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Senate Invokes ‘Nuclear Option’ As Gorsuch Nomination Heads To Final Vote

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As expected, Senate Republicans invoked the so-called ‘nuclear option’ to move the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch forward to a final vote on Friday.

Senate Committee Advances Gorsuch Nomination As ‘Nuclear Option’ Becomes Inevitable

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch even as it became inevitable that Republicans would be forced to invoke the ‘nuclear option’ to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

Senate Democratic Leader Schumer Vows To Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination

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Let the games begin.

Senate Democrats Split On Strategy For Gorsuch Nomination

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Senate Democrats are divided on how to approach the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, making it likely that he’ll be confirmed.

Key Republican Senators Come Out Against Elimination Of The Filibuster

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Senior Republican Senators are throwing cold water on the idea of eliminating the filibuster.

Republicans Starting To Cave On “No Hearings, No Votes” For Merrick Garland?

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Comments from one Republican Senator are raising the possibility we could see hearings and a vote on Merrick Garland during the post-election lame duck session of Congress.

Keeping Control Of The Senate Just Got More Difficult For Republicans

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GOP control of Indiana’s Senate seat appears to be in jeopardy, and that will have serious implications for the battle to control the Senate.

GOP Control Of The Senate At Risk As Trump Flounders

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With Donald Trump floundering, there are a whole lot of nervous Republican Senators up for re-election.

Time For The Senate GOP To Give In On Merrick Garland Nomination?

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With Donald Trump now confirmed as the GOP nominee, some conservatives are suggesting that the Senate GOP should just give in on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Voters Don’t Seem To Care About The Political Fight Over Vacant Supreme Court Seat

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It may be the talk of Washington, but the political fight over Justice Scalia’s vacant Supreme Court seat does not seem to be something voters care very much about.

Conservatives Keep Up Pressure On Senate GOP To Hold The Line On SCOTUS Nominee

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Conservatives are doing all they can to make sure Merrick Garland does not get either a hearing or a vote in the Senate, and it’s working.

Another Senator Defects On “No Hearings, No Votes” As Public Opposition Rises

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Another Republican Senator has broken ranks and called for hearings on the nomination of Merrick Garland, as another poll shows most Americans support hearings as well.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s “No Hearings, No Votes” Position On Garland Nomination

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It increasingly appears that the GOP is on the losing side of the argument over whether to hold hearings and a vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Republican Senator Calls For Hearings And A Vote On Merrick Garland Nomination

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A crack in the wall.

Political War Over Supreme Court Getting Ready To Go Nuclear

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The coming political battle over President Obama’s effort to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia will likely be unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Senate GOP Remains United On Denying Consideration To Obama SCOTUS Nominee

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The President could nominate someone to fill the vacancy created by Antonin Scalia’s death as soon a next week, but Republicans in the Senate remain firmly committed to their decision to deny the as yet unnamed nominee any consideration.

Majority Of Americans Want The Senate To Consider An Obama Nominee To SCOTUS

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Another poll shows that most Americans would prefer that the vacancy on the Supreme Court be filled by President Obama than that it be left open for the next President to fill, but other factors make it unlikely the Senate will act.

Senate Republicans Vow No Hearings On Supreme Court Nominee From President Obama

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Notwithstanding polling that indicates the American public disagrees with them, Senate Republicans emerged from a meeting today largely united on the idea of not giving any Supreme Court nominee named by President a hearing, or even the courtesy of a meeting.

Poll: Majority Of Americans Say Senate Should Hold Hearings And Vote On SCOTUS Nominee

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The American people do not seem to support the Republican position on whether President Obama’s expected Supreme Court nominee should get proper consideration by the Senate.

Conservatives Double Down On ‘No Hearing, No Votes’ For SCOTUS Nominee

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Conservatives are sending a message to Senate Republicans about the vacancy on the Supreme Court, and it may require them to initiate a suicidal game plan.

Joe Biden In 1992: No Action On Supreme Court Nominations Until After An Election

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In 1992, Joe Biden said that no action should be taken on any potential Supreme Court nominations until after that year’s Presidential election. Sound familiar?

Americans Divided Over Who Should Name Scalia’s Replacement, Obama Or Next POTUS

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Two new polls show that Americans are basically split equally on the question of who should appoint the Justice that will replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Republican Wall On “No Hearings, No Votes” For SCOTUS Nominee Appears To Be Cracking

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The unity of the Republican Senate on the idea of no hearings or votes, if it ever really existed, appears to be cracking.

Republicans Risk The Senate And The Presidency By Refusing To Consider Any SCOTUS Nominee

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Republicans are putting much on the line in their refusal to consider any Supreme Court nomination from President Obama.

Supreme Court Appointments And Lame Duck Presidents: Yes, Both Sides Do It

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The politicization of Supreme Court appointments didn’t start with Republicans last night.

The Political Battle Over Justice Scalia’s Supreme Court Seat Has Begun

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It didn’t take long for the political battle over the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia to become another part of the 2016 political battle.

