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GOP Senators Push For Birth Control Access, But Check The Small Print

Republicans in Congress are not known for their efforts to expand access to birth control, but on Thursday they introduced a bill that they claim would do just that. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced legislation...Show More Summary

Republicans’ Plan to Replace Health Law Is ¯\_(?)_/¯ , Senator Says

Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, introduced a popular Internet symbol for a careless shrug of the shoulders -- ¯\_(?)_/¯ -- into the Congressional record to describe the Republican Party's position on the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Democrats Press G.O.P. to Fully Fund Amtrak

Senate Democrats have asked their Republican colleagues to fully fund Amtrak in the wake of last week's deadly accident in Philadelphia and after a House panel cut the railroad's appropriation.

¯\_(?)_/¯ Made Its Way to Senate Floor to Describe Republicans

last weekNews : Mediaite

Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) actually made people pay attention to a Senate Floor Speech by bringing out the photo of an emoticon dear to the hearts of many political journalists.

Sen. Chris Murphy Summarizes The Republican King V. Burwell Plan

Sen. Chris Murphy took to the Senate floor this Thursday with a perfect depiction of the Republicans' response to King v. Burwell, and proceeded to lay out all of the problems with Sen. Ron Johnson's proposed legislation. It’s a historic day for memes. Show More Summary

Everything You Need To Know About The Republican Party’s Health Plan, In One Picture

King v. Burwell, in other words, threatens the individual health insurance markets in about three dozen states. The Senate Republican's proposed response to King, however, is to blow up the individual health insurance market in all 50 states. The post Everything You Need To Know About The Republican Party’s Health Plan, In One Picture appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Illinois Is Very Close To Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

The Illinois Senate approved a bill Thursday that would remove criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill has already passed in the state House and now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner,...Show More Summary

Senate panel keeps domestic budgets frozen for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ignoring veto threats, Republicans on a key Senate panel Wednesday approved an overall freeze on the annual operating budgets for domestic agencies while padding overseas military accounts to raise Pentagon budget limits...Show More Summary

GOP senators advance bill to ease rules on smaller banks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators have advanced legislation that would ease rules on smaller banks and other requirements of the landmark law reining in Wall Street and the financial industry after the 2008 crisis. Sen. Richard Shelby...Show More Summary

Marco Rubio: Back to the Future

The surprising disintegration of Jeb Bush's presidential campaign has opened up the race for the 2016 Republican nomination, benefitting the other candidate from Florida, Senator Marco Rubio. This is a bizarre political development because Rubio is running as the second coming of George W. Show More Summary

Ian Reisner Apologizes Again For Ted Cruz Debacle, Donates 20k To Fire Island Pines Group

last weekLGBT / Gay : Queerty

It would seem that Ian Reisner has finally been thinking seriously about PR since news broke that he and business partner Mati Weiderpass hosted a “fireside chat” with vehemently antigay Senator and Republican Presidential candidate clown car occupant Ted Cruz at their Central Park penthouse last month. Show More Summary

Senate panel approves GOP bill to loosen some financial regulations

A Senate committee Thursday voted to ease some of the financial regulations enacted in 2010, approving legislation that Republicans said would help small banks avoid burdensome rules but that Democrats charged would help big Wall Street firms as well.

Senate Makes Deal On Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization, Bohener Says Not So Fast

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) may have just secured a vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank in the Senate after haggling with Republican leadership in the midst of a debate over trade legislation, but House Speaker...Show More Summary

Former Carly Fiorina Staffer Would Rather Go to Iraq Than Work for Her Again

Until right before former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced her 2016 Republican presidential bid, she still owed high-ranking campaign staffers from her 2010 Senate race — as well as a bunch of other consultants, experts, and other assorted firms — around half a million dollars. Fiorina has an estimated net worth... More »

Senate Democrats demand more money for Amtrak repair backlog

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are demanding more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion backlog in repair and replacement projects. Democrats say congressional Republicans have starved federal programs that help repair and rebuild passenger rail bridges, tunnels and track.

Some ex-staffers of White House hopeful Fiorina won’t sign on again

Twelve of about 30 people who worked on Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina’s failed 2010 California Senate campaign, most speaking out for the first time, told Reuters they would not work for her again.

Cotton eyes 'permanent' surveillance state

Many Republicans want to extend the status quo on NSA surveillance. One senator, however, wants a "permanent" surveillance state.

Mike Lee and Bill Flores: Ex-Im Is the Federal Enron, Let's End It

Texas representative Bill Flores,  the chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, and Senator Mike Lee have a piece in the Washington Examiner calling for the end of the Export Import Bank this morning. It’s significant because, like former Texas governor Rick Perry, Flores used to be supportive of the bank. Show More Summary

Paul commandeers Senate for nearly 11 hours to protest Patriot Act

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver a nearly 11 hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post-Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy. Continue reading ? The post Paul commandeers Senate for nearly 11 hours to protest Patriot Act appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

GOP Senator Loves Iran, Hates Obama, Wants You To Shut Up About That Now

Check out this giant steaming pile of Iran-shaped elephant manure Wisconsin’s Republican Sen. Ron Johnson stepped in: “Now, a President who was awarded the 2013 Politifact Lie of the Year, if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it, period. Show More Summary

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