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GOP Senator May Back ... Clinton

Susan Collins says it's 'unlikely,' but still possible

(Newser) - The endorsements are rolling in quickly for Hillary Clinton—from the likes of President Obama , Elizabeth Warren , Joe Biden , etc—and now comes word of possible support from a highly unusual source: a sitting Republican senator. Maine's Susan Collins tells the New Yorker that she's not ruling out... More »

Fred Thompson Dead at 73

He went back and forth from acting to politics

(Newser) - Fred Thompson, a folksy former Republican US senator from Tennessee who appeared in feature films and television including a role on "Law & Order," died Sunday, his family says. He was 73. Thompson, at 6-foot-6 with a booming voice, appeared in at least 20 motion pictures. His credits... More »

Senator Goes Whole Hog to Get Pig Selfie

Sen. Jeff Flake didn't want to miss photo op with Faye

(Newser) - Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was on Capitol Hill this morning to eliminate some kinds of pork, but obviously not others. Joined by Sens. John McCain, Joni Ernst, Pat Toomey, and Rep. Tom McClintock, he held a press conference lambasting wasteful federal spending, with particular focus on the Citizens Against Government... More »

Senator Bob Menendez Indicted in Corruption Case

New Jersey Democrat may be arraigned tomorrow

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez has been charged with using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor. A federal grand jury today indicted the New Jersey Democrat on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud. Prosecutors had been investigating whether Menendez improperly advocated for the... More »

Little Girl to Ted Cruz: 'The World Is on Fire?'

Texas senator's remarks surprise child in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Ted Cruz sure got a little girl's attention in New Hampshire yesterday when he claimed that the world was on fire—and repeated his point when she asked about it, the Concord Monitor reports. Speaking to more than 100 people at a turbomachinery company, the Texas Republican was typically... More »

Sen. Menendez to Face Corruption Charges

CNN: Feds bringing criminal case against Robert Menendez of New Jersey

(Newser) - New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez has been fending off allegations of corruption for two years now, but things are about to get much worse. CNN reports that the feds will bring criminal corruption charges against the prominent Democrat in a matter of weeks, and the Wall Street Journal confirms. Outgoing... More »

Edward Brooke, First Elected Black Senator, Dies at 95

Massachusetts Republican won Congressional Gold Medal in 2009

(Newser) - The first African American elected to the US Senate has died at age 95. Edward Brooke, a Massachusetts Republican, died of natural causes in Florida, the AP reports. He was elected in 1966 and served two terms as a highly popular politician. That came after he became the first African... More »

Bob Corker Is 'Senator to Watch'

Tennessee Republican will play a big role in foreign policy decisions

(Newser) - With Republicans about to get to work in the Senate with their new majority, George Will of the Washington Post singles out Tennessee's Bob Corker as the perhaps the most important senator in the coming year. The reason has nothing to do with the 2016 presidential race: Will is... More »

US Senator Takes Heat for Bloody Fundraiser: Pigeon Shoot

Animal rights groups come down on Jim Inhofe's 'slaughter-fest'

(Newser) - Coming up with a creative way to raise money for your Senate re-election campaign: great idea. Shooting live pigeons out of the sky for said fundraiser: not terribly popular. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe is taking more than a little flak from animal rights groups over a moneymaking event he held... More »

Senator Who Called Kirsten Gillibrand 'Chubby' Revealed

It was Daniel Inouye, sources say

(Newser) - In case you were wondering which senator called Kirsten Gillibrand "chubby," the New York Times has the answer: Daniel Inouye, the Hawaii Democrat who died in 2012 at age 88 . "People with knowledge of the incident" gave away his identity to the Times, which reminds us that... More »

Democratic Senator Accused of Plagiarism

Montana's John Walsh lifted thesis material, says New York Times

(Newser) - It's bad news for Democrats in general and worse news for one Democrat in particular: The New York Times is out with a detailed report alleging plagiarism on the part of Montana Sen. John Walsh. It's not pretty: The report shows that about 25% of Walsh's 2007... More »

NYT: Kansas Senator Isn't in Kansas Very Much

'Times' criticizes Pat Roberts, and Roberts fires back

(Newser) - Pat Roberts has represented Kansas in Congress since 1981, but where does he call home? The GOP senator insists the answer is "Kansas," but a New York Times story raises some doubts. The particulars: Roberts, 77, owns a home near DC in Alexandria, Va., and that's where... More »

Inhofe on Son's Death: Family 'Not Whole Anymore'

Says Perry Inhofe's fatal crash changed his 'understanding of individuals'

(Newser) - Jim Inhofe today opened up about the death of his son in a plane crash last month, saying that the tragedy has altered his perspective. "You don’t change in terms of your positions, in terms of what you believe in, but you change in terms of your understanding... More »

Body of Senator's Brother Found in Wyoming

Randy Udall died during solo hike

(Newser) - The body of Sen. Mark Udall's brother Randy, 61, has been discovered in the Wyoming mountains after he went missing while hiking on his own . Udall's poles were still in his hand when he was found dead, likely of a medical condition, says his sister. He was at... More »

Ted Cruz for President?

'National Review' says conservative senator is considering run in 2016

(Newser) - The National Review got political pundits busy today with a story declaring that Tea Party darling Ted Cruz is seriously considering a run for president in 2016. “Ted won’t be opening an Iowa office anytime soon, but he’s listening,” says one person described as a longtime... More »

Rob Portman's Son: Why Dad Backs Gay Marriage

Will Portman describes coming out

(Newser) - When Sen. Rob Portman announced his shift in support of gay marriage , he cited his son's coming out as a factor. Now, Will Portman, a junior at Yale, is offering his own side of the story in the university's Daily News . His mother and father were immediately "... More »

Claire McCaskill Backs Gay Marriage

'History will agree with my children,' says Missouri Democrat

(Newser) - The latest top politician to endorse gay marriage is Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, Politico reports. The swing-state Democrat offered up a statement yesterday on her Tumblr page: "I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love,"... More »

Chambliss: 'I'm Not Gay. So I'm Not Going to Marry One'

Georgia senator was asked if his views on gay marriage were evolving

(Newser) - Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss wins quote-of-the-day honors with this one to Politico , when asked whether he was rethinking his opposition to gay marriage: "I'm not gay. So I'm not going to marry one." The gist of the story is that even though public support for same-sex... More »

Democrat Levin Won't Seek Re-Election in Senate

Michigan senator retiring; libertarian Amash seen as challenger

(Newser) - Democrats will have another Senate seat to contest in the 2014 elections: Carl Levin said today he won't seek re-election, reports the Detroit News . The 78-year-old has been in the Senate since 1979 and currently serves as chair of the powerful Armed Services Committee. "I can best serve... More »

WaPo, Daily Caller at War Over Prostitute Story

WaPo reports escort was paid to make up claims against Sen. Menendez

(Newser) - Yesterday saw a Washington Post report that raised fundamental questions about reports that Sen. Robert Menendez was involved with Dominican prostitutes. Now, the Daily Caller , which originally broke the story , says the Post's takedown is full of holes: The paper misidentified an escort at the heart of the case,... More »

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