Top Republican Adviser Tries To Help Down Ballot Candidates Prepare For Trump As Nominee

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A leaked memo from a top Republican adviser tries to tell vulnerable Senate candidates how to deal with the possibility that they’ll be stuck with Trump on the top of the ticket.

Senate Democrats May Be Able To Filibuster The Vote To Block The Iran Nuclear Deal

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If the Administration gets its way, efforts to block the Iran nuclear deal may come to a quick end in the Senate.

AP Calls Alaska Senate Race For Republican Dan Sullivan, An Eighth GOP Pickup

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A week after Election Day, the Associated Press has called the Alaska Senate race for Republican Dan Sullivan, representing another Republican pickup assuming that the result holds through the official count: JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, defeating incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. Sullivan led Begich by about 8,100 votes […]

Confirmation Of New Attorney General Likely To Be Delayed Until 2015

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Democrats are telling The Hill that confirmation of President Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General will likely wait until the new Congress convenes in January: President Obama will have to get his nominee for attorney general past a Republican-controlled Senate, Democratic and Republican aides say. A packed schedule after the election is almost […]

President Obama’s Immigration Threat Is Politically Naive And Unrealistic

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President Obama’s threat to take action on immigration if Congress doesn’t act by the end of the year ignores political reality,

Senator Tim Scott Makes History In South Carolina

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Among the victories last night that wasn’t a surprise was one that is historically significant, in that Senator Tim Scott became the first African-American elected to the Senate from one of the states of the Confederacy since Reconstruction ended some 138 years ago: Washington (CNN) — South Carolina’s Tim Scott on Tuesday became the first […]

Republican Party Wins Senate, Poised To Add To New Majority

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2014 was not supposed to be a wave election, but it clearly qualifies as one.

Eliminate Midterm Elections? Only If You Want To Make Congress Even Less Representative

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Two Duke University academics make an incredibly weak, ultimately unpersuasive, argument in favor of eliminating midterm elections by changing the length of Congressional terms.

If Republicans Win The Senate, They May Not Hold It For Very Long

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If the GOP wins the Senate in November, their majority could prove to be fleeting.

Race For Senate Control Tightening

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Republicans still have an advantage, but Democrats seem to be holding their own in the battle for Senate control.

Democrat Drops Out Of Kansas Senate Race, Which May Help Democrats

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A political earthquake in the Sunflower State that could have a big impact on the battle for control of the Senate.

What Republican Wave?

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So far at least, there is no evidence that 2014 will be a “wave election.”

Could The House Lawsuit Against Obama Cost The GOP The Senate?

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In what would be a classic bit of political irony, polling indicates that the House lawsuit against the President could make Democrats more likely to vote in November.

GOP Likely To Take The Senate, Retain The House, Maintain The Status Quo In The States

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The GOP has a good chance of taking the Senate in 2014, but it will be by a narrow margin.

Mitch McConnell: GOP Will Act To Limit Abortion If We Win The Senate

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Mitch McConnell is making promises to pro-life groups that the GOP probably won’t keep, but it’s still a politically risky move.

Former Senator Howard Baker Dies At 88

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One of Washington’s giants has passed away.

Joe Manchin Hints He Might Leave The Senate

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has been dropping a lot of hints lately that he’s thinking about leaving Washington, D.C. and returning to West Virginia: WASHINGTON — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he’s keeping “all options open” on whether to seek the governor’s office in 2016 or remain in the Senate, where he has expressed […]

Kathleen Sebelius For Senate?

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Just days after resigning as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Seblieus is apparently been courted to run for Senate in November: WASHINGTON — In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the […]

Angus King Hints He May Caucus With GOP In 2015

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Angus King, Maine’s Independent Senator, caucused with the Democrats when he entered the Senate in 2013 and has largely voted with the Democratic majority on the Senate’s important votes. Now he’s hinting he might switch sides if the GOP gains control of the Senate this year: Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, […]

Could Kentucky And Georgia Spoil GOP Hopes Of Taking Control Of The Senate?

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Mitch McConnell’s hopes to become Senate Majority Leader could hinge on what happens in his own state and in Georgia.

Senate Approves First Judicial Nomination Under New Filibuster Rules

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After successfully changing filibuster rules for all Judicial and Executive Branch nominations except those to the Supreme Court two weeks ago, the Senate today approved its first judicial nomination under the new rules: WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Patricia Ann Millett to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, […]

Democrats Dominate List Of Most Vulnerable Senate Seats In 2014

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The 7 seats most likely to switch parties are held by Democrats.

Political Impact Of Filibuster Changes Will Be Minimal To Non-Existent

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Yesterday’s change to the filibuster rule is likely to have little impact outside the beltway and the political chattering class.

Senate Goes (Partly) Nuclear, Limits Filibusters For Some Nominees

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It wasn’t a Thermonuclear move, more like something the size of Hiroshima, but today the Senate took an historic move nonetheless.

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