U.S. Senate

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell says that the people should have a voice in who selects the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice, but when he encourages the Senate Judiciary Committee to refuse to hold hearings on any nominee put forth by Barack Obama, he ignores the will of the people who twice elected him president of the United States.

How many more people have to die before our increasingly useless Congress does the bare minimum to assure its constituents “we do occasionally give a smidgen of a damn about y’all?” We can all reset our clocks now and begin the count following the defeat of the bipartisan compromise (eh) known as the Manchin-Toomey amendment. The vote […]

WASHINGTON — In the ultimate cap to a year of last-minute, half-loaf legislation, the Senate voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to extend a payroll tax cut for a two months, with the chamber’s leaders and the White House proclaiming victory, even as they pushed the issue of how to extend the tax cut and unemployment benefits […]

ST. ELMO, ALA.– A former candidate for one of Alabama’s U.S. Senate seats is being sought by authorities in Alabama after he allegedly tased a pastor during a church knife fight. While the exact details are not clear, various accounts are surfacing. In one account, Simone De Moore tased a pastor at New Welcome Baptist Church in St. […]

During a senate meeting Tuesday, majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called for talks on budget issues, as the country has found itself in great financial strain as of late. In true Democratic fashion, Reid proposed: “It is the sense of the Senate that any agreement to reduce the budget deficit should require that those earning […]

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans intend to block action on virtually all Democratic-backed legislation unrelated to tax cuts and government spending in the current postelection session of Congress, officials said Tuesday, adding that the leadership has quietly collected signatures on a letter pledging to carry out the strategy.

Washington – Right now, black folks in America cannot see themselves reflected in the makeup of the Senate. But we should see that reflection, and we should push collectively for the next black senator, regardless of whether that person is a Republican or a Democrat. What matters is how that person connects to his or […]

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate finally passed the small businesses bill, which will return to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it is almost assumed it will pass and make its way to the president’s desk. For much of the summer, there was much stalling and lack of compromise mostly by the Republicans that prevented […]

California congresswoman Maxine Waters charged with violating House ethics rules says the congressional office that helped prompt the probe of her behavior is known for sloppy work.

As the New York City mosque controversy continues to brew, Harlem congressional candidate Adam Clayton Powell IV makes his position firm in this MSNBC appearance. He believes disallowing the mosque is the equivalent of racial profiling.

Maxine Waters is still popular in her district. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Congressional ethics charges have tarnished Maxine Waters’ reputation in Washington. But in the struggling, mostly Hispanic and black neighborhoods she represents, residents still hold the 10-term Democratic congresswoman in high esteem.

WASHINGTON — A combative Rep. Charles Rangel told the House Tuesday he’s not resigning despite 13 charges of wrongdoing and demanded the ethics committee not leave him “swinging in the wind.”