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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 […]

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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 […]

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Barrett all but seals her confirmation after contentious hearings

“The question is, after this is over, do you have any doubt that she’s competent, that she’s originalist, and she’s independent? I think a reasonable person would say that there’s not much doubt there,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said. Republicans can confirm Barrett with a simple majority now that the filibuster on Supreme […]

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Pelosi: Covid-19 relief bill hinges on next 48 hours

“Are we going with it, or not? And what is the language?” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Asked about the timeframe later on Sunday, Pelosi’s office clarified that an agreement would need to be clinched by Tuesday night. If not, a bill would need to be pushed until after the election. […]

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‘Dripping sarcasm’: Graham clarifies comment about segregation

“I want to make sure that everybody in my state moves forward,” he told reporters, emphasizing that nearly a third of his constituents are Black. “And in terms of that statement, it blows my mind that any rational person could believe that about me.” The Senate Judiciary chair made the comments offhand while discussing so-called […]