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Progressives Thrilled That Durbin Will Seek Reelection as Senate Democratic Whip -- Here's Why

Robert Creamer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Late Thursday night, after hearing of Harry Reid's plans to retire from the Senate, Dick Durbin went to Chuck Schumer and told him that in order to prevent a divisive, distracting battle, he would not challenge Schumer for the leader position and would instead run again for his post of Democratic whip. That was classic Dick Durbin.

Friday Talking Points -- 'Tis The Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill actually get something done. These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the year.

Friday Talking Points -- The Calm Between The Storms

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Many are now pointing out that Warren's elevation pretty much assures she won't be running for president in 2016, but then we never really believed she would run in the first place. At this point, she'll be much more effective within the Senate Democrats.

Amanda Terkel

Elizabeth Warren Could Join Senate Leadership: Sources | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is under consideration for a leadership position in the Senate Democratic caucus, according to sources f...

From Secret McConnell Audio, 12 Destructive Things a GOP Senate Would Do

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If Republicans take the Senate next month (and if he wins his own reelection race), Mitch McConnell will be that body's next Majority Leader. Then what happens? McConnell's been frank about what the GOP would do with the Senate -- at least when he thinks nobody's listening.

Blow Delivered To Tea Party-Backed Senator

AP | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, a supporter of Mitt Romney, won a Senate GOP leadership post Tuesday over tea party favorite Sen. Ron Johnso...

Top GOP Senator Resigning From Leadership Post

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Alone in a cabin in Northern Ontario last month, Sen. Lamar Alexander considered the debt limit deal Congress and President Barack ...

Sam Stein

Democratic Leadership Narrowing Down List Of Super Committee Members | Sam Stein | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The much-discussed "super committee," created as part of a bill to raise the nation's debt ceiling and tasked with finding $1.5 trillion...

Fear: The Key to Health Care Reform

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

President Obama and House and Senate leadership need to use fear. They tried being nice. Trick me once, shame on you, trick me twice...

Sam Stein

Senate GOP Assumes Franken Beat Coleman | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican leadership in the Senate has agreed to a plan for committee assignments that assumes Al Franken will emerge as the winner of the Minnesota ...

Sam Stein

Mitch McConnell's Senate Seat Now In Jeopardy | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While much of the media and political world has been focused on the race for the White House, another contest with leadership implications is quietly ...