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Senator Skeptical NYSE, United Failures a Coincidence

Barbara Mikulski presses FBI chief

(Newser) - Well, today was weird. First United Airlines suffered a huge cyber glitch , and then the New York Stock Exchange . People hoping to read all about it on the Wall Street Journal found the newspaper's website down as well. Despite assurances from the powers-that-be that the failures weren't connected,... More »

Longest-Serving Woman in Congress Is Retiring

Maryland's Barbara Mikulski is stepping down from Senate

(Newser) - Democratic officials say Sen. Barbara Mikulski , the longest serving woman in the history of Congress, is ready to announce her retirement. The 78-year-old Maryland Democrat, now in her fifth term, is set to make a statement at a news conference in Baltimore later today. Mikulski became the longest-serving woman in... More »

Meet the US Senate's Crime Novelist

Barbara Mikulski's heroine is a crime-fighting senator

(Newser) - If the American electorate ever actually throws the bastards behind the shutdown out, at least one career legislator has a plan B in place. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the Maryland Democrat who's the Senate's longest-serving woman, is also the published author of a pair of novels, notes Roll Call... More »

Mikulski Halts Hearing ... to Rebut a Tweet

She responds to a BuzzFeed reporter's criticism

(Newser) - Today's appearance by the NSA chief on Capitol Hill didn't produce many surprises—he said data mining is necessary and used in such a way that it doesn't invade privacy—but it did produce one strange moment featuring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. At one point, the Maryland... More »

Dems Add 10 Women to Convention Slate

Including Eva Longoria, Sandra Fluke, and Lilly Ledbetter

(Newser) - Sandra Fluke, Eva Longoria, and the president of Planned Parenthood are among the 10 women Democrats added to their lineup of convention speakers today, in their effort to cast themselves as the most woman-friendly option in November. Also on the list are Lilly Ledbetter (of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act... More »

Md. Dem Mikulski Set to Follow Bayh Out Senate Door

Blogger claims health issues mean retirement

(Newser) - Claiming “an impeccable source,” blogger Rich Vail reports tonight that Democrat Barbara Mikulski will follow Evan Bayh’s lead and not seek re-election to her Maryland Senate seat this fall. Vail, a Tea Party supporter behind blog The Vail Spot , says the 73-year-old Mikulski has been slow to... More »

Military Drops Iraq Pregnancy Ban

Threat of court-martial 'defied comprehension,' critics charged

(Newser) - The US military's Christmas gift to soldiers serving in Iraq: an end to the harsh policy that threatens court-martial and jail time for getting pregnant—or getting someone else pregnant. Gen. Ray Odierno, the top US commander in the country, is revamping regulations, and the new orders, in effect Jan.... More »

Senate Abortion Amendment Set to Fail

But Ben Nelson says he won't vote for final bill if it does

(Newser) - Ben Nelson’s strict anti-abortion amendment appears set to fail, despite the support of nearly all 40 Senate Republicans. The amendment, which mirrors the language of Bart Stupak’s House amendment, banning insurance companies that offer abortion from receiving government funds, would need 60 votes to pass, and there’s... More »

Senate Safeguards Mammograms

Vote on amendment kicks off legislative debate on health care

(Newser) - The Senate cast its first votes on remaking the nation's health care system today, approving an amendment to safeguard coverage of mammograms and preventive screening tests for women. The 61-39 vote on a provision by Democrat Barbara Mikulski and Republican Olympia Snowe was the first substantive ballot in an acrimonious... More »

Tax Breaks for Car Buyers Added to Stimulus Package

Senate approves boost for auto industry as sales hit 27-year low

(Newser) - A new boost for automakers and car dealers has been added to the stimulus package before the Senate, reports the Los Angeles Times. The amendment—made on the same day that US car makers reported their worst sales in 27 years—would create an income tax deduction for both sales... More »

As Clinton Returns, Obama Asks His Donors to Help Her

Ovations, high-fives mark her arrival on Capitol Hill

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton received a hero's welcome today with two standing ovations when she returned to Capitol Hill, Reuters reports. "There was a tear or two and a lot of high-fives," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland. Clinton may be getting more than moral support, however. Barack Obama asked... More »

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