United States Senate

Obama thanks Senate for passing debt, budget bill

Obama thanks Senate for passing debt, budget bill

President Barack Obama is thanking Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate for passing a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a default. Obama says if and when the House approves the bill, he’ll sign it immediately. He says the U.S. will start reopening the government right away. Obama says now it’s […]

Immigration bill headed to full Senate

Immigration bill headed to full Senate

A far-reaching bill to remake the nation’s immigration system is headed to the full Senate, where tough battles are brewing on gay marriage, border security and other contentious issues, with the outcome impossible to predict. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure 13-5 Tuesday night, setting up an epic showdown on the Senate floor after […]

More political scandals for Illinois

More political scandals for Illinois

When Illinois’ new General Assembly takes the oath of office Wednesday, the state that’s still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison will set yet another precedent of sorts: Three sitting lawmakers facing criminal charges. Illinois is no stranger to dramatic headlines about the nexus of politics and crime in […]

More women than ever in this year’s House, Senate races

More women than ever in this year’s House, Senate races

Democrats and Republicans have nominated women as candidates in a record 181 U.S. Senate and House races that will be decided in November’s general election, the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University said on Thursday. The number of women nominated for U.S. House seats surged to 163 for the November election, breaking […]

Snowe’s exit creates political chaos in Maine

Snowe’s exit creates political chaos in Maine

Senator Olympia Snowe‘s decision to not seek re-election in November has roiled politics in Maine with both of the state’s U.S. House members and at least two former governors considering runs for her seat. Snowe, a popular pro-choice Republican in her 18th year in the Senate after 16 years in the House, was expected to […]

Bitter Olympia Snowe leaving Senate

Bitter Olympia Snowe leaving Senate

Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, saying she is tired of “wasting precious time” in a bitter divided Congress, announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election in November. “We could have done so much,” Snowe told Capitol Hill Blue. “The Senate could have done some big things.  We should have had an energy policy.  We should have […]

Mad GOP scramble for Senate seats

Mad GOP scramble for Senate seats

Less than two months after voters gave Republicans six more Senate seats and control of the House, the GOP is lining up candidates for 2012, well ahead of the pace of previous election cycles. Looking to ride what they hope will be a continuing Republican wave, nine potential challengers, including two each in Missouri and […]

Joe Miller: Sore loser to the bitter end

Joe Miller: Sore loser to the bitter end

Senate hopeful Joe Miller has dropped his bid to stop write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski from being certified the winner of Alaska’s November 2 election but will challenge the results in federal court. Backed by the conservative Tea Party movement, Miller beat Murkowski in the Republican primary last summer but was edged out in the general […]

Once again, a court will decide an election

Once again, a court will decide an election

Legal wrangling over Alaska’s contested U.S. Senate race reached the state Supreme Court Friday, with justices hearing Republican Joe Miller‘s appeal of a lower court ruling that amounted to a victory for rival Lisa Murkowski. Miller is appealing a state judge’s decision to toss out his challenge to the handling of the election and counting […]

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