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In Historic First, Senate Invokes War Powers Act

Calls for US to end support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen war; 2nd vote condemns prince

(Newser) - The Senate on Thursday sent what the Washington Post described as a historic rebuke to the White House over Saudi Arabia. Actually, it delivered two rebukes. First, senators voted 56-41 to invoke the War Powers Act and demand that the US end its military support of the Saudi-led coalition in... More »

Senators Defy Trump on Saudi Arabia

Vote on Yemen was rebuke to president, Saudis

(Newser) - Defying President Trump, senators sent a strong signal that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. By a bipartisan 63-37 vote, the Senate opted to move forward with legislation calling for an end to US involvement in the Saudi-led war in... More »

All Eyes on Mississippi and Last Election of 2018

Can Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith hold off Democrat Mike Espy?

(Newser) - Will it be 53-47 or 52-48? The last election of 2018 will determine the Republican advantage in the Senate next year. GOP incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith is trying to fend off Democratic challenger Mike Espy in Mississippi in Tuesday's special election. As Politico reports, Hyde-Pierce has never trailed in the... More »

Major Update Delivered in Arizona Senate Race

Democrat Krysten Sinema has edged ahead

(Newser) - Democratic candidate Krysten Sinema has edged ahead of Republican rival Martha McSally in Arizona, one of three states where Senate races are still undecided. The state's first major update since election night said Sinema was leading with 49.10%, or 932,870 votes, while McSally was at 48.59%... More »

Republicans Keep Control of Senate

GOP wins key races in Tennessee, Texas, Indiana, Missouri

(Newser) - Republicans will keep control of the Senate for at least another two years—both CNN and the AP have called it. The GOP went into Tuesday's midterms with a 51-49 advantage, and the party appears to be on track to actually increase that margin. The bad news began early... More »

Kavanaugh Now Looks Like a Lock for Court

Democrats' hopes of stopping the nominee just took a major hit

(Newser) - The smart money now says Brett Kavanaugh will be the next Supreme Court justice. That became evident Friday afternoon when the Democrats' last big hope, Republican Susan Collins, announced that she would vote yes on confirmation, reports the Washington Post . After her announcement, Democrat Joe Manchin, another swing vote, said... More »

Brett Kavanaugh Just Passed a Big Hurdle

He gets enough votes in crucial Senate procedural test

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh just passed a crucial hurdle in the Senate, though his ascension to the Supreme Court is still not assured. Kavanaugh's nomination passed a procedural vote that allows it to move forward, reports Reuters . The count was 51-49. The final vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh is expected... More »

Democratic Surge Isn't Translating to Senate

FiveThirtyEight sees Republicans with strong chance of retaining control

(Newser) - The latest analysis from FiveThirtyEight.com about how the midterms will affect the Senate is good news for Republicans. The forecast gives the GOP a 67% chance of retaining control. Despite an expected strong performance by Democrats in House elections—one that could easily result in their party taking over... More »

Can Cory Booker Really Be Expelled From Senate?

The debate over expulsion just got a lot less dramatic

(Newser) - "This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an 'I am Spartacus' moment." That line from Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey showed just how dramatic the Brett Kavanaugh hearings became Thursday morning as he and fellow Democrats continued to complain... More »

John McCain's Replacement Is No Stranger to the Senate

Jon Kyl was once the No. 2 GOP senator

(Newser) - The person who will fill John McCain's Senate seat is a man who has occupied such a chair before. The Arizona Republic reports former Sen. Jon Kyl will be named as McCain's successor on Tuesday; the AP received confirmation from Cindy McCain. Kyl and McCain served as fellow... More »

The Political Calculus in Picking McCain's Successor

Columnist: Gov. Ducey will look for a reliable GOP vote, making Cindy McCain unlikely

(Newser) - One suggestion in circulation after John McCain's death is that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint McCain's widow, Cindy, to his seat. Don't bet on it, writes Perry Bacon Jr. at FiveThirtyEight . More than anything, Ducey will want to pick someone who can be counted on as... More »

Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality

But effort will likely 'go nowhere' in the House

(Newser) - The Senate has voted to kill a Federal Communications Commission rule that repealed the Obama administration's ban on internet providers blocking or slowing down certain content. Back in December, in an effort to deregulate the internet, the FCC repealed "net neutrality" rules that ensured equal treatment for all... More »

Democrats Have Little Hope of Taking Senate Now

Don Blankenship's loss makes that clear, according to Politico analysis

(Newser) - Tuesday's primary results brought a dose of reality to Democrats: They have little or no chance of taking control of the Senate next year, writes Charlie Mahtesian at Politico . Democrats' hopes were raised briefly by the prospect of once-imprisoned coal executive Don Blankenship winning the GOP nomination in West... More »

'But What if There Are 10 Babies on Floor of the Senate?'

Senate unanimously votes to allow members' newborns, but not without some qualms

(Newser) - Who doesn't like babies? No one in the Senate, apparently—at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber. Its passage without objection came despite plenty of concern, some privately aired, among senators of both parties about... More »

White House Investigates Pruitt's $43K Phone Booth

39 senators call for EPA chief to step down

(Newser) - Scott Pruitt's week isn't getting any easier: White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday that he's planning to investigate the embattled EPA chief's activities, which include allegedly violating the law by spending $43,000 in taxpayer funds on a soundproof phone booth for his office,... More »

Tammy Duckworth's Newborn Soon to Make History Again

The Illinois Democrat wants to bring her baby to the Senate during votes

(Newser) - Tammy Duckworth made history when she became the first US Senator to give birth while in office and now the Illinois Democrat wants to make history again. This time, it could change age-old Senate rules. According to Politico , Duckworth has submitted a resolution that would allow children under a... More »

The No. 1 Senate Race to Watch: Florida

Rick Scott will go after the seat Democrat Bill Nelson has held since 2001

(Newser) - President Trump has been pushing Rick Scott to run for Senate, and on Monday he got his wish. The Florida governor will challenge Sen. Bill Nelson for the seat the Democrat has held since 2001, one that's considered particularly vulnerable. The AP reports Nelson is Florida's only statewide-elected... More »

A GOP Senator's Resignation, a Bitter Battle for His Seat

Mississippi's Thad Cochran cites health issues as reason for his departure

(Newser) - Longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said Monday he'll resign because of health problems—triggering what could be a chaotic special election to fill the seat he has held for a generation. Cochran, who turned 80 in December and has been in poor health, has been a sporadic... More »

Trump: Romney Will Be a 'Great Senator'

He endorses his Utah Senate run

(Newser) - Mitt Romney and President Trump have traded their share of insults in the past, but they appear ready to let bygones be bygones: Trump endorsed Romney's Senate run Monday night, tweeting that the 2012 Republican nominee "will make a great Senator and worthy successor" to Sen. Orrin Hatch... More »

Romney Is In, but Don't Expect Attacks on Trump

He is running for the Senate and is the immediate front-runner

(Newser) - There's a good chance Mitt Romney will be adding "Senator" to the front of his name in the near future. The former governor and presidential candidate formally announced that he's running for the seat being vacated by Orrin Hatch, and the move makes him the "instant... More »

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