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Topic - Mary L. Landrieu
Conservative groups are looking to make the Capitol Hill battle over President Obama's judicial nominees an issue in Senate elections in 2014 by arguing that red-state Democrats are "rubber-stamping" liberal judges.
President Obama completed an ambitious fundraising schedule for Democrats in November, but many of the congressional candidates he is trying to help are finding their election prospects next year imperiled by the president's faulty health care law.
Conceding that he has "fumbled" the rollout to his signature health care reform law, President Obama on Thursday said he will use executive authority to craft a series of loopholes to allow some Americans to keep their insurance policies for at least another year.
Only about 106,000 Americans enrolled in Obamacare's health care exchanges during the first month and fewer than 27,000 of those were from the federally run exchanges, the administration said Wednesday, finally releasing numbers showing just how rocky the rollout has been for President Obama's signature initiative.
The White House scrambled Wednesday to find solutions for the glaring failures in Obamacare as rebellious congressional Democrats pressured the administration over their increasing political predicament.
Obamacare lies will be major issue in 2014 elections
Feigned surprise over millions of canceled policies should fool no one
Pressure is mounting on Senate Democrats, notably those up for re-election in Republican-leaning states next year, to deal with Obamacare's flawed rollout when they get back to work Monday.
Washington loves the blame game, and President Obama most of all. He woke up Tuesday morning with his finger primed to point at "one faction of one party in one house of Congress" for the partial government shutdown. He was, of course, talking about the conservative House Republicans he can't criticize often or harshly enough, but his words apply more accurately to the red-state Democrats in the Senate.
Republican leaders said Tuesday that a filibuster attempt to prevent a spending bill from reaching the Senate floor was a losing tactic in the fight against Obamacare, and instead began to ramp up pressure on a handful of Democrats, saying the real battle will be an end-of-week vote specifically on whether to keep funding the health care law.
Nearly six months into his second term, things haven't been going well for President Obama on a number of critical fronts.
The immigration "reform" cooked up by the Gang of Eight is finally on the front burner in Congress. The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up the comprehensive package Thursday, and already it appears the process is doomed to failure, and by design.
The 2014 election battle for control of the Senate will affect just about everything the upper chamber does this year and next, because it could take just a handful of upsets to put the Republicans back in charge.
After South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson's embrace of gay marriage last week, activists who have made the issue a litmus test for Democratic Party officeholders are cranking up the heat on the three remaining holdouts among Democrats in the Senate.
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is launching a $12 million nationwide advertising blitz in 13 states during Congress' two-week Easter break in an attempt to ramp up pressure on Democrats and Republicans alike to pass federal gun legislation.
"I'm going to continue to work with leadership, I'm open to working with Democrats and Republicans, if there's a legislative step that's also necessary," said Ms. Landrieu, whose seat is up for re-election next year.
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, told reporters she will to push for a vote on her own bill to force insurance companies to continue offering their plans.