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What's in a Name: Senate Subcommittee Drops 'Civil Rights and Human Rights' From Name

Bernice A. King | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics
Bernice A. King

I am disheartened by the decision made by Senator John Cornyn, the incoming Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, to remove "Civil Rights" and "Human Rights" from the name of the Subcommittee.

Given How Much Americans Dislike Congress, It's Shocking Anyone Got Elected At All

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

Only 9 percent of Americans approved of Congress in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections, which may explain why the election drew the lowest ...

Michael McAuliff

Mitch McConnell Is 'Very Disturbed' By President Obama | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In another sign that the country is in for a tough two years of battles between the White House and Congress, incoming Senate Majority L...

Get Ready for the Craziest Senate in Years

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The recent midterm elections were downright scary for atheist and humanist Americans, as we saw several political candidates allied with the Religious Right win seats in the U.S. Senate and House.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Look Forward To A Long Two (Or More) Years Of A GOP Congress | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– To say Tuesday was a bad day for environmental groups would be an understatement. In his opening remarks at a National Press Club e...

The Values Election We Didn't Have -- And Must Have

Michael Keegan | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Too many Democrats did not make a clear and convincing case about the consequences of policies pushed by far-right activists and promoted by Republican elected officials. And that allowed the debate to become a referendum on voters' feelings about Barack Obama.

Ali Watkins

Here Come The Hawks: Foreign Policy Under A GOP Senate | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Republicans take the reins of the Senate in January, they'll bring a new round of international hawks into the upper chamber. And w...

Dana Liebelson

Republicans Control the Senate. But Here's Why Democrats Still Represent More People | Dana Liebelson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- By Wednesday morning, Republicans had taken control of 52 seats in the U.S. Senate. Democrats and allied independents held 45, and three...

Can Obama and the Republican Congress Seal an Iran Nuclear Deal?

Ryan Costello | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Ryan Costello

The grim political outlook has already cast a shadow over nuclear negotiations with Iran, where a diplomatic breakthrough remains within reach as the parties near a November 24 deadline for a comprehensive deal.

Howard Fineman

Mitch McConnell Claims To Admire Collegial Leaders, But Can He Be One? | Howard Fineman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Mitch McConnell has done his share of bipartisan deals in the Senate, but almost always on his own terms and almost always after he helped create the crisis that he then takes credit for ending. Now he must keep the peace among potential Republican presidential candidates in the Senate, pacify the tea party wing while showing that the GOP is “ready to govern,” deal with the hapless Republican leadership in the House, and even reach out to President Barack Obama, who has reason to be wary. McConnell has the skill to bridge divides within the GOP in the Senate, and maybe in Congress as a whole. That will be his first challenge. Whether he can speak to the whole country and try to bring Americans together -- and whether he wants to -- will become clear in the months ahead.

Ernst Pulls Ahead With Just Days To Go

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

A new Iowa poll published on Saturday by the Des Moines Register gives Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst a 7-point lead over Democrat Bruce Brale...

Contemplating a Republican Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.

Howard Fineman

10 Things To Know If The GOP Runs The Senate | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It’s easy to think that little will change if Republicans win the Senate. They won’t have a filibuster-proof majority. The place is ...

Sam Stein

Top Republican Says GOP-Run Senate Would Vote On Obamacare Repeal | Sam Stein | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Though the law will be a year older, Republicans will push a vote to repeal Obamacare if they take back the Senate in November, a top GO...

GOP Senate Races May Worsen Conservative Divide

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half-dozen Senate races are heightening the struggle between establishment Republicans and tea party campaign operations, threat...

GOP Primary Fights Could Lead To Repeat Of Past Mistakes

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

* Cheney's run renews concerns about party divisions * In bid to take back Senate, party can afford few missteps * Tensi...

Top GOP Senator Cold On Potential Senate Takeover

Politico | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, who is retiring at the end of the year, gave a frank assessment of the GOP’s chances of taking control of the chamber....

2012 COUNTDOWN: A GOP Senate Is Slip-Sliding Away

Howard Fineman | Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

You couldn't make up the impressive biography of Richard Carmona of Tucson, Ariz. Hollywood would never buy it. But Carmona is real -- and one reason why Republicans are losing what once looked like a good shot at retaking the U.S. Senate.

Rich Republicans Shake Up GOP

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- They have deep pockets and aren't afraid to dig into them. Seemingly out of nowhere, a trio of wealthy political neophytes has roiled R...

Fourteen Current Republican Senators Voted for Loophole-Closing Disclosure Legislation Enacted in 2000

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Today's cloture vote on the DISCLOSE Act will put every Senator on record and will require each Senator who votes against the Act to take personal responsibility for the corruption and scandal that invariably will follow if new disclosure legislation is not enacted.

GOP Filibuster Record: Republicans Using Obstruction Tool With Astonishing Frequency

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The filibuster – tool of obstruction in the U.S. Senate – is alternately blamed and praised for wilting President Barac...

Sam Stein

GOP Needs Six Weeks To Debate Health Care Bill That All Republicans Will Oppose | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) argued last Sunday that Republicans deserve at least six additional weeks to consider health care reform...

"Herbert Hoover Time"

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

There are defining moments in politics. By blocking the auto bailout, Republicans defined themselves. They are class warriors, willing to risk an economic calamity in order to break a union.

Reactionary Republicanism Reaches New Low

Marco Trbovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marco Trbovich

The mendacity of the Republican Senate's decision to scuttle a bail out of Big Three automakers is only surpassed by their venality in trying to finger the UAW as the culprit in the piece.

Bring Joe-Mentum To The G.O.P.

Clifford J. Tasner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clifford J. Tasner

Now that the political tide has turned, it seems like there's no downside to Joe Lieberman taking his Joe-mentum to the G.O.P.!