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Pity The Billionaires: AT&T Edition

Phil Gramm, architect of the repeal of Glass-Steagall and subsequent financial collapse, feels very, very sad about one rich pal's measly severance package. Phil Gramm, a former three-term Republican senator from Texas who once ran the...Show More Summary

US Government Headed Toward Second Shutdown in 2 Years - Senators

US Senator Chuck Schumer claims that the United States government is headed toward its second shutdown in two years because Republican legislators refuse to meet with Democratic congressmen to compromise on a budget.

Republican Senate Banking Chair to DOJ: Prosecute Bankers

Dodd Frank financial reform legislation celebrated its fifth birthday on July 21. Nearly seven years after the financial crisis, much of the law has yet to be enacted; not a single banking executive has been prosecuted; and too-big-to-fail...Show More Summary

Senate Republicans congratulate themselves for doing things, despite ongoing failure

With a nauseating display of self-congratulation, the Senate passed two highway funding bills on Thursday. The first is the six year bill (that's only actually paid for through three years) that the House has repeatedly rejected. The...Show More Summary

Enjoy the August break, because Republicans are going to make the rest of the year awful

It's just gonna be all kumbaya this fall. You think having Republicans in charge of both the House and Senate has been bad up until now, just waiting until this fall. It will be, as Politico says, the "fall from hell." [L]awmakers have...Show More Summary

Some Republican Senators Actually Oppose Defunding Planned Parenthood

It’s truly astonishing how anyone can watch the now four videos that have come out in recent weeks exposing Planned Parenthood’s illegal sale of...

Happy Hour Roundup

Oh good, another potential government shutdown: Calling next week’s Senate roll call to defund Planned Parenthood a “legislative show vote,” GOP firebrand Ted Cruz said Republicans should do everything they can to eliminate federal money for the group — even if it means a government shutdown fight this fall. He’s not alone. On Wednesday […]

Morning Plum: GOP push to defund Planned Parenthood heats up

Amid the furor over the undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue prices, the battle is intensifying in the Senate over the Republican push to defund the organization. Democrats charge that the GOP campaign would defund women’s health services more broadly. Republicans claim the money would be re-distributed to other groups that provide […]

Democratic Senator Fundraises Off Defense of Planned Parenthood Amid Aborted Baby Parts Selling Scandal; 'This Makes My Head Explode'

When talking about her head exploding, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., wasn't referring to the content of undercover videos, but Republican efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding.

Senator Harry Reid on Twitter: "Been carrying this in my wallet a long time. It shows you how long Republicans have been wrong about health care. http://t.co/ZoiqsoVwdk"

Live from Bullwinkle PlazaHarry Reid: [On Twitter: "Been carrying this in my wallet a long time..."](https://twitter.com/SenatorReid/status/626771482732032000) Been carrying this in my wallet a long time. It shows you how long Republicans have been wrong about health care. pic.twitter.com/ZoiqsoVwdk— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) July 30, 2015

North Dakota Republicans To Heidi Heitkamp: Give Planned Parenthood Back Their Money

The North Dakota Republican Party today called on Senator Heidi Heitkamp to return campaign dollars she received from a Planned Parenthood official. “On July 22, forty-nine United States Senators signed a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services outlining their concerns and requesting a thorough investigation of Planned Parenthood and its actions,”...

GOP Senators Vow to Waste Time Trying to Defund Planned Parenthood

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At a clown car of a press conference this afternoon, nine Republican senators vied to show the American public who hates abortion the worst, vowing to defund Planned Parenthood so hard, you bet. By that, I guess, they mean taking away Title X funding, the federal money used for family planning services. Show More Summary

Senate GOP plans a vote to defund Planned Parenthood, but not without some nerves

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) Senate Republicans aren't as confident about defunding Planned Parenthood as the bluster from some quarters suggests. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is making encouraging noises about using its legal...Show More Summary

How Gerrymandering Has Hurt Democrats

A Smart Politics analysis finds there are 16 U.S. Senators who currently serve states with a majority of its U.S. House seats held by the opposing political party; only one of these 16 is a Republican – Mark Kirk of [...]

Sen. Cruz takes on more traditional GOP target: the IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of fighting with other Republicans, Sen. Ted Cruz took on a more traditional GOP target Wednesday: the IRS. At a Senate hearing, the Republican presidential candidate told the head of the IRS that his agency...Show More Summary

Senate To Vote on Defunding Planned Parenthood

Newly minted Republican Senator Joni Ernst introduced legislation late yesterday to defund Planned Parenthood after a series of undercover videos...

Joe Biden's Republican Cheerleaders

Office of United States Senator Joe Biden/Wikimedia Commons It's no secret that a lot of Democrats are taking a rooting interest in Donald Trump's Godzilla routine and the chaos it...

Newsflash: Republican Senators Love Cronyism

With the Republican takeover of Congress earlier this year, conservatives hoped we'd see an end to cronyism. We hoped in vain. It turns out Washington has proceeded as normal, carrying on with its usual tricks. The GOP-controlled Senate is working hard to revive the Export-Import Bank. Show More Summary

Every U.S. Governor From Most Liberal to Most Conservative

In the 2014 mid-term elections, the GOP solidified its control of both the House and the Senate. Republicans also dominated when it came to electing governors. There are currently 31 Republican governors and only 18 Democratic ones; Alaska is the only state with an Independent governor. Show More Summary

GOP rolls out new Obamacare repeal gambit

Republicans just can't give up on their ACA repeal crusade. Yesterday, Senate Republicans unveiled a brand new idea to achieve their ridiculous goal.

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