Senate Democrats Vote to End Filibuster

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WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama’s current and future nominees on Thursday, voting unilaterally to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans’ ability to block final votes. The 52-48 vote to undercut venerable filibuster rules on presidential appointees capped more than a decade of struggle in […]

William “Mo” Cowan Becomes One of Two Black US Senators

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BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has tapped his former chief-of-staff William “Mo” Cowan to serve as interim U.S. senator until a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State-designate John Kerry. Patrick says Cowan’s role in helping turn around the Massachusetts economy in recent years “has earned him the respect […]

Senators Reach Agreement on Immigration Reform

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WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, to be announced at a news conference Monday, also covers border security, non-citizen or “guest” […]

Sen. Diane Feinstein: Gun Control Faces Uphill Climb

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress and she blamed the nation’s largest gun-rights group. Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday introduced a bill that would prohibit 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines that have more than […]

Rep. Tim Scott to Become South Carolina’s First Black Senator Since Reconstruction

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WASHINGTON — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has chosen Rep. Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate, a move that will make him the first African-American senator in the state’s history, a Republican official said Monday. Haley was expected to make the formal announcement at a noon news conference in Columbia, S.C., with […]

Key Republicans Change Their Position on Rice Nomination to Secretary of State

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WASHINGTON – The White House could finally have its chance to close the books on its Benghazi public relations disaster, as key Republicans signal they might not stand in the way of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to become the next secretary of state. “I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself […]