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Al Franken: 'I Am So Sorry'

He vows to regain trust of Minnesotans

(Newser) - Sen. Al Franken apparently sees himself as an over-enthusiastic hugger, not the "serial groper" one woman describes him as. In a statement issued Thursday, the day after two more women accused him of touching them inappropriately during photo-ops , the Democrat apologized for making "some women feel badly" and... More »

Al Franken Accused of Being 'Serial Groper'

2 more women have come forward

(Newser) - The accusations against Sen. Al. Franken are starting to stack up. Two more women came forward Wednesday to accuse the Democrat of groping them, bringing the total to four. One woman tells the Huff Post that in 2007, during Franken's first Senate campaign, he grabbed her buttocks during a... More »

Roy Moore Taunts McConnell in Tweet, Promptly Gets Served

As the GOP considers how to deal with the situation

(Newser) - A sixth accuser stepped forward on Wednesday to say that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore once grabbed her buttocks . And the fact that he is still a Senate candidate is causing no shortage of hand-wringing among Republicans. As BuzzFeed reports, senators have called for him to leave the race and... More »

Alabama Senate Race Razor Thin

Polls show Roy Moore's lead slipping after allegations

(Newser) - The first polls coming in after sexual misconduct claims against US Senate nominee Roy Moore broke on Thursday aren’t looking good for the GOP hopeful. According to Politico , three flash polls conducted after the Washington Post’s story captured national attention found Moore’s lead shrinking in the Alabama... More »

Kid Rock Shoots Down Senate Rumors With Lots of Profanity

'F--- no, I'm not running'

(Newser) - He hinted at it for months , even causing some Democrats to worry ... but it turns out Kid Rock is not, in fact, running for Senate. Or, to be more specific, "F--- no, I'm not running for Senate," as the rocker put it himself on Howard Stern's... More »

You Can Ignore All but One Thing in Senate Budget Vote

In addition to usual political theatrics, it includes language to speed up Trump's tax plan

(Newser) - The Senate passed its version of a budget blueprint Thursday night, but even lawmakers acknowledge that it's safe to ignore almost all of it. The blueprint that passed on a 51-49 vote contains many items great for political posturing but unlikely to actually become law. However, its passage accomplishes... More »

Oldest Member of Senate Is Running for Re-Election

'I'm all in,' says Dianne Feinstein, 84

(Newser) - California's Dianne Feinstein has been noncommittal for weeks now on whether she would seek another six-year term as a senator. On Monday, however, she ended the speculation. "I'm all in!" she tweeted . "Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare.... More »

Senate Unanimously Condemns White Supremacist Groups

Measure calls for Trump to denounce hate groups

(Newser) - They can't agree on much—but they're pretty clear that they don't like Nazis and the KKK. A resolution condemning white supremacist groups and the "domestic terrorist attack" in Charlottesville last month passed the Senate unanimously Monday night, the Hill reports. The measure, introduced by a... More »

Report: If Hatch Wants Out of Senate, Romney Wants In

Former presidential candidate said to be waiting on Utah senator's retirement decision

(Newser) - What Joe Biden wants, Joe Biden gets—maybe. In June, the former VP had recommended to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney that the latter should run for Senate if Utah's Orrin Hatch retires next year, as has been rumored. Now, sources tell Utah Policy that Romney is gearing up... More »

The Gasp-Inducing Moment When McCain Voted 'No'

He'd left room when his name was called for repeal vote; re-entrance was dramatic

(Newser) - Anyone watching Senate proceedings on the GOP health care bill in the wee hours of Friday morning got a master class in the study of body language. CNN notes the tense activity in the chamber in the minutes before the 49-51 vote that Hot Air says brought to a "... More »

Kid Rock: If I Run, It's 'Game On'

But at the moment he's more concerned with voter registration

(Newser) - "It's game on mthrfkers." Not the likeliest slogan for a political campaign, but there you have it. No, Kid Rock isn't saying he's actually running for the US Senate ... but he is saying that, were he to run, it would be a campaign like none... More »

McCain Returns Tuesday for Health Care Vote

Arizona senator was diagnosed with a brain tumor last week

(Newser) - Senate Republicans will try to move ahead on Tuesday with their plan to ditch ObamaCare, and the task just got a little easier: John McCain will return for the vote. His office announced Monday night that the Arizona senator will be on Capitol Hill just a week after being diagnosed... More »

What McCain's Recovery Could Mean for Health Care Bill

Speculation flying on how senator's absence after surgery could affect ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - Despite the hopes of Senate Republicans that John McCain would be back in Washington sooner rather than later following his surgery last week, some doctors are warning that recovery could take much longer than the week or so originally anticipated, the New York Times reports. On Friday, the longtime Arizona... More »

Someone Broke Into Dean Heller's Office

Police investigating burglary at his Las Vegas office

(Newser) - Sen. Dean Heller's office in Las Vegas has been burglarized, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Details are scarce, but police say they were dispatched to investigate the burglary around 9am Sunday. "Entry did occur," a police rep says, but the investigation is ongoing. Politico notes Heller is... More »

Caitlyn Jenner Might Run for Senate

She's debating a Republican run in California

(Newser) - From Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner to ... Senator Jenner? The transgender activist said during an interview on New York's AM 970 over the weekend that she's considering a run for the Senate in California, reports the Hill . The former Olympian is a lifelong Republican and supporter of President... More »

Democrats Not Taking Kid Rock Senate Run Lightly

Schumer: 'We can't afford to take this tweet as a joke'

(Newser) - Kid Rock has announced on Twitter that he’ll be throwing his fedora in the ring for Michigan’s 2018 senate seat. While some find his bid to be “ pimp of the nation ” humorous, Democrats are not discounting the rocker. CNN reports that Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Minority... More »

5 Changes in the GOP's Revised Health Care Bill

And one big thing that's mostly unchanged

(Newser) - President Trump said he'd be "very angry" if senators fail to repeal ObamaCare as promised, and GOP leaders have just taken a step in their quest to quell that anger. The second draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act was released on Thursday with revisions aimed at getting... More »

Senate Recess Will Be Cut by 2 Weeks

Will begin Aug. 14 instead of July 31

(Newser) - The Senate won't be headed home at the end of July as originally scheduled. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday announced that the August recess would be shortened by two weeks and begin Aug. 14, giving senators an extra two weeks to get through high-priority agenda items like its... More »

McConnell Signals a Shift in Fight to Kill ObamaCare

He talks about shoring it up instead of replacing it

(Newser) - The holiday break doesn't seem to be helping Mitch McConnell's effort to get enough conservatives and moderates on board to pass the GOP's ObamaCare alternative. At a town hall in Kentucky, he likened the task to trying to twist a Rubik's cube in just the right... More »

McConnell's Health Bill Task Just Got Much Tougher

As of now, he doesn't have the votes even to bring it up for debate

(Newser) - Before this week began, Mitch McConnell's former chief of staff likened the Senate majority leader's task of getting the GOP's health care bill passed to "a 747 landing on a suburban driveway." It looks like Monday's CBO report just made the runway even smaller.... More »

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