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Senate sides with abusers on military sexual assault

Senate sides with abusers on military sexual assault

Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted…

Obama’s civil rights pick blocked in Senate

Obama’s civil rights pick blocked in Senate

Should a lawyer be disqualified from public service for representing a client like a cop killer? The question arises after the Senate rejected President Barack Obama’s candidate to be the…

Lots of effort to get rid of Mitch McConnell

Lots of effort to get rid of Mitch McConnell

Democrats dream of driving U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell into retirement this year, ridding President Barack Obama of one of his fiercest opponents. Tea partyers have the same dream, but they…

Senate lowered secrecy curtain over debt limit vote

Senate lowered secrecy curtain over debt limit vote

Financial markets were watching, the retirement accounts of millions of Americans on the line. Nervous senators were watching too, well aware that political fortunes could be on the line. So…

Senate plans quick vote on debt limit hike

Senate plans quick vote on debt limit hike

The Senate could approve a one-year extension of the U.S. debt limit by mid-afternoon on Wednesday after Republicans and Democrats agreed to shorten debate time ahead of an approaching snowstorm,…

Farm bill clears Senate, heads for Obama’s signature

Farm bill clears Senate, heads for Obama’s signature

The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn…

Senate ready to pass new, five-year farm bill

Senate ready to pass new, five-year farm bill

Congress is poised to send a massive, five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for the nation’s farmers to the White House for President Barack Obama’s…

Senate passes delay in flood insurance premium hikes

Senate passes delay in flood insurance premium hikes

The Senate has passed a bill to delay premium hikes for years on hundreds of thousands of homeowners who buy flood insurance from the federal government. The 67-32 vote reflects…

Spending bill passes Senate, goes to Obama

Spending bill passes Senate, goes to Obama

Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year’s automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October’s partial…

Senate expected to send $1.1 trillion budget to Obama

Senate expected to send $1.1 trillion budget to Obama

Drained of much of its vitriol over the budget, Congress is poised to adopt a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes…