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The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ended the filibuster for district and appeals court nominees and executive branch appointments, it’s only a matter of time before the filibuster…

Political fallout from change in Senate filibusters rules

Political fallout from change in Senate filibusters rules

By limiting the ability of Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s nominees, Senate Democrats sought to placate the party’s core liberal activists dispirited by the troubled rollout of the health…

Democrats kill off filibusters in Senate

Democrats kill off filibusters in Senate

Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate’s hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made…

Senate passes historic ban against gay discrimination

Senate passes historic ban against gay discrimination

The Democratic-led Senate, reflecting a major shift in the past decade in public support for gay rights, passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday to outlaw discrimination against gay workers, but…

Senate slated for historic bipartisan vote on gay rights bill

Senate slated for historic bipartisan vote on gay rights bill

The Senate is headed for a historic vote on legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, demonstrating the nation’s quickly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two…

Gay rights bill headed for approval in Senate

Gay rights bill headed for approval in Senate

The Senate pushed a major anti-bias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle Monday, a clear sign of Americans’ greater acceptance of homosexuality nearly two decades after the law…

No agreement on farm bill could hike milk prices

No agreement on farm bill could hike milk prices

  The fight over renewing the nation’s farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is…

Cruz: Republicans in Senate turned on their colleagues

Cruz: Republicans in Senate turned on their colleagues

Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that Republicans lost the government shutdown budget battle because some members of his own party in Congress turned on their colleagues, but that he doesn’t…

Senate approves debt, budget deal 81-18; sends bill to House

Senate approves debt, budget deal 81-18; sends bill to House

Up against a deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown in the culmination of an epic…

Senators announce last minute deal to avoid default, open government

Senators announce last minute deal to avoid default, open government

Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day’s end.…