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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Olympia J. Snowe
While Congress has been engaging in political brinkmanship over the so-called "fiscal cliff," Sen. Olympia J. Snowe has been busy cleaning out her office.
Republicans on Sunday conceded on their demand that any "fiscal cliff" deal trim Social Security cost-of-living increases, signaling the end — for now — of their push to reform entitlements in exchange for higher tax rates.
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Lance Leone survived a helicopter crash that killed three others and beat back criminal charges of negligent homicide — but now he says he is in a final battle to avoid being sacrificed on the altar of bureaucratic accountability.
Republicans fell short Tuesday night of their goal of winning control of the Senate, after a campaign beset with weak candidate recruitment and self-inflicted gaffes in some of the GOP's most promising races.
Maine has made headlines as far away as California this year for playing host to one of the nation's most convoluted and unique U.S. Senate races — a three-way contest defined as much by the blurring of party lines as the seemingly endless flow of cash into the state from outside sources seeking to manipulate the outcome.
Many voters in Maine, echoing sentiments expressed around the country, think Washington has been broken by extreme left- and right-wing partisanship. But unlike in the rest of the country, one man is riding high in the polls here by claiming that he's got just the medicine to fix it.
Sen. Olympia J. Snowe's decision to retire this year, citing "polarization" in Washington, shocked Maine voters and set off a crazy scramble between would-be successors — including a fellow Republican who is feuding with Mrs. Snowe, an independent former governor who vows to try to work with both parties and a Democrat whose own party doesn't particularly want to see her do well.
Maine delegates in town for the Democratic National Convention remained optimistic about the three-way Senate race in the Pine Tree State, gamely insisting the values of their candidate, Cynthia Dill, can still prevail even though centrist independent Angus King appears ready to run away with the race.
Republicans' chances of gaining control of the Senate are improving, notwithstanding Missouri Senate candidate W. Todd Akin's self-inflicted calamity.
Senate Republican leaders on Monday delivered a major blow to President Obama's ability to fill high-level federal judicial openings, making good on a threat to block votes on circuit court nominations until next year.
At first glance, a bill that encourages companies to relocate jobs to the U.S. from overseas seems like a solid candidate for widespread support.
Most people agree that we are not better off today than we were four years ago. Even President Obama knows that's the case. He disagrees as to the reason why (he blames George W. Bush for what he "inherited") but he knows Americans are hurting.
The Senate on Wednesday rejected every single budget being offered this year, leaving the chamber — and therefore the federal government — without a plan to address Medicare, Social Security and the other major entitlement programs that are driving deficits and debt.
They say "all politics is local"; Republican Sen. Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts surely hopes so.
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's hospitalized daughter could be released soon, his campaign said Monday.
Other potential Republican supporters include Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, who issued a statement critical of the ruling.
"Campaigns have become campaigns of destruction. It revolves around destroying the other side. That spills over into the legislative process, where they're jockeying for position for the next election, jeopardizing the process," she said.