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Senate Kills Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Ruling

As GOP announces plans to introduce its own contraception bill

(Newser) - Senate Democrats' attempt to nullify the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision has met its end—at least for now. Republicans yesterday blocked the motion, which fell four votes short of the 60 it needed to proceed to the House. The bill, defeated 56-43 on a procedural vote, would have... More »

Who Is Ukraine's 'Chocolate King'?

Russia says it can work with Poroshenko as US decries election interference

(Newser) - Ukraine has elected a new president, and it's the man they call "The Chocolate King." Petro Poroshenko made billions in the candy industry before becoming a leading figure in Ukrainian politics. Here's what we know:
  • He's distinctly pro-European—at his victory speech he appeared alongside
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How Lawmakers, Lobbyists Vacation Together—Legally

Lavish fundraisers offer chance to schmooze

(Newser) - In 2007, Congress passed measures largely barring lavish lobbyist-funded trips and gatherings. But what the New York Times calls "destination fundraisers" haven't stopped, and, indirectly, they're still funded by the lobbyists, who schmooze with lawmakers in places like Napa Valley, Las Vegas, and Bermuda. The money for... More »

Jobless Bill Clears Key Senate Vote in Squeaker

Republicans cross aisle for unexpected success

(Newser) - A bill to revive extended unemployment benefits squeaked through its first procedural vote 60-37, a narrow win that outlets including Politico are characterizing as a surprise. Six moderate Republican senators voted with Democrats to renew the recently expired benefits: Kelly Ayotte, Susan Collins, Dan Coats, Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, and... More »

7 GOP Senators Push Gay Rights Bill Over Hurdle

ENDA moves forward; faces tough fight in House

(Newser) - A bill banning workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians looks certain to pass the Senate after clearing a key hurdle last night with Republican help, Roll Call reports. The chamber voted 61-30 to move forward with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a move that lifts ENDA past filibuster and all but... More »

Senate Deal Announced

'This is far less than many of us had hoped for frankly,' McConnell says

(Newser) - Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have reached a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling, they announced in Senate floor speeches today. "This is far less than many of us had hoped for frankly," McConnell said. "But it's far better than... More »

Send al-Qaeda Chief to Gitmo: GOP Senators

Trying al-Libi in US is a wasted opportunity to interrogate him

(Newser) - Recently captured al-Qaeda honcho Abu Anas al-Libi belongs in Guantanamo—not a US courtroom, say Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss, Kelly Ayotte, and Lindsey Graham. Al-Libi is currently still being held on a Navy ship, but President Obama wants to put him on trial Stateside. The lawmakers say that's... More »

Ayotte: 'Immigration System Is Broken,' Backs Reform Bill

Brings key GOP support to Gang of Eight measure

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte has announced her support for the Senate immigration reform bill, bringing the measure one vote closer to the 60-vote majority needed to avoid a filibuster. "Our immigration system is completely broken; we've got 11 million people living in this country illegally and in the... More »

Daughter of Sandy Hook Victim Calls Out Sen. Ayotte

Erica Lafferty angry over senator's vote against background checks

(Newser) - Republican Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has been taking flak for her vote against stronger background checks , especially because she was the only East Coast senator north of Virginia to do so. Today, at her first town hall meeting since that vote, Ayotte got an earful from the daughter of... More »

Hope for Tighter Gun Laws Still Alive in Senate

Two different efforts 'quietly' underway, says NYT

(Newser) - The push for stricter gun laws might not be quite so dead after all in the Senate. The New York Times reports that efforts are "quietly" underway to get something done on background checks and illegal trafficking. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, the co-sponsors of the background-check bill that... More »

Tax-Free Online Shopping Hits the Chopping Block

Senate votes 74 to 20 to take up bill that could spell the end

(Newser) - The halcyon days of widespread tax-free online shopping may be numbered. The Senate yesterday voted 74 to 20 to take up a bill that would let states require Internet retailers to collect sales tax, the AP reports. It could be passed within the week, though it may have a tougher... More »

Dems, GOP Duke It Out Over Sequester

Everybody hates it, but no solid ideas how to avoid it

(Newser) - With five days to go before a little thing called the sequester kicks in, there are a lot of fingers being pointed at and from both sides of the aisle. A look around the Sunday talk show dial, as per Politico :
  • Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine : "We laid a plan
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McCain and Co. 'Troubled' After Meeting Susan Rice

Could-be secretary of state can't win over critics

(Newser) - Susan Rice met with her harshest GOP critics on Capitol Hill this morning—and apparently it didn't go well. The US ambassador to the UN was hoping to reassure John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte that she wasn't trying to mislead anyone when she described the Benghazi... More »

VP Shortlisters to Speak at RNC

Jindal, Portman, Ayotte, McDonnell among latest speakers named

(Newser) - Bobby Jindal, Rob Portman, Kelly Ayotte, and Bob McDonnell were among the names being tossed around as likely VP picks for Mitt Romney—and though they didn't make the cut, all of the above will be speaking at the Republican National Convention, which starts Aug. 27 in Tampa, CNN... More »

Romney's VP Shortlist Takes Shape

4 candidates look likely, but don't count out Kelly Ayotte

(Newser) - Buzz surrounding Mitt Romney's VP pick is growing louder, and RealClearPolitics has narrowed it down to four candidates: Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. RCP doubts that a deliberative guy like Romney would make a pick out of left field,... More »

Romney: Ayotte Could Be VP

NH senator 'one of 15 names,' he says

(Newser) - Asked if he had anybody in mind for VP if he won the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney said "I have no names for you, it’s presumptuous, I’m not the nominee," before naming one name: Kelly Ayotte. Romney said the senator from New Hampshire, who endorsed him... More »

Key GOP Endorsements to Watch

Politico has Kelly Ayotte, Steve King, and Marco Rubio on its list

(Newser) - With states leapfrogging each other to move elections ever closer, we've just about arrived at crunch time for endorsement season. Chris Christie may be done , but Politico lists a dozen yet to come that could prove pivotal for Republicans. Along with some of the usual suspects (Sarah Palin, Rush... More »

This Congress Is the Least Productive in Decades

Partisan gridlock leads to few votes, fewer laws: LA Times

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times takes stock of the accomplishments of the 112th Congress, and it isn't pretty: This Congress "is on pace to be one of the least productive in recent memory—as measured by votes taken, bills made into laws, nominees approved," writes Kathleen Hennessey. It'... More »

GOP Fired Up Over 2012 VP Candidates

Successful 2010 elections offer up many new possibilities

(Newser) - The field of GOP presidential candidates for 2012 may not be so great , but the VP field is getting the right energized. A wealth of new Congress members and governors has Republicans buzzing over potential veeps like Marco Rubio , Bobby Jindal and Kelly Ayotte , Politico reports. Where the potential presidential... More »

GOP Senators Take Secret Afghanistan Trip

Mitch McConnell and crew return with praise for Obama's strategy

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell and a handful of other Senate Republicans took a secret trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan this weekend, announcing the trip only today—just before their return flight. The group, which included Lindsey Graham, Richard Burr, and freshmen Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, Pat Toomey, and Kelly Ayotte, met with... More »

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