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Senate considers making a short pre-election session even shorter
The most optimistic timeline could have senators finishing up their work by late next week, more than two weeks before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
284 points by The Washington Post | Mitch McConnell United States Senate United States Congress Republican Party Harry Reid Federal government of the United States National Republican Senatorial Committee Party leaders of the United States Senate
An outsize persona drives Hof on campaign trail
Dennis Hof insists he’s the Donald Trump of Nevada.
3 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Nevada Democratic Party Nye County Nevada Donald Trump Prostitution in Nevada Party leaders of the United States Senate Republican Party Primary election
New Spanish-language TV ads pop up in Senate races
Both states and their growing minority populations are seen as critical to Democratic chances this year.
38 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party United States Harry Reid United States Senate North Carolina Party leaders of the United States Senate Democracy Bill Clinton
Lawmaker brings mosquitoes to House floor to fight for Zika funding
The Zika virus hit the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday – if only figuratively – as a Florida Republican sought to hammer home the “fear” his constituents feel by bringing a container filled with mosquitoes with him inside the chambers. The headline-grabbing move came as lawmakers from both parties were pointing fingers over the...
3 points by New York Post | United States Senate Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell Democratic Party United States House of Representatives United States United States Congress Chuck Schumer
King wants $181M to fight opioid crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Angus King wants money to fight the opioid epidemic to be included in a temporary measure to fund the federal government through Dec. 9. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he hopes to reach compromise with the White House and Senate Democrats over legislation temporarily financing ...
1 points by The Washington Times | United States Senate Mitch McConnell Washington D.C. Party leaders of the United States Senate President of the United States Bill Clinton Harry Reid United States
Long-shot lawsuit compels Senate to act on judge
If only it were that easy!
-1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Democratic Party United States Senate President of the United States Supreme Court of the United States United States Barack Obama Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate
Another failed Zika vote could be the start of a resolution
Lawmakers in both parties said they now hope negotiations will begin in earnest to quickly come up with a bipartisan deal to address the potential public health crisis.
149 points by The Washington Post | Harry Reid United States House of Representatives United States Senate United States Congress Democratic Party Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate Steny Hoyer
Senate leaders unload $2 million checks in fight for majority
Thank Sens. John Thune and Chuck Schumer.
28 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Senate Harry Reid President of the United States United States Vice President of the United States Mitch McConnell
Senate prepares to move quickly on spending bill to prevent government shutdown
Conservatives want to kick final spending negotiations into next year.
73 points by The Washington Post | Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate Bill Clinton United States Senate Democratic Party Harry Reid President of the United States Republican Party
Senate Democrats Block Zika Bill Over Planned Parenthood Provisions
As Congress returned from recess, a stalemate resumed over a $1.1 billion plan to fight the virus even as public health experts warned that funding was desperately needed.
6035 points by The New York Time | Mitch McConnell United States Senate Democratic Party Harry Reid Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Don Nickles Dick Durbin
Trump, GOP fall short on Obamacare repeal vote

-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Democratic Party President of the United States Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate John Boehner United States House of Representatives Bill Clinton Whig Party
GOP health-care bill: Ryan visits White House to say he lacks support for health-care bill
The opposition continued despite President Trump’s ultimatum: Vote for the bill, or reject it and move on. The House Rules Committee approved the revised legislation early Friday.
-1 points by The Washington Post | President of the United States Republican Party Mitch McConnell United States House of Representatives Democratic Party United States Senate Party leaders of the United States Senate Bill Clinton
What we learned about Neil Gorsuch during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing
Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees act out a peculiar Washington ritual in which inquisitive senators gather before TV cameras to hear an aspiring justice politely refuse to answer their questions on all the pressing legal issues of the day. To no one’s surprise, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch,...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Supreme Court of the United States John G. Roberts Party leaders of the United States Senate Antonin Scalia Roe v. Wade United States Senate Law Judge
Venezuela to withdraw troops after Colombia border crossing
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will withdraw troops from Colombia's side of the two countries' border, after his soldiers set up camp in the neighboring country, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday.
