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  • Keystone XL amendments had senators doing the unusual: voting ... a lot

    Something unusual happened in Congress this week: Senators voted -- not just once or twice, but more than 20 times, right up until midnight Thursday. In contrast to the recent years of gridlock and paralysis, senators took vote after politically tough...
  • Female senators urge Goodell to adopt zero-tolerance domestic violence policy

    Female senators urge Goodell to adopt zero-tolerance domestic violence policy
    Sixteen female senators have sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the NFL adopt a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence. Goodell recently instituted a policy with a six-game suspension for first-time domestic...
  • This Democratic 'reform' would make Obamacare more expensive. Bad idea.

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

    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...
  • Fight for Louisiana Senate seat prompts dueling votes on Keystone

    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...
  • Female senators urge NFL to adopt zero-tolerance abuse policy

    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...
  • GOP senator's changed vote puts ATF nominee on verge of confirmation

    GOP senator's changed vote puts ATF nominee on verge of confirmation
    WASHINGTON – B. Todd Jones is on the cusp of becoming the first Senate-confirmed director of the ATF on Thursday, after a fierce lobbying effort successfully swayed a single Republican lawmaker to change her vote. Democrats had expected a close...
  • Senate may vote to give Syria time to join chemical weapons pact

    Senate may vote to give Syria time to join chemical weapons pact
    WASHINGTON -- A proposal that would delay a possible U.S. military strike and give Syria’s government 45 days to come into compliance with an international chemical weapons treaty could get a vote in the Senate as it considers the president’...
  • Woman shot in D.C. chase had fixation on President Obama

    Woman shot in D.C. chase had fixation on President Obama
    WASHINGTON -- The woman shot to death after a police chase from the White House to Capitol Hill had been suffering from mental health issues, according to federal law enforcement officials, including postpartum depression after her daughter was born and a...
  • Obama administration delays decision on Keystone XL pipeline

    Obama administration delays decision on Keystone XL pipeline
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has delayed a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, perhaps until after November’s midterm election. A further delay in the evaluation of the pipeline, which already has lasted more than...
  • Some Senate Democrats call on Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline

    Some Senate Democrats call on Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline
    WASHINGTON — A group of Democratic senators, including several facing tough re-election races, sent a letter Thursday to President Obama demanding approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline by May 31. The letter’s forcefulness hints at the...