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Key Senator Appears 'Disoriented' Upon Return

Thad Cochran, 79, seen as 'frail' by Politico, which could mean trouble for GOP

(Newser) - Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran returned to Washington this week after missing about a month over what aides have called a "urological issue" and, later, a urinary tract infection. The Republican's return, however, has done little to ease speculation about his health, especially after a shaky interview with Politico... 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 »

Friendship or Corruption? Senator's Rare Trial Set to Begin

It has the potential to reshape the Senate

(Newser) - "That’s one thing that makes this case interesting: It asks the existential question as to when friendship ends and corruption begins." So says a former federal prosecutor of the corruption trial, which is kicking off Wednesday, of Sen. Robert Menendez. The 63-year-old New Jersey Democrat is the... More »

Jeff Flake 'Has Gone Bulworth on Us'

Arizona GOP senator goes after Trump in new book, but takes flak himself

(Newser) - Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake has a new book out, and it's drawing more attention than the usual political tome. The Republican is critical of his own party, the conservative movement, and, most of all, President Trump. "Volatile unpredictability is not a virtue," he writes in Conscience of ... 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 »

Senator Apologizes for Guy-in-a-Tutu Anecdote

Wyoming's Mike Enzi was making a point about LGBT rights

(Newser) - Sen. Mike Enzi's attempt to use a folksy anecdote during a discussion about LGBT rights has resulted in him apologizing for a "poor choice of words." During an appearance at a local high school last Thursday, a sophomore asked the Wyoming Republican how he'll protect those... More »

Okla. State Senator Hit With Child Prostitution Charges

Cops say they found Ralph Shortey with 17-year-old boy in motel room smelling of pot

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey was suspended for "disorderly behavior." On Thursday, more details emerged as Shortey was charged with three felonies involving child prostitution, the Oklahoman reports. The charges came out of a police bust on March 9, when cops say they found Shortey at... More »

Schwarzenegger Might Be Back ... in Politics

Run would give him stage to counter Trump

(Newser) - The Governator might be taking another shot at political office—even if "The Senatator" isn't much of a nickname. Republican insiders in California tell Politico that Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering running for the US Senate in 2018, when Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be 85 years old and... More »

4 Wins for Diversity on Election Night

US has its first Latina senator

(Newser) - Though Hillary Clinton failed to become the first female US president, diversity prevailed on Election Night in other ways. The history-making results in four states:
  • Nevada: Former Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto, 52, won a competitive race to take retiring Sen. Harry Reid's seat, becoming the first Latina
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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 »

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 »

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 »

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