Topic: Alfonse D'Amato
The New York Democrat, though often a fierce partisan, represents a particular breed of dealmaker on Capitol Hill who combines policy understanding with an intuitive knack for legislating.
The Senate has approved a bipartisan agreement to limit the use of filibusters during debate and to speed nominations.
As Europe and the US tighten sanctions on Iran, China remains the largest buyer of Iranian oil and has played down economic sanctions as an effective way to influence Tehran.
The former Speaker of the US House and current GOP presidential candidate defended himself Wednesday after news that he received money from the now-troubled government mortgage giant.