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The Swampby James Oliphant Congressional Democrats appear close to having something they haven't known for a long time: power. After being marginalized by the Bush administration and stymied by a cohesive Republican minority, Democrats on the Hill look poised to...
Tags: Upper House, John Warner, Jeff Merkley, Georgia, Joe Lieberman
The Swampby James Oliphant Twelve Senate races are considered to be close this Election Day. The outcome could have a significant impact on the balance of power on the Hill. Democrats are chasing a 60-vote majority, which would allow them to......
Tags: Upper House, John Warner, Jeff Merkley, Al Franken, Georgia
The Swampby Frank James Taxpayers for Common Sense has e-mailed reporters its database of earmarks in the omnibus $420 billion spending bill currently being debated in the Senate and here's one conclusion to draw from it: Republican senators from the South......
The Swampby Peter Nicholas Heading into midterm elections that threaten his party's control of Congress, President Obama is struggling with an unending environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico that makes it almost impossible to stick with his agenda. This...
The Swampby Mark Silva Storm warnings on the healthcare reform front: Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said today that President Barack Obama may lack the votes in the Senate necessary to push the healthcare reform he wants this summer. "Well to......
KickingTiresFirst came a report that the government had buried research on the dangers of texting while driving. Then a study from Virginia Tech found that drivers are 23 times more likely to crash while texting. Now, the Senate is considering......
The Swampby Mark Silva and updated Former President George W. Bush started his day in California, the morning he made his first, albeit aerial inspection of the damage done by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. President Barack Obama will end his......
The Swampby Michael Muskal The Senate began deliberations on its version of a healthcare overhaul today, with Democrats searching for a bill that will be supported by 60 senators. Returning from the Thanksgiving holiday, the Senate slowly began the debate on......
The Swampby Jim Tankersley After months of negotiations and weeks of delay, Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will unveil their plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions and spur clean energy growth Wednesday -- and the biggest challenge......
The Swampby Mark Silva In "Countdown to Crawford,'' a nice blog that the Los Angeles Times is running about the winding down of the Bush administration, President Bush's proposal for off-shore oil-drilling is put in a certain family context. They've been......
The Swampby Matthew Hay Brown After a primrary season divided between two of their colleagues, the Democratic women of the Senate rallied together behind a 10-item Checklist for Change they said they would pursue through the rest of the election season.......
The Swampby Frank James In the Senate, it nowadays apparently takes a self-appointed, biparitsan "gang" of senators to get past the partisan gridlock. For instance, there was the Gang of 14 group of senators who helped the Senate get beyond an......
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