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  • Mary Landrieu's loss and the end of ticket splitting

    Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's defeat in the Dec. 6 runoff certainly was no surprise. If anything, it seemed inevitable since the evening of Nov. 4, when it became clear a Republican rout was underway and Democrats would lose control of the Senate.
  • Fight for Louisiana Senate seat prompts dueling votes on Keystone

    The House and Senate are set to consider dueling measures that aim to advance the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project, as the politics of Louisiana's unresolved Senate election spilled into the first day of the lame-duck session of Congress. In a...

    Another result of Tuesday's election: fewer 'Blue Dog' Democrats

    The U.S. Senate just got a lot more conservative. But its Democratic caucus just got a lot more liberal. How’s that again? The little-examined flip side to this week’s Republican victories is that they swept out many of the last...

    This Democratic 'reform' would make Obamacare more expensive. Bad idea.

    A caucus of seven nervous Democratic senators, led by Mark Begich of Alaska, has been pushing a plan to "reform" the Affordable Care Act by allowing insurers to offer an even skimpier insurance plan than the skimpiest permitted now.  The idea of their...

    Female senators urge NFL to adopt zero-tolerance abuse policy

    A group of 16 senators wrote to the NFL Thursday, asking the league to create a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence after a video was released of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his now-wife. "We were shocked and disgusted by the...