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Will Lightning Strike Twice for Democrats in Georgia?
State News
Will Lightning Strike Twice for Democrats in Georgia?

WASHINGTON — Georgia, the state on track to produce the closest finish of the 2020 presidential election, is about to endure an unprecedented political encore that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. The runoff campaigns for both the state's Senate seats are set... Read More

McConnell, Schumer to Remain Senate Leaders
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McConnell, Schumer to Remain Senate Leaders

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York were reelected Tuesday to lead their parties in the Senate during the next Congress. The leadership elections, which occurred behind closed doors Tuesday morning, were held even though it's still unclear which party will hold... Read More

McConnell Backs Trump Decision Not to Concede Election
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McConnell Backs Trump Decision Not to Concede Election
2020-11-10 13:37:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Speaking out on the presidential election for the first time since the race was called in Democrat Joe Biden's favor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said President Donald Trump is "100% within his rights" to challenge the... Read More

Gov. Newsom Assembling 'Short List' to Fill Harris Senate Seat
State News
Gov. Newsom Assembling 'Short List' to Fill Harris Senate Seat
2020-11-09 17:34:45
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he's been lobbied for months about who would fill Kamala Harris' Senate seat should she be elected vice president, and he admitted it hasn't been fun. "It's not something I'd wish... Read More

Republicans Have Edge to Keep Senate, and Block Biden if He Wins
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Republicans Have Edge to Keep Senate, and Block Biden if He Wins

WASHINGTON — Republicans brushed back challengers in some of the most competitive Senate contests, bolstering the party's hopes of retaining control of the chamber and erecting a powerful firewall against a potential Joe Biden administration. As of early Wednesday evening, the Senate map stood at 48 Republicans and 47 Democrats, with five... Read More

Democrats' Hopes for Capturing a Senate Majority Fade
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Democrats' Hopes for Capturing a Senate Majority Fade

WASHINGTON — Democrats' hopes of sweeping to a Senate majority faded as marquee contests stretched into overtime early Wednesday and some of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents remained in contention while the vote counts dragged on. Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine, whose defeats had been considered... Read More

Without Senate-Confirmed Leaders, Interior Rules May Be at Risk
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Without Senate-Confirmed Leaders, Interior Rules May Be at Risk

WASHINGTON — Three Interior Department divisions have gone without Senate-confirmed leaders during the entire Trump administration, endangering department policies and decisions over violations of laws that govern presidential appointments and nominations. Through a series of appointments that appear to have bypassed the Appointments Clause... Read More

Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett As Newest Supreme Court Justice
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Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett As Newest Supreme Court Justice
2020-10-27 16:00:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday evening, marking the first time in 151 years that a justice was confirmed without the support of a single member of the minority party. Shortly afterward,... Read More

Senate Cuts Off Debate on Barrett Nomination, Moves to Final Vote on Monday
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Senate Cuts Off Debate on Barrett Nomination, Moves to Final Vote on Monday

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Senate dispensed with a key procedural hurdle Sunday on the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, as Republicans race to a final confirmation vote Monday that will solidify the high court's conservative tilt. In a rare weekend floor vote mostly along party... Read More

Judiciary Panel Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
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Judiciary Panel Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
2020-10-22 14:40:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate, despite a Democratic boycott on the hearing. The 12-0 vote by the committee virtually assures... Read More

Supreme Court Vote Tears at Judiciary Committee Relationships
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Supreme Court Vote Tears at Judiciary Committee Relationships

WASHINGTON — The Senate's escalating partisan tug-of-war over judicial confirmations has frayed relationships in the chamber for decades, but Thursday's committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett threatens to sever the rope. The vote is expected to unfold as it did for previous judicial nominees... Read More

PPP Bill Falls Short in Senate as Hope for COVID-19 Aid Wanes
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PPP Bill Falls Short in Senate as Hope for COVID-19 Aid Wanes

WASHINGTON - Amid ongoing COVID-19 economic aid negotiations and the approaching election, the Senate shot down on Tuesday a standalone measure authorizing a second round of forgivable loans to small businesses. Republicans were unified in their attempt to push forward the bill while nearly... Read More

Senate Set to Confirm Barrett to Supreme Court Next Monday
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Senate Set to Confirm Barrett to Supreme Court Next Monday
2020-10-20 22:57:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate will put in a long work session this weekend in a bid to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by next Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. McConnell has repeatedly said... Read More

Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court Nomination Expected to Advance During Rare Sunday Senate Session
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Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court Nomination Expected to Advance During Rare Sunday Senate Session

WASHINGTON -- The Senate appears likely to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as soon as next Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., had previously said that he anticipated beginning the process of considering the nomination of Barrett, currently a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit... Read More

Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court
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Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court
2020-10-15 18:32:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote October 22 on whether to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee set the date Thursday on the fourth day of contentious... Read More

