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EU, U.S. Sway Bulgaria to Stop Work on Russian-Backed Gas Pipeline

The prime minister of Bulgaria, Plamen Oresharski, has suspended work on a gas pipeline that has recently drawn scrutiny from U.S. and European Commission officials.

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‘We Needed to Get Him Out’: Hagel Defends Bergdahl Operation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that an operation to free soldier Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners was undertaken to save his life, as the insurgents’ leader hailed the swap as a “big victory.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants to Keep Your Child From Overdosing on Medicine

Sen. Charles E. Schumer is calling on federal regulators to require that all liquid children’s medications be equipped with safety devices called flow restrictors, following an investigation by ProPublica and testing by Consumer Reports showing that the devices can help prevent accidental overdoses.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


Shooting With Cheney

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Harry Reid
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Harry Reid Weighs In on Gun Control Debate

Since President Obama put reducing gun violence high on his list of action items for his second term, members of Congress are obliged to make their own stances known on the contentious issue of gun control.

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 READ MORE



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GOP Senator Who Says He Doesn’t Drink Is Charged With DUI

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, a Mormon who in the past has been outspoken about his abstinence from alcohol, was arrested early Sunday morning in Alexandria, Va., and charged with driving under the influence.

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She’ll See Your Ultrasound and Raise You One Rectal Exam

Although we’re not entirely sure her, uh, eye-for-an-eye approach encourages a true spirit of gender equity, as far as political machinations go, this one from Virginia state Sen. Janet Howell certainly got our attention.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Sanders v. Citizens United

The thrilling showdown that was the Iowa caucus race wasn’t the only hot political action that went down on Tuesday. It’d be a shame if those eight precious Romney-friendly votes overshadowed this important appearance of Sen. Bernie Sanders on that evening’s edition of “The Colbert Report.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE


The Horse and Her Senator

This shocking (satirical) footage takes a common refrain parroted by opponents of same-sex marriage—that it would stretch the legal and moral boundaries of matrimony to include all kinds of societal no-nos—and gallops with it. Tallyho, senator.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Jon Kyl Has a Vestigial Tail

Note: That headline was not intended to be a factual statement. Rather, it mimics a curious strategy used by Sen. Jon Kyl when he vastly overstated the percentage of Planned Parenthood’s budget that goes to providing abortions.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Walker Won’t Meet Dems at the Border

The posse of Wisconsin state senators who left the building—not to mention Wisconsin—last month to thwart Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign to quash state employees’ collective bargaining powers proposed a meeting with the governor somewhere ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Walker: Layoffs Loom for Wis. Workers

Things got a little lively in Wisconsin on Thursday, as news hit the wires that the state Senate had voted to allow the arrest of more than a dozen Democratic senators who had fled the state in protest of Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious union-busting bill ...

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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lorie L. Jewell

Report: Army Leader Wanted to Go All ‘Psy-Ops’ on U.S. Officials

Well, this is embarrassing: It’s not surprising that two unnamed senators mentioned in this Fox News report about Rolling Stone’s latest Afghan war exposé “played down” the possibility that members of the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan might have tried some woo-woo ...

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


Scott Brown
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Sen. Scott Brown Tells All

Is it just us, or does the publication of a revealing memoir, including details of childhood molestation and abuse, by a first-term senator herald yet another sea change in the game of political publicity? Of course, Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts isn’t just any new arrival ...

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Lieberman to Hang It Up in 2012

The last decade has been a politically eventful one for Connecticut’s Sen. Joe Lieberman, who kicked off the millennium with a vice-presidential near miss and went on to raise Democratic hackles more recently with his changing loyalties ...

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Murkowski Clears Last Hurdle to Senate Seat

Lisa Murkowski can finally make it official, as her two-month struggle to clinch her write-in victory to reclaim her Senate seat on behalf of Alaska came to an end Thursday, when her state governor and lieutenant governor signed off on the paperwork.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



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McCain Doesn’t Budge on ‘DADT’ Repeal

How is it that Sen. John McCain can look at the same Pentagon study about repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” as Defense Secretary Robert Gates and uniformed military leaders did and reach such a strikingly different conclusion about how to proceed?

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Former Sen. Ted Stevens Killed in Plane Crash

He survived one plane crash already, in 1978, but on Monday night former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was not so fortunate. He was one of nine people aboard a plane that went down in southern Alaska, and on Tuesday his death was confirmed.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Slams GOP for Obstructing Economic Progress

President Obama came out swinging in his weekly address on Saturday, claiming that his administration has been pushing to help small businesses grow and strengthen the economy and blaming Republican leaders for thwarting his efforts.

