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Herman Cain to Protesters: If 'You're Not Rich, Blame Yourself'

It's not Wall Street's fault, he says in interview

(Newser) - Mitt Romney may think Occupy Wall Street is dangerous "class warfare," but Herman Cain's criticism of the protesters gets personal: "Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself,"... More »

Feingold: I'm Out of 2012 Race

Wisconsin Democrats had hoped he'd run against Scott Walker

(Newser) - Russ Feingold dashed the hopes of supporters today, announcing that he wouldn’t run for anything in 2012. Feingold was widely considered the Democrats’ best bet to take on Scott Walker if they succeeded in forcing a recall election next year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Others hoped he’d... More »

Paul Ryan Considers Senate Run

He and Russ Feingold leave open possibility of Wisconsin run

(Newser) - Paul Ryan's fans want him to run for president , but they may have to settle for the Senate. Today's surprise announcement from Democrat Herb Kohl that he won't run for re-election next year in Wisconsin raises the possibility for the House budget wonk. In a statement, Ryan... More »

8 Senate Races to Watch

These races will decide just how good the GOP's night is

(Newser) - It’s Election Day, folks, and we're here to give you the low-down. All eyes are certainly on the Senate, where Democrats have a chance to keep their majority, provided they can win a few close races. Here's what's happening, according to the Washington Post , complete with links to our... More »

Wisconsin Race Embodies 2010 Election

Senate contest is a microcosm for the country

(Newser) - Ron Johnson has always loved conservative talk shows and columns, but never thought about running for office—until Barack Obama got elected. Urged to speak at a tea party rally, the wealthy but then-anonymous businessman got a taste for politics. Soon he was pitching himself as a Senate candidate to... More »

Biden Calls Custard Man a 'Smart Ass'

Scooper offers cone for 'lower taxes'

(Newser) - A sweet custard man deemed Joe Biden "very nice" with a "great personality" even after the stumping vice president called him a "smart ass" for suggesting that taxes be lowered. The Milwaukee custard shop manager saw his opening and got in a few licks when Biden stopped... More »

Meet the GOP's Favorite Dems

Some of them may surprise you

(Newser) - Republicans and Democrats may seem farther apart than ever, but believe it or not, there are some people on the other side of the aisle the GOP respects. Newsweek names the five donkeys the elephants get along with best. More »

Boxer, Feingold Oppose Another Bernanke Term

Liberal Democrats join rising tide against Fed chair's reappointment

(Newser) - Two Democratic senators said today they won't vote to reappoint Ben Bernanke as Fed chairman. Barbara Boxer and Russell Feingold added to the groundswell of opposition imperiling a second 4-year term for Bernanke, which requires 60 votes. “Our next Federal Reserve chairman must represent a clean break from the... More »

Senate Approves Historic Health Care Bill

Harry Reid gets exactly the 60 votes he needs

(Newser) - The Senate voted to close debate and approve the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care" act today, better known as the health care reform bill, garnering exactly the 60 votes they needed to pass it, to 39 nay votes, all along partisan lines. Bernie Sanders and Russ Feingold, the potential... More »

Senate Sends Obama $1.1T Spending Bill

3 Republicans vote yea, 3 Dems vote nay

(Newser) - Working on a second consecutive weekend, the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill today, with the support of three Republicans but the opposition of three Democrats. The measure has already cleared the House and now advances to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. With pressing... More »

Democrats Mock Beck's Czar Hunt

Bogus name tars legit jobs, they say, but even some Dems aren't sure

(Newser) - Democrats are fighting back against the anti-czar fervor that has taken hold of the Republican party. Many of the so-called czars these officials insist must be confirmed by the Senate actually already have been, writes Jason Linkins of the Huffington Post. Others occupy positions they themselves voted to create, and... More »

Obama May Need the GOP on Afghan War

Republicans line up behind troop increases, while Democrats balk

(Newser) - If President Obama decides to send more troops to Afghanistan, based on Gen. Stanley McChrystal's grim review, he may have to rely on Republicans and not Democrats for support, writes the New York Times. The original narrative of the "good war" has faded over eight years, and August's... More »

McCain Camp Strives to Skirt McCain-Feingold

Expert on campaign finance reform laws helps McCain test the limits

(Newser) - John McCain is making a concerted effort to get around the campaign finance laws he championed, the New York Times reports. A lawyer who played a key role in defending the reform act known as McCain-Feingold from challenges is now on the McCain team, expertly advising on the loopholes through... More »

FBI Looks to Expand Powers of Investigation

Agency wants to open cases without reason for suspicion

(Newser) - The Department of Justice is aiming to relax restrictions on the FBI so agents can investigate people without any clear reason for suspicion, congressional Dems tell the New York Times. The plan, which may be revealed in September, has attracted concern, including a letter from four Democratic senators warning that... More »

Ethics Reform Bill Sails Through Senate

Some Republicans unsatisfied with scope; Bush may not sign

(Newser) - The ethics reform bill, which tightens restrictions on congressional pet projects and lobbyist dealings, easily cleared the Senate today. The final vote was 83-14, with all of those opposed Republicans. Critics say the bill won't go far enough to curb earmark spending, the AP reports, but Dianne Feinstein praised the... More »

Senate Votes Down Iraq Withdrawal

Proposal would have ended funding by March

(Newser) - The Senate yesterday shot down a plan to cut all funding for the war in Iraq by next March. Russ Feingold's proposal, largely a test of anti-war support, was defeated in a 67-29 procedural vote, as Congress moves towards compromise with the White House on a spending measure. More »

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