(CNN) – Newly elected Republican Rep. Bob Turner set his sights on a Senate seat Tuesday, with the announcement he will run for his party's nomination in New York.
Turner won a special election in September to replace Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned amid scandal. Now that redistricting eliminated the 9th Congressional District, he will run for the GOP nomination in hopes of facing incumbent Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the next election.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Obama administration is boycotting the 10-year commemoration of a global conference to combat racism because previous meetings have included what it called "ugly displays of intolerance and anti-Semitism."
The first conference, which took place in 2001 in Durban, South Africa, focused in large measure on Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Delegates produced a draft resolution at the conference that equated Zionism with racism.
Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition after a shooting at a January 8 public event, is moving both sides of her body and is able to breathe on her own, a fellow member of Congress said Sunday.
"She's doing great," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, a friend of the Arizona congresswoman, on NBC's "Meet The Press." Gillibrand said she spoke to Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, on Saturday night and that Giffords is "making progress every day."FULL STORY
Tuscon, Arizona (CNN) - When President Barack Obama said Wednesday night that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had opened her eyes for the first time since being shot on Saturday, an overflow crowd of nearly 30,000 people at a memorial event erupted into cheers that the congresswoman may have heard in her hospital room.
Obama said he learned of the eye-opening from Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Democrats said they were hopeful they had pulled off "a Christmas miracle" by gaining enough votes to pass a health care bill benefiting 9/11 rescue workers.
Long-time champion of the bill, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, said in the past 48 hours Democrats had retooled the measure to gain Republican support. He said Democrats would introduce the bill after the last vote on the START nuclear arms treaty, which has occupied the Senate for several days.
(CNN) - Democratic incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has won New York's special election for U.S. Senate, CNN projects, beating out Republican Joe DioGuardi. Gillibrand will serve out the rest of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's term. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
Democratic incumbent Sen. Chuck Shumer has won his bid for re-election to a third term, CNN projects, defeating GOP opponent Jay Townsend, a political consultant. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(CNN) - A new poll indicates that New York's two incumbent Democratic senators are leading their Republican challengers by double digits.
According to a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey released Tuesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tops Joseph DioGuardi, her GOP opponent, 52 to 41 percent among likely voters, with seven percent undecided.
(CNN) – A new poll suggests that the race for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's old Senate seat is getting interesting.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday morning indicates that Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand holds a 48-42 percent advantage over Republican challenger Joseph DioGuardi among likely New York State voters, with nine percent undecided. Gillibrand's lead is within the survey's sampling error.
According to the survey Gillibrand leads overwhelmingly among Democrats, DioGuardi leads overwhelmingly among Republicans, with 42 percent of independents supporting DioGuardi and 41 percent backing Gillibrand.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is well known for unscripted statements that tend to make his aides cringe.
Reid made one of those comments Monday morning at a New York fundraiser hosted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The Nevada Democrat referred to New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand "the hottest member," which apparently made Gillibrand blush, according to two Democratic sources familiar with the incident.
(CNN)–Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress "to do your job" - calling specifically on Sens. John McCain, Mitch McConnell, James Inhoffe, and Jeff Sessions to vote on the defense authorization bill, which includes authorization to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' after a Pentagon review. Republicans have been blocking the bill from reaching the Senate floor. 'Don't ask, don't tell', is the law that was created in 1993 and bans openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the military.
In the almost 8-minute video posted on her website, the artist asks her fans to call their representatives and let their voice be heard: "Our fight is a continuum of the ever present equal rights movement, everyday we fight to abolish laws that harbor hatred and discrimination against all people, laws that infringe on our civil liberties," she says.
The singer, who in recent days has taken to her twitter account engaging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to schedule a vote to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell," asks the senators these questions: "Senators when you are sending our men and women into war, sending our wives, husbands, sons, and daughters into combat, will you honor their service? Will you support repealing this law on Tuesday and pledge to them that no American's life is more valuable than another?"