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Lawmaker: U.S. Senate staff targeted by state-backed hackers

A U.S. lawmaker says foreign government hackers continue to target the personal accounts of U.S. senators and their aides – and that the Senate’s security office won’t help defend them.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 2:05 p.m.

Senate concludes Kavanaugh hearing; confirmation likely

After two marathon days questioning Brett Kavanaugh, senators concluded his Supreme Court confirmation hearing Friday by hearing from friends, foes and legal experts making their cases for and against the …


Former Arizona U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John McCain

Sen. John McCain’s widow on Tuesday said former Sen John Kyl will fill her late husband’s seat.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 3:47 p.m.

Quarreling, chaos mark Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing

Quarreling and confusion disrupted the start of the Senate’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, Democrats trying to block the proceedings over documents withheld by the …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 5:44 p.m.

O’Rourke bets national attention lifts him in Texas race

If elections were decided by viral videos and fawning media profiles, Democrat Beto O’Rourke would win Texas’ Senate race in a landslide.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 11:29 p.m.

Susan Hutchison challenges Sen. Maria Cantwell to 10 debates

Republican candidate Susan Hutchison challenged incumbent Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell on Friday to a series of 10 debates to be held in each congressional district throughout Washington.


Free press gets a boost with Senate resolution declaring it is not the enemy

The Senate on Thursday went on record declaring “that the press is not the enemy of the people” – a rebuke to President Donald Trump, who declares the opposite on …


Senate looms as big test for changes to U.S. fishing laws

Fishermen and environmentalists are at odds over a suite of changes to American fishing laws that was approved by the House of Representatives, and the proposal faces a new hurdle …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Senator to U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics: Take legal responsibility for abuse

A senator called on the U.S. Olympic Committee to cease efforts to be dropped as a defendant in sex-abuse lawsuits filed by gold-medal gymnasts. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut …


Senate set to confirm Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary

After months of tumult, Pentagon official Robert Wilkie is expected to become secretary of Veterans Affairs when the Senate votes Monday to confirm him, taking on the task of fulfilling …


In symbolic rebuke, Senate votes to seek congressional role in Trump’s tariff decisions

The Senate voted resoundingly Wednesday to seek a congressional role in some of President Donald Trump’s tariff decisions, a symbolic rebuke reflecting growing GOP alarm over the president’s trade war.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

GOP Senate candidate joins Gov. Walker in conga line

Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t officially endorsed anyone in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, but there are numerous signals that his preferred candidate is state Sen. Leah Vukmir.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Spotlight turns to GOP women in Supreme Court fight

The Senate battle over Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is off to a fiery start – even before the president makes his choice. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and …


Senate approves $145B spending bill to fund energy, veterans

The Senate on Monday approved a $145 billion spending bill to fund the Energy Department and veterans’ programs for the next budget year.


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 7:41 p.m.

Mitt Romney wins GOP primary in Utah Senate race

Mitt Romney has won the Republican primary for a Utah Senate seat, setting him on the path to restart his political career with a Senate seat left open by retiring …


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 11:27 a.m.

Romney aims to clinch GOP nod in Utah Senate race

Mitt Romney has a second chance during a Tuesday primary election to dispatch a Utah state lawmaker who defeated him at the state Republican Party convention in the race for …


Senate blocks Trump plan to cut $15B in unused spending

The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday blocked a White House plan to cut almost $15 billion in unused government money slated for children’s health insurance and other programs.


Cruz’s flip-flop on family separation shows threat to GOP

Ted Cruz has staged a dramatic about-face on the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies, laying bare how politically damaging the issue of separating children from parents accused of crossing …


Senate backs bill blocking deal with Chinese telecom firm

The Senate on Monday approved a defense policy bill that includes a pay raise for the military and would block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 4:05 p.m.

Gun by her side, GOP U.S. Senate candidate talks of threats

With a holstered handgun next to her on a kitchen table, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir promises in her first television ad of the campaign released Monday to stand …


GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate’s August recess

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he was canceling most of the Senate’s time-honored August recess, an election-year move that could help lawmakers confirm more of President Donald Trump’s …


Ex-USA Gymnastics head Steve Penny to attend Senate hearing

Former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny is scheduled to appear before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday to face questioning about the sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.


Trump to campaign in Tennessee to thwart Dems’ U.S. Senate bid

Diving into the midterm elections, President Donald Trump is seeking to build a stable of Republicans who will help promote his agenda and serve as a check on Democrats aiming …


UPDATED: Mon., May 28, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Money flows as Republicans jockey for Montana U.S. senate slot

Outside money is pouring into Montana’s U.S. Senate race even before Republicans settle on a nominee to challenge Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who has become a leading target of the …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Gina Haspel confirmed as 1st woman to lead the CIA

Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote that overrode concerns about her role in …


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

Senate backs effort to restore ‘net neutrality’ rules

The Senate has voted to kill a Federal Communications Commission rule that repealed the Obama administration’s ban on internet providers blocking or slowing down certain content.


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

GOP senators lunch with Trump, don’t bring up McCain remark

President Donald Trump appeared to be in a good mood Tuesday when he met privately with Senate Republicans, buoyed by primary election results and talks with North Korea, and bypassing …


Why the internet is suddenly protesting on net neutrality all over again

Internet activists and tech companies are holding a day of protest Wednesday to draw attention to net neutrality once again.


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 4:31 p.m.

Pompeo sworn in as secretary of state, dashes off to Europe

Mike Pompeo took over as America’s top diplomat Thursday after being confirmed by the Senate and sworn in across the street minutes later. The new secretary of state immediately dashed …


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, putting the matter in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said he won’t let …