| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:17 PM
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans' rejection Thursday of two key nominations by President Obama revived a battle over filibuster rules and opened a new partisan front just as congressional leaders and the White House are searching for a budget...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 10:25 AM
Republican Senator Dean Heller, the junior Senator from Nevada, announced Monday his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which likely makes him the crucial 60th vote in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's attempt to get the bill...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:26 PM
WASHINGTON — The gay rights movement won at least a preliminary victory Monday as the Senate voted to advance a measure that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The 61-30 procedural vote does not...
| Jun 12, 2013
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) , a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is hopping mad. Sensenbrenner considers himself the father of the Patriot Act, the 2001 law that gave the federal government new powers to investigate potential...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 1:17 PM
The best chance to get the U.S. Senate to do its job is not to withhold pay (although withholding campaign contributions might have done the trick) but to reform the Senate rules so that filibusters aren't used so routinely to gum up the works. Majority...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 2:47 PM
The recent leaks of NSA programs to the Washington Post and Guardian newspapers have awakened a strong desire among many Americans to know more about how the Intelligence Community conducts its business.
Americans expect their government to do the utmost...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 6:46 PM
WASHINGTON — Sixteen Senate Democrats met with President Obama on Wednesday to urge that he right his foundering healthcare website, warning of a "crisis of confidence" if he doesn't act quickly.
The president's team acknowledged struggling with...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 12:49 PM
WASHINGTON – A top administration official Wednesday stopped short of guaranteeing that technical issues with the new healthcare website would be largely resolved by the president’s Nov. 30 deadline, heightening Democrats’ concerns about...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 5:24 PM
WASHINGTON — After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: "This is not a time for celebration."
But behind closed doors in a room off the Senate floor, some of...
| Dec 1, 2013
Senators have long considered any change to filibuster rules to be "the nuclear option." But the recent action by Democrats to limit the use of filibusters in blocking most presidential nominations didn't go nearly far enough.
Now is the time to get rid...
| Nov 29, 2013
Re "New breed in the Senate," Nov. 23
It's about time the Democrats showed some backbone.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) statement to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) years ago that "we've got to change the culture" was sadly prescient....