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Nancy Pelosi Beats Back Challenge For Leadership Of House Democrats

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To the surprise of nobody who paid attention, Nancy Pelosi won re-election as leader of the House Democrats.

Jon Huntsman For Senate?

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Jon Huntsman, who served as Governor of Utah and U.S. Ambassador to China, and ran for President in 2012, is mulling a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018: Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman said he’s weighing a run for the U.S. Senate in 2018, depending in part on whether fellow Republican Orrin Hatch decides […]

Rand Paul Speaks Out Against Potential Trump Nominees

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is speaking out against several of President-Elect Trump’s proposed Cabinet nominees.

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Senate Over Merrick Garland Nomination

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A Federal Judge has dismissed a lawsuit that tried to make an end-run around the Senate and put Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court.

Key Republican Senators Come Out Against Elimination Of The Filibuster

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Senior Republican Senators are throwing cold water on the idea of eliminating the filibuster.

After Election Losses, Democrats Battle For Some Top Leadership Positions

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In what seems like a replay of the primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, some top Democratic Party leadership positions may be in jeopardy.

No, The Democratic Party Is Not ‘Decimated’

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Reports of the demise of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated.

Chelsea Clinton Being ‘Groomed’ For Congress, Reports Say

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No, the Clinton dynasty isn’t dead just yet.

Maggie Hassan Defeats Kelly Ayotte In New Hampshire

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It won’t change the balance of power in the Senate, but New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has defeated Kelly Ayotte to capture New Hampshire’s Senate seat for the Democrats: CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, has unseated Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, in one of the most competitive and closely watched […]

Republicans Maintain Control Of Senate

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Defying the odds, Republicans held on in several traditionally Democratic states to keep control of the Senate.

2016 Congressional Election Predictions

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My predictions for the House and Senate.

Would Senate Republicans Really Block Any Supreme Court Nomination Hillary Clinton Makes?

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Two Republican Senators are exchanging barbs over the idea that the GOP should block any attempt by Hillary Clinton to nominate anyone to the Supreme Court if she becomes President.

Down-Ballot Republicans Campaigning As If Clinton Has Already Won

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Republican candidates for the Senate and House are campaigning on the argument that they will be a bulwark against a Clinton Presidency.

John McCain Says Republicans Will Refuse To Confirm Any Clinton SCOTUS Nominee

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John McCain said that Senate Republicans will unite to block any Supreme Court appointment by a President Hillary Clinton.

Paul Ryan Won’t Campaign For Donald Trump

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Paul Ryan is abandoning the Trump campaign.

Democratic Hopes Of Winning Back The Senate Seem To Be Slipping Away

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Democratic hopes of retaking the Senate aren’t going so well at the moment.

Republicans Vow To Continue Investigations Even If Hillary Clinton Wins The White House

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House Republicans are vowing to continue their investigations even if Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

John McCain Cruises To Primary Victory

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As expected, John McCain easily defeated his primary opponent yesterday.

Marco Rubio Easily Wins Florida Senate Primary

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As expected, Marco Rubio easily won the primary for his Senate seat. The General Election battle, though, promises to be more difficult.

Keeping Control Of The Senate Just Got More Difficult For Republicans

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GOP control of Indiana’s Senate seat appears to be in jeopardy, and that will have serious implications for the battle to control the Senate.

GOP Control Of The Senate At Risk As Trump Flounders

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With Donald Trump floundering, there are a whole lot of nervous Republican Senators up for re-election.

Paul Ryan Easily Wins Primary

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Notwithstanding a push by Trump supporters and hard right pundits, House Speaker Paul Ryan easily won his primary challenge last night: WASHINGTON — The House speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, easily won his Republican primary on Tuesday, defeating a political newcomer who had received a late surge of attention after being praised by Donald […]

New York Republican Congressman Announces He’s Voting For Clinton

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Retiring Republican Congressman Richard Hanna of New York has announced that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton for President: WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, a three-term Republican, said Tuesday he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president because Donald Trump is “unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.” Hanna […]

New Poll Finds Strong Support For Enhanced Background Checks For Gun Sales

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A new poll finds strong public support for enhanced background checks and barring people on Federal watch lists from purchasing weapons.

Marco Rubio Decides He’s Running For Re-Election After All

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Marco Rubio changes his mind, and drops the first hint that he’s already thinking about the Presidential race in 2020 or 2024.

Senate Rejects Post-Orlando Gun Control Efforts

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As expected, the Senate rejected four gun control measures introduced in the wake of the attack in Orlando.