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Reid
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Senate

Your Handy Primary Guide

The fate of Senate Majority Leader—and favorite punching bag of tea party types—Harry Reid may hang in the balance during this year’s election cycle, and on Tuesday his home state of Nevada will be one of 11 states holding primaries.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Terrorists, Turn In Your Citizenship Cards

A new bill by everyone’s favorite Sen. Joe Lieberman and newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown aims to give the State Department permission to yank the citizenship status of individuals who allegedly ally themselves with terrorists and terrorist groups.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: The Lindsey Graham Sex Tape

Suddenly, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is under the microscope for maybe, potentially, being gay! What’s a conservative Southern senator to do? Well, as Stephen Colbert points out, hanging around with Sen. Joe Lieberman might help, but releasing a (straight) sex tape would be even better.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE


Ensign
Wikimedia Commons / United States Senate

E-Mail Trail Leads to Trouble for Sen. Ensign

More legal and political fallout is on the way for Sen. John Ensign as a result of his affair with a former aide’s wife. The New York Times reported Wednesday that new e-mail evidence has emerged suggesting the Nevada senator knew he was trying to help said aide, Douglas Hampton, land lobbying work after Ensign’s relationship with Hampton’s wife, Cynthia, was over.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


Ashburn
lhc.ca.gov

Calif. State Sen. Ashburn: ‘I Am Gay’

California State Sen. Roy Ashburn is officially out of the closet. However, the Republican lawmaker from Bakersfield has some ’splainin’ to do, starting with his voting record, which has not exactly reflected a supportive stance toward LGBTQ causes.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


Bunning
AP / Harry Hamburg

Don’t Blame Bunning

How convenient that seemingly everyone in the liberal blogosphere, and even at many points to the right, got to use Jim Bunning as a scapegoat. The venom of the attacks suggests that the maverick Republican senator from Kentucky provided a welcome alternative to the real villains: bankers much closer to the centers of power.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Jim Bunning Feels Jim Bunning’s Pain

Objection-raising robot Sen. Jim Bunning sure had his day, and his night, on Friday, what with his single-handed stymieing of the proposed extension of health care and unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans. But, as he pointed out near the end of Friday’s jousting session on the Senate floor, it’s not as if he wasn’t inconvenienced himself.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE


Bunning
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Sen. Bunning Stalls Jobless Benefits Bill

Sen. Jim Bunning was not a popular man among his Democratic colleagues this week. The Kentucky Republican, apparently so concerned about the federal budget deficit that he thought it unwise to allow the passage of legislation extending unemployment and health care help to jobless Americans, enacted a “one-man filibuster,” as the Los Angeles Times put it, and didn’t budge on Friday.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


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cosmopolitan.com

Scott Brown Wants to Make It Official

He’s already the stuff of “SNL” parodies, so Massachusetts’ newly minted Sen.-elect Scott Brown might as well go ahead and drop the “-elect” part from his title. Brown sent letters to state officials Wednesday prodding them to get on with the election certification process so he could be sworn in Thursday.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Scott Brown
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Sen. Brown Goes to Washington

Fresh off pulling off a major upset in Massachusetts, newly elected U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Thursday made his way to the nation’s capital, where he reflected to the press about what he believes won voters to his side, what he likes about President Barack Obama and how close his ties are (or aren’t) to the right-wing, tea-party movement.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Guest-Stars in Pro-Coakley Ad

In hopes of ensuring that Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is the winner in Tuesday’s special election for the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by the late Ted Kennedy, President Barack Obama has taken to the airwaves in a TV ad supporting Coakley’s bid for office in a tight race against Republican challenger Scott Brown.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Reid
AP / Charles Dharapak

Was Reid Right?

Sen. Harry Reid’s comments about Obama’s racial profile might seem beside the point to our president. After all, he’s got bigger fish to fry. But it appears that Obama is the only one who is over it.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


Dodd
dodd.senate.gov

Dodd Confirms Retirement Rumors

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd announced Wednesday that he won’t seek re-election this November, making him the third high-profile Democrat to talk retirement in just one 24-hour news cycle. Despite Democrats’ worries about the 2010 elections, Dodd’s potential replacement from his party may have a fighting chance to score his Senate seat.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


Lieberman
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Lieberman Rattles His Saber at Yemen

Ever vigilant in his attention to potential terrorist attacks on the United States these days, Joe Lieberman hailed the “miracle on Christmas Day” aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and warned that Yemen may be the site of “tomorrow’s war.” The senator made the comments on last weekend’s “Fox News Sunday.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


Sanders

Sanders Lets Fly at GOP Senators

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, was far from pleased with certain of his Republican colleagues Wednesday when his attempt to add a single-payer amendment to the Senate’s health care reform legislation was met with stonewalling tactics from his GOP peers. Here, he lets it rip, slamming what he calls their bid “to bring the U.S. government to a halt.”

