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Heil Franken! Minnesota Senator Cuts Off Lieberman Remarks on Health Care Reform

In this video (Associated Press, Dec 18, 2009), Democratic Sen. Al Franken took the unusual step Thursday of shutting down Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Senate floor. Despite Lieberman’s request for an extra minute or two to complete his final comm...
by News Donkey on Dec 19, 2009

Heil Franken! Minnesota Senator Cuts Off Lieberman Remarks on Health Care Reform

In this video (Associated Press, Dec 18, 2009), Democratic Sen. Al Franken took the unusual step Thursday of shutting down Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Senate floor. Despite Lieberman’s request for an extra minute or two to complete his final comm...
by News Donkey on Dec 19, 2009

Surging U.S. Unemployment Rate Puts Pressure on Obama

By Bob Willis | Bloomberg.com The jump in the U.S. unemployment rate to the highest level in a quarter century last month suggests the recession is deeper than the Obama administration forecasts and additional measures may be needed to restart g...
by News Donkey on Mar 8, 2009

Surging U.S. Unemployment Rate Puts Pressure on Obama

By Bob Willis | Bloomberg.com The jump in the U.S. unemployment rate to the highest level in a quarter century last month suggests the recession is deeper than the Obama administration forecasts and additional measures may be needed to restart g...
by News Donkey on Mar 8, 2009

Court Rejects Franken’s Bid to be Seated in Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected Democrat Al Franken’s petition for an election certificate that would put him in the U.S. Senate without waiting for a lawsuit to be resolved. Franken is ahead of Republican Norm Cole...
by News Donkey on Mar 6, 2009

Both Parties Play the Blame Game for Economic Woes

By LAURIE KELLMAN | Associated Press WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain deployed heavy sarcasm. Fellow Republican Marsha Blackburn trotted out a chart. A group of conservative House Republicans mocked: “‘Deficit we inherited?’ ...
by News Donkey on Mar 5, 2009

Key Democrats Oppose Obama’s Tax Deduction Plan

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Associated Press WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s proposal to limit itemized tax deductions for high earners is running into opposition from key Democrats in Congress who worry that charities and the housing...
by News Donkey on Mar 4, 2009

Trade Nominee Ron Kirk Agrees to Pay Back Taxes

By DAVID ESPO | Associated Press WASHINGTON – Ron Kirk, nominated as U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama administration, owes an estimated $10,000 in back taxes from earlier in the decade and has agreed to make his payments, the Senate Fina...
by News Donkey on Mar 2, 2009

Senate 2010: A Three-Peat for Democrats or Comeback for the GOP?

Larry J. Sabato | Rasmussen Reports Last week in the Crystal Ball, we looked at the historical background of off-year Senate elections and laid the groundwork for the earliest possible projection of the 36 contests on the ballot in 2010. This we.
by News Donkey on Feb 20, 2009

Specter Vote For Stimulus Hurts Him Back Home

Rasmussen Reports Senator Arlen Specter is one of only three Republicans to support the economic stimulus bill in Congress, and the latest Rasmussen Reports survey in Pennsylvania shows that his position is costing him support back home. Just 31% of...
by News Donkey on Feb 19, 2009

Senate Ethics May Investigate Burris

By MANU RAJU | Politico Embattled Sen. Roland W. Burris’ legal and political problems deepened Tuesday as Democrats in Washington and Illinois signaled that they would support an investigation into whether the senator lied under oath ab
by News Donkey on Feb 18, 2009

For Senators, Tax Questions are Taxing

By POLITICO STAFF When Timothy Geithner appeared before the Senate Finance Committee last month, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) accused the soon-to-be treasury secretary of “dancing around” questions about his taxes. When news broke that Tom Daschle had...
by News Donkey on Feb 11, 2009

Lieberman, Dems Seeing Eye to Eye

By MANU RAJU | Politico President Barack Obama got by with a little help from his friends in the Senate on Tuesday — and Joe Lieberman, too. Just three months ago, some Democrats wanted to revoke Lieberman’s chairmanship as punishment for b.
by News Donkey on Feb 11, 2009

Senate Passes Obama’s Economic Recovery Plan

Associated Press Report WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan has passed the Senate and is on its way to difficult House-Senate negotiations. Just three Republicans helped pass the plan on a 61-37 vote and they’
by News Donkey on Feb 10, 2009

Franken Wants to Take Senate Seat Now, Despite Coleman’s Lawsuit

The justices took the case under advisement and didn’t say when they might rule, but their many questions suggested they were skeptical of Franken’s arguments. Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Lawyers for Democrat Al Frank
by News Donkey on Feb 5, 2009


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