Congress

McConnell, Schumer trade insults ahead of Barrett confirmation

“Day after day, our colleague from New York performs the same angry speech with the same falsehoods,” the Kentucky Republican said. “I’m sorry that he feels the need to constantly say things that are false.” Schumer retorted that McConnell “has defiled the Senate as an institution more than any person in this generation and many […]

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Senate Democrats to boycott Barrett’s Judiciary Committee vote Thursday

The boycott won’t prevent Barrett’s nomination from moving ahead, with Republicans on the committee vowing to confirm her. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C), chairman of the Judiciary panel, chastised Democrats for their move and said Barrett will receive a vote. “That is a choice they are making,” Graham said. “I believe it does a disservice to […]

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Senators eschew debates in final campaign stretch

Candidates typically don’t agree to debates when they’re so confident they’ll win that they don’t think it’s necessary. Debating with an opponent also opens up the possibility of a fatal gaffe — just ask Richard Mourdock, a Republican Senate candidate from Indiana who appeared on his way to becoming a U.S. senator in 2012 until […]

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Senate Dems agonize over embattled Feinstein

NARAL, Demand Justice and an array of liberal organizations dinged Feinstein for being far too deferential to Barrett, claiming she essentially helped Senate Republicans stack the Supreme Court with another ideologue who will solidify the conservative majority on the high court for years to come. NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue said Feinstein “offered an […]

Congress

McCarthy locking up support despite fears of GOP losses

“I think I’m a pretty good vote counter. I would think I already have the votes,” McCarthy said in an hour-long interview in his Capitol Hill office. “I think, having been through everything I’ve been through and knowing these races, I’m stronger today than at any other time I’ve had leadership races.” Trump’s unpopularity and […]

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Senate Republicans cringe at Trump’s stimulus negotiations

It is quite unusual for the Trump administration to negotiate legislation that turns off most members of Congress in President Donald Trump’s own party. If all Senate Democrats supported the legislation, it would still need more than a dozen Republicans to clear the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster. And GOP leaders are looking […]

Defense

Biden campaign removing retired general from ad after he objects

The criticism came a week after POLITICO reported that the Trump campaign used an image of Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley without his permission. The Biden video, which was published Oct. 10, features an Iraq War veteran talking about how the Democratic nominee played a critical role in making sure troops had mine-resistant, ambush-protected […]