Posted tagged ‘Senate’

Barack Obama Re-Elected President of the United States

November 7, 2012

Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

As of midnight (PT) tonight, Obama has secured 303 electoral votes while Romney has 206. The state of Florida is still close to call.

Obama appears as if he will also win the popular vote as well, with a nearly 2 million vote lead and 50% of the overall vote, compared to Romney’s 48%.

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Weiner’s Popularity Goes Flacid; Will Resign House Seat…

June 16, 2011

According to coverage on CNN this morning, Representative Anthony Weiner has told House leaders as well as his friends that he plans to resign his seat after coming under growing pressure from other Democrats.

After initially claiming that his Twitter account had been hacked, Weiner finally admitted that he sent the lewd picture of his…um…well…yeah…and had engaged in inappropriate relationships with a number of women he had met online.

From CNN:

Weiner, 46, was considered a possible front-runner to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013 until the revelation of his online communications, including lewd photos of himself he sent to women he befriended on Facebook and Twitter.

Last year, Weiner married Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton in the White House, Senate and now in the State Department. Former President Bill Clinton officiated at the ceremony, and Abedin is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

Weiner has been in the spotlight since late May, when a lewd photograph of him became public after it was sent to a woman over the Twitter social networking service.

Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Stalls in Senate

December 9, 2010

Republicans have blocked a repeal of the ban on openly gays in the military, potentially ending any possibilty for overturning the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy anytime soon.

From The New York Times:

In a blaze of unusual bipartisan fury, a military policy bill that would repeal the ban on gay and lesbian soldiers serving openly in the military stalled in the Senate on Thursday, severely diminishing the chances of ending the Clinton-era policy this year.

On a vote of 57 to 40, Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, found himself 3 votes short of the 60 needed to clear a procedural hurdle that would have opened the way for passage of the measure.

Democrat Rep. John Murtha Dies

February 8, 2010

An aide to the House leadership has confirmed that Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha died today as a result of complications from an operation to his gallbladder last week.

From Fox News:

Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. John Murtha, the first veteran of the Vietnam war and one of the most powerful lawmakers in Congress, died Wednesday morning at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA, after complications from gallbladder surgery. Murtha was 77.

A native of New Martinsville, W.Va., voters elected first elected Murtha to Congress in a 1974 special election that spelled impending doom for President Nixon and congressional Republicans. That fall, Democrats wrestled away 49 House seats from the GOP, reeling from the scourge of Watergate and a presidency in shambles.

Murtha rose to become the chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee that controls spending for the Pentagon. Chairs of the appropriations subcommittee panels are viewed with such prestige on Capitol Hill that they’re called “cardinals.” That’s a nod to Rome because of the eminence these lawmakers hold over spending for their federal fiefdom.

Murtha was also the endorsed candidate of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to become majority leader when Democrats won control of Congress in 2006. But current House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) overwhelmingly defeated Murtha by secret ballot in a hard-fought leadership contest.

Tennessee Senator’s Daughter Carjacked

December 3, 2009

The 22-year-old daughter of Tennessee senator Bob Corker was carjacked in Washington D.C. last night but police have announced that two suspects were arrested a short time later.

From CNN:

Sen. Bob Corker’s daughter, Julia, was not “seriously injured,” but “she is sore” from the attack, the Tennessee Republican’s chief of staff Todd Womack said in an interview with CNN. Sen. Corker was back at work Thursday morning and the family is expected to pick up the vehicle this afternoon.

Julia Corker, who works in the city, was stopped at a red light last night near the Verizon Center between 9 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET when a person knocked on her window. She rolled the window down and the person was able to open the door and then “dragged her out of the vehicle by force and threw her onto the pavement and drove away,” Womack said.

Unemployment Benefits May Be Extended

September 22, 2009

More than one million people could receive an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits under a bill the House is looking at today.

From CNNMoney:

The bill would extend benefits for those living in states with jobless rates higher than 8.5%. Some 27 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, fall into this category. The national unemployment rate hit 9.7% in August, the highest in 26 years.

The extended benefits would apply to an estimated 314,000 people set to exhaust their benefits by month’s end and to more than a million who will stop getting checks by the end of the year, according to the House Ways and Means Committee. Workers in other states could qualify if their state is expected to hit an 8.5% unemployment rate soon or meets other criteria.

“Decent, hard-working Americans from North Carolina to California have been calling my office to tell me they still cannot find work after a year or more after becoming unemployed and they need some additional help to keep their heads above water,” said Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., when he introduced the legislation earlier this month.

Did John Edwards Ask Aide to Claim Paternity?

September 22, 2009

According to reports, John Edwards talked a campaign aide into claiming he fathered a child born to Edwards’ onetime mistress.

From CNN:

Edwards admitted to his affair with Rielle Hunter in August 2008 after months of denials, but said he could not have been the father of Hunter’s daughter, who was born the previous February. Former Edwards staffer Andrew Young has said he was the girl’s father — but has recanted and says he made it because he believed in Edwards, lawyers and others familiar with the matter told CNN.

Young was married with children when he claimed to have fathered Hunter’s child. He never signed any affidavits or legal papers, however, and reversed his claim after Edwards, as one of the sources put it, dropped Young “like a hot potato.”

The news comes as a grand jury in Edwards’ home state of North Carolina is investigating payments made to Hunter — who had been hired as a campaign videographer — by the former senator’s campaign and supporters. Hunter was photographed entering the courthouse where the grand jury was meeting in August.