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GOP candidate bashes Obama as ‘outsider’ but welcomes Giuliani’s help

As the race for the Massachusetts Senate seat formerly held by the late Teddy Kennedy unexpectedly tightens up, the national Democratic Party has begun frantically attempting to revive Martha Coakley’s lackluster campaign, providing large infusions of cash, a dose of negative advertising, and even an appearance by former President Bill…

Conservatives punk ‘African Americans for Harry Reid’ Facebook page

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who drew fire over the weekend for race-tinged comments he made about President Barack Obama, is holding an “African Americans for Harry Reid” fundraiser in Las Vegas on Thursday. The event, scheduled before the publication of Reid’s remarks, is eerily well timed, though Reid…

Dodd: Health reform bill ‘hanging by a thread’

On his way out the door, retiring Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn) has some bad news for health reform advocates still cheering the late December Senate vote. “Health care reform is ‘hanging on by a thread,’ and one or two votes could determine the outcome of the heavily-debated bill, Democratic Sen.…

Sharpton: ‘Insulting’ to compare Reid to Lott

Republicans are accusing Democrats of having a double standard when it comes to racial issues, pointing out that when then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott made comments supporting a segregationist presidential candidate in 2002, he was forced out of his leadership role, yet no Democrats are calling for Senate Majority Leader…

Steele: My racial slur isn’t the same as Harry Reid’s

RNC Chairman Michael Steele offered a non-apology apology Sunday for using the term “honest injun.” His mea culpa came less than a day after Senate Majority leader Harry Reid used the term “negro” when discussing then-Senator Barack Obama. Steele said the remarks shouldn’t be held to the same standard and…

New Jersey Senate defeats gay marriage bill

New Jersey’s state Senate has defeated a bill to legalize gay marriage, leaving it unlikely the state will have a gay marriage law in the very near future. The bill needed 21 votes to pass; only 14 senators approved the measure Thursday. Full story follows below Powered by Mochila…

Dodd, Dorgan to quit Senate

With the 2010 election year barely under way, two senators and one governor — all Democrats — ditched plans to run for re-election in the latest signs of trouble for President Barack Obama’s party. Taken together, the decisions by Sens. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota…

Senator Dodd joins Dorgan in not seeking reelection

DEVELOPING… Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) will join Byron Dorgan (D-ND) in retirement this year, according to a report published in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Word that Sen. Dodd, who had yet to announce his retirement, would be stepping down came from Democratic officials who requested anonymity, according to…

Obama, Dem leaders plot final health care strategy

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and his top allies in the Congress worked Tuesday to map the way to enacting a sweeping overhaul of US health care by his annual marquee State of the Union speech, now weeks away. Obama and the Democratic leaders of the Senate and House of…

Sen. DeMint blames labor unions for illegal immigration

After the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas day, a months-old question for the Senate became a pressing concern for the public: Why is the Transportation Security Administration without an appointed director? While President Obama did make a nomination to the spot — one Erroll Southers, a…

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