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Senate Needs 4 More Votes for Keystone Veto Override

Hoeven: Supporters still working to trump Obama's veto

(Newser) - Just days after the Keystone XL pipeline got a break in Nebraska , it appears to have hit a stumbling block in the United States Senate, which does not appear to have the votes to override the veto President Obama has said he's got waiting for the measure. "My... More »

Dems' Possible Strategy: Declare Debt Ceiling Unconstitutional

Proponents say it violates the 14th Amendment

(Newser) - In their fight to raise the debt ceiling, a move largely opposed by Tea Party Republicans, Democrats are considering a surprise weapon—the Constitution. With negotiations at an impasse and default looming , Democrats are thinking of declaring the debt ceiling itself unconstitutional, as the 14th Amendment reads: "The validity... More »

John Ensign Gives Farewell Speech—to Empty Room

Senator apologizes to (absent) family and colleagues

(Newser) - John Ensign took the Senate floor one last time yesterday and delivered a contrite farewell speech—to a whole lot of empty chairs. Not one of Ensign's senate colleagues showed up to hear the address; Democrat Chris Coons sat in the presiding officer's chair, but opened a folder... More »

Christine O'Donnell: 'Our Voices Were Heard'

Says the GOP 'will never be the same'

(Newser) - Doesn't sound like Christine O'Donnell will be fading away: "Our voices were heard and we're not going to be quiet now," she said in her concession speech tonight. "This is just the beginning." Democrat Chris Coons defeated her handily in the Delaware Senate race—the margin... More »

Today's Winners, Predicted by Meghan McCain

Midterm successes, starring Christine O'Donnell

(Newser) - Meghan McCain expects a dark day for Democrats, with “more than a few upsets and memorable YouTube moments.” Her predictions in the Daily Beast :
  • Sharron Angle will beat Harry Reid in Nevada, and he’ll offer an “uncomfortable and possibly bitter concession speech.”
  • Charlie Crist will
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Where the Big Races Stand

Rand Paul and Marco Rubio up big, Harry Reid, Sharron Angle too close to call

(Newser) - With T-Minus one day to the election, here's where the most-watched races in the country stand:
  • Harry Reid and Sharron Angle are locked in a dead heat; the latest Public Policy Polling survey has Angle squeaking ahead 47% to 46%.
  • Looks like harping on the Aqua Buddha incident didn't help
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O'Donnell Camp, Coons Slam Gawker Story

Coulter, NOW weigh in on one-night-stand piece

(Newser) - Christine O’Donnell’s campaign has slammed Gawker for its one-night stand story , reports Politico —and so has her opponent, Chris Coons, as well as the National Organization for Women. Some reactions:
  • It’s “just another example of the sexism and slander that female candidates are forced to
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O'Donnell Has Trouble Naming Democratic Senators

But GOP hopeful is a big Hillary Clinton fan

(Newser) - Christine O’Donnell seemed stymied when asked during last night's debate to name a Democratic senator she’d feel comfortable working with. She gave two names—but neither is currently a Democratic senator. First she mentioned Hillary Clinton, acknowledging “she’s not a senator any more.” Then she... More »

What Happens in College Stays in College

But not if you're in college at age 40, Christine O'Donnell

(Newser) - Ah, college: That time of experimentation and rebellion—and especially youthful indiscretions, most of which oughtn't be fodder for debate when indiscreet youths grow up and run for political office, writes Gail Collins in the New York Times. "Nothing anyone did in college short of a felony should count... More »

O'Donnell to GOP: Hannity's 'in My Back Pocket'

Senate hopeful complains party leaving her in the cold

(Newser) - Feeling sorely underfunded, Christine O’Donnell has warned the GOP she has a secret weapon: She says she’s “got Sean Hannity in my back pocket, and I can go on his show and raise money by attacking you guys,” top Republicans tell Howard Fineman of the Huffington... More »

Democrats Pick Up Steam in Senate Races

Reid and Angle a tossup, Manchin and Murray now favored

(Newser) - After a several straight losing weeks, the Democrats gained ground in the battle for the Senate this week, according to New York Times polling guru Nate Silver. Based on 100,000 simulations, Silver’s FiveThirtyEight prediction model now gives the GOP just an 18% chance to take the Senate, down... More »

Christine O'Donnell: GOP Has Abandoned Me

... Because she trails by 19 points

(Newser) - She can't remember any recent Supreme Court cases, but Christine O'Donnell isn't about to forget how the GOP is sitting on its wallet instead of pouring cash into her gaffe-infused race. “The Republican Party on the state level, or on the national level, neither have come in to help... More »

O'Donnell Blanks on Court Cases in Debate

And brushes off old comments; rival Chris Coons says they still matter

(Newser) - It's like deja vu all over again: The question that tripped up Sarah Palin two years ago stumped Christine O'Donnell as well. Squaring off against Democrat Chris Coons in a nationally televised debate, O'Donnell was asked which recent Supreme Court opinions she disagreed with. After stumbling for a moment (and... More »

Christine O’Donnell Is MIA in Delaware

Tea Party belle proves that in 2010, all politics is national

(Newser) - You know that old saw, “all politics is local”? Well these days it seems that all politics is national, Matt Bai of the New York Times observes. Just look at Christine O’Donnell. She’s appeared on every national conservative media outlet that will have her, but has... More »

O'Donnell Calls Opponent 'Bearded Marxist'

He says it was a college joke

(Newser) - Christine O’Donnell tried to deflect attention to her Democratic challenger last night in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show. After laughing off her comments that she “dabbled into witchcraft," she said that Chris Coons had done some questionable things in his youth, too. “He made... More »

O'Donnell Dodges News Shows

She denies vanishing act has anything to do with 'witchcraft'

(Newser) - Christine O'Donnell dodged news shows yesterday as critics held the Delaware Senate candidate's feet to the fire over her witchcraft dabbling. But she couldn't keep her reasons straight for why she was a last-minute no-show. O'Donnell handlers told Fox News Sunday she was "exhausted," but the candidate later... More »

Christine O'Donnell Raises $850K Online

Donations pour in after win

(Newser) - Funny what a little publicity can do. Christine O'Donnell's campaign has raked in $850,000 since Tuesday's win, ABC News reports . "We're at 99% of our $1,000,000 goal," O'Donnell herself tweeted this afternoon. "Help push us over the top." And even if that math... More »

Dems Giddy Over O'Donnell Win

But obvious voter disgust spells even bigger trouble elsewhere

(Newser) - Last night's Tea Party wins are a mixed bag for Democrats, who are giddily confident they'll trounce Senate contender Christine O'Donnell in November, dimming GOP hopes of a Senate takeover. But they're quaking in their party neckties about what obvious voter disgust means for other races. The party plans to... More »

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