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  • Montana returns Tester to U.S. Senate

    U.S. Sen. Jon Tester prevailed Wednesday in a tight re-election battle, beating back nearly two years of attacks for his support of some Obama administration policies to hand Republican U.S. …

  • Cantwell’s Senate foes facing a tough campaign

    For Michael Baumgartner, the challenge he faces in winning Washington’s U.S. Senate seat could be as formidable as the mountains that bisect the state. Democrat Maria Cantwell is a well-funded, …

  • Senate bill brings changes to farm policy

    WASHINGTON — Briefly putting election-year politics aside, the Senate today moved toward strong approval of legislation assuring that farmers hit by bad times will be protected and that millions of …

  • Murray to lead Veterans Affairs Committee

    U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Thursday was named the new chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. “This is a great honor, but an even bigger responsibility,” Murray said in …

  • Senate ratifies nuke pact, delivering Obama a win

    The Senate on Wednesday ratified an arms control treaty with Russia that reins in the nuclear weapons that could plunge the world into doomsday, giving President Barack Obama a major …

  • Obama secures GOP votes for US-Russia arms pact

    President Barack Obama locked up enough Senate Republican votes Tuesday to ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia that would cap nuclear warheads for both former Cold War foes …

  • Final hurdle for tax bill: Is the end in sight?

    Acting with uncommon speed, Congress moved toward final passage tonight of sweeping, bipartisan legislation to avoid a Jan. 1 spike in income taxes for millions and renew jobless benefits for …

  • House votes to repeal ban on open gays in military

    The House voted today to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy that for 17 years has forced gays desiring to serve in the military to conceal their sexual identity.

  • Senate passes package extending Bush tax cuts

    The Senate has passed a sweeping tax package that would save millions of Americans thousands of dollars in higher taxes for the next two years while also reducing their Social …

  • House Democrats consider changes in tax bill

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats considered changes in legislation to avoid a Jan. 1 jump in income taxes today, despite a warning from Republicans that the bill’s passage could be endangered …

  • Tax bill hits 60 in Senate vote

    Legislation to avert a Jan. 1 increase in income tax rates has gained 60 votes in the Senate, the level needed to advance toward a final vote.

  • Judge rules against Miller in Alaska Senate race

    A judge today ruled against Republican Joe Miller’s lawsuit challenging how Alaska counted write-in votes for rival Lisa Murkowski in their Senate race, delivering another setback to the tea party-backed …

  • Senate blocks repeal of ’don’t ask, don’t tell’

    Senate Republicans have blocked legislation that would have repealed the military’s policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and allowed gay troops to serve openly.

  • Tax defeat could trigger new recession, WH warns

    Raising the direst alarm yet, the Obama administration warned fellow Democrats today that if they defeat the big tax-cut compromise detested by many liberals, they could jolt the nation back …

  • Obama defends tax deal, says it’s best for nation

    Facing a Democratic rebellion, President Barack Obama today staunchly defended his decision to compromise with Republicans and temporarily extend about-to-expire tax cuts for all Americans.

  • Obama, GOP reach deal to extend tax cuts

    Brushing past Democratic opposition, President Barack Obama announced agreement with Republicans tonight on a plan to extend expiring income tax cuts for all Americans, renew jobless benefits for the long-term …

  • Senate shuns push for elimination of pet projects

    The Senate today rejected a GOP bid to ban the practice of larding spending bills with earmarks — those pet projects that lawmakers love to send home to their states.

  • Lawmakers return to Capitol to clean up leftovers

    Congress resumes its lame-duck session work today with the two parties sharply divided over how to deal with the George W. Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at year’s end.

  • Early clues: What to watch in Tuesday’s elections

    How early will America know if it’s a Republican romp or if Democrats somehow minimized their damage? There should be plenty of clues Tuesday evening — and long before bedtime.

  • Editorial: On balance, Murray is better choice for Senate

    Washington state’s U.S. Senate race, one of the tightest and most keenly watched in the nation, is no simple question of partisan loyalty. We would love to see a U.S. …

  • Senate confirms Ormsby for U.S. attorney post

    The U.S. Senate has confirmed Spokane attorney Mike Ormsby as the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington. Ormsby will replace James McDevitt, who has held the post since he was …

  • Airport control tower naming closer

    Spokane International Airport’s control tower would be named for one of the facility’s former controllers, World War II veteran Ray Daves, under a bill that passed the House of Representatives …

  • Republicans block bill to lift military gay ban

    Senate Republicans today blocked an effort by Democrats and the White House to lift the ban on gays from serving openly in the military, voting unanimously against advancing a major …

  • Risch, Crapo to introduce bill to delist ID, MT wolves

    Idaho’s U.S. senators introduced a measure to lift Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Idaho and Montana, as well as portions of Washington, Oregon and Utah.

  • David S. Broder: McConnell sees wise Senate

    It was an odd but intriguing experience to sit at a press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor last week and listen as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell strongly …

  • Kagan gains Senate backing

    WASHINGTON – Solicitor General Elena Kagan won Senate confirmation Thursday to the U.S. Supreme Court, where President Barack Obama’s second nominee will make history as three women will serve at …

  • Senate confirms Kagan as 112th justice

    The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

  • Rossi still disputes job-saving measure

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi, in Vancouver to speak to the local Tea Party organization, said he still opposes a $26 billion bill pushed toward passage by his Democratic …

  • Senate lacks leaders of old

    Earlier this week, as the United States Senate went through the motions of debating Elena Kagan’s nomination to a Supreme Court seat that almost certainly will be hers, readers of …

  • 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 …



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