repeatedly said that he and Exxon did not lobby Congress about sanctions against Russia implemented in 2014. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Bob Menendez then confronted Tillerson with lobbying documents that showed Exxon opposed the sanctions and paid Washington-based lobbyists to oppose the legislation.

January 12, 2017
Cory Booker, Sessions

Cory Booker Chooses His Moment

Booker was free to speak out against Sessions in any other forum, including on the Senate floor when the nomination comes for a vote. But he made the unprecedented choice to do so during the Sessions nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

January 12, 2017
Deranged Trump, Right-Wing

5 Deranged Right-Wing Moments This Week From Trump On Down

If Trump wasn’t so scary, he’d be ridiculous, but he is ridiculous as well as being really really scary. Those are the two realities we all need to hold simultaneously in our heads. And it hurts.

January 8, 2017
Clapper, Russia, Hacking, Trump

U.S. Spy Chief ‘Resolute’ On Russia Cyber Attack

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he had a very high level of confidence that Russia hacked Democratic Party institutions and operatives, as well as disseminating propaganda and fake news aimed at the Nov. 8 election.

January 5, 2017
Kris Kobach, Immigration

How Trump Could Get His Immigration Czar Around The Senate

Donald Trump could hire Kris Kobach for a newly created position — immigration czar — that would not need Senate confirmation. The proposal would put one person in charge of an issue that impacts a dozen departments and agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, State, Justice, Labor, Housing and Health and Human Services.

January 4, 2017
Democratic Leadership, Chuck Schumer, Trump

Democratic Leader Fires First Salvo At Trump

The most powerful Democrat in Washington issued a stern warning to President-elect Donald Trump as Congress returned to work on Tuesday. Senator Chuck Schumer’s combative remarks on the Senate floor, his inaugural speech as minority leader, signal there will be little in the way of bipartisan cooperation under President Trump.

January 4, 2017
Congress, Trump, Obamacare

New U.S. Congress Prepares To Undo Obamacare, Weigh Trump Picks

Despite his promise to unite a deeply divided country, Trump will be sworn in on Jan. 20 leading a Republican Party that early on will push legislation through Congress without significant – or any – Democratic support.

January 2, 2017
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, Immigration, DACA

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

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

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