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GOP Senator Blames Trump Aide for Impasse

Government shutdown stretches into Monday

(Newser) - A deal to end the government shutdown before the beginning of the workweek failed Sunday night, meaning the first shutdown since 2013 will stretch into Monday—and possibly much longer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Sunday night that a vote on a deal to fund the government through Feb.... More »

What to Expect If Government Shuts Down

Mail and Social Security checks would be OK, and maybe the national parks on a limited basis

(Newser) - The looming government shutdown has had one tangible effect so far: President Trump has put plans for a trip to his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort on hold, reports NBC News . "The President will not be going to Florida until the CR passes," the White House said, referring to a... More »

Bill Passes House, but Shutdown Still Looms

Senate Democrats are expected to kill it

(Newser) - A government shutdown starting midnight Friday is looking like a strong possibility: A short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown was passed by the House Thursday evening, largely along party lines, but the measure appears unlikely to pass the Senate, Reuters reports. After a last-minute deal with the conservative... More »

Roy Moore's Hopes Dashed by Bugs Bunny and Jesus

22,000 write-in votes helped push Doug Jones into the Senate

(Newser) - On Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence will officially welcome Doug Jones into the U.S. Senate, bringing to an end one of the strangest and most controversial elections in recent memory, the Hill reports. And while Jones' former opponent, Roy Moore, is still refusing to concede the race, Alabama state... More »

Judge Quashes Moore Suit, Jones Officially Given the Win

Doug Jones certified as winner of Dec. 12 special election, despite Moore complaint of voter fraud

(Newser) - Despite an 11th-hour effort by Roy Moore to keep Doug Jones from officially being declared the winner of a seat on the US Senate, Alabama's election officials did just that Thursday, with Jones calling it a "new chapter" for the Yellowhammer State. Per USA Today , the Alabama State... More »

Jones Says He'd Consider Voting With Republicans

The new senator-elect talks up bipartisanship after his stunning win last week

(Newser) - Doug Jones spent his first Sunday as the new senator-elect from Alabama promising to work with Republicans and even leaving the door open to voting with them. Five days after defeating Roy Moore and becoming the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since 1992, Jones was on... More »

McCain Could Have Another Thumbs-Down Moment

Senate vote on tax bill might be a close one

(Newser) - Perhaps not for the first time , President Trump may be regretting his digs at John McCain, given that the Arizona senator could decide the fate of the GOP tax bill. In order to pass the Senate, all GOP senators but two need to vote yes. Though vocal critics Bob Corker... More »

Second Republican Opposes Senate Tax Plan

Steve Daines joins Ron Johnson

(Newser) - As the Republican leadership in the Senate races to pass a sweeping tax reform bill this week, they're running into opposition from their own members. Two weeks ago, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson came out against the bill in its present form, saying it favors large corporations over small businesses,... More »

Franken: 'This Will Not Happen Again'

Minnesota senator acknowledges regaining trust will take time

(Newser) - Al Franken apologized today and said he feels "embarrassed" and "ashamed" of his behavior in light of recent accusations of sexual harassment, USA Today reports. At a press conference outside his Senate office as he returned to work , the Minnesota senator told reporters, "To all of you... More »

Kid Rock: If I Run, It's 'Game On'

But at the moment he's more concerned with voter registration

(Newser) - "It's game on mthrfkers." Not the likeliest slogan for a political campaign, but there you have it. No, Kid Rock isn't saying he's actually running for the US Senate ... but he is saying that, were he to run, it would be a campaign like none... More »

Russian Lawyer Who Met Trump Jr. Ready to 'Clarify the Situation'

Natalia Veselnitskaya says she'd testify before Congress

(Newser) - The Russian lawyer who met with President Trump's eldest son during the 2016 election campaign said Wednesday she's ready to "clarify the situation behind this mass hysteria, but only through lawyers or testifying in the Senate." Donald Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Natalia Veselnitskaya in... More »

Kid Rock Hints at 'Major Announcement'

Suggests he may be planning Senate run

(Newser) - Is America ready for Senator Rock? Kid Rock strongly hinted Wednesday that he's planning a run for the US Senate from his home state of Michigan for the 2018 election, reports USA Today . The rocker—whose real name is Robert Ritchie— tweeted that the KidRockforSenate.com website is real... More »

Surprise! Senate Fails to Repeal Obama-Era Rule

It was a rare victory for environmentalists during Trump presidency

(Newser) - Something unprecedented under President Trump's watch happened Wednesday: The Senate failed to repeal an Obama-era rule. The Washington Post reports it was a surprise 49-51 defeat for a resolution that would have repealed a Bureau of Land Management rule curbing methane emissions, with Republicans John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and... More »

Would-Be Ala. Senator Wants to 'Make America Good Again'

Republican Roy Moore has a values pitch to make to voters

(Newser) - Seated beneath the Ten Commandments plaque that first made him a conservative icon in the culture wars, US Senate candidate and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore invokes President Trump's campaign slogan—but with his own twist. "We can only make America great again if we make America... More »

All 100 Senators to Attend Briefing at White House

It's a 'rare' move

(Newser) - In what Reuters and Fox News call a "rare" move, four top officials in President Trump's administration will brief the entire US Senate on Wednesday. The topic? North Korea. It's not unusual for top administration officials to address members of Congress on Capitol Hill, but in this... More »

Mitt Romney Considers Getting Back Into Politics

He might stage a Senate run in Utah

(Newser) - Mitt Romney might be re-entering politics. Six sources tell the Atlantic Romney, former Massachusetts governor and US presidential candidate, is "actively discussing" a Senate run in Utah. Republican leaders and donors, sources say, want 83-year-old incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch to decline to seek re-election in 2018 and Romney to... 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 »

McConnell Used Century-Old 'Arcane Rule' to Silence Warren

Rule 19 was put into place in 1902 after two Democratic senators got into fistfight

(Newser) - The Senate GOP shut down Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday night as she attempted to quote from old letters penned by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and the late Coretta Scott King to protest the nomination of Jeff Sessions for attorney general, prompting the #LetLizSpeak and #SilencingElizabethWarren hashtags and leading Warren... More »

Chuck Schumer Is Senate's New Minority Leader

And Mitch McConnell wins re-election as majority leader

(Newser) - The pieces are starting to fall into place for a Donald Trump presidency, and on Wednesday that came in the form of two major legislative appointments. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer received a unanimous vote by Senate Democrats during a closed-door meeting to become the minority leader who will succeed... More »

Kelly Ayotte Loses Incredibly Close US Senate Race in NH

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan declared winner

(Newser) - It's too little, too late to take control of the US Senate, but Democrats have officially picked up another seat in "one of the year's most closely watched and evenly matched races," the New York Times reports. According to CBS Boston , Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan was... More »

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