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Senate leaders reach deal over filibuster, Obama appointments

WASHINGTON - Senators reached a tentative agreement Tuesday that will avoid a Democratic move to change Senate rules and eliminate the power of a minority to block action on executive branch nominations, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced.

July 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Reid sets stage for showdown that could kill use of filibuster

WASHINGTON - Fed up with Republican efforts to block confirmation of President Obama's appointees, Democrats threatened Thursday to limit use of the filibuster, a drastic maneuver that would end an age-old Senate tradition and could inflame tensions between the two parties.

July 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Student loan rates poised to jump as Senate plans fail

WASHINGTON - With student loan rates set to double in about four weeks, competing proposals to prevent the increase were defeated in back-to-back Senate votes Thursday, leaving the issue unresolved.

June 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Senators' immigration talks stall over pay, number of visas

Senators' immigration talks stall over pay, number of visas

WASHINGTON - Despite days of huddling behind closed doors, the eight U.S. senators drafting an overhaul of federal immigration laws blew a self-imposed deadline for its completion Friday and packed up to leave Washington as Congress took a two-week spring recess.

March 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Parties come together, vote to keep federal government open

Parties come together, vote to keep federal government open

WASHINGTON - Sending President Obama a bill Thursday that averts a government shutdown, Congress proved that it can, in fact, function. Not long ago, this was considered an unlikely outcome.

March 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

First general election Gallup poll shows Romney edging Obama

WASHINGTON — The first Gallup poll of the general election campaign shows Mitt Romney edging out President Obama, a close result that both parties expect will be the case through much of the next seven months.

April 16, 2012 4:04 pmLoading…

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