Tag Archives: US Senate

Roy Moore Signals Another Senate Run In 2020

The Washington Examiner reports: Roy Moore, a conservative lightning rod who cost the Republican Party a Senate seat in deep-red Alabama, is signaling fresh interest in mounting another campaign in 2020, sparking alarm on the right that Sen. Doug Jones could be gifted another unlikely victory. Moore, 72, a former state judge, made the rounds at last Friday’s Alabama Republican …

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Senate Questions Google Over Hidden Mic In Device

Next Gov reports: Google failed to mention that there’s a microphone inside its Nest Secure home device product and three Senate Republicans say Americans need to know more. Nest owners were caught by surprise earlier this month, when the company announced on its Twitter that users could activate a microphone within the Nest that would enable new features. Though the …

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Cory Booker Intros Bill To Legalize Weed Nationwide

CNBC reports: Sen. Cory Booker introduced a bill on Thursday to legalize marijuana nationwide as he mounts his presidential campaign. Co-sponsors of the bill, known as the Marijuana Justice Act, include fellow 2020 contenders Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand. Booker first introduced the bill in 2017, but it was not taken up for a vote. Currently …

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Sen. Mitch McConnell Blames Democrats For Republican Election Fraud In North Carolina House Race [VIDEO]

“For years and years, every Republican who dared to call for common sense safeguards for Americans’ ballots was demonized by Democrats and their allies. We were hit with left-wing talking points insisting that voter fraud wasn’t real. Never happens, they said. That fraud just didn’t happen. That modest efforts to ensure that voters are who they say they are and …

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Second GOP Senator Will Vote To Block “Emergency”

The Associated Press reports: North Carolina’s Thom Tillis on Monday night became the second Republican to promise a vote to block President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the Mexican border. Tillis said Congress must defend its power of the purse and warned that a future Democratic president might abuse the power to advance “radical policies.” He revealed his …

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Mike Pompeo Rules Out 2020 US Senate Bid [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “ruled out” a bid for the Senate from Kansas in 2020. “I love Kansas,” he said Thursday of the state he served in the House prior to leading the State Department during a live interview on “Today.” Pompeo added that he will serve as secretary of state as long as Trump will …

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Bernie Sanders Raises $6 Million In First 24 Hours

The New York Times reports: Just over 24 hours after announcing his presidential bid, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has already raised $6 million from more than 225,000 donors, his campaign said Wednesday morning. That amount far surpasses what any of his rivals have disclosed raising after their own announcements this year. Previously, Senator Kamala Harris of California had claimed …

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REPORT: Bernie Sanders Records 2020 Campaign Video, In Talks For Outdoor Launch Speech At Brooklyn College

Politico reports: Bernie Sanders, inching closer to a second bid for the White House, has recorded a campaign video in which he says he is running for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with the spot. It’s the latest sign the independent senator, the runner-up in the 2016 contest for the Democratic nomination, is nearing a presidential announcement. …

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GOP Senator: Republicans Didn’t Control The Senate

“You said we controlled both chambers. We didn’t. We had a majority in the Senate. So you don’t control it. We needed Democrats to support us and they’ve been unified in trying to thwart this president’s #1 issue in the campaign, which was to secure the borders. So no, we didn’t have control. We needed Democrats, we never had any …

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Senate Votes To Confirm Bill Barr As Attorney General

The Hill reports: The Senate voted Thursday to approve William Barr as attorney general, giving the Justice Department its first confirmed chief since President Trump ousted Jeff Sessions last fall. More than 50 senators voted for Barr’s nomination, giving him enough support to be confirmed. The vote caps off a relatively low drama fight over Trump’s second nominee for the …

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Schumer Invites USMC Pilot To Challenge McConnell

Politico reports: Chuck Schumer is actively recruiting a high-profile fighter pilot to take on Mitch McConnell in 2020 — a calculated act of aggression against a leading Republican foe. Schumer met with Amy McGrath, a Marine veteran-turned 2018 congressional candidate, at Democratic Party headquarters last month to pitch her on running against McConnell. McGrath listened and didn’t rule it out. …

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Top Democrat On Senate Intel Panel Breaks With GOP Counterpart: We Haven’t Finished Our Collusion Probe

CNN reports: Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, rejected Republican Chairman Richard Burr’s recent statements that the committee has not found evidence of collusion, saying the investigation is still ongoing and the committee still had to interview key witnesses. “Respectfully, I disagree,” Warner said Tuesday. “I’m not going to get into any conclusions I’ve reached …

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ARIZONA: Astronaut Husband Of Former Rep. Gabby Giffords To Challenge Sen. Martha McSally [VIDEO]

Tucson’s ABC affiliate reports: U.S. Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut, Mark Kelly announced early Tuesday morning that he is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona in 2020. Kelly will run against Sen. Martha McSally, who was recently appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to take over late Sen. John McCain’s seat. “This campaign is about the people of Arizona, …

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SC Dem Leader To Challenge Lindsey Graham In 2020

The Charleston Post & Courier reports: Jaime Harrison filed federal paperwork Thursday to form an exploratory committee for a campaign to challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman, who is now an associate chairman and counselor at the Democratic National Committee, has stoked speculation for months that he would run against Graham, who is …

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Trump: Former GOP Sen. Dean Heller Didn’t Win Last Year Because He Was “Extraordinarily Hostile” To Me

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports: President Donald Trump blamed former Sen. Dean Heller for losing his re-election bid because Heller had been “extraordinarily hostile” to Trump during the 2016 election and hence had alienated the conservative base. “What happened with Dean Heller is I tried for him,” Trump told the Review-Journal, but his hard-core voter base “did not believe me. …

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Klobuchar To Make “Big Announcement” On Sunday

Minneapolis’s ABC affiliate reports: Senator Amy Klobuchar is scheduled to make a major announcement on Sunday at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. It’s likely Minnesota’s senior senator will announce she’s running for president in 2020. In an interview on the cable network MSNBC shortly after President Trump’s ‘State of the Union’ address, Klobuchar said to “come to Boom Island on …

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REPORT: Amy Klobuchar Nearing 2020 WH Bid Launch

Politico reports: Sen. Amy Klobuchar is heading to Iowa this month, another sign the Minnesota Democrat is closing in on a 2020 launch. Klobuchar is to headline the Feb. 21 Ankeny Area Democrats Winter Banquet in the first caucus state and her team is exploring events elsewhere in Iowa that are likely to be added to that itinerary, according to …

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Sen. Cory Booker: I’ve Got A Girlfriend Now [VIDEO]

Talking Points Memo reports: Sen. Cory Booker says he’s boo’d up. The New Jersey Democrat and 2020 White House hopeful is confirming that he has a girlfriend. Booker was asked about his noted bachelordom by co-host Charlamagne tha God during a Tuesday interview on Power 105.1’s nationally-syndicated radio show, “The Breakfast Club.” “First of all, there’s two more years until …

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Bernie Sanders To Deliver His Own SOTU Response

The Hill reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will deliver his own response to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday for the third year running. The senator’s office confirmed to The Hill that his response will follow Trump’s speech and be streamed on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Sanders, who is an independent but caucuses with Democrats, will be …

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Senate Dems Seek To Block Trump’s Wall “Emergency”

The Daily Beast reports: A group of Senate Democrats are aiming to block President Donald Trump from building his proposed border wall by declaring a national emergency—an announcement the president could make as soon as Tuesday during his State of the Union address. One of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), said that Congress must “assert its role as …

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