8 points by Reuters | Mitch McConnell Colombia Reuters Party leaders of the United States Senate Thomson Reuters News agency United States Senate NATO
China is not militarizing South China Sea, Premier Li says
SYDNEY (Reuters) - China is not militarizing the South China Sea, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday, although he acknowledged that defense equipment on islands in the disputed waterway had been placed there to maintain "freedom of navigation".
-1 points by Reuters | United States Mitch McConnell South China Sea Reuters United States Senate NATO Party leaders of the United States Senate Thomson Reuters
Health-care overhaul faces an even bigger challenge in the Senate
At least a dozen Republican senators oppose the bill or lean against it. They can afford to lose only two.
-1 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate Mitch McConnell Barack Obama Democratic Party Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Bill Clinton President of the United States
30 days of new POTUS: Are Trump’s policies dividing America more than ever?
A month into Donald Trump's administration, the US has found itself in quite a turbulence, with the new president's policies seemingly dividing Americans more than ever. Read Full Article at RT.com
602 points by Russia Today | United States President of the United States George W. Bush Mitch McConnell Democratic Party Barack Obama Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate
Is the GOP-controlled legislature picking on Philadelphia?

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | United States Senate United States Buffalo Bills City Democratic Party Bill Clinton Party leaders of the United States Senate Legislature
State Sen. Michael Roberson gazes into the mirror, mirror
My God, it’s happened again!
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Tom DeLay United States Senate Tax Majority leader Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Democracy Minimum wage
Lawmakers say Trump’s words matter — and hurt the country’s standing abroad
A growing roster of lawmakers from both major parties say they think the president’s rhetoric and erratic behavior damage diplomatic relationships and weaken global stability.
14002 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Republican Party United States Senate George W. Bush Mitch McConnell Harry Reid Vice President of the United States
Editorial: Make wrongly accused whole in jobless fiasco
Victims of unemployment agency computer foul-up had assets seized, forced to repay money they didn’t owe        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Tax refund Unemployment Tax Taxation in the United States Minimum wage Party leaders of the United States Senate Credit card United States
Lawmakers say Trump's words matter — and hurt the country's standing abroad
A growing roster of Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill say they believe President Donald Trump's pugnacious rhetoric and unpredictable behavior threaten to diminish the United States' standing around the world, do real damage to fragile diplomatic relationships and even weaken global stability....
2 points by Chicago Tribune | Democratic Party Vladimir Putin Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Senate Republican Party George W. Bush Mitch McConnell Harry Reid
Senate confirms Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Friday won Senate confirmation to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal agency he repeatedly sued to rein in its reach during the Obama administration.The vote was 52-46 as Republican leaders used their party’s narrow Senate majority to push Pr...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | United States Senate Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell Democratic Party United States Environmental Protection Agency Barack Obama Harry Reid President of the United States
National briefs: At least one dead from Calif. storm
LOS ANGELES — A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind gusts of 60 mph and heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man while others were stranded in flooded areas and hundreds of flights were disrupted. 
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mitch McConnell United States Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Republican Party President of the United States Kentucky Supreme Court of the United States
As the Gorsuch nomination proceeds, this man is taking credit: Mitch McConnell
The Supreme Court vacancy will be remembered by critics and fans as the “McConnell seat” after he orchestrated the obstruction of Barack Obama’s power to replace Antonin Scalia last year.
