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SENATE unanimously passes defense spending bill | Reuters

By at December 5, 2012 | 12:05 am

SENATE unanimously passes defense spending bill | Reuters

WASHINGTON | Tue Dec 4, 2012 10:03pm EST (Reuters) - The Senate voted 98-0 on Tuesday to approve a wide-ranging defense bill that authorizes $631.4 billion in funding for the military, the war in Afghanistan and nuclear weapons. The bill, passed after five days of debate and consideration of hundreds of amendments, must be reconciled with the version passed by the ... Go To Article

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HOUSE GOP Makes Budget Counteroffer – WSJ

By at December 3, 2012 | 2:30 pm

HOUSE GOP Makes Budget Counteroffer – WSJ

By JANET HOOK, December 3, 2012, 5:10 p.m. ET House Republicans Monday made a new deficit proposal to the White House that calls for $800 billion in increased tax revenue, half of what President Barack Obama proposed and an amount Republicans say could be achieved without increasing tax rates. The tax proposal, part of a new, broader Republican plan to resolve the ... Go To Article

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ROBERT SAMUELSON: Who’s not bargaining in good faith? – WaPo

By at December 3, 2012 | 12:50 am

ROBERT SAMUELSON: Who’s not bargaining in good faith? – WaPo

By Robert J. Samuelson, Sunday, December 2, 2012 Put Social Security on the table — clearly and irrevocably. Protecting retiree benefits is the left’s political equivalent of the right’s “no new taxes” pledge. Congressional Republicans are abandoning their untenable position. Now it is time for President Obama and congressional Democrats to do the same. As ... Go To Article

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SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL Outlines GOP’s Wish List to Avoid Fiscal Cliff – WSJ

By at December 1, 2012 | 12:40 am

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL Outlines GOP’s Wish List to Avoid Fiscal Cliff – WSJ

By NAFTALI BENDAVID And JANET HOOK, POLITICS-November 30, 2012 -- WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wanted changes to safety-net programs that focus on altering eligibility requirements, and suggested that if Democrats agreed both sides could move closer to a budget deal to avert the fiscal cliff. In an interview in his Capitol Hill ... Go To Article

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VIDEO: Marco Rubio Headlines Annual Branstad Birthday Fundraiser

By at November 27, 2012 | 11:40 am

VIDEO: Marco Rubio Headlines Annual Branstad Birthday Fundraiser

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McCONNELL: Proposed partisan rules change an ‘affront to the American people’ – ConservativeNews

By at November 26, 2012 | 1:40 pm

McCONNELL: Proposed partisan rules change an ‘affront to the American people’ – ConservativeNews

By: Sen. Mitch McConnell, 11/26/2012 03:45 PM -- I’d like to turn to another issue that doesn’t grab as many headlines as these others we’re all focused on these days, but which is critically important, since it relates to a mortal threat that’s been quietly gathering against one of the most cherished safeguards of our government. I’m referring to the ... Go To Article

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YOUR PRIVACY:: Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants – CNET News

By at November 20, 2012 | 9:30 am

YOUR PRIVACY:: Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants – CNET News

by Declan McCullagh November 20, 2012 4:00 AM PST -- Sen. Patrick Leahy previously said his bill boosts Americans' e-mail privacy protections by "requiring that the government obtain a search warrant." That's no longer the case. A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance ... Go To Article

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SENATE:: Republicans re-elected McConnell as their Senate chief | Reuters

By at November 14, 2012 | 10:13 am

SENATE:: Republicans re-elected McConnell as their Senate chief | Reuters

WASHINGTON | Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:21am EST -- (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday re-elected Mitch McConnell to the lead their party, a Senate aide said. The decision, to be announced later in the day, comes a week after a disappointing election in which Republicans not only failed to win back control of the Senate, but saw President Barack ... Go To Article

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STRASSEL: The GOP’s Epic Senate Fail – WSJ

By at November 8, 2012 | 5:07 pm

STRASSEL: The GOP’s Epic Senate Fail – WSJ

By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL, POTOMAC WATCH, November 8, 2012 -- Republicans had a bad night on Tuesday, though it is worth remembering that there are different gradations of bad. At one level, there is the disappointing failure of Mitt Romney to win the presidency. At another, there is the professional malpractice that once again lost Republicans control of the ... Go To Article

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SENATE:: Despite Akin, GOP’s odds improve on taking Senate – Washington Times

By at August 28, 2012 | 9:10 am

SENATE:: Despite Akin, GOP’s odds improve on taking Senate – Washington Times

By Dave Boyer-The Washington Times Monday, August 27, 2012 -- Republicans’ chances of gaining control of the Senate are improving, notwithstanding Missouri Senate candidate W. Todd Akin’s self-inflicted calamity. Since Aug. 1, the prospects for Republican Senate candidates have improved in five hotly contested states while Democrats’ fortunes have risen in ... Go To Article

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