Democrats Hammer on Health Care in Third Day of Supreme Court Nominee Barrett’s Hearings
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Democrats Hammer on Health Care in Third Day of Supreme Court Nominee Barrett’s Hearings

WASHINGTON — Democrats zeroed in on key issues surrounding health care Wednesday on the third day of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, as Republicans argued members of the other party have overblown their criticisms of a qualified... Read More

Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable
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Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable

WASHINGTON — As Republicans inch closer to confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and Joe Biden enjoys a national lead over Donald Trump in the presidential race, there’s also an intense battle going on for control of Congress.... Read More

Another ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Relief Bill on Tap in Senate, McConnell Says
Economy
Another ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Relief Bill on Tap in Senate, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote next week on a roughly $500 billion COVID-19 relief package that mirrors an earlier Republican proposal, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday. The decision to push another “skinny” relief bill marked a new attempt... Read More

Not Since Bork Has a Supreme Court Pick Had Such a Public Record on Issues. Will it Matter for Barrett?
Supreme Court
Not Since Bork Has a Supreme Court Pick Had Such a Public Record on Issues. Will it Matter for Barrett?

WASHINGTON — As a law professor, Elena Kagan once described Supreme Court confirmation hearings as a “valid and hollow charade,” because modern-day nominees rarely reveal their views on issues to avoid compromising their impartiality in future cases. Then, in 2010,... Read More

Republicans and Democrats Deeply Divided On Supreme Court Nomination of Barrett
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Republicans and Democrats Deeply Divided On Supreme Court Nomination of Barrett
2020-10-13 12:29:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted the outcome of confirmation hearings to the U.S. Supreme Court of Amy Coney Barrett shortly after the first session started Monday morning. “All the Republicans will vote yes, all... Read More

What to Watch for in the Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Hearings
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What to Watch for in the Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Hearings

Although Republicans appear to have the votes and the unity to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court — with the potential to move U.S. law in a conservative direction for decades — her Senate confirmation hearings still provide... Read More

Amy Coney Barrett Will Tell Senators Laws Should be Applied as Written, Not as Judges Would Like
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Amy Coney Barrett Will Tell Senators Laws Should be Applied as Written, Not as Judges Would Like

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, whose confirmation hearings begin Monday, will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that “policy decisions and value judgments” should be made by elected officials, not the courts, according to her opening statement released... Read More

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Starts Under 2020 Cloud
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Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Starts Under 2020 Cloud

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett starts Monday amid a very 2020 backdrop: Beset by COVID-19, sharply divided along political lines, conducted with the help of remote videoconferencing, with sweeping policies on health care, abortion... Read More

Q&A: The Century-old Filibuster May End. Here’s Why It Matters
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Q&A: The Century-old Filibuster May End. Here’s Why It Matters

WASHINGTON — If Democrats win control of the Senate and White House in November, many progressives want to get rid of a long-standing Senate rule — the legislative filibuster — to ensure that their agenda in a Joe Biden presidency... Read More

COVID-19 Threatens Senate Chaos, But No Pause in Barrett Confirmation Process
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COVID-19 Threatens Senate Chaos, But No Pause in Barrett Confirmation Process

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump emerged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening, Senate Republicans were continuing to operate on a timeline that would allow them to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court —... Read More

The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
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The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
2020-10-05 13:51:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "What you're about to witness will be a kind of a Kabuki theatre," Ron Bonjean said the other day. The communications Sherpa during Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, he was reflecting on that experience... Read More

Sen. Pat Toomey Won’t Run for Reelection, Sources Say
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Sen. Pat Toomey Won’t Run for Reelection, Sources Say

PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Pat Toomey has decided not to run for reelection or for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, according to two people familiar with his plans, a surprise decision by the Republican with significant implications for the next elections... Read More

Schumer Says It’s Unsafe to Hold Supreme Court Senate Hearings
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Schumer Says It’s Unsafe to Hold Supreme Court Senate Hearings

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it won’t be safe for the Senate to move ahead with Supreme Court hearings for Amy Coney Barrett given the virus outbreak that has sickened three Republican senators. While acknowledging that Democrats can’t block... Read More

Schumer Effort to Force Health Care Vote Earns Some GOP Support
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Schumer Effort to Force Health Care Vote Earns Some GOP Support

WASHINGTON — Six Senate Republicans, including five facing tight reelection races this fall, voted with Democrats on Thursday on a procedural vote on legislation to block the Trump administration from intervening in a lawsuit to overturn the 2010 health care... Read More

Schumer Goes Around McConnell to Set Up Vote Defending ‘Obamacare’
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Schumer Goes Around McConnell to Set Up Vote Defending ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON - Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has rattled the Senate cage, exercising a right every senator has -- though one rarely utilized -- in an effort to put Republicans on defense on health care in the home stretch of... Read More

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