8659 points by The Washington Post | Supreme Court of the United States Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell United States Senate Democratic Party Antonin Scalia Harry Reid President of the United States
Senate confirms Scott Pruitt for EPA chief amid last-minute drama
Democrats sought a delay to give senators time to read thousands of Scott Pruitt's emails with the fossil fuel industry.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | United States Environmental Protection Agency Air pollution Mitch McConnell United States Senate Party leaders of the United States Senate Republican Party Greenhouse gas Environmentalism
Senate to vote on Scott Pruitt for EPA chief amid last-minute drama
Democrats sought a delay to give senators time to read thousands of Scott Pruitt's emails with the fossil fuel industry.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | United States Environmental Protection Agency Air pollution Mitch McConnell United States Senate Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Greenhouse gas Susan Collins
Senate on track to confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are poised to use their majority to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. A vote on Scott Pruitt's nomination is set for Friday, despite a call from Democrats for a delay. A judge in Oklahoma on Thursday ordered Pruitt, the ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Senate Mitch McConnell United States Environmental Protection Agency Party leaders of the United States Senate Clean Water Act Democratic Party Republican Party President of the United States
Cummings: ‘No idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today’
The Democratic congressman from Baltimore emphatically denied he canceled a meeting with President Trump for political reasons.
4047 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party President of the United States Congressional Black Caucus United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform White House Bill Clinton Party leaders of the United States Senate Barack Obama
Lawmakers want to require paid sick leave in Nevada
A bill mandating private employers provide workers with paid sick leave was introduced Thursday in the Nevada Senate.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Party leaders of the United States Senate Nevada Las Vegas metropolitan area Democratic Party United States Carson City Nevada Harry Reid Reno Nevada
Elijah Cummings says Donald Trump made up story about him
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings on Thursday accused President Trump of fabricating a story about his ducking a White House meeting, saying he still looked forward to meeting with the president. Mr. Trump said at press conference that he had agreed to a meeting with the Maryland Democrat but the congressman's ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Democratic Party Congressional Black Caucus Elijah Cummings United States Congress Chuck Schumer President of the United States Party leaders of the United States Senate President
Mitch McConnell likes what President Trump is doing — but not what he’s tweeting
The Senate majority leader’s job right now is to hold the GOP together. In an interview, he said he retains hope that Trump’s public proclamations will not sideline the party’s policy priorities.
6 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate Mitch McConnell Republican Party President of the United States Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Capitol Kentucky
Cost of wall is less than cost of services for illegals: Report
If President Trump's border wall stopped just 10 percent of new illegal immigrants it would pay for itself by saving American taxpayers from spending money on services for those migrants over their lifetimes, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. The center, which advocates for a ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Immigration to the United States Immigration Mitch McConnell Illegal immigration Human migration Party leaders of the United States Senate Spain France
For Trump, chaotic White House becomes the norm
President Donald Trump thrived on drama during his campaign -- but signs of disarray in a White House beset by controversy and internal tensions are exposing the downside of his signature style.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | President of the United States Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate White House Democratic Party Franklin D. Roosevelt Vice President of the United States United States Senate
Trump is showing reluctance to take responsibility for White House chaos
Asked for the first time publicly to address the dismissal of Michael Flynn, his national security advisor, President Trump was clear Wednesday in his frustration. But the president’s target was not Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, nor his conduct. “Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man,” Trump...
3163 points by Chicago Tribune | President of the United States Mitch McConnell White House Party leaders of the United States Senate Franklin D. Roosevelt Executive Office of the President of the United States Thomas Jefferson Democratic Party
Last straw: Inside Puzder's withdrawl
In the end, Andrew Puzder had too much baggage -- both personal and professional -- to be confirmed as President Donald Trump's Cabinet.
1473 points by CNN | Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Senate Democratic Party Mitch McConnell Republican Party Trade union Harry Reid United States Department of Labor
Senate Democrats unify around congressional probe of Trump ties to Russia
Members say they prefer to handle inquiry internally.
5937 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate Democratic Party Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate President of the United States Vice President of the United States Republican Party Harry Reid
Netanyahu meets with congressional leaders
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Feb. 15 met with congressional leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).
18 points by The Washington Post | Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell Democratic Party Benjamin Netanyahu Harry Reid 111th United States Congress Jim Bunning United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
A turf war breaks out in the Senate: Who will investigate Russia’s connections to the Trump campaign?
