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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 »

And the Medals of Freedom Go to...

Oprah, Clinton, Steinem among this year's recipients

(Newser) - This year marks the 50th anniversary of the executive order, signed by President Kennedy, establishing the highest US civilian honor. "The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours," President Obama said. "This year's honorees have... More »

Warner Swats 'Wacky' Mourdock

Thinks Senate candidate's views on bipartisanship are skewed

(Newser) - Mark Warner minced no words today in describing GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's definition of bipartisanship: "I think what Mr. Mourdock said is wacky," Warner told CNN , referring to Mourdock's earlier comments that "bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of... More »

In Epic Statement, Lugar Rips Foe, Congress

Calls opponent Richard Mourdock an 'unrelenting partisan'

(Newser) - Dick Lugar isn't going quietly into the sunset. The newly deposed Indiana senator has released a scathing 1,425-word statement lambasting his party, his opponent, and Congress in general, Politico reports. Lugar says he wants opponent Richard Mourdock to win because he wants to see a GOP majority for... More »

Obama Friendship Sunk Lugar

Collegiality was one of legendary senator's greatest strengths

(Newser) - Dick Lugar's legendary Senate career came crashing to an end last night, and NPR laments that he was ironically "undone by his greatest strength." There were many reasons Tea Partier Richard Mourdock prevailed—Lugar is 80, ran a bad campaign, and was attacked for not owning a... More »

Longtime Senator Dick Lugar Loses in Indiana

Conservative Richard Mourdock easily defeats him; Romney cruises

(Newser) - No miracles for Dick Lugar tonight: The six-term incumbent lost the GOP Senate primary in Indiana to Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock, reports NBC News and CNN . The 80-year-old Lugar has been in the Senate since 1976, and he has ruled out running as an independent in November. He conceded... More »

Tea Party's Next Target: Dick Lugar

As he bucks GOP party line, challengers line up

(Newser) - Dick Lugar gets the "maverick" treatment from the New York Times and Politico, with both suggesting that the Indiana Republican's willingness to buck his own party on key issues leaves him vulnerable to a Tea Party primary challenge in 2012:
  • Politico : Tea Party candidates are already "lining up
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GOP's Dick Lugar Endorses Elena Kagan

He's the second Republican to step forward to do so

(Newser) - Looks like Elena Kagan will get confirmed for the high court with one GOP vote to spare: Republican Dick Lugar got on board yesterday, saying he'll back President Obama's nominee. "I have concluded that Solicitor General Elena Kagan is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court" he said.... More »

Health Care Acrimony Could Kill Climate Bill

Dems need support of Republicans, who aren't feeling friendly

(Newser) - Key GOP senators are warning that the bitter health care battle could spill over into the climate change bill, delaying it or scuttling it outright. Normally clubby senators are nursing wounds and blaming Democrats for the fiercely partisan wrangling. “It makes it hard to do anything because of the... More »

Senate Votes to Expand Hate Crime Laws to Gays

Five Republicans join in 62-38 vote

(Newser) - The Senate has voted to extend hate crime protections to include those attacked because of their gender or sexual orientation, mirroring a similar measure already passed in the House, the Hill reports. Five Republicans, including Olympia Snowe and Dick Lugar, joined all the Democrats present in supporting the bill. Other... More »

Sotomayor Wins Republicans' Backing

She's shown 'judicial temperament': statement

(Newser) - Richard Lugar said today he’ll back Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court bid, making him the first GOP senator to do so, the Washington Post reports. Mel Martinez of Florida, the chamber's sole Republican Latino, quickly followed suit. “Judge Sotomayor has demonstrated a judicial temperament during her week-long nomination... More »

6 Conservatives Worth Obama's Time

(Newser) - There are a few in the conservative camp who the Obama administration respects. “By respect, I mean, quite simply, the degree to which the White House responds to their worries and needs and believes that the time spent responding is useful and necessary,” Marc Ambinder writes in the... More »

Lugar to Obama: Reach Out and Touch Cuba

Senator slams embargo, calls for policy shift, new envoy

(Newser) - As members of Congress move to rethink US-Cuban relations, Sen. Richard Lugar is urging President Obama to take firm action, including initiating direct talks, the Washington Post reports. The Indiana Republican says the US embargo on the country “undermines our broader security and political interests in the Western Hemisphere,... More »

Don't Give Up on Bipartisanship, Barack

President needs GOP for his ambitious agenda, says Broder

(Newser) - Barack Obama came into the White House pledging bipartisanship, but one month in, pundits are telling the president to forget compromise and "get real." Don't listen, writes David S. Broder in the Washington Post, who calls those recommendations "the worst advice he has received." Not only... More »

'A-Student' Hillary Aces Her Senate Hearing

Forget Geithner, it's Clinton who's queen of the 'hot nerds': Dowd

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton breezed through her Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, writes Maureen Dowd, "performing as the A-student she always is" on topics from nuclear proliferation to governance in the Arctic. While Tim Geithner got caught up in controversy over back taxes, Hillary charmed the windy John Kerry and buttered the... More »

Clinton Promises 'Smart Power' in Cozy Hearing

Back-patting abounds

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton promised a new “smart power” era of US foreign policy today, advocating a mix of diplomacy and defense, in a decidedly friendly confirmation hearing today, the AP reports. “America cannot solve the most pressing problems on our own, and the world cannot solve them without America,... More »

Ga.'s Chambliss on Runoff: 'We'll Win Again'

Fellow GOP senators praise Obama picks, pledge bipartisanship

(Newser) - Despite failing to muster 50% of the vote Nov. 4, Sen. Saxby Chambliss said he would prevail in Tuesday’s runoff against Democrat Jim Martin. “We’ll win again,” the Georgia Republican declared on Fox News Sunday. But Chambliss declined to say he would benefit from the lower... More »

GOP Picks for Obama's 'Team of Rivals'

Who are the best bipartisan choices for Obama?

(Newser) - Barack Obama talks a good game about bipartisanship. But now that he’s staffing up, it’s time to see if he walks the walk. The Wall Street Journal runs through some potential GOP appointees:
  • Jim Leach. This former Iowa congressman was chosen to help represent the president-elect at the
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Jockeying for State Dept. Job Under Way

HIspanic groups push Richardson, but Kerry may have inside track

(Newser) - As Barack Obama deliberates his Cabinet choices, the chorus of "Pick me! Pick me!" begins in earnest, with many eyes on Condoleezza Rice's chair, reports the Wall Street Journal. Hispanic groups are pushing for their own Bill Richardson, a former presidential rival who ultimately endorsed Obama. But... More »

Brzezinski Down on Idea of Afghan 'Surge'

Security expert: McCain camp on path to world war

(Newser) - The presidential candidates seem to agree that Afghanistan needs a troop surge, but Zbigniew Brzezinski doesn’t. Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, now a Barack Obama backer, says he's concerned that the US is “literally running the risk of unintentionally doing what the Russians did,” and being... More »

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