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Ex-Democratic Staffer Allegedly Doxxed GOP Senators

Jackson Cosko charged with posting addresses online

(Newser) - A former member of Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan's staff was caught inside Hassan's Capitol Hill office Tuesday night and ultimately arrested Wednesday on charges that he "doxxed" GOP senators. Jackson A. Cosko, 27, is accused of posting "private, identifying information," including addresses, online, Politico reports.... More »

Orrin Hatch Takes Flak for Choice of Words on Ford

Senator calls her 'attractive' and 'pleasing'

(Newser) - Orrin Hatch is taking grief for his choice of words in describing the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday. During the lunch break, the Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee referred to Ford as an "attractive" and "pleasing" witness, reports Roll Call . "I don't... More »

Using Bacon Pics, Orrin Hatch Proves He Didn't Die

His Google bio erroneously declared Utah senator deceased as of last September

(Newser) - "Hi.. @Google? We might need to talk." That was Orrin Hatch's tweet to the tech site late Monday night after he spotted an error in his bio that popped up in a Google search, and it was a pretty big one. According to Google, the 84-year-old Utah... More »

John McCain Is Blocking Trump From Funeral

It's 'ridiculous,' says Sen. Orrin Hatch

(Newser) - As Arizona Sen. John McCain gets his affairs in order , focus has moved to the 81-year-old's funeral. NBC News reports that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have each been asked to deliver eulogies at the event at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, while President Trump... More »

Mitt Romney Fails to Get Utah Senate Nomination

He'll now face a primary for Orrin Hatch's seat after a contentious GOP nominating convention

(Newser) - Mitt Romney did anything but cruise to the Republican nomination for Orrin Hatch's Utah Senate seat on Saturday in what CNN calls "a wild and raucous day of voting" at the state's nominating convention. Romney, among a dozen Republicans seeking Hatch's seat, was unable to secure... More »

After Shooting, Romney Delays Senate Announcement

Sources say he was planning to release video Thursday

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is preparing to announce a bid for the Utah Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch, a position some hope the 2012 GOP presidential nominee will use to continue his biting criticism of President Trump. Romney, who once called Trump "a phony" who was unfit for office,... More »

Mitt Romney Just Changed His Location to 'Utah'

Move seen as big hint at Senate run

(Newser) - Mitt Romney hasn't publicly said whether he plans to run for the Senate now that Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch is retiring , but he may have provided a clue via Twitter: Hours after Hatch announced the move, Romney changed his location from "Massachusetts" to "Holladay, Utah" in... More »

If Romney Replaces Hatch, Senate Math Is All New

Utah Senator is retiring, paving way for Trump-critic Romney to run

(Newser) - Utah's Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, says he won't be running for re-election in 2018. The 83-year-old announced the move on Twitter. “Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves," he says in a video . "And for me, that time... More »

Paper Calls Out Hatch's 'Utter Lack of Integrity.' He Says Thanks

It was tongue-in-cheek, says his rep

(Newser) - Sen. Orrin Hatch responded to being named the Salt Lake Tribune's 2017 Utahn of the Year —for, among other things, his "utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power"—by tweeting a sort of thanks. "Grateful for this great Christmas honor... More »

Senator Is Utahn of the Year, and Not in a Good Way

Tribune says Orrin Hatch should 'call it a career'

(Newser) - Sen. Orrin Hatch is the Salt Lake Tribune 's 2017 Utahn of the Year, a distinction the state's biggest paper says it gives the person who had the biggest impact on the year, "for good or ill"—and in the Republican senator's case, it definitely... More »

Trump Pushing Hard to Keep Romney Out of Senate

Sources say he has been urging Orrin Hatch to stay on

(Newser) - After almost 41 years in office, Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch is the longest-serving Republican senator in US history—and President Trump apparently wants the 83-year-old Senate Finance Committee chairman to seek another term in 2018. Sources tell Politico that Trump, who will appear with Hatch at an event in... More »

Trump Will Shrink Utah Monuments: Orrin Hatch

Senator says president is taking interior secretary's recommendation

(Newser) - President Trump is shrinking two national monuments in Utah, accepting the recommendation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reverse protections established by two Democratic presidents, Orrin Hatch said Friday. The Republican senator said he was "incredibly grateful" that Trump called him on Friday to say he is approving Zinke'... More »

Your 401(k) Contributions May Not Be Safe After All

House tax-writing chief Kevin Brady suggests limits are in play, despite Trump's opposition

(Newser) - President Trump declared emphatically this week that 401(k) contributions were off-limits to congressional negotiators working on changes to the tax code. But on Wednesday, one of those negotiators—in fact, one of the most influential ones—suggested otherwise, reports the Washington Post . Kevin Brady, who chairs the House tax-writing committee,... More »

Report: If Hatch Wants Out of Senate, Romney Wants In

Former presidential candidate said to be waiting on Utah senator's retirement decision

(Newser) - What Joe Biden wants, Joe Biden gets—maybe. In June, the former VP had recommended to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney that the latter should run for Senate if Utah's Orrin Hatch retires next year, as has been rumored. Now, sources tell Utah Policy that Romney is gearing up... More »

US Mom Warns Son Is Suicidal After Year in Venezuelan Prison

Lawyers say Joshua Holt, new wife were framed by Venezuelan government

(Newser) - A year ago Friday, Utah man Joshua Holt and his new bride were arrested in their apartment in Caracas and imprisoned without charges or a hearing, NBC News reports. They're still waiting for either on what Sen. Orrin Hatch tells the Wall Street Journal is a "devastating anniversary.... More »

Biden Thinks Romney Should Run for Senate

Should Orrin Hatch retire, that is

(Newser) - Former Vice President Joe Biden has encouraged onetime GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run for the Senate in Utah if longtime Republican incumbent Orrin Hatch decides to retire next year, the AP reports. Biden made the recommendation to Romney on Friday evening at the Utah resort where Romney was... More »

Mitt Romney Considers Getting Back Into Politics

He might stage a Senate run in Utah

(Newser) - Mitt Romney might be re-entering politics. Six sources tell the Atlantic Romney, former Massachusetts governor and US presidential candidate, is "actively discussing" a Senate run in Utah. Republican leaders and donors, sources say, want 83-year-old incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch to decline to seek re-election in 2018 and Romney to... More »

Dems Aren't Giving Up on Seeing Trump's Tax Returns

And Republican Lindsey Graham wants to make it mandatory for candidates

(Newser) - Senate Democrats seeking President Trump's tax returns hoped a strongly worded letter might finally do the trick. Didn't work. Seven Democrats on the Finance Committee wrote to GOP Chairman Orrin Hatch on Wednesday, asking that he use his authority to make the returns available to the committee for... More »

GOP Advances 2 Nominees With No Democrats Present

After Democratic boycott, Finance Committee Republicans change the rules

(Newser) - Democrats found a way Tuesday to use the Senate's own rules to stall two of President Trump's Cabinet nominees. On Wednesday, Republicans retaliated in the simplest of ways: They changed those rules. As a result, the names of Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin and Health and Human Services nominee... More »

Finally, Washington Sees a Way Out

Obama, House GOP leaders to meet today

(Newser) - Signs of hope in DC: Both parties are increasingly pushing for an end to the government shutdown and a debt-ceiling increase, with President Obama set to meet with 18 top House Republicans today, the Hill reports. Those Republicans include Paul Ryan, who's at the forefront of a short-term plan... More »

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