US Senate Headlines

  • U.S. Justice Department says Trump has power to name Whitaker

    The U.S. Justice Department defended the legality of President Donald Trump's appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Wednesday, saying he has the authority to name a replacement for the fired Jeff Sessions outside of the department's line of succession.

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  • Legal battles to unfold as Florida recount deadline nears

    Democrats and Republicans have fought for days in the court of public opinion over the hotly contested recounts in Florida's Senate and gubernatorial contests. On Wednesday, that fight culminates in a set of major legal battles, with the two sides meeting in a federal courtroom in Tallahassee. In what both sides admit will be the most consequential ruling to date in the fight over vote counting in Florida, Democrats are asking U.S. District Judge Mark Walker to invalidate a statute that requires...

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  • U.S. House Democrat to probe census citizenship question

    The lawmaker expected to head the powerful House Oversight Committee in the new U.S. Congress says one of his first priorities will be investigating why President Donald Trump's administration decided to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire.

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  • House Democrat to probe census citizenship question

    The lawmaker expected to head the powerful House Oversight Committee in the new U.S. Congress says one of his first priorities will be investigating why President Donald Trump's administration decided to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire.

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  • U.S. lawmakers expect votes on steps to crack down on Saudi Arabia

    U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday the Senate could vote within weeks on legislation to punish Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen and the death of a journalist at its consulate in Istanbul.

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  • U.S. Senator Graham says supports Mueller bill, urges vote

    Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday he supported a bill that would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any politically motivated firings and would urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on it.

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  • House Democrats to probe Trump impact on FBI, Justice: lawmaker

    The incoming Democratic chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee intends to investigate President Donald Trump's impact on the integrity of the Justice Department and the FBI, according to a letter sent to top federal law enforcement officials on Tuesday.

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  • U.S. lawmakers urge action over China's crackdown on minority Muslims

    U.S. lawmakers will introduce legislation on Wednesday urging the Trump administration to respond to China's crackdown on minority Muslims, amid reports of mass detentions of ethnic Uighurs and others in the Xinjiang region.

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  • U.S. lawmakers urge action over China's crackdown on minority Muslims

    U.S. lawmakers will introduce legislation on Wednesday urging the Trump administration to respond to China's crackdown on minority Muslims, amid reports of mass detentions of ethnic Uighurs and others in the Xinjiang region.

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  • Fla. Democrats mount new challenge to disputed ballot count rules

    Democrats in Florida are joining with the party's national Senate campaign arm to sue the state over vote-counting practices they say defy constitutional protections. Lawyers for Sen. Bill Nelson and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a new lawsuit on Tuesday that could determine how thousands of currently disputed ballots are counted. If they are successful, it could further tighten a race that is already in the midst of a machine recount that is expected to tee up a...

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  • Trump picks conservative to replace Kavanaugh on appeals court

    President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he will nominate conservative lawyer Neomi Rao, known for her strong anti-regulatory views, to replace newly appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on an influential federal appeals court.

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  • Stung by trade wars, U.S. farmers hope for quick progress on Farm Bill

    Iowa soybean farmer Mike Schlosser does not expect President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, the single biggest headwind to his business, to end any time soon. But he is among many in farm country who expect at least some good news this year - in the form of a new Farm Bill.

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  • 'Lame-duck' U.S. Congress returns, facing budget, Mueller, border wall issues

    The U.S. Congress returns on Tuesday for a post-election "lame-duck" session, facing a funding deadline to prevent a partial government shutdown, as well as demands for protections for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and money for a proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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  • 'Lame-duck' Congress returns, facing budget, Mueller, border wall issues

    The U.S. Congress returns on Tuesday for a post-election "lame-duck" session, facing a funding deadline to prevent a partial government shutdown, as well as demands for protections for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and money for a proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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  • Senators, Kushner prepare to launch sentencing overhaul push in lame duck session

    White House officials and a bipartisan group of senators are mounting an ambitious effort to push criminal justice legislation through Congress by the end of the year, four sources close to the process told CNN. But first, Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, who has been leading the White House's prison and sentencing overhaul push, must ensure the President is on board with the latest version of the measure. Kushner is slated to meet with Trump on Tuesday to...

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  • U.S. federal, state elections still in...

    Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 elections and Republicans held onto a majority in the U.S. Senate, but more than a dozen races remain undecided nearly a week later.

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  • Democrat Sinema wins U.S. Senate seat in Arizona: media

    Democrat Kyrsten Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSally to win a close U.S. Senate race in Arizona following last Tuesday's congressional elections, according to multiple media outlets.

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  • Democrats flip Arizona US Senate seat with Sinema victory

    Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will win Arizona's US Senate race, defeating Republican Rep. Martha McSally and flipping a seat that had been in GOP hands for 24 years. McSally conceded the hard-fought race on Monday night -- six days after the election -- as county-by-county tallies of mailed-in ballots continued to increase Sinema's lead. "I just called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on becoming Arizona's first female senator after a hard-fought battle. I wish her all success as she...

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  • U.S. acting Attorney General will consult with ethics officials on possible recusals

    Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will consult with senior ethics officials about any matters that could warrant his recusal, a Justice Department spokeswoman said on Monday, after critics called on Whitaker to recuse himself from a Special Counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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  • 2018 midterms update: What has changed since election night

    The state of play in key races has shifted since election night almost one week ago, offering a different picture of where the balance of power will stand in Washington come January. Democrats have taken the lead in a handful of key House races and in the Arizona senate race, while the margin in Florida's senate race has narrowed, forcing a recount. Two governors' races remain undecided in Georgia and Florida. Here's a breakdown of where key races stand: HouseIn the six days since election...

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  • Too close to call: U.S. federal, state elections still in flux

    Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 elections and Republicans held onto a majority in the U.S. Senate, but a number of races remain undecided nearly a week later.

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  • Here's what you need to know about the Senate runoff election in pro-Trump Mississippi

    Democratic former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy aims to upset Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in the Nov. 27 Senate special election runoff.

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  • White Republican Mississippi senator jokes about 'public hanging'

    Cindy Hyde-Smith faces black challenger in midterm runoffState recorded 581 lynchings of black people from 1882 to 1968A newly published video shows a white Republican US senator in Mississippi praising someone by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” Cindy Hyde-Smith, who faces a black Democratic challenger in a 27 November runoff, said on Sunday that her 2 November remark was “an exaggerated expression of regard” for someone who invited her to speak, and “any...

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  • GOP senator facing criticism over 'public hanging' remark

    Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith joked about going "front row" to a "public hanging" in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday morning, prompting her African-American opponent to call her comment "reprehensible." "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row," the senator is heard saying in the video. Hyde-Smith faces former Democratic Rep. Mike Espy in a runoff election on November 27 for the Mississippi Senate seat. The runoff election was triggered when neither she...

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