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    A fiscally conservative Democrat who chairs the Senate Budget Committee said he supports extending all of the tax cuts that expire this year, including for wealthier people

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    Capito will not seek Byrd's seat

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. | The top Republican prospect for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd's seat said Wednesday she won't run, leaving the state's Democratic governor the clear favorite as his party looks to keep its Senate majority in November.

  • Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (right), West Virginia Democrat, escorts Carte Goodwin on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, before Mr. Goodwin, also a Democrat, is sworn in as the Mountain State's junior senator.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

    A bill to restore unemployment benefits to millions who have been out of work for more than six months has cleared a Senate hurdle.

  • Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan laughs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 29, 2010, while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination. The committee approved her nomination on Tuesday, July 20. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Senate panel OKs Kagan's nomination

    Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan cleared a big hurdle on her way to confirmation Tuesday as a Senate panel easily approved her nomination, though she did so with the help of just one Republican.

  • Political Scene

    Gov. Joe Manchin III, a centrist Democrat who received national attention earlier this year for his handling of a coal mine disaster that killed 29 workers, announced Tuesday that he will run for the late Robert C. Byrd's U.S. Senate seat.

  • ** FILE ** Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan (foreground) listens to questions from Sen. Jeff Sessions (pictured on a video screen), Alabama Republican, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, during Ms. Kagan's confirmation hearing. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Senate Judiciary panel approves Kagan nomination

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted 13-6 to approve Elena Kagan's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. One Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, joined the panel's Democrats in supporting President Obama's second high-court nominee.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley hears out fellow Republican Lindsey Graham on Tuesday before a Judiciary Committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

    Graham explains Kagan vote

    It was no surprise that Supreme Court hopeful Elena Kagan took a big step closer to confirmation Tuesday when she easily won the approval of a Democratic-controlled Senate panel.

  • ** FILE ** Former Sen. Gary Hart, Colorado Democrat who twice ran for president, is pictured in 2003. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Ex-military officers, senators support arms treaty

    A group of four retired military officials and senators have expressed their support for the new START agreement as the nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia makes its way through the Senate.

  • "I always believed in all the treaties that I've been involved in, in the past 28 years, General, that cheating does matter and it does have an effect. And to say that it has little if any effect, then we've been wasting a lot of time and money on negotiations," Sen. John McCain said. (Associated Press)

    U.S.: Russian cheating on START is insignificant

    A classified State Department report to Congress says that potential Russian cheating on the new START nuclear-arms pact would not be significant because of the size of U.S. nuclear forces.

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