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February 09 2014

08:00

Republicans Still Find Ways To Stall Judicial Nominees Despite Filibuster Reform

Huffington Post - By Jennifer Bendery - Feb. 09 (News Report) - Senate Democrats made it a lot easier for President Barack Obama to get his judicial nominees confirmed when they nixed the filibuster against most nominees last fall -- a move that came in response to Republicans using the filibuster to block many of Obama's picks for political reasons. But so far, removing that procedural hurdle hasn't changed much in the Senate, where there hasn't been a single vote on a district court nominee since December.

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January 05 2014

08:00

Erick Bennett Brags That Hitting Wife Proves Guts To Be A Senator

addictinginfo.org - By Stephen D. Foster - Jan. 05 (News Report) - Erick Bennett is running in a primary challenge against incumbent Susan Collins to be Maine’s next US Senator. According to Bennett, he’s qualified to be a senator because beating his wife makes him brave enough to stand up for “family values.”

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January 04 2014

08:00

NSA does not deny ‘spying’ on members of Congress

theguardian.com - By Spencer Ackerman in Washington, Martin Pengelly in New York — - Jan. 04 (News Report) - The National Security Agency on Saturday released a statement in answer to questions from a senator about whether it “has spied, or is ... currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials”, in which it did not deny collecting communications from legislators of the US Congress to whom it says it is accountable.

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December 14 2013

08:00

Ryan Loskarn, Lamar Alexander's Former Chief Of Staff, Seeks Release As He Faces Child Porn Charges

Huffington Post - By Eric Tucker - Dec. 14 (News) - Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, said in a news release Wednesday he was "stunned, surprised and disappointed" by the allegations.

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November 21 2013

08:00

Senate Votes For Nuclear Option

Huffington Post - By Ryan Grim, Michael McAuliff - Nov. 21 (News) - From now until the Senate passes a new rule, executive branch nominees and judges nominated for all courts except the Supreme Court will be able to pass off the floor and take their seats on the bench with the approval of a simple majority of senators. They will no longer have to jump the traditional hurdle of 60 votes, which has increasingly proven a barrier to confirmation during the Obama administration. Reid opened debate in the morning by saying that it has become "so, so very obvious" that the Senate is broken and in need of rules reform. He rolled through a series of statistics intended to demonstrate that the level of obstruction under President Barack Obama outpaced any historical precedent.

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November 08 2013

08:00

What’s at Stake in Senate Nuclear Showdown

New York Magazine - By Jonathan Chait - Nov. 08 (News Analysis) - The importance of the struggle can be gleaned through this remarkable quote from Senator Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grassley is defending a blanket filibuster on any nominee to the three vacancies on the D.C. Circuit. His reasoning is remarkable:

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October 25 2013

07:00

Pentagon pushes for billions to refurbish nuclear bombs

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - By Kingston Reif - Oct. 25 (News) - The case against the proposed B61 life extension is simple: It is unaffordable, unworkable, and unnecessary. In addition, it is premised on assumptions about demand for nuclear bombs that may no longer be valid 10 years from now, when the program is scheduled to be completed. It would be foolish to spend $11 billion on an overly ambitious overhaul, when the future of at least half the weapons is uncertain and more cost-effective alternatives are available.

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October 21 2013

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October 17 2013

07:00

Public Opinion Toward Tea Party Hits Low Point

All Things Considered - Oct. 17 (Poll) - Since 2010, negative views toward the Tea Party have nearly doubled and those with "very unfavorable" views on the Tea Party have tripled.

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07:00

Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default

All Things Considered - Oct. 17 (News) - After weeks of partisan bickering and a very public airing of deep divisions within the Republican party, the bipartisan deal brings to an end an episode that once again exposed Washington gridlock at its worst. President Obama said he would sign the bill and open the government immediately.

