(CNN) - A conservative group says it's spending six figures over the next two weeks to run a TV commercial in Louisiana that criticizes Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu over her support of Presidential Barack Obama's judicial nominees.
(CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Liz Cheney is going up with a new campaign commercial that touts her family's Wyoming roots and showcases her three daughters.
The release of the TV ad comes one week after Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was involved in a very public spat over same-sex marriage with her younger sister Mary, who's married to another woman.
Washington (CNN) - What was known as the nuclear option yesterday is known as the Reid Rule today. Time will only tell if the Reid Rule is productive or destructive. But we'll leave that to the historians.
As for how it became the Reid rule, it took a coordinated and sustained effort from an unlikely place - progressive activists on the blogosphere.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - More new judges. Faster appointments to top government jobs. Revised regulations and rules reflecting government policy.
Those are the practical impacts from the nuclear option Senate Democrats approved to end filibusters of most presidential nominations and appointments.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott’s message to current Leader Harry Reid could be boiled down to this: I know how you feel, but trust me, you are going to regret this.
Lott watched Thursday as Senate Democrats invoked the “nuclear option” by voting to change filibuster rules and made it easier for them to approve President Barack Obama’s judicial appointments that Republicans have blocked.
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Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats dropped the filibuster bomb Thursday, and now the question is what kind of fallout will result from the so-called nuclear option.
By a 52-48 vote, the Senate ended the ability of minority Republicans to continue using filibusters to block some of President Barack Obama's judicial and executive nominations, despite the vehement objections of Republicans.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, frustrated by Republicans who have been blocking President Barack Obama's nominees, could invoke the so-called "nuclear option" this week - a controversial move that would change Senate rules over GOP objections to prevent filibusters of presidential nominations, according to one senior Democratic aide and another Democratic source.
Democrats are particularly upset by recent GOP filibusters of three DC Circuit court nominees.
Washington (CNN) - Supporters of a move to end filibusters of presidential nominees picked up a key ally Tuesday.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a veteran California Democrat, says she has changed her mind and now supports using the so-called "nuclear option" - changing Senate rules over the objections of Republicans to prevent those filibusters. She said she has been persuaded to take the extraordinary step because the public is anxious to have Washington work and "you can't do it if the President can't get a cabinet, a sub-cabinet, judges, commissioners." Filibusters require 60 votes to set aside, a high hurdle in the narrowly divided Senate.
Washington (CNN) - The Senate Monday approved a bill to give the Food and Drug Administration oversight of large compounding pharmacies to insure they meet the agency's strict safety standards.
The legislation grew out of a deadly outbreak of meningitis last year at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.
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Washington (CNN) – The Senate’s second-ranking Democrat said President Barack Obama has put forward a sufficient measure administratively for addressing canceled health plans under Obamacare, adding that Congress didn’t have to act.
“There is no need for a legislative fix for this issue. Instead, Congress should continue to work with the administration to improve the implementation of the law and redouble our efforts highlighting and explaining what this historic law will mean for 40 million Americans without insurance,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois.