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Elizabeth Warren Glaringly Absent at Clinton Fundraiser

Mass. pol only one of 14 female Democratic senators not at DC event for Hillary

(Newser) - Thirteen of 14 Democratic female senators showed up Monday night at the DC Hyatt Regency for what Politico calls a "high-profile fundraiser-cum-endorsement summit" for Hillary Clinton, but it was the absent No. 14 who caused the most buzz. Sen. Elizabeth Warren still hasn't thrown her weight behind any... More »

Obama Locks Up Iran Deal With 34th Senator

Thanks to Barbara Mikulski, GOP now can't override presidential veto

(Newser) - Earlier this morning, President Obama was "on the brink" of wrapping up the Iran nuclear deal after Democratic Sens. Bob Casey and Chris Coons threw their support his way, the Wall Street Journal reports. Now Maryland's Barbara Mikulski has given her thumbs-up, giving the president the magic number... More »

Don't Make Eatery Staff Wash Up After Bathroom: Senator

NC's Thom Tillis says if restaurants are transparent about practice, no big deal

(Newser) - Thom Tillis may be doing more baby-kissing and less hand-shaking after he recently expounded on whether restaurant workers should have to wash their hands after using the bathroom and before they go back to handle food. The freshman senator made his stance known at yesterday's Bipartisan Policy Center event... More »

McCain, Graham: Go After ISIS Now

Senators say Obama needs a military strategy immediately

(Newser) - Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham say they're appalled that President Obama's response to the threat posed by the Islamic State is to say, " We don't have a strategy yet. " He needs to get one fast, they write in the New York Times . Putting a... More »

Milestone: 2 Black Senators to Serve at Same Time

Cowan's appointment makes some history

(Newser) - The pick of William "Mo" Cowan to fill John Kerry's Senate seat in Massachusetts results in a little American history being made, notes Bloomberg . For the first time ever, two black senators will serve at the same time. Cowan joins Tim Scott of South Carolina , who got picked... More »

Judges' $1M Maui Trip Turns Heads in Congress

Ninth Circuit conference would include full-service spa

(Newser) - US senators are scrutinizing a planned Maui getaway for circuit court judges that could cost more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars, Fox News reports. Scheduled for August, the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference would allow judges, attorneys, staff, and "special guests" to stay at a Hyatt Regency resort spa... More »

Senators Want 'Lunatic' Deleted From Federal Laws

It's an outdated, offensive term, says proposed legislation

(Newser) - Two senators have introduced a bill to erase the word "lunatic" from the federal code because the term is considered outdated and offensive, reports the Los Angeles Times . "Federal law should reflect the 21st century understanding of mental illness and disease," says Kent Conrad of North Dakota,... More »

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