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Senate votes for short-term extension of PATRIOT Act provisions

The US Senate voted Tuesday to extend three controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act until May 27. The vote came a day after the House passed a 10-month extension of the same USA PATRIOT Act provisions that were set to expire at the end of February. The Senate passed…

Jon Kyl, second-ranked Senate Republican, retiring in 2012

WASHINGTON – Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the second highest-ranking Republican in the chamber, announced Thursday that he will retire in 2012. Kyl, the Minority Whip, has served in the US Senate since 1995, and before that held a House seat in Arizona for eight years. “There is no other…

Dems to GOP Congress members: Give up your taxpayer-funded health care

Republican lawmakers who oppose the Democrats’ health reforms should give up their taxpayer-subsidized health insurance and pay for their own coverage, say a group of progressive House Democrats. In a letter to soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Democrats urged Republicans to stick to…

Prominent Republican says she opposes earmarks… except earmarks she supports

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) wants to ban all earmarks — except for the ones that she supports. In a Tuesday interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Minnesota Republican explained that she wanted to “redefine” earmarks so that transportation projects are not included in a proposed ban. “Advocating for transportation…

Lawmaker who apologized to BP may chair House energy panel

The Texas lawmaker who apologized to BP for the US government’s insistence that the oil giant set up a fund to compensate oil spill victims may soon be the most powerful voice in the House on US energy policy. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) is a leading contender for the chairmanship…

Jeb Bush: Looming victories ‘not a validation’ of GOP

Republicans are set to win big in Tuesday’s midterm elections but one influential Republican is telling his party not to mistake victory for approval. “The looming victories for Republican candidates next Tuesday is not a validation of the Republican Party at all,” former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said in an…

Few Republican senators dare to defend Rand Paul

Days after winning a GOP senate primary, Rand Paul did his best Friday to clean up damage done by his wavering support for the Civil Rights Act. The Kentucky candidate told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that “Democrat talking points” had “trashed” him and blamed MSNBC for accusing of him of wanting…

Paul wins, Specter loses, Dems keep Murtha’s seat in flurry of anti-incumbent sentiment

Insurgent US Republican voters in Kentucky routed their party’s establishment candidate and selected iconoclastic political outsider Rand Paul on Tuesday night, a clear show of anger at Washington ahead of November elections to decide control of the US Congress. Similarly, Democrats in Pennsylvania appeared to have ended the political career…

Tea party victory: Rand Paul wins Kentucky GOP Senate primary

Rand Paul defeated Republican establishment favorite Trey Grayson in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, a closely watched race that was a test of the tea party movement’s strength. Paul, the son of former presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, on Tuesday gave a tea party activist a key win…

Left-leaning upstarts hope to unseat veteran senators

WASHINGTON — US voters cast ballots Tuesday in a handful of key races that may foretell how anger at Washington will shape November elections that will decide the future of President Barack Obama’s agenda. Three primaries are expected to test the limits of Obama’s influence over the Democratic party’s rank-and-file,…

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