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Poll: Republican Cory Gardner leads Sen. Mark Udall by 4 points

Denver - Just 20 days before voters decide which political party will control the U.S. Senate, Republican Cory Gardner leads Colorado’s incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Udall by four points, according to a new CNN/ORC poll published Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Alison Lundergan Grimes leads Mitch McConnell, says internal poll Special

Louisville - In an internal poll campaign poll conducted by pollster Mark Mellman and obtained by the subscription service of Politico Pro, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is leading Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 43 percent to 42 percent.

Republicans slowly embracing marijuana

For years the U.S. House has been turning down proposals dealing with marijuana but this week that all changed when the House approved a new measure.

Interview: U.S. Senate candidate Kesha Rogers Special

Kesha Rogers is a most interesting U.S. Senate candidate. She's a Texas Democrat who believes that President Obama, who she often compares to Hitler, should be impeached -- some allege she's even said executed -- for "flagrant" constitutional violations.

Op-Ed: The November midterm elections may be about more than Obamacare

The November midterm elections are shaping up to be a referendum on Obamacare in the congressional races — however, in the gubernatorial and state legislature contests, the election may be about something else entirely.

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) in public brawl with CIA

Washington - A furious clash has erupted between Senator Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the CIA over her committee’s investigation of the Bush administration and the CIA for waterboarding top terrorists.

White House pressured by key senators over Iran nuclear talks

As negotiations with Iran over the Islamic republic's nuclear program entered its second day on Sunday, President Barack Obama remained under fire by key senators from both parties for ignoring prior legislation on Iranian sanctions.

Op-Ed: Bipartisan group of U.S. Senators want vote on Afghan deal

Kabul - A group of U.S. Senators both Republican and Democratic are demanding that the U.S. Congress have a vote on the Bilateral Security Agreement(BSA) negotiated with the Afghan government, that would keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

Senate report: Benghazi attack was 'preventable'; no cover-up

Washington - The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a scathing report that concluded the 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya was "preventable" and that the State Department failed to provide adequate security there.

Bill to allow US military aid to post-coup Egypt passes committee

Cairo - On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a bill that will make it easier for the US government to provide aid to countries with a government established through the forceful overthrow of a democratically elected government.

On jobs, Sen Cory Booker sees need for 'hemisphere of progress'

With evidence that the U.S. economy may be finding its footing, recently appointed Democratic Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is tackling the question of American manufacturing.

Senator Paul knocks Obamacare, Gov Christie in latest comments

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) continued to pursue a fiscally conservative position this week, calling national attention to the costs associated with Obamacare and questioning Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) over Hurricane Sandy relief.

U.S. Senate may introduce debt ceiling measure today

Washington - According to the Associated Press, the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate could introduce a measure to pass a clean resolution to raise the nation's debt ceiling as early as Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Senate Dems set to call Boehner's bluff

Washington - On Sunday, "Speaker of the House" John Boehner told ABC News "This Week" that there just were not enough votes in the House to pass a clean bill to raise the nation's debt limit. The Senate is apparently going to call his bluff.

Senate defeats House funding bill, ball back in House's court

Washington - The Senate defeated the proposed House bill to delay Obamacare for one year in return for funding the government. The bill has been sent back to the House, which will have several hours to come up with a bill that can survive the Senate.

Senate kicks 'shutdown ball' back to House GOP

Washington - The ball is back in the court of the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives, as the Democrat-controlled Senate has passed legislation to avert a government shutdown. However, a shutdown looms as House GOPers seem determined to have one.

Op-Ed: US Senate resolution approving force has plenty of loopholes

Washington - The Senate resolution authorizing Obama to use force is supposed to be much narrower in scope than the original draft resolution presented to the Senate. It also limits the duration of the action.

IP within US Senate edited Snowden Wikipedia to read 'traitor'

The description on Edward Snowden's Wikipedia page was edited by an anonymous source within the US Senate to read "American traitor" instead of "American dissident."

Comprehensive immigration reform considered on Senate floor

Debate on the Senate’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, SB 744, continues this week, as a series of amendments are being considered that aim to make the bill palatable for Senate and House Republicans, who so far, have opposed immigration reform.

Senate Committee -- US will back Israel in war with Iran

A new resolution passed by a United States Senate committee states the United States will be committed to preventing the emergence of a nuclear Iran and fully back Israel if that state believes military action against Iran is necessary.

Op-Ed: US Senate unanimously rejects reducing Social Security payments

Washington - An article in Truthout by Dean Baker points out that a unanimous US Senate vote rejecting a move that would reduce Social Security benefits was not even reported on by such prominent US news outlets as the New York Times or Washington Post,

U.S. Senate: It's time for Internet sales tax

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Friday in favor of an amendment requiring American shoppers to pay sales tax when shopping online.

Two Budgets; Two Visions

The US Senate has passed its first budget in over 4 years. A largely symbolic measure in response to the recently passed budget by the US House, it came after a marathon voting session and highlights two radically different visions for America.

Op-Ed: US Senate and House Budgets - A clash of ideology

Washington - The Democrat controlled Senate passed its first federal budget in four years with a narrow vote of 50-49. Earlier the House of Representatives passed the Ryan budget 221-207. While these budgets will not pass Congress, they show a clash of ideologies.

Senate confirms John Brennan as CIA director 63-34

Washington - The US Senate has confirmed John Brennan as the next director of the CIA with a vote of 63-34. A 60 vote majority was needed for the confirmation. Brennan's nomination was questioned after his stance on the US drone program.

U.S. Senate introduces new gun legislation bill

Washington - Republicans and Democrats both agreed to new gun legislation in the Senate that would bar mentally ill people from being able to acquire firearms.

Chuck Hagel confirmed as US Defense Secretary 58-41

Washington - The US Senate has confirmed former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to become the Secretary of Defense. Despite initial objections the Senate voted 58-41 to confirm President Obama's pick. While 41 votes came from Republicans, four voted in favor.

Op-Ed: US Senators said to consider secret court to vet drone strikes

Washington - The idea is that a secret court would consider evidence that a suspect should be on a targeted killing list and hence could be attacked by a drone. The court would issue what might be called a "death warrant".

GOP weekly address offers precursor to federal budget dialog

In this weekend's weekly address to the nation, and in the hours before the presidential inauguration, the Republican Party emphasized the need to focus on the federal budget.

Former Rep. Barney Frank expresses interest as interim senator

Barney Frank, who has retired from the US House of Representatives, has expressed interest being a temporary replacement for Senator John Kerry (D-MA).
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Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez
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Senator Edward M. Kennedy
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Sen. Carl Levin speaks to press in 2008.
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Santiaga, ace orc in World of Warcraft aka Colleen Lachowicz (inset) Democratic Party candidate for US Senate in Maine
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Sen. Carl Levin speaks to press in 2008.
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The hearing held by the Senate sub-committee on Primary Health and Aging, March 12, 2014.
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Pictured is Se. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
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Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
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U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison meets with Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
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