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2 GOP Senators Run Afoul of Trump Allies

Fox's Lou Dobbs likens Mike Lee to Benedict Arnold over the senator's Iran criticism

(Newser) - After the White House briefed senators Wednesday on the decision to kill Iran's top commander , it was no big surprise that Democrats voiced criticism at the rationale. A bit more surprising was the criticism from two Republican senators, Mike Lee and Rand Paul. Lee in particular was heated. "... More »

In Historic First, Senate Invokes War Powers Act

Calls for US to end support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen war; 2nd vote condemns prince

(Newser) - The Senate on Thursday sent what the Washington Post described as a historic rebuke to the White House over Saudi Arabia. Actually, it delivered two rebukes. First, senators voted 56-41 to invoke the War Powers Act and demand that the US end its military support of the Saudi-led coalition in... More »

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 »

Cruz: Scalia's Death May Have Cost Clinton the Presidency

The Texas senator believes the 2016 election was a referendum on the Supreme Court

(Newser) - Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement that he will retire, giving President Trump a second Supreme Court pick , has set off a flurry of debate about the direction of the court. If Kennedy, a swing voter, is replaced by a strongly conservative justice, that justice could shape the court’s decisions... More »

Cruz Finally Getting a Senate Endorsement

Utah's Mike Lee will back him, a blow to Rubio

(Newser) - Marco Rubio has the endorsement of 14 of his fellow senators, while Ted Cruz has a goose egg on that front. But that's finally changing on Thursday afternoon: Utah's Mike Lee will publicly back his friend Cruz, reports BuzzFeed News . Lee is also a friend of Rubio's,... More »

Clay Aiken Leads NC Race by Insanely Thin Margin

Meanwhile, establishment candidate crushes NC Tea Party candidate

(Newser) - Voters got their first chance to weigh in on Clay Aiken's political career yesterday, and it wasn't exactly a rousing success. Aiken currently holds an incredibly slim lead over his Democratic primary opponent in North Carolina's 2nd District, with 40.83% of the vote to Keith Crisco'... More »

Romney: In Hillary 2016, Bill Is 'Not Relevant'

Addressed gay marriage, Sochi

(Newser) - If Hillary Clinton is the Democrats' nominee in 2016, Bill hasn't got anything to do with it, says Mitt Romney. "I don't think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton," he says, as per Politico . "Hillary Clinton will have plenty to discuss about her... More »

Cruz Bill Calls Out Feds for 'Forcing Gay Marriage'

He introduces legislation to bolster states' rights

(Newser) - Ted Cruz has introduced legislation in the Senate aimed at stopping the Obama administration "from forcing gay marriage on all 50 states," reports the Washington Post . Cruz and co-sponsor Mike Lee say the White House has gone too far in extending federal benefits to gay couples— like so... More »

Ted Cruz's Sidekick Gets Cold Shoulder From GOP

Many Utah Republicans want GOP Sen. Mike Lee gone

(Newser) - Mike Lee may have plenty of Tea Party pals on Capitol Hill, but back in his home state of Utah, the GOP senator is growing decidedly less popular. Since the government shutdown, approval ratings for Ted Cruz's strongest ally have fallen, and his fellow Republicans are some of his... More »

Cruz Vows to Speak Until 'No Longer Able to Stand'

Texas senator rails against ObamaCare, but can't actually delay vote

(Newser) - It's filibuster-y, but apparently not a filibuster. Sen. Ted Cruz took the Senate floor about 2:40pm Eastern today and promised to speak against ObamaCare until he is "no longer able to stand," reports AP . It sounds like an "old-fashioned talking filibuster," says the Washington ... More »

8 Senators: Blow the Doors Open on FISA Court

Bipartisan group wants FISA rulings declassified

(Newser) - Here's one way to cut down on leaks about spy agencies' use of the super-secret FISA court—make the rulings public. Eight senators from both parties backed a bill today that would bring far more transparency to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, reports Roll Call . They want key rulings... More »

Sens. Paul, Cruz: We'll Filibuster Gun Control

Republicans deliver warning to Harry Reid

(Newser) - If Harry Reid goes forward with a possible gun-control measure, he'll face a filibuster, say three Republican senators. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee have penned a letter to the Senate majority leader, saying, "We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve... More »

Rand Paul Staging Old-School Filibuster

Senator holds up vote on CIA nominee over drone strategy

(Newser) - It's possible the Senate will get a chance to confirm John Brennan as the next CIA chief tomorrow—unless Rand Paul's voice holds out. The Kentucky Republican began a genuine filibuster about 11:45am today, reports USA Today . That is, he's not taking advantage of the modern... More »

Senate Bill: Want a US Visa? Buy a Big House

Buy $500K worth of homes, and you can be a legal US resident

(Newser) - Are you a wealthy would-be immigrant with a penchant for real estate? Well, then have Chuck Schumer and Mike Lee got a deal for you. The Democrat and Republican senators have introduced a bipartisan bill that would grant a visa to foreigners who buy at least $500,000 worth of... More »

Tea Party Choice Mike Lee Wins in Utah

Lawyer wins GOP Senate nomination in battle of the Tea Partiers

(Newser) - Utah's Republican voters, faced with a choice of two Tea Party-backed candidates with near-identical platforms, picked the one with the legal background over the one with the business background. Mike Lee has been elected as the state's GOP nominee for US Senate, beating Tim Bridgewater by 51% to 49%, Politico... More »

Tea Party Fervor Ousts Utah Senator Bob Bennett

Incumbent loses GOP nod amid anti-incumbent mood

(Newser) - The first incumbent goes down: Utah Senator Bob Bennett lost his bid for the Republican nomination today amid fierce anti-Washington sentiment, reports the Salt Lake Tribune . The 18-year incumbent lost his chance to run for a fourth term to a conservative candidate backed by the Tea Party, Mike Lee, and... More »

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