House Committee Votes To Censure I.R.S. Commissioner, Impeachment May Soon Follow

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The man who was brought in to clean up the I.R.S. after the alleged targeting scandal became public is facing censure and possible impeachment. Proving that there really is such a thing as a thankless job.

Marco Rubio Reconsidering Decision Not To Run For Re-Election

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Marco Rubio may be running for re-election to the Senate after all.

Senate Approves Bill Requiring Women To Register For The Draft

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The Senate has passed an amendment to a military spending bill that would require women to register for the draft.

George Voinovich, Ohio Governor And Senator, Dies At 79

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George Voinovich, who had a long political career as both a Senator and Governor in Ohio, has died at the age of 79: George Voinovich, a former U.S. senator and two-term Ohio governor who preached frugality in his personal and public life and occasionally bucked the Republican establishment, died June 12 at his home in […]

Elizabeth Warren Endorses Clinton, Attacks Trump, As Democrats Unite Behind Clinton

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Senator Elizabeth Warren is the latest Democrat to unite behind the party’s presumptive nominee. A marked contrast to the chaos that reigns on the Republican side of the aisle.

As Republicans Run From Trump, The Seeds Of A GOP Civil War May Be Starting To Grow

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With top Republicans recoiling from the realization that the GOP is stuck with Trump in 2016, the ground seems to be being prepared for a conflict that could tear the GOP apart regardless of who wins in November.

Paul Ryan Folds Like A Cheap Suit, Endorses Donald Trump

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After initially expressing doubts about his candidacy, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has lined up behind Donald Trump.

State Department Inspector General Faults Hillary Clinton, State Dept. In Email Probe

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A bad day for the Clinton campaign.

John McCain In Trouble in Arizona?

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John McCain seems to be headed for the toughest re-election fight of his political career: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is facing a tough reelection bid while fighting unfavorable ratings,according to a new poll. The survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) released Tuesday found that McCain leads the Republican primary field with 39 percent, […]

Federal Court Finds Portion Of Administration’s PPACA Subsidy Funding Unconstitutional

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A Federal Court has ruled that the Administration violated the law when it spent funds allocated under the PPACA for purposes other than those authorized by Congress.

Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, And The Future Of The Republican Party

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Paul Ryan is declining to back Donald Trump for the time being, but other Republicans are making their own choices.

The Paul Ryan Scenario: Unlikely To Succeed, And A Sign Of Total Desperation

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With the Republican nomination fight down to two incredibly unappealing candidates, some Republican insiders are talking about looking elsewhere for a nominee.

Two Republicans Backtrack On Support For Hearings For SCOTUS Nominee

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Two Republicans who broke with their party to support hearings for Judge Merrick Garland have changed their minds and gotten back in line with the Senate GOP Caucus.

The End Of Paul Ryan’s Honeymoon?

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Five months after becoming Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan seems to be running into some of the same difficulties that John Boehner did.

Another Senator Defects On “No Hearings, No Votes” As Public Opposition Rises

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Another Republican Senator has broken ranks and called for hearings on the nomination of Merrick Garland, as another poll shows most Americans support hearings as well.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s “No Hearings, No Votes” Position On Garland Nomination

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It increasingly appears that the GOP is on the losing side of the argument over whether to hold hearings and a vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Would Nominating Trump Put The House At Risk For Republicans?

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If Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, the GOP may have more to worry about than losing the White House and the Senate.

Republican Senator Calls For Hearings And A Vote On Merrick Garland Nomination

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A crack in the wall.

We Won’t Have Marco Rubio To Kick Around Anymore

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Marco Rubio is ruling out a return to politics, at least for now.

President Obama Selects Judge Merrick Garland To Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

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President Obama has selected his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, now the question is whether the Senate will act.

Political War Over Supreme Court Getting Ready To Go Nuclear

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The coming political battle over President Obama’s effort to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia will likely be unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Senate GOP Remains United On Denying Consideration To Obama SCOTUS Nominee

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The President could nominate someone to fill the vacancy created by Antonin Scalia’s death as soon a next week, but Republicans in the Senate remain firmly committed to their decision to deny the as yet unnamed nominee any consideration.

Jeff Sessions Endorses Donald Trump, While Other Republicans Begin To Panic

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Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions became the latest prominent Republican to endorse Donald Trump, but there are a lot more Republicans who are starting to panic over what Trump could do to their party.

Brian Sandoval Takes Name Out Of Contention For Supreme Court

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Less than a day after his name was leaked as a possible Supreme Court nominee, and an intriguing one at that, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has asked that his name be taken out of consideration for the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Antonin Scalia: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) announced […]

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