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  • Senate's 16 new members arrive on Capitol Hill: Who are they?

    Senate's 16 new members arrive on Capitol Hill: Who are they?

    Starting this Monday, the Senate welcomes 16 fresh faces to the Capitol’s marbled halls. While they won’t be sworn into office until January, these newly-elected members – three Democrats and 13 Republicans – come to Washington to tour the buildings, learn rules of decorum, and meet with their future coworkers. The new Senators come largely from open seats where both parties had a new candidate on the ticket and include a handful of tea partyers.

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  • Supreme Court steers clear of case involving Obama Senate seat

    Supreme Court steers clear of case involving Obama Senate seat

    The Supreme Court left in place an appeals-court ruling that then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 2008 appointment of Roland Burris to the US Senate violated an often-overlooked clause in the 17th Amendment.

  • Congress weighs tax cuts for wealthy and unemployment insurance for those in need

    Congress weighs tax cuts for wealthy and unemployment insurance for those in need

    Unemployment insurance that provides jobless benefits to millions is at risk of running out over the holiday season, while tax cuts to those earning over $200,000 may be extended.

  • Senate's 16 new members arrive on Capitol Hill: Who are they?

    Senate's 16 new members arrive on Capitol Hill: Who are they?

    Starting this Monday, the Senate welcomes 16 fresh faces to the Capitol’s marbled halls. While they won’t be sworn into office until January, these newly-elected members – three Democrats and 13 Republicans – come to Washington to tour the buildings, learn rules of decorum, and meet with their future coworkers. The new Senators come largely from open seats where both parties had a new candidate on the ticket and include a handful of tea partyers.

  • Opinion Why do Americans get the Constitution so wrong?

    There’s no excuse for misquoting and misunderstanding the US Constitution. But public figures ranging from Nancy Pelosi to Rush Limbaugh do it all the time.

  • Five Senate races to watch

    Five Senate races to watch

    The political turmoil of 2010 has led to a number of close Senate races, with control of the upper chamber possibly in the balance. Here are five of the closest, most interesting, hardest-fought Senate races of this election cycle.

  • Opinion Abortions for soldiers at US military bases?

    The so-called Burris amendment would allow pregnant servicewomen to get abortions at US military facilities. A US Army soldier says this move, while well-intentioned, would end up hurting women.

  • Oprah Winfrey for Senate? Blagojevich considered it.

    Oprah Winfrey for Senate? Blagojevich considered it.

    Oprah Winfrey came up in discussions by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about who should fill President Obama's former Senate seat, an FBI tape has revealed.

  • Rod Blagojevich bitter over simple Obama thanks on Senate pick

    Rod Blagojevich bitter over simple Obama thanks on Senate pick

    Rod Blagojevich was not pleased when he discovered nothing more than a simple 'thank you' was coming from the new President for selecting an Obama aide to fill out his Senate term.

  • Gallery Retiring senators

    Christina Dodd rests her head on the shoulder of her dad, US Sen. Christopher Dodd (D) of Connecticut, after he announced Jan. 6, that he will retire after his current term. Dodd, who served five terms, is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2008.

  • As Evan Bayh bows out, Democrats scramble to save Senate control

    As Evan Bayh bows out, Democrats scramble to save Senate control

    With the announcement that Sen. Evan Bayh is not running for reelection, the GOP has a good shot at taking over yet another Senate seat from Democrats in the November midterms.