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


Harkin
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Harkin Sees a Public Option in Health Bill’s Future

Those two little words keep popping up amid all the chatter about health care reform, and here they are again, thanks to Sen. Tom Harkin, chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee: “public option.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 READ MORE


Ensign ad

Ad for the Public Option Takes Sen. Ensign to Task

Nevada Sen. John Ensign’s recent infidelity scandal lurks in the background of an ad for the public option running in parts of his home state this week, courtesy of the progressive coalition Health Care for America Now! The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder notes that the coalition has paid $100,000 to run the ad for a week to point out Ensign’s financial entanglements with the health care industry.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


Sanders Unfiltered

Hi Ho, American Capitalism

What’s wrong with the American economic system? That’s what “Capitalism: A Love Story” auteur Michael Moore wants to know, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is on hand to answer him in his latest installment of Brave New Films’ “Senator Sanders Unfiltered” series. (Hint: It has something to do with “an unfettered, cowboy-type capitalism” that stems largely from the Reagan era.)

Posted on Oct 2, 2009 READ MORE


Paul
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Kennedy’s Seat Is Temporarily Filled

With Ted Kennedy’s death, the Democrats fell one vote short of the 60-seat threshold needed to stop a filibuster in the Senate. But now the governor of Massachusetts has named former Democratic Party Chairman Paul Kirk to temporarily fill Kennedy’s seat, giving the Democrats a major tool in the fight for health care reform.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


Baucus
stateofthedivision.blogspot.com

Baucus Planning Health Care Bill 2.0

After receiving a less-than-spectacular reception from his congressional colleagues for his health care reform bill last week, Sen. Max Baucus is going back to the drawing board to work on some big changes in an effort to win more of his aforementioned peers to his side. Meanwhile, Sen. Olympia Snowe remains undeclared about his first draft.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE


Michael Schwartz

Sen. Coburn’s Aide: All Pornography Is Gay Pornography

Hey, you can really learn some interesting and revealing stuff at the Values Voter Summit! Take, for example, this startling declaration made Saturday by Michael Schwartz, Sen. Tom Coburn’s chief of staff, about how all pornography is gay and can make viewers gay ... or at least less attentive to their wives.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE


Patrick
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Mass. Governor Looking to Tap Interim Successor for Kennedy

According to Massachusetts law, the state will have to wait until a special election—set for Jan. 19—to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, but Gov. Deval Patrick is hoping to appoint a placeholder to fill Kennedy’s seat before then.

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Kennedy Remembered by Family, Friends and the President at Funeral

Just over a year ago, Sen. Ted Kennedy took to the podium at the Democratic National Convention to give Barack Obama a major boost as he began his final push to become president. On Saturday, it was Obama’s turn to pay tribute to his former fellow senator as the president delivered the eulogy at Kennedy’s funeral in Boston.

Posted on Aug 29, 2009 READ MORE


Kennedy
AP / Charles Dharapak

Remembering the Real Deal

The light has gone out, and with it that infectious warm laugh and intensely progressive commitment of the best of the Kennedys. Not, at this point, to take anything away from the memory of his siblings—Bobby, whom I also got to know, was pretty terrific in his last years—but Sen. Ted Kennedy was the real deal.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


Kennedy
Wikimedia Commons / kennedy.senate.gov

Ted Kennedy Dies at 77

Having beaten his doctors’ previous prognosis and living to help usher in a new American administration, Sen. Ted Kennedy succumbed to brain cancer late Tuesday night at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


Webb
webb.senate.gov

Sen. Webb Wins Pledge for American’s Release in Myanmar

Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia negotiated his way into a meeting Saturday with Senior Gen. Than Shwe in Myanmar in which he secured a promise that detained American John Yettaw would be released and allowed to join him on a Bangkok-bound plane Sunday. Update

Posted on Aug 15, 2009 READ MORE


Sanders unfiltered

Sen. Sanders Unfiltered: Wall Street Off the Rails

In this installment of Brave New Films’ “Senator Sanders Unfiltered,” the independent federal legislator from Vermont points out what’s becoming hard to dispute or ignore, however much other members of Congress might do both: Wall Street, along with the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, practically runs Washington.

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


Stewart

The Judgment Days of Sotomayor

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor avoided a “total meltdown” during her confirmation hearings, even as she underwent a grilling by the likes of Sen. Lindsey Graham, who trotted out a series of scathing anonymous evaluations of Sotomayor by unimpressed attorneys. Clearly, Sen. Graham hasn’t Googled himself lately.

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 READ MORE


Franken

Franken Takes On New Role in D.C.

Following his arrival on Capitol Hill on Monday, Al Franken downplayed his status as the winner of the 60th Democratic seat in the U.S. Senate and emphasized what his Minnesota constituents need their “second senator” to accomplish.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE


inhofe
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Sen. Inhofe Concerned About the Whole Race, Gender Thing

The news that known Latina Sonia Sotomayor may soon join the Supreme Court spurred an apparently alarmed Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to hold forth in a statement on Tuesday about the need to make sure that Sotomayor will be able to mete out justice from her vaunted post without her pesky extra X chromosome or her non-Oklahoman ethnic roots mucking things up for everyone.

Posted on May 26, 2009 READ MORE


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