Tag Archives: US Senate

Paul Blocks Resolution Condemning Trump On Syria

Vox reports: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a longtime opponent of “endless wars,” just blocked a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria. “I object to this resolution because it does nothing to fix this problem,” Paul said, while pushing his own bill to stop arms sales to Turkey. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had …

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SURVEY: Vulnerable GOP Senators Continue To Slide

The Morning Consult reports: The most vulnerable Republican senators are not improving their standing in their home states ahead of a tough 2020 election cycle, while the field of potential Democratic challengers took shape and began to flex its muscle. Republicans representing Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina, Maine and Iowa all saw their net approval — the share of voters who …

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Senators: Revoke WH Invite For Turkish President

Axios reports: Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) have publicly suggested that President Trump revoke his invitation to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next month after Turkey’s offensive into Syria. The big picture: Domestic pressure is mounting against Trump following his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, which gave Erdogan space to invade …

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POLL: Susan Collins Underwater Against Generic Dem

Just in from Public Policy Polling: PPP’s newest Maine poll finds that Susan Collins is in trouble for reelection…and that she’s likely to find herself in more trouble no matter what side of impeachment she comes down on. Collins is unpopular, with only 35% of voters approving of the job she’s doing to 50% who disapprove. She trails a generic …

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Bernie: I “Misspoke” About Scaling Back My Campaign

NBC News reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday tamped down speculation that he would slow his presidential campaign after he suffered a heart attack last week, saying he plans to compete as vigorously as ever for the 2020 Democratic nomination. The Vermont independent told NBC in an exclusive interview airing Wednesday night on “Nightly News” and Thursday on the “Today” …

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McSally Won’t Say If Trump Should Seek Foreign Help

Phoenix’s NBC News affiliate reports: Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) said House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump was a “serious matter” but decried the “partisan bickering,” while adding the Senate Intelligence Committee would take the matter more seriously. “Every senator voted for the Senate Intelligence Committee to look into the matter in a bipartisan way,” she told 12 News KPNX. …

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Sen. Joni Ernst Dodges On Trump Seeking Foreign Help

Iowa Starting Line reports: Three times in a row today, Sen. Joni Ernst dodged questions about whether it’s appropriate for a president to ask a foreign power to investigate a political rival. After a round of questions from a CNN reporter looking for a “yes” or “no” answer from Ernst, the senator walked away and talked with a few Iowans …

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Planned Parenthood Targets Senate With $45M Fund

The Hill reports: Planned Parenthood’s super PAC announced a $45 million electoral campaign on Wednesday to defeat President Trump and Republicans in key Senate races. The investment will fund “large-scale” grassroots organization and canvass, digital, television, radio and mail programs. “Next November, our very rights and freedoms will be on the ballot,” said Kelley Robinson, executive director of Planned Parenthood …

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Bernie Sanders To Cut Back Schedule After Heart Attack

Business Insider reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Tuesday that he’ll cut back on the number of campaign events he does following an appointment with his cardiologist one week after suffering a heart attack. Sanders insisted that he would continue “actively campaigning” this fall, but that he would scale back on the number of rallies he does daily from about …

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GOP Senator: Trump Was Joking About Chinese Help

Politico reports: Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Sunday expressed skepticism President Trump was “serious” when he called for the Chinese government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. “I doubt the China comment was serious …the president loves to go out on the White House driveway, he loves to bait the press to see what …

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Romney Blasts Trump’s “Appalling And Brazen” Call For Two Foreign Governments To Investigate His Opponent

CNBC reports: Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said Friday that President Donald Trump’s explanation for asking foreign countries investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son “strains credulity.” The rebuke from Romney, one of the only Republicans in Congress to criticize Trump’s calls for Ukraine and China to investigate his potential opponent in the 2020 election, follows Trump’s …

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GEORGIA: Joe Lieberman’s Son Launches Senate Bid

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Matt Lieberman, an entrepreneur who is the son of former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, became the first Democrat to enter the race for retiring Republican Johnny Isakson’s seat on Thursday with a promise to be a voice for frustrated Georgians. “I’m running as a fed-up citizen of Georgia and for the fed-up citizens of Georgia,” he …

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Sasse Slams Trump’s Call For Chinese Probe Into Biden

The Omaha World-Herald reports: Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., took issue Thursday with President Donald Trump urging China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son’s business dealings there. “Hold up: Americans don’t look to Chinese commies for the truth,” Sasse said in a written statement to The World-Herald. “If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name …

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McConnell: I’d Have No Choice But To Hold Trump Trial

“Well, under the Senate rules, we’re required to take it up if the House does go down that path, and we’ll follow the Senate rules. It’s a Senate rule related to impeachment that would take 67 votes to change, so I would have no choice but to take it up. How long you’re on it is a whole different matter, …

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Flake: 35 GOP Senators Would “Privately” Impeach

NPR reports: Former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said on Friday at least 35 Republican senators might support impeachment. Flake says he made his comments after Republican political consultant Mike Murphy told MSNBC that if it were a secret vote, at least 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump. “I said, ‘No. That’s probably low balling. It could be 35.’ …

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Dem McConnell Challenger Backs Impeachment Inquiry

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: Former Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath, a Democratic candidate and potential opponent for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020, endorsed the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Friday. The House opened the impeachment inquiry against Trump Tuesday, days after finding out Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate a political rival, former …

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Mitch McConnell: If The House Votes To Impeach Trump, The Senate “Has No Choice” But To Conduct His Trial

The Associated Press reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that if the House goes ahead and impeaches President Donald Trump, the Senate “has no choice” but to conduct a trial to determine whether the president is removed from office. The Kentucky Republican told NPR on Friday that “if the House were to act, the Senate immediately goes into a …

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Booker: Some GOP Senators Will Back Impeachment

Politico reports: Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a Democratic presidential hopeful, said on Thursday he was convinced that an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump could gain bipartisan support among his colleagues in the upper chamber. “And I think that we are just on the foothills of a mountain of evidence that will come out in the coming days …

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Former Sen. Al Franken To Launch SiriusXM Show

The New York Times reports: The comeback campaign of Al Franken is coming soon to a satellite radio near you. SiriusXM announced on Wednesday that the former United States senator from Minnesota will host a weekly program, “The Al Franken Show,” starting Saturday. He will also contribute to 2020 election coverage on the broadcaster’s left-wing political channel, SiriusXM Progress. Mr. …

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GEORGIA: Disgraced Former Trump Cabinet Member Tom Price Seeks Governor’s Appointment To US Senate

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Former Health Secretary Tom Price entered the sweepstakes to be Georgia’s next U.S. Senator by submitting his resume with Gov. Brian Kemp’s office for the soon-to-be-vacated seat held by Johnny Isakson. Price, a former six-term congressman, confirmed to the AJC that he applied, making him the latest high-profile figure to formally seek the spot. Other applicants …

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