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19 Get the Presidential Medal of Freedom Today

Biden will honor politicians, activists, athletes, and more

(Newser) - Clarence B. Jones says he thought a prankster was on the line when he answered the phone and heard the caller say they were from the White House. "I said, 'Is this a joke or is this serious?'" Jones recalled. The caller swore that President Biden wanted...

Cory Booker Wins Senate Seat for NJ

Democrat to replace Frank Lautenberg for 15 months

(Newser) - Newark mayor Cory Booker has won a special election to represent New Jersey in the Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. Booker, 44, will become the first black senator from New Jersey. A vegetarian with...

Cory Booker Easily Wins Senate Primary

He takes big step closer to becoming Senator Booker in October

(Newser) - No contest: Cory Booker won the Democratic primary for a Senate seat in New Jersey so easily tonight that the AP called it just 45 minutes after the polls closed and with just 7% of returns in, reports the Star-Ledger. The Newark mayor beat two congressmen and the state Assembly...

Christie Names Republican AG to Senate Seat

Jeffrey Chiesa will hold Lautenberg's spot til special election

(Newser) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today named a longtime loyal colleague, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, to temporarily fill the US Senate seat that opened up this week after Frank Lautenberg's death. Chiesa, 47, has never held or run for political office and will not seek the office in...

Christie Calls Special Election, Takes Flak From Both Sides

Voters will pick Lautenberg replacement in October

(Newser) - Chris Christie was bound to take criticism no matter what he decided on how to fill the seat of late New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg. And, sure enough, now that he's filled in most of the details, both Republicans and Democrats are angry, reports Politico . Christie today declared that...

Lautenberg's Death Opens 'Pandora's Box' for Christie

All paths to a new senator are thorny for potential 2016 candidate

(Newser) - Following the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg , the ball is in Chris Christie's court—but the next move is a dicey one for a man seen as poised for a presidential run. A number of options are open to the Republican governor, the New York Times reports. If he...

NJ Sen. Lautenberg Dead at 89
 NJ Sen. Lautenberg Dead at 89 

NJ Sen. Lautenberg Dead at 89

Chris Christie will appoint his replacement

(Newser) - Frank Lautenberg, the New Jersey Democrat who was the oldest sitting member of the United States Senate, died this morning of viral pneumonia at the age of 89, reports the Record . Lautenberg, who had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2010, had been in ill health since late last year...

Lautenberg, 89, Won't Run for Re-Election in Senate

Democrat's decision paves way for Cory Booker

(Newser) - Liberal stalwart Sen. Frank Lautenberg says he won't run for re-election to his New Jersey seat in 2014, reports the Star-Ledger . The 89-year-old ended the speculation weeks after Newark Mayor Cory Booker made it clear he'd like to run if Lautenberg stepped down. Who knows, maybe this sets...

Geraldo: I Might Run for Senate
 Geraldo: I Might Run for Senate 

Geraldo: I Might Run for Senate

Rivera says he's 'truly' considering a run in New Jersey

(Newser) - None other than Geraldo Rivera says he's considering a run for US Senate in New Jersey. "Buckle your seat belts!" said Rivera as he announced on his radio show on WABC-AM in New York that he is "truly contemplating" a Senate bid. He said he has...

Cory Booker Rescues Freezing Dog

Even as Frank Lautenberg questions his job performance

(Newser) - Cory Booker revived his part-time superhero act last night, coming to the rescue of a dog that been left out in the freezing cold. The Newark mayor was alerted to the pooch's plight via his usual bat signal: Twitter. A reporter from WABC 7 spotted the dog and tweeted...

Cory Booker: I'm Exploring Senate Run

Newark mayor looks to replace fellow Dem Frank Lautenberg in 2014

(Newser) - Cory Booker has made his decision : The popular Newark mayor will explore a run for the Senate, he announced today. "Let there be no doubt: I will complete my full second term as mayor of Newark, New Jersey," Booker says in a YouTube video and website post today....

Dems Unveil Bill That Would Ban Online Ammo Sales

Bill would require a photo ID to buy ammo

(Newser) - A pair of Democrats say they plan to introduce a bill that would effectively ban online ammunition sales by requiring buyers to show a photo ID when buying ammo, the LA Times reports. "It's one thing to buy a pair of shoes online, but it should take more...

Governor Cory Booker or Senator Cory Booker?

Newark's mayor is considering both options

(Newser) - Cory Booker is looking for a promotion. The Newark mayor, Democratic party phenom, and random rescuer of people from fires , is contemplating the launch of a campaign for either the Senate or the governorship in New Jersey, reports Politico . Booker announced his intentions last night at a local county committee...

Senators to Komen: Restore Planned Parenthood Cuts

22 Democrats sign letter to breast cancer charity

(Newser) - The outcry over the Susan G. Komen foundation's decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding has made its way to Capitol Hill. Some 22 Democratic senators—a large number for such an undertaking, notes the Plum Line blog at the Washington Post —have signed a letter calling on Komen...

Obama Tours Flood Zones in New Jersey

Says 'Washington politics' won't stop federal aid

(Newser) - President Obama visited flood-ravaged communities in New Jersey today and vowed that "Washington politics" won't obstruct federal aid for people along the Atlantic Coast, the New Jersey Star-Ledger and the AP report. Dressed in rolled-up shirt sleeves and khaki-style pants, Obama landed in Newark just after noon and...

247 on Terror Watch List Bought Guns in 2010

They passed the background check and everything

(Newser) - Guns were legally sold to 247 people on the government's terror watch list last year—and that's after all of them passed a background check, according to FBI figures. That's because it's not illegal to sell guns to people on the terror watch list, the AP...

Harry Reid & Co. Want to Kill Checkpoint-Dodging Apps

Apple, Google urged to stop selling apps that help drivers dodge police

(Newser) - Want to know if there's a checkpoint ahead targeting speeders or drunk drivers? There's an app for that—many, in fact—but Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Tom Udall say there shouldn't be. The four senators have written to Apple, Google, and BlackBerry, urging the companies to stop...

86-Year-Old Senator Gaga for Lady Gaga

Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey is a big fan

(Newser) - Have you ever wanted to hang out with an 86-year-old US senator while watching a 24-year-old dance around in bizarrely artsy stripper costumes? Then hurry, because tickets for “Senator Frank R. Lautenberg & Lady Gaga—The Monster Ball Tour” are almost sold out, according to an email sent to...

Senators to Press British PM on Lockerbie Bomber

Lawmakers ask to meet with Cameron

(Newser) - Four US senators are probing the release of the only person convicted of involvement in the Lockerbie bombing, CNN reports. Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Bob Menendez released a letter today requesting a meeting with David Cameron during the British PM's visit to the US this week. Scotland...

Did BP Push to Have Lockerbie Bomber Released?

(Newser) - With BP about to begin drilling for oil in Libya's Gulf of Sidra, Sen. Frank Lautenberg has urged the British government to investigate whether BP a hand in securing the release of the Lockerbie bomber in order to help close the oil deal. Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, and Bob Menendez...

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