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McCain: Let's Not Filibuster Chuck Hagel

Defense nominee nears confirmation

(Newser) - John McCain wasn't easy on Chuck Hagel during the defense secretary nominee's confirmation hearing—but it looks as though he and other Republicans are letting up. (After all, the two were friends before falling out.) McCain says he opposes a filibuster of Hagel's confirmation and will... More »

Roy Blunt: I'll Campaign for Todd Akin

Senator had asked Akin to quit after 'legitimate rape' flap

(Newser) - Seems like Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt's call for Todd Akin to step aside wasn't, ahem, "legitimate." Blunt asked Akin to quit the Senate race in August after the House lawmaker defended his flawed science of "legitimate rape"—but now that Akin's officially still... More »

GOP Balks at Renewing Violence Against Women Act

Because Democrats added provisions about immigrants, same-sex couples

(Newser) - Conservative senators are coming out against renewing the Violence Against Women Act, which provides federal funding for domestic violence programs and passed with broad bipartisan support in 1994. Democratic women plan to march to the Senate floor today and demand a quick vote to extend the bill, the New York ... More »

Rush: Want Birth Control? Post Sex Videos in Return

Limbaugh also offers aspirin for women to 'put between knees'

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh isn't quieting down about birth control. After calling a Georgetown law student who supports health insurance coverage for birth control a "slut," he's now insisting that women who want contraceptive coverage should "pay" in return by posting sex videos of themselves online. "... More »

Senate Kills Measure to Reverse Birth Control Rule

Roy Blunt amendment on contraception coverage fails

(Newser) - The Senate today defeated a GOP effort to roll back President Obama's policy on contraception insurance coverage, the first vote on an issue that raised questions of religious and women's rights in this volatile election year. The 51-48 vote killed an amendment from Republican Roy Blunt that would... More »

Incumbent Creamed in Michigan

Yesterday's races a mixed bag for establishment candidates

(Newser) - Longtime Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick fell to a challenger in yesterday's Democratic primary, making her the fourth House incumbent trounced in a primary this year. In other closely watched incumbent races, Missouri GOP Rep. Roy Blunt skated to victory and GOP Sen. Jerry Moran narrowly squeaked by in Kansas.... More »

Republicans Gain Ground in Senate Races

Latest trends show even Reid, Spector, Dodd in trouble: Silver

(Newser) - Things are looking brighter for Republicans in the Senate, writes Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com. In his monthly ranking of which seats are most likely to switch parties in 2010, Republicans have made a big move. Of the 10 seats that look more likely to switch hands, seven favor Republicans.... More »

Strong Candidates Give GOP Hope for Open Senate Seats

No dearth of Republican recruits for 2010 races in Fla., Mo., Ohio

(Newser) - Don’t let the stories about how grim 2010 looks for the Senate Republicans fool you. The spate of retirements in swing states is no boon, to be sure, but, Politico reports, the GOP will have no trouble coming up with good candidates in Florida, Ohio, and Missouri. A state-by-state... More »

Blunt Steps Aside as GOP House Whip

Missourian weary of cajoling an unwilling Republican membership

(Newser) - House Minority Whip Roy Blunt is giving up his place in the Republican leadership, CQPolitics reports. Blunt, who’s held the post since 2002, said today he’s weary of “asking members to do something they don’t want to do.” He endorsed his deputy, Eric Cantor, as... More »

Talking Heads Talk Economy

Pocketbook issues seem likely to trump racism for voters

(Newser) - With little time remaining until Election Day, the Sunday talk shows focused on the ongoing economic turmoil and the racial issues roiling the presidential campaigns. Politico spins the dial:
  • On This Week, surrogates from both parties endorsed the Treasury’s capital-injection plan for banks. But guests split over an economic
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Rep Warns GOP Opposition Could Sink Bailout Deal

House conservative hedges on support for plan

(Newser) - Even as Washington officials reached for the bubbly, a prominent House Republican warned that GOP lawmakers may not approve the bailout deal reached last night. “We are not ready to say that a deal is done,” said Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, who has spearheaded efforts by House conservatives... More »

Dems Ditch Ban on Offshore Drilling

Current moratorium expires Oct. 1, GOP hails victory

(Newser) - Democrats are removing a ban on offshore drilling from the budget resolution to avoid a White House veto, Politico reports. The move aims "to take a budget standoff of the table so we can address the larger Bush financial crisis," said a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelos.... More »

House in Rare Hush-Hush Huddle on Spy Bill

First secret session called in 25 years

(Newser) - The House held its first secret session in 25 years last night to debate a revamped spy bill, Reuters reports. Republicans said they needed the secrecy to give examples of how proposed changes to surveillance laws could endanger national security. The Democrats consented—but some skeptics suspected it was a... More »

Get Off 'Dead Asses' and Raise Cash, Rep. Tells GOP

Boehner decries efforts that have Republicans short of goals—and Dems

(Newser) - House Minority Leader John Boehner yesterday told Republican colleagues to get off their “dead asses” and raise money for the fall election, Politico reports. Ahead of a March 12 dinner, only 15 representatives have met fundraising goals, 42 members have failed—and 142 haven’t even set goals. The... More »

House GOP Steps Up for McCain

Republican leaders set aside doubts

(Newser) - The top three GOP leaders in the House embraced  frontrunner John McCain in a feel-good meeting with House colleagues yesterday aimed at settling lingering doubts about his candidacy. McCain also got three standing ovations, praise for his commitment, and only one question about immigration—the issue on which many of... More »

Bush Wins War Budget Battle

Senate approves $70 billion in war funds

(Newser) - The White House last night won a major victory in the Senate—securing $70 billion in funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, free of the restrictions linked to troop withdrawals Democrats had insisted on for weeks. In a budget deal that ended months of wrangling, the Senate passed... More »

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