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Ex-KKK Leader David Duke: I'm Running for Senate

Says country is 'coming apart at the seams'

(Newser) - Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said Friday that he's running for the US Senate in Louisiana, the AP reports. A registered Republican, he will be seeking an open seat being vacated by Republican David Vitter, who has decided not to run for re-election on the Nov. 8... More »

Indiana Comeback Could Determine Senate Control

Democrat Evan Bayh expected to run

(Newser) - Former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh is expected to make another run for Senate in Indiana, Democratic officials said Monday, a development that would dramatically improve the party's chances to win back the vacant seat, and Senate control along with it. Democrats have been courting Bayh for over a year... More »

15-Hour Filibuster Lands Deal for Gun Control Vote

GOP agrees to vote on 2 amendments

(Newser) - After almost 15 hours of filibustering, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy declared victory early Thursday morning, saying he had secured a Senate vote on gun control measures. The Connecticut senator, who cited the Sandy Hook massacre when he launched the filibuster Wednesday morning, called it a day at 2:11am, the... More »

Senate Democrats Are Filibustering for Gun Control

'I am prepared to ... talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can'

(Newser) - Senate Democrats, led by Connecticut's Chris Murphy, launched a surprise filibuster Wednesday morning to pressure Republicans on gun control, Politico reports. “I am prepared to stand on the Senate floor and talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can," Murphy tweets... More »

After Orlando, Rubio Hedges on Possible Senate Rerun

He's said he won't run for re-election, but now tells radio host he's been thinking on 'a lot of things'

(Newser) - Everyone has had Orlando on their minds since Sunday's mass shooting , including Marco Rubio—and the attack has "deeply impacted" the senator so much that it's made him assess "a lot of things," he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Monday morning, per Politico . The... More »

Senate OKs Bill to Let 9/11 Victims Sue Saudis

Congress on collision course with the White House

(Newser) - The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, rejecting the fierce objections of a US ally and setting Congress on a collision course with the Obama administration, the AP reports. The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, approved... More »

US Senate Approves Openly Gay Army Secretary

Eric Fanning's case was held up for 8 months

(Newser) - The Senate confirmed the long-stalled nomination of Eric Fanning to be Army secretary, making him the first openly gay leader of a US military service, the AP reports. The unanimous voice vote approval on Tuesday came after Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., dropped his opposition to Fanning after a senior Pentagon... More »

CIA Office Deletes Huge Torture Report 'by Mistake'

Sen. Dianne Feinstein asks CIA to correct the 'snafu'

(Newser) - The CIA's internal watchdog admits it has destroyed a classified, 6,700-page Senate torture report—but says it was just a mistake, Yahoo News reports. A CIA official privately told the Justice Dept. and the Senate Intelligence committee about it last summer, saying the CIA Office of Inspector General... More »

Senator Hasn't Missed Vote in More Than 18 Years

Her 6K consecutive votes is the third most ever

(Newser) - Sen. Susan Collins once got off a plane that was about to take off in order to rush back to Washington for a vote, CNN reports. Another time, she broke an ankle sprinting to the Senate chambers while wearing high heels and still managed to vote. That pain paid off... More »

Planned Parenthood Bill Fizzles in Senate

Republicans aim to block federal dollars in wake of 'gotcha' video

(Newser) - The Senate blocked a Republican drive today to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes—a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections. The derailed legislation was the Republican response... More »

Barbara Boxer: I'm Retiring From Senate

Longtime California Democrat won't seek re-election

(Newser) - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California says she will not seek re-election in 2016 to a fifth term in office. The 74-year-old Boxer made the announcement in a video with her grandson . She was first elected to the House in 1982 and then to the Senate one decade later. It... More »

Despite NRA, Senate OKs New Surgeon General

Vivek Murthy is approved in 51-43 vote

(Newser) - The Senate today approved President Obama's nomination of Vivek Murthy to serve as US surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and some Democrats over his support for gun control. Murthy, 37, a physician at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, won confirmation... More »

Senate OKs Bill With $63B for Ongoing Wars

Defense hawks, Western state Republicans carry the day

(Newser) - Congress today sent President Obama a massive defense policy bill that endorses his stepped-up military campaign of air strikes and training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels in the war against Islamic State militants. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill that authorizes funds for basic military operations, including construction of... More »

Louisiana Dumps Landrieu

GOP gains 54th Senate seat with Bill Cassidy's win in runoff

(Newser) - In what Politico calls "Dems' final insult" from Election 2014, Mary Landrieu lost her Senate seat last night, in a convincing defeat that denied a Louisiana political scion a fourth term, gave Republicans a 54th seat, and unceremoniously dumped what ABC News terms the "last vestige of Democratic... More »

Get Ready for 'Hell No' Senate Liberals

Dems prepared to fight 'god-awful' Republicans on environment, campaign finance

(Newser) - Yesterday's Keystone pipeline fail in the Senate may have disappointed one notable Democrat—Louisiana's Mary Landrieu —but it appears to have lit a fire under a whole bunch of others. Liberal Democrats are poised to fight "tooth and nail," as Politico puts it, against the... More »

GOP Wave Rolls On: Alaska Dumps Begich

Republican Dan Sullivan defeats first-term senator

(Newser) - Mark Begich couldn't pull off another election surprise as Republican Dan Sullivan, a Marine Corps reservist and assistant secretary of state under President George W. Bush, defeated the first-term incumbent as part of a wave in which Republicans regained control of the Senate. Another Senate race is yet to... More »

McConnell, Boehner: Here's What We're Going to Do

Revive bills that languished, repeal ObamaCare, greenlight Keystone

(Newser) - Come January, Republicans will control both the House and the Senate—and in the Wall Street Journal , House Speaker John Boehner and soon-to-be-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offer up a joint column explaining their plans. "For years, the House did its job and produced a steady stream of bills... More »

Battle Over Senate May Not End on Election Day

Louisiana and Georgia likely face runoff elections

(Newser) - Think the Nov. 4 election will determine which party controls the US Senate? Not necessarily: Louisiana and Georgia are facing possible run-offs, while Kansas and South Dakota have strong independent candidates who could become king-makers if either party needs one more to control the 100-member legislative body, Reuters reports. No... More »

Larry Craig's 'Wide Stance' Just Cost Him $242K

Former senator fined for improperly using campaign funds as legal funds

(Newser) - Ever feel like today's Senate scandals are missing a little je ne sais quoi ? Get ready to rock it like it's 2007 in a men's bathroom stall in the Minneapolis airport, because Larry Craig and his wide stance are back on the scene. As Roll Call... 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 »

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