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Michael McAuliff

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Senate Democrats Reveal Not-So-Secret Weapon In Campaign To Stay In Control

(43) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- By all rights, Democrats in the U.S. Senate should be measuring drapes for smaller offices as they head home for an election season that many analysts predict will hand control of the upper chamber to Republicans.

But the man most directly in charge of salvaging...

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Conflicted Congress Passes Obama's New War Funding

(262) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 6:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate added its conflicted stamp of approval to President Barack Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels against the Islamic State, voting to fund what amounts to the start of a new war without an actual war vote.

The measure -- attached to a must-pass bill...

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John McCain, Democrats Puncture Latest Georgia Immigration Terror Ad Against Michelle Nunn

(96) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Democrats think the latest Senate ad from Georgia contender David Perdue is "shameful," but they were entertained to note that some leading Republicans could suffer collateral damage from the spot.

The 30-second segment repeats the debunked claim that Democrat Michelle Nunn gave money to terrorists, and...

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Divided Congress Backs Obama's ISIS Plan

(219) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- A divided House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to back President Barack Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State.

Upending the normal partisan divides, numerous Democrats and Republicans came down on opposite sides of the vote, with most high-ranking lawmakers backing the...

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John Kerry Takes On Code Pink At ISIS Hearing

(25) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- Peace activists from Code Pink have become a fixture at national security hearings on Capitol Hill since they began protesting the second Iraq War. But rather than dismiss their chants against war, former peace activist and current Secretary of State John Kerry decided Wednesday to engage with the...

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Top Intelligence Officials Knock Claim ISIS Is Infiltrating Southern U.S. Border

(127) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- There is no evidence to support recent alarmed claims from some lawmakers that agents of the Islamic State are infiltrating the United States through the border with Mexico, two of the country's top intelligence officials told Congress Wednesday.

"We see no specific intelligence or evidence to suggest at...

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Obama's ISIS War Exceeds His Authority, Democratic Senator Argues

(12) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama does not have the authority to wage a war against the Islamic State, senators argued Tuesday in a hearing about the administration's plans to target the militant group active in Iraq and Syria.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)...

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Senate ISIS Hearing Raises Specter Of Escalating War, Ground Forces

(320) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- America's top military officials on Tuesday made the case for President Barack Obama's strategy to target the Islamic State, in a Senate hearing that highlighted how quickly the theoretically limited mission could mushroom into something much more involved.

Under the plan Obama is pursuing, the United States would...

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Bill Targets ISIS And The Endless War On Terror

(42) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 5:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Even as it declares war on the so-called Islamic State, a bill proposed in Congress would also try to extricate the United States from the endless war on terror.

The nation declared war on al Qaeda and its backers in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, enacting a 61-word...

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Koch-Linked Group Targets Farmers Who Endorsed Democrat Bruce Braley

(81) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Leaders of Koch brothers-linked groups were so incensed that a farmer's association endorsed the Senate campaign of Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley that they're apparently trying to punish the farmers.

Braley won the backing of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, which announced last week that it...

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Congress Likely To Duck War Powers Question Until After Elections

(177) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 7:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congress was torn Thursday over whether President Barack Obama actually has the authority to broaden a war against the so-called Islamic State. And with elections coming, and the itch to campaign becoming more difficult to ignore, ducking a vote on that authority until at least mid-November is a...

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WATCH: John McCain Explained Last Year Why The 9/11 War Declaration Doesn't Apply Now

(19) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- Late last spring, in a remarkable hearing on the authority granted to the president after Sept. 11 to go after Al Qaeda and its backers, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made a powerful argument explaining why that authority had been stretched to the breaking point by 2013, even before...

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September 11 Toxic Dust: Deciphering My Pocketful Of Terror

(18) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 8:31 AM

This story was originally published on September 9, 2011.

WASHINGTON -- A few weeks ago, just before I went on vacation with my family, I went to my basement and retrieved a legal-sized white envelope and an old computer tote bag.

I brought them to the office, where I...

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Harry Reid Hammers Dick Cheney In Appeal For Obama Iraq Plan

(110) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), walking a careful line Wednesday morning in backing the military options for Iraq that President Barack Obama is expected to lay out later in the day, mocked former Vice President Dick Cheney, who on Tuesday counseled tough action in the...

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Dick Cheney Tells GOP It's Time To Restart The Iraq War Machine

(1054) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- The United States needs to rev up the war in Iraq, former Vice President Dick Cheney told Republicans Tuesday on Capitol Hill -- and most lawmakers seemed to agree with the man perhaps best known as a lead architect of America's ill-fated 2003 intervention there.

Cheney met with...

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Democrats Ramp Up Dark Money Fight With Constitutional Amendment Bid

(138) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 7:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats took the first step to try and stem the flood of unregulated dark money that's swamped politics since 2010, with a first procedural vote on a constitutional amendment to allow stronger regulation of campaign finances.

The unregulated cash spigot opened in 2010, when the...

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Senate Probe Of IRS Scandal Finds Liberals Targeted Too

(299) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 2:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- The latest congressional report on the Internal Revenue Service's botched review of nonprofit status applications by politically active groups finds no evidence of intentional wrongdoing or political bias.

After news broke that the IRS had ramped up reviews of such groups as they applied for tax breaks --...

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Scott Brown Suggests He Can Lead A Military 'Frontal Attack'

(78) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Scott Brown, the former Republican senator from Massachusetts who is running to unseat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in New Hampshire, is again talking up his long service in the National Guard, suggesting it taught him how to run a "frontal attack."

Brown first enlisted in the National Guard in 1979,...

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Scott Brown Recycling His Endorsments

(6) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:42 PM

One person, one vote is a pretty familiar principle in American politics, but when it comes to endorsements, Scott Brown is showing one person is good for two or even three votes of confidence in his uphill campaign to become a senator from New Hampshire.

The phenomenon was noted Monday...

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Scott DesJarlais Declares Victory After Battling Abortion, Ethics And Sex Scandals

(40) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) declared victory Friday in his extremely close re-election battle, saying his "conservative record" enabled him to outpace a challenger who launched "desperate and disgusting personal attacks."

According to Tennessee's Secretary of State, DesJarlais led state Sen. Jim Tracy by just 35 votes,...

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