Winner 2013 Webby Awards for Best Political Website
Top Banner, Site wide
Apr 19, 2014

 Choose a size
Text Size

Top Leaderboard, Site wide

Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery




The Divide


Truthdig Bazaar
Gringos in Paradise

Gringos in Paradise

By Barry Golson
$17.16

Heinrich Himmler: A Life

Heinrich Himmler: A Life

By Peter Longerich

more items

 
Tags

Tag: Senate

Russ Feingold
bradblog.com

Feingold Hits Dems for ‘Playing it Safe’

During a 30-minute conference call, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., told bloggers he was disappointed that his party was “playing it safe” by refusing to end the Iraq war: “The problem is a whole lot of middle-of-the-road Democrats who refuse to pull the trigger, who refuse to do what needs to be done.”

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


GOP Blocks Anti-Escalation Resolution

Senate Republicans managed to block debate Monday on the anti-surge resolution offered by John Warner, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.  Joe Lieberman, who is fast becoming the president’s most loyal lapdog, argued that debate would hurt troop morale. Chuck Hagel retorted that he would have welcomed debate while serving in Vietnam, where he was wounded.

  • Find out how your senators voted (“nay” votes were to block the resolution)

  • Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


    Al Franken
    realcities.com

    Franken Decides to Run for Senate

    Al Franken, the comedian, actor, author and radio host, will seek another title to add to his résumé: United States senator. According to multiple sources, Franken has finally decided to challenge conservative Republican Norm Coleman after years of debating the possibility.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Barack Obama
    AP Photo / Seth Wenig

    Obama Proposes Iraq Deadline

    Presidential contender Barack Obama has gotten serious about Iraq after months of public speculation on where he stands. The senator offered legislation Tuesday night that would set a deadline of March 31, 2008, for the withdrawal of all combat brigades from Iraq.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Arlen Specter
    msnbc.com

    Senate Prepares for Constitutional Showdown

    A parade of experts before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed the power of Congress to “validly limit the presidential use of force.” Tuesday’s hearing came as legislators prepared to square off against Bush’s war escalation and amid the concern, shared by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., that a constitutional battle is “imminent.”

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Businesses Fight Over Minimum-Wage Law

    The business community is divided over minimum-wage legislation making its way through the Senate. While small businesses are celebrating the tax incentives included in the bill, major corporations are frustrated by the Democrats’ requirement that every new tax break be matched by either a tax increase or a closed loophole.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    F-14 Tomcat
    globalsecurity.org

    Senators Seek to Deny U.S. Jet Parts to Iran

    Although the United States and Iran have a testy relationship at best, weaknesses in security protocol currently allow buyers for Tehran to procure valuable aircraft parts from the U.S. military. At least two Democrats in the Senate want to cut off the supply, which would make the Iranian air force effectively irreparable.

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    ENTER_ALT_TEXT

    Hagel Puts the Senate to Shame

    Chuck Hagel has been on a tear lately, but it’s hard to beat this stirring indictment of the war and its enablers: “These young men and women that we put in Anbar province, in Iraq, in Baghdad are not beans. They’re real lives. And we better be damn sure we know what we’re doing, all of us, before we put 22,000 more Americans into that grinder. We better be as sure as you can be.”

    Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


    Minimum-Wage Boost Stalled in Senate

    The first minimum-wage increase in 10 years took a hit in the Senate Wednesday, failing to get the 60 votes necessary to end debate. Republicans have been fighting to include tax cuts for businesses, and will probably succeed unless the Dems can get six more defections.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


    Anti-surge Senators
    news.bbc.co.uk

    Senate Nears Vote on Escalation

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a nonbinding resolution condemning the escalation of the war. While Vice President Dick Cheney is absolutely right when he says “It won’t stop us,” the measure will at least force lawmakers to take a stand on the issue until tougher legislation can be passed.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Senators Hijack Minimum-Wage Increase

    Senate Democrats and Republicans have shamelessly joined in a bipartisan effort to pad the well-off at the expense of the working poor.

    Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


    Congress Mass-Produces Antiwar Legislation

    Daily Kos has an excellent rundown of the 11 antiwar bills bursting forth from both houses of Congress. Some legislation is tougher than the rest, but the sheer number of proposals seems to indicate that the legislative branch is bending to the will of the people. It’s a good day for democracy.

    Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


    Condi Rice

    Boxer’s Actual Comments to Rice

    The McLaughlin Group chews over Barbara Boxer’s mythical “attack” on Condoleezza Rice in this clip. The right has tried to paint the senator’s comments as an ad hominem diatribe, but here’s what she actually said… (h/t: BradBlog)

    Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


    Ted Kennedy
    boston.com

    Classic: Truthdigger of the Week: Ted Kennedy

    In honor of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s passing, we’re re-posting one of his classic moral stands. This 2007 speech against the escalation of the Iraq war was so good we had to give him the Truthdigger of the Week award back then.

    Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


    Harry Reid
    nytimes.com

    Dems to Force Escalation Vote

    House and Senate Democrats are planning a symbolic vote on Bush’s escalation of the Iraq war, partially to force Republicans to take a stand on the issue. While they haven’t ruled out more aggressive—and meaningful—measures, the Dems agreed that demonstrating their opposition was the least they could do.

    Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


    100-Hour Agenda Steams Along

    House Democrats are on a legislative roll, but the security bill they just passed by a wide margin is expected to meet with tougher opposition in the Senate. The legislation would implement recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, including beefing up port security.

    Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


    Tim Johnson
    news.bbc.co.uk

    Sen. Johnson’s Health Improves

    Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., whose sudden illness last month briefly threatened the Democrats’ control of the Senate, has been given a medical status upgrade from critical to fair.  We wish him well.

    Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE


    Pelosi and Reid
    nytimes.com

    Get Ready, Here They Come

    Democrats are set to blitz Congress with a legislative agenda that tackles stem cell research, the minimum wage, ethics, 9/11 commission recommendations, oil subsidies, education and prescription drugs—all before President Bush arrives at the capital for the State of the Union address Jan. 23.

    Posted on Jan 1, 2007 READ MORE


    S.D. Senator ‘Recovering as Expected’

    According to one of his doctors, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is “recovering as expected from brain surgery and his brain pressures continue to be in the normal range,” though he remains in critical condition. Johnson’s sudden illness last week raised the possibility of a Republican takeover of the Senate.

    Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


    senate vote
    cnn.com

    Republicans’ Senate Fail-Safe

    GOP senators may take a page from the Democrats’ playbook and filibuster the normally routine procedural vote that determines committee chairmanships. The tactic is meant to protect against the possibility, as it did for the Dems after the 2000 election, that Republicans might regain a majority in the Senate.

    Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Powell: The Elephant in the Room

    Share
    Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


    John McCain
    gwb.nwblog.com

    McCain Hates Blogs

    Sen. John McCain has launched an assault against the independent blogosphere by introducing legislation that would, among other things, make bloggers responsible for comments and copyrighted material posted on their sites, with fines of up to $300,000.

    Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Tim Johnson
    state.sd.us

    Democrats’ Senate Majority Endangered

    Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) appears to have suffered a stroke and remains under evaluation at George Washington University Hospital.  Should Johnson have to resign because of illness, the governor of South Dakota, a Republican, could appoint a replacement from his own party, taking away the Democrats’ majority in the Senate and giving Vice President Dick Cheney the tie-breaking vote.

    Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Daily Show

    ‘Daily Show’ On 109’s Last Session

    Jon Stewart says farewell to the 109th Congress, which used its final session to “pass last-minute tax cuts, expand oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, clear GOP leadership of wrongdoing in the Mark Foley scandal, and pardon Hitler… .”

    Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Gordon Smith

    Gordon Smith Goes to Washington

    Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) on “This Week” elaborated on remarks he made earlier on the Senate floor, where he called the Iraq war “absurd” and possibly even “criminal.”  Asked what had brought about his change of heart, Smith replied: “Waking up the other morning and turning on the news and hearing that yet another 10 of our soldiers died the same way that several thousand have ... and I went from steamed to boiled.” Watch it

    Posted on Dec 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Gates Confirmed by Senate

    Robert Gates has been confirmed by the Senate with enormous support.  While much has been made of Gates’ “fresh perspective” on the war, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) pointed out that it is the president who structures policy. And this president is notorious for selectively listening to advice.

    Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Whitmann
    newyorktimes.com

    Lieberman Hires Political Opportunist

    We can’t say we’re surprised that Joe Lieberman has chosen as his spokesman an ideological acrobat—the only Jew ever to serve as chief lobbyist for the Christian Coalition.  The New York Times describes Marshall Wittmann as “a Trotskyite turned Zionist turned Reaganite turned bipartisan irritant turned pretty much everything in between….”

    Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Hillary vs. the General

    Gen. John Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee that troop levels should not be changed in Iraq, but that Iraqis themselves ought to bear responsibility for the nation’s security.  Sen. Hillary Clinton responded with a smackdown: “Hope is not a strategy. ... I have heard over and over again the Iraqi government must do this, the Iraqi army must do that. Nobody disagrees with that. The brutal fact is, it is not happening.”

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Lieberman
    wndu.com

    Snake in the Grass

    On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Joe Lieberman acknowledged that he might switch parties if the going gets tough with the Democrats.  While characterizing the election as a win for moderates, Lieberman also thanked the 70 percent of Republicans who voted for him for their support.

    Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Russ Feingold
    russfeingold.org

    Not Born to Run

    While some of us are still recovering from our post-midterm hangovers, politicians already have their sights set on the 2008 presidential election.  Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) countered expectations today by announcing he would not seek his party’s nomination for president, choosing instead to focus on his work in the Senate.

    Posted on Nov 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Lieberman and Dean
    usatoday.com

    Lieberman Wants Back In

    A spokesman for Joe Lieberman says the senator intends to serve in the next Congress as a full-blown Democrat, not an independent who merely caucuses with Democrats.

    Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Lincoln Chafee
    projo.com

    Chafee May Leave GOP

    Rhode Island’s Sen. Lincoln Chafee says he may leave the Republican Party after losing in Tuesday’s election despite voting against the war in Iraq.

    Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Jim Webb
    New York Times

    It’s Official.  Finally.

    George Allen, the man who some say could’ve been president,  has finally conceded to challenger Jim Webb, at long last putting an end to speculation and granting the Democrats total control of both houses of Congress.

    Posted on Nov 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Webb wins
    AP / Evan Vucci

    Webb Wins and Dems Take Control of Congress, Two News Agencies Report

    The Associated Press and MSNBC have both called the Va. Senate race for Jim Webb, which would give Democrats control of the House and Senate for the first time since 1994.

  • A source in the George Allen camp said the senator was “disinclined” to ask for a formal recount, but would probably not concede any earlier than Thursday.
  •  

    Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Democrats
    AP / J. Scott Applewhite

    Dems Win the House, Senate Up for Grabs

    Democrats won control of the House last night, but the Senate is hanging on the outcome of two races:

  • Virginia, where the Democrat Webb leads the GOP incumbent Allen 1,170,564 to 1,162,717 (50% to 49%), with 99% of precincts reporting.
  • Montana, where the Democrat Tester leads the GOP incumbent Burns 174,045 to 172,302 (49% to 48%), with 91% of precincts reporting.
  • (All numbers current as of 7:20 a.m. EST Nov. 8.)

  • Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    John Burton
    From sbctc.org

    John Burton on California Before Arnold

    Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer does a career-spanning interview with the “blue-collar liberal” who helped rule California politics as both a congressman and leader of the state legislature over the last 30 years.

    Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


    capital
    mit.edu

    Democrats Within Striking Distance of Senate Control

    When Harry Reid said it would take a miracle for Democrats to regain control of the Senate, party operatives focused their hopes on the House. But recent events have Democratic challengers surging in polls.

    Posted on Oct 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: The Most Potent Epithet of All

    “Whether or not one uses the N-word isn’t one of those ‘distraction’ issues like flag burning; it’s a character issue.”

    Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    To Our National Shame, America Codifies Torture

    As expected, the Senate sent the despicable detainee interrogation bill to the president’s desk last night. See its horrifying provisions here.
    As long as this law stands, we too shall stand in forfeit of the moral high ground in this struggle. It’s a sad day for our once-proud republic.

    Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Torture Bill Nears Bush’s Desk

    A provision that would grant President Bush the discretion of deciding what is and isn’t torture is likely to land on his desk by the weekend unless there’s a legislative miracle.
    We can only hope that the Supreme Court will toss out this travesty.

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 - 2006)

    With a smug stroke of his pen, President Bush is set to wipe out a safeguard against illegal imprisonment that has endured as a cornerstone of legal justice since the Magna Carta.

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: The Race That ‘Macaca’ Made

    The unraveling of Virginia Sen. George Allen’s reelection campaign may have begun with a single offensive remark caught on tape, but his competitor’s Lamont-style netroots insurgency is just as responsible for making the race tight.

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Gen. John Batiste (Ret.)

    Retired Officers Blast Rumsfeld on Iraq

    At a Democratic Senate forum Monday, several former U.S. generals and colonels called the secretary of defense incompetent and negligent in his prosecution of the Iraq war. Above, Gen. John Batiste, a “lifelong Republican” who retired from the service “on principle,” accuses Rumsfeld of lying to the American people in order to bolster support for the war.
    (Let the Swift-Boating begin!)

    Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Wiretapping Bill Stalls in Congress

    Phew! President Bush’s attempt to provide legal support for his warrantless wiretapping program appears dead—for now—in the Senate.

  • Quote of the day (from Sen. Russ Feingold): “The president has basically said: I’ll agree to let a court decide if I’m breaking the law if you pass a law first that says I’m not breaking the law.”

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


  • Just Another Measly Bombshell Report

    A Senate report on prewar intelligence has concluded that there was no evidence Saddam had ties with Al Qaeda. This is yet another confirmation of what we all, sadly, already know—not only about the realities of Mideast tyrants, but about the realities of liars in the Bush administration. Also, there are new tidbits inside.

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Mystery Senator at Capitol
    Illustration by Peter Scheer

    Mystery Senator Blocks Sunshine Bill

    A bipartisan Senate bill that would have created a public database of all government contracts has been blocked by an unknown senator.  The bill, which passed its committee unanimously, can now move forward only if the mysterious senator who placed it on “secret hold” removes the constraint.  (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Katherine Harris
    palmbeachpost.com

    Harris Campaign Scrambles to Explain Gaff

    The Katherine Harris campaign tried on Saturday to clarify the candidate’s latest ride on the crazy train, when she said that separation of church and state is “a lie we have been told” and that “God is the one who chooses our rulers.”  It’s an interesting idea coming from Harris, who worked so hard in the 2000 election to disenfranchise voters on Bush’s behalf.  (h/t: Americablog)

    Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Katherine Harris
    From the BBC

    Katherine Harris: Separation of Church and State ‘a Lie’

    Katherine Harris, villain of the 2004 Florida recount saga and a congresswoman running for U.S. Senate, recently dismissed to an interviewer the idea that religion should stay out of politics, saying, “God is the one who chooses our rulers.”
    So was it God or was it Katherine Harris who fraudulently threw all those eligible black citizens off the voting rolls in 2004?  Hey, if she wants to run with the “omnipotent God” logic, she can’t have it both ways….

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    The Next Lamont?

    Maybe not.  Although Jonathan Tasini would like to be the next maverick primary candidate to beat an entrenched pro-war Democrat?Hillary Clinton, in this case?he’s failed to garner anything near the support Ned Lamont managed against Joe Lieberman.

    Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


    S.R. Sidarth and George Allen
    From Salon.com and Youtube.com

    GOP Senator’s Ethnic Slur Provokes Outrage, Apology

    Virginia Sen. (and presidential hopeful) George Allen referred to a young volunteer of Indian descent as “macaque,” which is tantamount to “monkey” or the “N word” among African immigrants. (Much more after the jump… but for quick hits: story / video / word origins)

    Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


    View older articles: « First  <  25 26 27 28 >

    View the most popular tags overall?

    Newsletter

    sign up to get updates


     
     
    Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
     
    Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
     
    Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
     
     
     
    Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
     
    Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
     

    A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
    © 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.