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Hey, Sen. Udall: Here's Your Chance to Reveal CIA Secrets

Transparency advocate should take advantage of midterm loss: Conor Friedersdorf

(Newser) - Sen. Mark Udall has been one of the Hill's strongest voices against CIA and NSA secrecy, and now, he's got a chance to expose some of those secrets. A clause in the Constitution largely protects lawmakers from prosecution over their comments on the House or Senate floor, the... More »

NSA Confirms 'Back Door' Used to Spy on Americans

Sen. Ron Wyden wants to shut it quickly

(Newser) - It took a few months, but Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon finally got his answer from national intelligence chief James Clapper. Yes, Clapper wrote in a letter , the NSA does indeed spy on Americans' emails and phone calls—without a warrant—thanks to a revision in a law originally... More »

New Claim: Senate Staffers Swiped Classified CIA Info

Source tells McClatchy they printed, removed internal review

(Newser) - On the heels of a contentious report that the CIA illegally spied on aides to the Senate Intelligence Committee as they gathered information for a report on the CIA's torture program comes yet more contention. McClatchy , which first reported on the allegations yesterday, now reports that those Senate staffers... More »

CIA Accused of Spying on Senate Staffers

Inspector General looking into clashes over torture report

(Newser) - The CIA's Inspector General is calling for the Justice Department to look into allegations that the agency illegally spied on aides to the Senate Intelligence Committee as they gathered information for a potentially contentious report on the CIA's torture program, McClatchy reports. The CIA had insisted that the... More »

Senator's Son Busted on Heroin Charge

Cops say Mark Udall's son was seen breaking into cars

(Newser) - More heartbreak for the family of Sen. Mark Udall: The Democratic senator's son was arrested yesterday after he was spotted breaking into cars, and police found heroin in his pocket. Jedediah Lee Fox-Udall was freed on $1,500 bond, reports the Boulder Daily Camera , which notes that the 26-year-old... More »

Senators Clash With CIA Nominee Over Torture

Udall demands classified report

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee has formally requested a classified internal CIA study on its torture program, which lawmakers believe is deeply unflattering, the New York Times reports. Mark Udall revealed the existence of the report yesterday during a prickly hearing with Caroline Krass, President Obama's nominee for CIA general... More »

Dems Plot Mutiny Over 'Keep Your Plan' Fail

Calls for prez to make good on ObamaCare promise grow among own ranks

(Newser) - The ObamaCare rollout has been a mess , and many congressional Democrats are readying the lifeboats in advance of abandoning ship. Writing for Yahoo News , Chris Moody says they're "scrambling to cover their hides before next year’s midterm elections." The Hill's headline paints a slightly more... 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 »

Senator's Brother Missing in Wyoming Mountains

Randy Udall vanishes on solo hike

(Newser) - A search-and-rescue operation has been launched in Wyoming's Wind River Range for Randy Udall, the younger brother of Sen. Mark Udall. The Colorado Democrat's brother, who had been hiking alone, started the trek on June 20 and was supposed to exit the mountains last week, the Denver Post... More »

Obama Takes GOP Senators on Golf Date

'He's willing to try anything' says White House

(Newser) - Obama continued his campaign to woo Congresspeople to his second-term agenda today, inviting Republican Senators Saxby Chambliss and Bob Corker, and Democrat Senator Mark Udall, out for a round of golf at St Andrews Air Force Base, the New York Times reports. The White House acknowledged Obama's dates weren'... More »

Senate Digs In Over Potatoes in School Lunches

Thwarts Obama's attempts to limit them for childrens' health

(Newser) - The Senate yesterday subtly thwarted an Obama administration proposal to limit the amount of potatoes and other starchy vegetables school children scarf down, inserting an amendment into an Agriculture Department spending bill prohibiting the Department from setting “any maximum limits on the serving of vegetables in school meal programs.... More »

Dynasty Politics Turning Senate Into House of Lords

The Senate is America's House of Lords Dynasties continue to dominate supposedly democratic politics, especially the Senate

(Newser) - The winning presidential ticket this year was the first since 1976 without a son or grandson of a senator on it. But don’t let that fool you: Royalism is on the rise in American politics, writes Charles Mahtesian for Politico. In the Senate, there are two new Udalls, a... More »

Colo. Sen Salazar Tapped as Interior Secretary

He's to play 'critical role' in moving US toward energy independence

(Newser) - President-elect Barack Obama has tapped Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar to be his secretary of the interior, sources have told the Denver Post. Salazar is "all but certain" to be given the job this week, pending a background check, the newspaper reports. The first-term senator serves on the Senate Energy... More »

10 Senate Races to Watch

Dems could pick up 8 seats; GOP could oust Landrieu in La.

(Newser) - With 35 Senate seats up for grabs Tuesday, Chris Cillizza, in the Washington Post, predicts Democrats will flip eight. Two more are close calls for the Dems, while the GOP has one hope for a pickup. Starting with the most likely:
  1. Virginia is in the bag for Mark Warner; he
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Gay Candidate Wins Shot at US House Seat

33-year-old entrepreneur earns Dem nomination with primary win

(Newser) - Entrepreneur Jared Polis, who is openly gay, won a Colorado congressional primary Tuesday, and says his victory should send “a signal to young gays and lesbians across the country that they can consider a career in public service,” the New York Times reports. Polis is favored to win... More »

Hollywood Women Work on Senate Majority

Deep-pocketed stars are raising money for Dem candidates

(Newser) - Powerful Hollywood women are reorganizing after Hillary Clinton's failed presidential bid, turning their attention toward increasing the Democratic majority in the Senate. A fundraiser Sept. 27 could raise more than $1 million for candidates, and is being put together by the likes of Jane Fonda, Kate Capshaw, Penny Marshall, Daryl... More »

Senate Seats Most Likely to Flip (Only 1 to GOP)

New Dems from VA, NM, CO likely

(Newser) - The GOP's best case-scenario sees the party losing only three Senate seats this fall. Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza runs down the races most likely to flip a vote:
  1. Mississippi: Trent Lott replacement Roger Wicker has never been elected statewide, and Barack Obama's coattails should draw in the large black
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