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Republicans' new top man on the Senate Judiciary Committee said even without a new Supreme Court nominee having been named, Republicans will begin looking into the shortlist of names President Obama reportedly is considering and even could warn the White House confidentially if they think a nominee is unacceptable.
Five-term Republican Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday that he is switching parties and will run next year as a Democrat.
The only immediate effect of Sen. Arlen Specter's switch from Republican to Democrat was to boost the number of Democrats who oppose some of President Obama's chief goals.
President Obama ends the first 100 days of his administration as he began - dealing with a major crisis, struggling to find Republican support and working with a Senate in flux.
The Arkansas state Senate's minority leader says he will run for the seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
In just one night last week, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spent more time on the Senate floor cajoling senators than Dick Cheney did in his eight years as vice president.
The Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to preserve the full charitable-giving deduction in the tax code, rejecting yet another key part of President Obama's strategy for paying for the ambitious spending programs in his 2010 budget.
In a strong vote Wednesday the Senate firmly rejected President Obama's plan to try to push through a carbon emissions cap-and-trade program through fast-track procedures, making clear that getting any bill done this year will be a struggle.
President Obama says he's still committed to middle-class tax cuts and will fight Congress to get them passed and made permanent.