A bill to extend the Patriot Act by four years just sailed through the Senate, 72-23 and it will now head back to the House for final approval so that President Obama can sign it before it expires after midnight tonight.
But the bill couldn't pass until Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was allowed a vote on two amendments, both of which were overwhelmingly defeated. Read More
National Journal is reporting that according to Democratic sources, Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., will not seek reelection in 2012. Wisconsin was already set to be a fiercely contested battleground state in the presidential election, adding a senate race to the mix only increases the state’s prominence. Read More
Just days before his authority to conduct military action in Libya is set to run out, the Obama administration refused to provide today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Libya with a Department of Defense witness. Ranking Member Dick Lugar, R-Ind., was not amused: Read More
Wisconsin freshman Sen. Ron Johnson, a conservative Tea Party favorite, announced this morning that he will vote against Friday's deal between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama and congressional Democrats on a continuing resolutiuon to complete fiscal year 2011. Read More
Roll Call notes that during the Senate Chaplain Barry Black led the opening prayer this morning with these words: "Lord, save us from ourselves."
The slogan has been heavily retweeted in the DC area making 'chaplain' a trending topic in the DC area. Read More
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday that Republicans and Democrats remain unable to agree on how much money to cut from the remaining six months of the fiscal year, but Democrats claim the impasse is the result of social policy riders the GOP wants to include in the budget bill. Read More
The effort to pass a budget by an April 8 deadline is getting more complicated by the minute.
While Democrats and Republicans appear to be negotiating a deal to slash $33 billion in spending for the remainder of this fiscal year, the two sides are now stuck on which social policy riders to include in the measure. Read More
Among Muhammad Ali's many formidable weapons in the ring was his famous "rope-a-dope" in which he went into a defensive crouch and allowed his opponent to throw punch after punch, round after round. Sooner or later, the opponent would tire, make a mistake and Ali would pounce, often landing a knockout punch. Read More
Rumors are spreading on Twitter that former governor Tim Kaine of Virginia told a class of students that he was running for Senate. Read More