Questions raised about Mary Landrieu's residency
August 28th, 2014
07:04 PM ET
2 months ago

Questions raised about Mary Landrieu's residency

Washington (CNN) - Republicans seized on a news report Tuesday that raised questions about whether one of the Democrats’ most vulnerable senators up for re-election actually resides in the state she represents.

The Washington Post said Sen. Mary Landrieu doesn’t own her own house in Louisiana. The paper said she listed her home address on a recent campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission as being her house on Capitol Hill in Washington, which the Post said is valued at $2.5 million. But the paper said when she was qualifying for the ballot in Louisiana she listed the house where she was raised in New Orleans, where her parents still live.

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Filed under: 2014 • Louisiana • Mary Landrieu • Senate
Former Sen. Jim Jeffords, who left GOP in memorable political drama, dies
August 18th, 2014
12:20 PM ET
2 months ago

Former Sen. Jim Jeffords, who left GOP in memorable political drama, dies

(CNN) – Jim Jeffords, who shifted the balance of power in the Senate when he left the Republican Party in 2001, died on Monday.

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Filed under: Congress
CIA interrogation report could be released publicly next week
July 30th, 2014
04:09 PM ET
3 months ago

CIA interrogation report could be released publicly next week

Washington (CNN) – A Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the CIA’s controversial interrogation and detention program following the 9/11 terror attacks could be released to the public as soon as next week, congressional sources in each party said Wednesday.

The document that will be released is a nearly 700 page summary of the full 6,800 page report that was approved a year and a half ago by a committee sharply divided along party lines.

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Filed under: 2014 • CIA • Senate
Bipartisan border bill unveiled, prospects uncertain
July 14th, 2014
06:43 PM ET
3 months ago

Bipartisan border bill unveiled, prospects uncertain

(CNN) – Bipartisan legislation to curb the flood of unaccompanied minors at the southern border was unveiled Monday by two lawmakers from Texas.

Sponsors believe the compromise could lead to a quick exodus for most young migrants from Central America, as demanded by Republicans, while offering an appeals process for those who may be eligible to stay, which is supported by many Democrats.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
Senate approves VA reform bill
June 11th, 2014
05:58 PM ET
4 months ago

Senate approves VA reform bill

Washington (CNN) – The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved broad reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs less than two weeks after a health care scandal led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

The vote was 93 to 3.

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Filed under: Senate • Veterans Affairs
Reid sells desert home in tiny Searchlight to be closer to family in Las Vegas
June 9th, 2014
04:31 PM ET
5 months ago

Reid sells desert home in tiny Searchlight to be closer to family in Las Vegas

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra, announced Monday they sold their family home in the famously tiny desert mining town of Searchlight, Nevada, where the senator grew up and will move near Las Vegas.

Reid said they want to live closer to their four children and 16 grandchildren. He said it also will make it easier to run for a sixth term when he is up for re-election in 2016.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Nevada
Senate reaches deal on VA bill
June 5th, 2014
04:38 PM ET
5 months ago

Senate reaches deal on VA bill

(CNN) – Bipartisan Senate negotiators struck a deal on Thursday on a far-reaching bill to respond to the health care scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The crisis around veterans on long waiting lists to get medical appointments led to the resignation last week of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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Filed under: Senate • Veterans Affairs
Vets groups blast GOP senator who accused them of defending the status quo
May 26th, 2014
04:18 PM ET
5 months ago

Vets groups blast GOP senator who accused them of defending the status quo

(CNN) - Major veterans’ groups this Memorial Day weekend harshly criticized the top Republican on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee after he charged that the leaders of the service organizations are too cozy with embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and won’t call for him to resign despite allegations of mismanagement and wrongdoing in his department.

Sen. Richard Burr accused them of being “more interested in their own livelihoods and Washington connections than they are to the needs of their own members.”

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Filed under: Richard Burr • Veterans • Veterans Affairs
Controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle Wednesday
May 20th, 2014
06:36 PM ET
5 months ago

Controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle Wednesday

(CNN) – The judicial nomination of a former Justice Department official, who has drawn the ire of senators on the right and left for legal memos he wrote justifying the killing of an American terrorism suspect overseas with drones, is expected to clear a major hurdle on Wednesday.

Senators are likely to break a filibuster of Harvard Law professor David Barron to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which is based in Boston.

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Filed under: Congress • Obama administration • Senate
Support for Shinseki holding for now among Senate Democrats
May 19th, 2014
06:42 PM ET
5 months ago

Support for Shinseki holding for now among Senate Democrats

(CNN) - Despite mounting calls from congressional Republicans for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign following the escalating scandal at his department, support among Senate Democrats appears to be holding for now, according to several senior Senate Democratic aides.

The aides, who asked not to be identified discussing how Democrats are generally responding to the issue, agreed the embattled Cabinet official needs to take bold steps to show he is dealing with the problem.

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Filed under: Senate Democrats • Veterans Affairs
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