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Senate Headed For ‘Nuclear Option’ Showdown Over Gorsuch Nomination

Neil Gorsuch

Next week’s big news is likely to be the Senate’s vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which could mean invocation of the so-called ‘nuclear option’ by Senate Republicans.

Senator Elizabeth Warren Silenced By Senate During Debate On Sessions Nomination

Elizabeth Warren

There were fireworks on the floor of the Senate last night, but it was really just politics as usual.

New Senate Democratic Leader Regrets Supporting Filibuster Reform

Chuck Schumer

The new leader of the Senate’s Democrats says he regrets supporting the filibuster reforms his party passed in 2013.

President Obama Selects Judge Merrick Garland To Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

President Obama has selected his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, now the question is whether the Senate will act.

Nevada’s Republican Governor Reportedly Being Vetted For Supreme Court

Brian Sandoval

Is President Obama planning a Checkmate move in the SCOTUS nomination fight?

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley Not Ruling Out Hearings On Obama SCOTUS Pick

Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor Continue

A crack in the Republican wall?

Rand Paul Holds The Senate Floor To Talk About PATRIOT Act Renewal, Civil Liberties

Rand Paul Senate Floor

Rand Paul held the Senate floor for nearly twelve hours yesterday to talk about the PATRIOT Act, but it’s unclear if he accomplished anything.

Senate Deal On Human Trafficking Bill Paves Way For Vote On Loretta Lynch Nomination

President Obama Announces Loretta Lynch As His Nominee For Attorney General

A deal on the human trafficking bill that has been pending in the Senate for the better part of a month appears to have opened the door to a final vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination as Attorney General: WASHINGTON — After weeks of difficult negotiations, the Senate on Tuesday reached an agreement on a bill […]

Republicans Suddenly Discover They’re Against The Filibuster

Filibuster

Now that they control all of Congress, some Republicans are suddenly deciding that the filibuster should be repealed.

Joe Manchin Mulls Leaving Senate To Run For Governor Again

Joe Manchin

West Virginia’s Joe Manchin is reportedly mulling leaving the Senate to run once again for a job where he’d have the ability to actually accomplish something.

Senate Passes Spending Bill As Ted Cruz Maneuver Helps Democrats Pass Nominations

Ted Cruz

As expected, the Senate passed the so-called “Cromnibus,” but not before a self-aggrandizing maneuver by Ted Cruz ended up being exploited by Democrats to pass outstanding nominations.

Republican Senators Split On Whether To Reinstate Old Filibuster Rules

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The GOP Senate Caucus seems to be split on whether or not to reinstate the filibuster for Presidential and Judicial appointments.

Cong. Bill Cassidy Defeats Mary Landrieu In La. Runoff, Extending GOP Senate Majority

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A crushing but expected defeat for a veteran Democrat.

Mary Landrieu Looks Like She’s Headed For A Big Loss On Saturday

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With the fate of the Senate in the 114th Congress already decided, the Runoff Election in Louisiana isn’t getting nearly the attention it otherwise might have gotten had it become a race that could have decided the battle for control of the Senate, and that seems to be sealing the fate of Senator Mary Landrieu: […]

Senator Mark Kirk Says He’s Not Retiring In 2016

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Republicans received some potentially good news today when Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois brushed aside rumors that he might retire at the end of his current term: Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., has a message for anyone who doubts his will or appetite for a second term. “No frickin’ way am I retiring,” he told […]

McConnell, Rest Of GOP Senate Leadership, Re-Elected Unanimously

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For all of the controversy that many in the media tried to drum up during the General Election about Republican candidates for the Senate who wouldn’t necessarily commit to supporting Mitch McConnell to lead the Senate Republican Caucus, and thus become Senate Majority Leader in January, he ended up being re-elected unanimously: Senate Republicans have […]