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07:00

Republicans in turmoil as Congress passes bill to end debt crisis | World news

theguardian.com - By Paul Lewis, Dan Roberts - Oct. 17 (Breaking News) - US debt default averted and federal shutdown over for now, after bill goes through with barely any concessions to hardliners. The U.S. Congress passed legislation to rescue the country from the brink of a looming debt default on Wednesday night, bringing an end to the two-week crisis that has closed large portions of the government and revealed deep divisions in the Republican Party. President Barack Obama quickly signed the spending measure, a temporary fix that will last only through to the start of 2014. The bill passed easily with broad bipartisan support in the Senate, where Democratic and Republican leaders forged the agreement just hours earlier.

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October 15 2013

07:00

In Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Showdown, GOPers Ignore Their Party's Own Advice

Mother Jones - By David Corn - Oct. 15 (Comment) - In March, the Republican Party released a 97-page report on its future prospects that chairman Reince Priebus had commissioned following the 2012 election. The party called the study its Growth and Opportunity Project report , but most members of the politerati referred to it as an autopsy. The hard-hitting study—authored by former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, former Bush II press secretary Ari Fleischer, and a few other prominent GOPers—fingered what had gone wrong for the Rs and provided a roadmap for the coming years. But the party's recent excursion into the government shutdown/debt ceiling quagmire shows that few members of its national wing absorbed the lessons the party's coroners had assembled. After convening in-depth focus groups of voters in Iowa and Ohio who used to call themselves Republicans, polling Republican Hispanic voters, consulting assorted pollsters, and surveying political practitioners at the local and national level, the group made some obvious ...

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October 08 2013

07:00

Government shutdown unlikely to damage economy, but debt limit could be catastrophe

Washington Post - By Ylan Q. Mui, Marjorie Censer - Oct. 08 (News Analysis) - The economic damage from the government shutdown will probably be muted as thousands of Defense Department employees returned to their jobs Monday and lawmakers worked on a deal to provide back pay to furloughed civil servants. ...

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September 28 2013

07:00

House GOP holds private meeting to discuss shutdown deadline strategy

Yahoo! News - By Chris Moody, - Sep. 28 (News Report) - Republicans are tight-lipped about how they plan to proceed. The government could shut down Tuesday.

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September 25 2013

07:00

Sen. Cruz continues night-long attack on Obamacare

Washington Post - By Ed O’Keefe, Paul Kane - Sep. 25 (News) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) continued his attacks on President Obama’s health-care law early Wednesday morning by continuing a marathon speech modeled on old-fashion filibusters that likely will complicate House GOP efforts to pass a funding bill that would avert a government shutdown next ...

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07:00

Surprise! Obamacare foe Cruz votes with Democrats on spending plan

CNN - By Tom Cohen. Josh Levs, Alan Silverleib - Sep. 25 (Breaking News) - He spent more than 21 straight hours railing against any government funding for Obamacare. Then Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas joined the other 99 senators from both parties in voting Wednesday to move ahead on a spending plan expected to do just that.

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September 18 2013

07:00

Editorial: Big Coal Takes On an Obama Nominee

New York Times - By By THE EDITORIAL BOARD - Sep. 18 (Editorial) - Editorial: Big Coal Takes On an Obama Nominee

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September 06 2013

07:00

Jon Stewart Eviscerates John McCain for Playing On-Line Poker During Senate Hearing On Syria

AlterNet - By Jon Stewart, Janet Allon - Sep. 06 (Comedy News) - Jon Stewart had a field day last night with the revelation that hawkish Senator John McCain was caught blatantly playing on-line poker during the hearing of whether to back the Obama Administration's plans to take military action, a.k.a. bomb, Syria.

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August 13 2013

07:00

Colbert Interviews Rush Holt, NJ Senate Hopeful, And Things Get Awkward (VIDEO)

Huffington Post - By Stephen Colbert - Aug. 13 (Comedy News) - Colbert interviews the current New Jersey state representative, physics professor and 5-time "Jeopardy!" Rush Holt, and then challenges him to a thumb war.

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August 07 2013

07:00

Fear is not a factor in border crossings

Yahoo! News - Aug. 07 (Research) - Fear of being caught and deported does not appear to have a significant deterrent effect on people who are considering crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, a new study finds.

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