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Topic - John Ensign
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Democratic operatives in Nevada are pumping voters here to the polls like nickels into a slot machine, and yet their efforts may not be enough for Senate candidate Shelley Berkley.
At the top of their roosts in Washington, leaders of Congress are, as usual, turning out to be niche players on the national campaign stage.
The Hispanics with the highest profiles in this year's political conventions stand as opposites in a cultural and political split that has divided millions of U.S. Hispanics for decades.
In a high-stakes election that could help determine the presidency and control of the U.S. Senate, attention in Nevada is turning this week to one option on the ballot with no shot of winning: None of the above.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley and Republican Sen. Dean Heller have easily brushed aside a slate of unknown challengers to win their respective Senate primaries.
The federal judge overseeing the criminal trial of John Edwards will sharply curtail the testimony of a key defense witness who could have raised doubt about whether the former presidential candidate broke campaign finance laws.
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The House Ethics Committee is conducting a preliminary investigation into Rep. Shelley Berkley, Nevada Democrat, who is running for the Senate, over allegations she used her congressional position to help her husband's business.
Just six months ago, Senate Republicans seemed poised to march to victory in 2012 and easily retake control of the upper chamber of Congress, but some successful Democratic recruiting and some unintentional help from the tea party in recent months have made next year's overall contest more competitive.
Republican Bob Turner pulled off a stunning upset Tuesday to win a special election to fill the seat vacated by disgraced former Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, reversing decades of Democratic control in the New York City district.
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Embattled Rep. Anthony D. Weiner defiantly reiterated his stance Thursday that he won't resign after admitting days earlier to sending a lewd photo online, joining the ranks of other lawmakers who have sought to keep their jobs amid sex-related scandals.
An unmuzzled Rod R. Blagojevich launched the campaign of his life Thursday, taking the witness stand at his corruption trial in an attempt to sway a jury with the same charm and chattiness that helped him win two contests for Illinois governor.
Former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada broke federal law, made false statements to the Federal Election Commission and obstructed a Senate Ethics Committee's investigation into his conduct, the panel said Thursday in a scathing report that sent the matter to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation.
"It's a massive increase in government, as shown by this bill," Mr. Ensign told a reporter off the floor later, spreading his arms wide as if to encompass the stack of papers that comes in at more than a foot tall and, according to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, weighs in at more than 20 pounds.
"Most people around here don't like to talk about whether something's constitutional. We just want to do what feels good, because we think we're helping people," he said. "But our Founders set forth in the enumerated powers limits on what this body and this federal government could do."