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Rumblings for Durbin, Not Schumer for Senate Majority Leader

Marcy Winograd | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Marcy Winograd

Former DC roommates, Durbin and Schumer have taken divergent stands on war and peace, with Schumer, former head of the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, voting for the Iraq War Resolution in 2002 and opposing the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Fast Tracking Obama's Trade Agreements

Pat Choate | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

Why do Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner -- who won reelection on a platform of "Stop Obama" -- support weakening Senate and House legislative processes to ratify a treaty whose text was negotiated without Congressional input?

Not So Fast, Congress

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Instead of the plodding turtle he's normally satirized as, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is all cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof about Trade Promotion Authority, better known as Fast Track.

Mitch McConnell Elected Senate Majority Leader

AP/The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was unanimously elected to be the Senate majority leader by his Republican colleagues on Thursday, his spokesperson annou...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Slams China Climate Deal While Welcoming New Senate Majority | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The only climate change Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was interested in Wednesday was the one coming to the U.S. Senate, as he greeted a ...

Why a Republican Controlled Congress Is Great For Hillary Clinton and President Obama

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

There are three reasons why Democrats benefit from a Republican controlled Congress and a country that's placed their hopes on conservative politics to change the course of our nation.

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.

Ingenious Compromise: Reason for Hope

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Does a sharply divided America necessarily mean that no meaningful legislation can emerge from our political leaders on both sides of the aisle? I don't think so! What many people describe as the greatest political agreement in the history of the world came out of a deeply divided America -- the US Constitution.

Our Odd Upper House: The U.S. Senate's Peculiarities Don't End With the Filibuster

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

When viewed from an international perspective, three other features -- the extraordinary scope of its powers, its drastic misapportionment, and the exceptional weakness of its leadership structures -- make the U.S. Senate a true global outlier.

JFK's Last 100 Days

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

Whichever assassination theory you subscribe to, Thurston Clarke's JFK's Last Hundred Days will fill you with a tantalizing sense of what might have been -- had November 22 not happened.

Reid Thinks Congress Could Do Better

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told PBS NewsHour Wednesday that Americans are disappointed in Congress, and he agrees with them. On the...

McConnell's Tea Party Rival Makes A Move

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

Kentucky businessman and Tea Party favorite Matthew Bevin has booked ad time in Louisville and Bowling Green, Politico reported on Friday. The move ha...

Reid Goes 'Nuclear'

The Washington Post | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is increasingly focused on the month of July as the time to exercise the so-called “nuclear option” and revisit ...

Eric Fehrnstrom Asks Harry Reid: "Have You No Decency, Sir?"

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's top adviser Eric Fehrnstrom had just one question to ask of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid following the latter's charge that the pre...

Who Wins Leadership Battles That Never Happen?

Asher Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

Tangible victories may have been hard to find for non-establishment figures, but these symbolic victories may very well hold more meaning.

$30 Billion Is Being Allocated to Boost Small-Business Lending

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Big banks prefer making multimillion-dollar loans to large corporations instead of small-businesses because the fee income is greater and it allows them to hire experts in industries that they want to target.

Who Bankrolls Congress? Harry Reid Edition

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

A former professional gambler, a taxi company magnate, a telecommunications lobbyist, and a giant tobacco company are among the top lifetime givers to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is facing a tough re-election.

Chuck Schumer: Next Senate Majority Leader?

The Washington Post | Jason Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Now, with confidant Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) hanging on to his seat by a thread, the Brooklynite is nearing the goal line of his long ...

Recess Appointments: Obama Prepares to Implement "Yes We Can!"

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

President Obama can and should fill federal vacancies with the stroke of his pen. In this time of crisis, history may judge harshly if he fails to do so.

The 41 Percent Majority

Kara Vallow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kara Vallow

So much for reconciliation -- apparently, when the GOP uses it, it's a legitimate legislative tool, but the Democrats refuse to touch the one potent weapon at hand.

Health Care Debate Looms Large At Thanksgiving

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Chautin

Turkey, cranberry sauce, and a side of health care debate is dominating Thanksgiving tables this year. The debate gets more heated when some worry that their situation will be adversely affected.

Sam Stein

All Eyes Turn To Reid: Legacy In Balance As Health Care Debate Continues | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the Senate Finance Committee becoming the last of five congressional committees to pass health care reform legislation on Tuesday, the spotlight ...

Harry Reid Should be Asked: WWLBJD With Lieberman?

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

If former Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson was still around today, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) would not be holding health care hostage. Droopy Joe would be singing soprano in the choir.

Harry Reid Becomes GOP Target In Nevada

Wall Street Journal | JIM CARLTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mr. Reid, 69 years old, is facing mounting criticism in his home state and is trailing in the polls against two Republican challengers for his Senate ...

Did Espada Lie For $3 Million Grant?

Times Union | JAMES M. ODATO | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY --- The attorney general's office is investigating if Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. submitted false statements in a grant application...