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  • Senate OK for Kagan all but sure

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s elevation to the Supreme Court appeared virtually assured Wednesday as a majority of senators declared their support for her nomination as the debate …


  • House, senate races draw a crowd

    OLYMPIA – Last week, Eastern Washington Democrats were scrambling to find one candidate to challenge Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her fourth term. This week, they have four – …


  • Benton drops out of Senate race, backs Rossi

    Just a week after saying he was sticking in the U.S. Senate race, State Sen. Don Benton dropped out and endorsed the man he labeled the “establishment” candidate, Dino Rossi.


  • Jobs bill passes 68-29 in U.S. Senate

    Companies that hire unemployed workers will get a temporary payroll tax holiday under a bill that easily won final congressional approval Wednesday.


  • Kathleen Parker: Win changes game for GOP, too

    There will be much harrumphing and punditry in the next few days about the meaning of Scott Brown’s victory and his phenomenal campaign for Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat. How, …


  • In upset, GOP’s Brown wins Mass. Senate race

    In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election Tuesday that left President …


  • Senate Democrats pass landmark health care bill

    Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first …


  • Historic health care bill nears key Senate vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of unity, Senate Democrats sealed a 60-vote majority needed to advance health care legislation Saturday ahead of an evening showdown with Republicans eager to …


  • Hearing set on replacing Kennedy

    BOSTON – The push to name a successor to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy gained momentum Monday, with state lawmakers scheduling a hearing on whether to allow an appointee …


  • Colleagues, friends mourn ‘Patriarch’ of the Senate

    Friends and colleagues of the late Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., on Wednesday mourned the loss of the Senate’s “patriarch,” whose outsized personality and legislative and political skills continued to impact …


  • Burris expected to forgo election

    CHICAGO – Illinois Democratic U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, his political prospects and personal legacy weakened by controversy, is expected to announce today he will not seek election to the seat …


  • Burris discussed Senate seat with Blagojevich’s brother

    CHICAGO – Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., can be heard on an FBI audio recording promising to make a campaign contribution to then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the same time he …


  • Specter says he’s switching from GOP to Dems

    WASHINGTON — Veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania disclosed plans Tuesday to switch parties, a move intended to boost his chances of winning re-election next year that also will …


  • Bernanke tells Senate panel recovery possible next year

    WASHINGTON – The nation’s top economic policymaker Tuesday offered a sliver of optimism in a time of gloom, saying in carefully hedged comments that growth could return next year if …


  • Democrats back away from Burris

    CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Roland Burris’ failure to fully disclose his ties to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has put his future in the Senate “in question,” U.S. Sen. Dick …


  • Burris admits new Blagojevich link

    CHICAGO – In the latest in a series of shifting accounts of his conduct, Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., told reporters that he tried to raise money for former Gov. Rod …


  • Lawmakers call on Burris to step down

    CHICAGO – Just as Illinois was moving past the agony and embarrassment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s ousting, the fellow Democrat whom Blagojevich appointed to the U.S. Senate was hearing …


  • Burris changes story again about Senate seat contacts

    CHICAGO – Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., who repeatedly denied anyone tied to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich solicited him for cash in exchange for his seat, now acknowledges Blagojevich’s brother …


  • Senators report deal on stimulus bill

    WASHINGTON — With job losses soaring nationwide, Senate Democrats reached agreement with key Republicans Friday night on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama’s plan for …


  • Vote on stimulus plan put off

    WASHINGTON – Senate leaders called off plans to vote on President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan Thursday night in hopes that a group of centrist lawmakers from both parties would …


  • Spouse’s tax problems dog nominee

    WASHINGTON – Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis became the latest Cabinet nominee to face questions about unpaid taxes Thursday as a Senate panel abruptly postponed a scheduled vote on her …


  • Senate OKs raft of tax breaks

    WASHINGTON – The Senate voted Wednesday night to give a tax break of up to $15,000 to homebuyers in hopes of revitalizing the housing industry, a victory for Republicans eager …


  • Senators seek stimulus votes

    WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic leaders conceded Tuesday that they do not have the votes to pass the stimulus bill as currently written and said that to gain bipartisan support, they …


  • Boxer pushes energy measure

    WASHINGTON – Sen. Barbara Boxer on Tuesday announced that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee would draft a new climate bill that would help consumers avoid higher prices and …


  • Gregg accepts commerce nod

    WASHINGTON – In an unusual arrangement, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg agreed Tuesday to join the Obama administration as commerce secretary after the Democratic governor of New Hampshire agreed to appoint …


  • Senate opens stimulus debate

    WASHINGTON – With the economy still spiraling downward and the political landscape in flux, the Senate on Monday opened debate on an $885 billion stimulus plan that faces bipartisan questions …


  • Senators don’t expect power shift

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is expected to pick a Republican senator, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, as his commerce secretary soon. But officials expect the state’s Democratic governor, John …


  • Nothing’s off the table in Senate stimulus talks

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate this week will debate the future of the American economy. Everything’s up for discussion and subject to largely unpredictable votes: how to levy taxes, create …


  • Our View: Federal expansion of health care program overdue

    Two years ago, President Bush vetoed legislation that would’ve expanded health care coverage for children, and Congress was unable to muster the votes for an override. But the issue is …


  • Senate moves to expand health insurance for kids

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and his congressional allies took a modest step toward reshaping the nation’s health care system Thursday as the Senate passed legislation to expand health insurance …


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