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Dems Slam GOP Senator for 'Racist Tactic' at Rally

Ga.'s David Perdue mocked Kamala Harris' name at Trump rally

(Newser) - Republican Sen. David Perdue mocked Kamala Harris, his Senate colleague and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, on Friday by repeatedly mispronouncing her name at a Georgia rally for President Trump. Perdue was wrapping up his remarks at an event in Macon when he referred to Harris as "KAH'-mah-lah?... More »

Senator's Video Appearance at Hearing Does Not Go Well

Delaware's Tom Carper caught swearing up a blue streak at his computer after a glitch

(Newser) - A senator dropped some very un-senatorial F-bombs Friday when he had a glitch with his video link. When Sen. Tom Carper's turn came up to question the postmaster general , things went south, reports the Hill . It began when the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee... More »

Another Senator Tests Positive

Louisiana's Bill Cassidy, a medical doctor, will quarantine

(Newser) - A second US senator has tested positive for COVID-19: Louisiana's Bill Cassidy. The 62-year-old Republican was tested Thursday after learning he had been exposed to an infected person Wednesday night, reports the Advocate . “I am strictly following the direction of our medical experts and strongly encourage others to... More »

Senate Contender Blasts Opponent's 'Anti-Semitic Trope'

Georgia GOP Sen. David Perdue says pic of Dem Jon Ossoff accidentally distorted his nose

(Newser) - Election campaigning in Georgia took an ugly turn this week as the Democratic challenger to a sitting Republican senator accused the latter of running an anti-Semitic ad against him. The Hill reports that the campaign of GOP Sen. David Perdue nixed a Facebook ad that had been running since July... More »

After Flight, Senator Slams Airline: 'Incredibly Irresponsible'

Trip on American spurs Jeff Merkley to introduce bill keeping middle seats from being filled in pandemic

(Newser) - Jeff Merkley flew on American Airlines last week, and he wasn't happy with how his flight went—specifically, on how crowded it was in the midst of the pandemic. "How many Americans will die bc you fill middle seats, w/ your customers shoulder to shoulder, hour after hour,... More »

Senator's Virus Stock Trades Under Federal Inquiry

Justice Department is investigating Richard Burr's financial moves

(Newser) - A senator's well-timed stock selloff before the coronavirus crisis arrived in full is now the subject of a federal investigation. CNN reports that the Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the financial moves of Richard Burr. The North Carolina Republican chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, and he sold... More »

Ex-Senator Liked to Beat 'My Head Against a Wall'

Former US Sen. Tom Coburn has died at 72

(Newser) - Former US Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma family doctor who earned a reputation as a conservative political maverick as he railed against federal earmarks and subsidies for the rich, has died, the AP reports. He was 72. Coburn, who also delivered more than 4,000 babies while an obstetrician in... More »

Senator Calls Pelosi the R-Word, Blames 'Fat Fingers'

No one's really buying the autocorrect excuse offered by ND's Kevin Cramer

(Newser) - "She's retarded," Sen. Kevin Cramer tweeted Tuesday in response to a Daily Caller post about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's proposal for an economic stimulus package, to the ire of social media users . Now, the North Dakota Republican's defense of the tweet, deleted 10 minutes later,... More »

Rand Paul Has Suggestion for Future Impeachment Trials

He wants arguments kept to 8 hours per side

(Newser) - Rand Paul thinks presidential impeachment could become the new norm in the US following President Trump's saga—and he's got a few ideas about how the next trial should proceed. "I think we should change the process ... It's got to be a lot shorter," the... More »

If Warren Vacates Senate Seat, a Familiar Face Is Interested

Former UN ambassador Samantha Power doesn't rule out running

(Newser) - If Elizabeth Warren manages to translate her rising poll numbers into a presidential victory in 2020, she'll leave behind a vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts. On Friday, former UN ambassador Samantha Power said she's open to the idea of running to fill that vacancy, reports the Boston Globe ... More »

Neighbor Who Attacked Rand Paul to Be Resentenced

Rene Boucher served 30 days for 2017 assault

(Newser) - A federal appeals court on Monday vacated what it called a "well-below-guidelines" prison sentence for the man who tackled Sen. Rand Paul outside his Kentucky home, ordering a resentencing for the attack that broke the lawmaker's ribs. The three-judge panel of the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals... More »

Rand Paul Has Part of Lung Removed

Senator has another surgery related to 2017 attack

(Newser) - Another senator is having medical issues : Rand Paul had lung surgery over the weekend, and he announced Monday on Twitter that "unfortunately, I will have to limit my August activities" as he recuperates, but "I should be able to return to the Senate in September." The senator'... More »

One of the Longest-Serving Senators Is Dead

Mississippi's Thad Cochran served 39 years in chamber before retiring last year

(Newser) - He lived 81 years and spent more than half of them serving in Washington. Mississippi's Thad Cochran has died after retiring from the Senate last year because of health issues. The Republican Cochran was elected to the House in 1972, and then the Senate in 1978. His 39 years... More »

No. 21: Another Democrat Joins the Race

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is in

(Newser) - In the 2016 campaign, there were so many Republican candidates they had to run two-tiered debates to handle them all. The question for 2020 Democrats: Will two tiers be enough? Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado on Thursday became the 21st major candidate to enter the race, reports the Washington Post ... More »

Richard Lugar Dead at 87

He was Indiana's longest-serving senator

(Newser) - Former senator Richard Lugar, a Republican who worked to alert Americans about the threat of terrorism years before 9/11, died Sunday at age 87 at a hospital in Virginia. He was being treated for a rare neurological disorder called chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy, the AP reports. Indiana's longest-serving senator... More »

Larger-Than-Life Senator Is Dead at 97

Ernest F. 'Fritz' Hollings was a moderate in explosive times

(Newser) - Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the US Senate, has died, the AP reports. He was 97. A spokesman said Hollings died at his home on the Isle of Palms early... More »

Senator: I 'Briefly Collapsed' After Latest Physical Feat

Kyrsten Sinema bested her own time in New Zealand triathlon with a 12:59:57 finish

(Newser) - From a rough childhood—including a stint when she was homeless —to a seat in the US Senate, Kyrsten Sinema has long exhibited nerves of steel. The 42-year-old's latest feat is completing the New Zealand Ironman, and in so doing she beat her personal best time in the... More »

Sen. Klobuchar's Aides Reveal 'the Dark Side'

She's known as a tough boss

(Newser) - The takeaway image is of Sen. Amy Klobuchar sitting on a plane, eating her salad with a comb. And she was not happy. That 2008 incident—in which she berated an aide for forgetting her fork and ate with her comb instead—appears in a New York Times article about... More »

On Brink of 2020 Decision, Klobuchar Gets Bad Press

HuffPost reports that former staffers accuse senator of mistreating employees

(Newser) - Sen. Amy Klobuchar has a big event scheduled for Sunday in Minnesota that might just be the formal launch of a 2020 campaign for president. "Come to Boom Island," she told Rachel Maddow of MSNBC this week, per the AP . "Then you'll find out my decision.... More »

Here's the Democrats' Best Hope to Beat Trump

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is the smart choice, writes George Will

(Newser) - Amy Klobuchar isn't among the early Democratic candidates for 2020, but George Will writes in the Washington Post that the Minnesota senator might be her party's smartest choice. "Klobuchar is the person perhaps best equipped to send the current president packing," Will writes in the op-ed.... More »

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