With new details coming almost daily about ex-national security adviser Michael T. Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador, interest in more probing has emerged.
287 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell Dianne Feinstein Harry Reid United States Senate Committee on Armed Services Chuck Schumer
Wolf and Kenney decry Senate bill restricting abortions

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Abortion Pregnancy United States Congress Legislatures Abortion law Party leaders of the United States Senate Bill Clinton Veto
Andrew Puzder withdraws as President Trump's nominee for Labor secretary
Trump’s embattled pick to become Labor secretary withdrew his nomination amid growing concerns that he did not have the votes to win confirmation.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | United States Senate Mitch McConnell President of the United States Employment Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Herbert Hoover Democratic Party
Andy Puzder, Trump’s pick for Labor secretary, drops out
Lawmakers call for investigation into Flynn's contacts with Russia Feb. 15, 2017, 12:57 p.m. A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Democrats push for an independent inquiry into White House ties with Russia White House takes a step back from two-state solution in...
490 points by Los Angeles Times | Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Senate Democratic Party Republican Party Harry Reid The Oprah Winfrey Show Oprah Winfrey
Trump urges Israeli prime minister to 'hold off' on building Jewish settlements
President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Israel's prime minister to "hold off" on building Jewish settlements in land the Palestinians claim for their future state, yet held back from explicitly endorsing support for a future independent Palestine. After weeks of dancing around the issue of expanded...
54 points by Chicago Tribune | Israel Proposals for a Palestinian state Benjamin Netanyahu West Bank Palestinian National Authority Second Intifada Yasser Arafat Party leaders of the United States Senate
The Latest: Trump says media treated Flynn unfairly
WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):12:35 p.m.President Donald Trump says his ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is a "wonderful man" who has been treated "very, very unfairly" by the media.Flynn resigned late Monday following reports that he had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before Trump was sworn into office.Flynn and other administration officials originally denied the topic had been discussed. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Flynn had lost the president's trust.
-2 points by Boston Herald | President of the United States Democratic Party Barack Obama Bill Clinton United States Senate United States Hillary Rodham Clinton Party leaders of the United States Senate
Trump would beat Sen. Warren in hypothetical 2020 election: poll
Trump would beat Sen. Warren in a hypothetical presidential election matchup but would lose to a generic Democrat, a new poll showed.
769 points by Daily News | Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell United States Senate Democratic Party Democracy President of the United States Voting Harry Reid
Reports: CIA chief meets with Palestinians on eve of Netanyahu visit to U.S.
Palestinians reportedly had long sought a back channel to the Trump administration       
62 points by USA Today | Israel Benjamin Netanyahu Mahmoud Abbas Party leaders of the United States Senate Palestinian National Authority Jordan Democratic Party Yasser Arafat
Senators from both parties pledge to deepen probe of Russia, the 2016 election
Top Republican and Democratic senators pledged Tuesday to deepen their investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election in the wake of Michael Flynn's resignation as President Trump's national security adviser, opening a new and potentially uncomfortable chapter in the uneasy...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | United States Senate Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate Democratic Party President of the United States John Boehner Harry Reid United States House of Representatives
Amid Obamacare uncertainty, insurance giant Humana plans to leave marketplaces in 2018
Humana Inc., one of the nation’s largest health insurers, will stop selling Obamacare health plans next year, the company announced Tuesday. The move threatens to rattle jittery insurance markets and further complicate Republicans’ push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The company...
961 points by Los Angeles Times | Insurance Market Health insurance Party leaders of the United States Senate Democratic Party Donald Trump Marketplace Humana
Dems plan jobless system overhaul amid problems
The legislative package comes as a House Republican panel chairman plans hearings and a work group on the agency’s ills        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Unemployment Wisconsin Unemployment benefits Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Michigan Dems say they'll tackle fraud scandal at unemployment agency
Democrats are drafting bills to require compensation, extend statute of limitations, hike jobless benefits        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Plaintiff Class action Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Civil procedure Unemployment English-language films Michigan