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  • FILE - In this June 16, 2009, photo, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. speaks at a news conference at the Lloyd D. George Federal building in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

    Ensign's quitting spurs political jockeying for seats

    Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign's resignation last week, along with the expected gubernatorial appointment of Rep. Dean Heller to fill the remaining 18 months of his term, has set off a game of political musical chairs in the Silver State.

  • An ex-aide to Sen. John Ensign whose wife had an affair with the senator that damaged his career has been indicted for illegal lobbying. (Associated Press)

    Ensign's former aide indicted on illegal-lobbying charges

    Nevada Sen. John Ensign's former administrative assistant, whose wife had an affair with the senator, was indicted Thursday, accused of lobbying Mr. Ensign and his staff in violation of federal conflict-of-interest laws.

  • Rep. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, announced a long-expected U.S. Senate bid Tuesday. He easily won re-election to a third House term in November. (Associated Press)

    Nevadan to seek Senate seat

    Nevada Rep. Dean Heller said Tuesday he will run for the Senate seat held by fellow Republican John Ensign, who said last week he won't seek a third term in 2012.

  • Sen. John Ensign, Nevada Republican, accompanied by his wife, Darlene, announces he will not run for a third term at a news conference Monday in Las Vegas. He called it "the most difficult decision that I have ever made." (Associated Press)

    Ensign won't run, cites probability of 'ugly' campaign

    Sen. John Ensign, a Nevada Republican mired in an ethics investigation stemming from a sex and lobbying scandal, said Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2012.

Sen. John Ensign attempts to mend fences with the voters of Nevada after a scandal involving "the wife of his best friend."

    Ensign tries to salvage career after scandal

    His conservative reputation wounded by the true-life soap opera of an extramarital affair and a betrayed best friend, Nevada Sen. John Ensign is trying to revive his political career and emerge victorious in a contest few think he can win.

  • Political Scene

    In a sharp challenge to the Obama administration, House Republicans will unveil legislation Wednesday to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and expect to advance the bill quickly, aides said.

  • Political Scene

    Sen. Tom Coburn is providing information to the Justice Department for its investigation into whether Nevada Sen. John Ensign broke the law in an attempt to keep an affair with a staff member secret, Mr. Coburn's office said Saturday.

"What we've done is, we've drawn a line in the sand and said this is unacceptable, and it's unacceptable for all states as well," Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat, said about states having to cover expanded state Medicaid costs under the health care reform bill.

    Health bill faces constitutional challenge

    With their procedural options in the Senate exhausted, Republicans are looking to the Constitution for a way to fight the Democrats' health care reform bill.

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