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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…

Sex-obsessed Foley returns to limelight with Facebook ‘drunk smear’

An Internet rumor about a Democratic senator being drunk on the Senate floor has prompted Mark Foley, the disgraced Florida Republican, to issue harsh words of condemnation that some observers see as being hypocritical. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) was accused last week by an anonymous YouTube user of being drunk…

Senator Lieberman calls for ‘preemptive’ attack on Yemen

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), who leads the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, shared his vision of “tomorrow’s war.” “Somebody in our government said to me in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, Iraq was yesterday’s war,” Lieberman explained. “Afghanistan is today’s war. If we…

Final battle brewing over public option

Progressives in Congress are pushing for a last-chance reinstatement of the public option into health care reform during the reconciliation process between the House and Senate versions of the bill, but a group of centrist Democrats have declared they will accept few changes from the Senate version. The House passed…

Obama: Health bill ‘most important social legislation since 1930s’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Senate’s passage of the health care bill “the most important piece of social legislation since the Social Security Act passed in the 1930s and the most important reform of our health care system since Medicare passed in the 1960s.” “In a…

Exhausted Reid mistakenly voted ‘no’ before changing vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the world that he had the sixty votes needed to pass the health care reform bill but the long hours he spent pushing to gain those votes almost cost him early Thursday morning. “Clearly exhausted, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid mistakenly voted no before…

Senate passes historic health care legislation

Democrats passed the landmark health care legislation along a party line vote Thursday. All 60 Senators in the Democratic caucus voted for the bill while 39 Republicans voted against it. One Republican was not present. The bill would cost $871 billion over 10 years and expand access to 31 million…

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