9:46 AM, Mar 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Dalai Lama opened today's Senate session with a prayer:
"Firstly, as usual, I am Buddhist monk ... so pray to Buddha and all other Gods," he started before slipping into his native tongue.
"The first sentence I'll read--now my broken English--the pronunciation may not be correct, at least not American pronunciation," he said with a laugh. "With our thoughts, we make our world, our mind is central and precedes our deeds. Speak or act with a pure mind, and happiness will follow you like a shadow that never leaves."
He added, "May there be joy in the world with harvest and spiritual rest. May every good fortune come to be and may all our wishes be fulfilled. ... This is my favorite prayer. Daily I pray this. That gives me inner strength. So I am asking to serve humanity. As long as space remains and as long as beings remain, until then may I, too, remain and help dispel the misery of the world. Thank you."
12:06 PM, Mar 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell opposes the nomination of Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general.
“The Department of Justice in this Administration has too often put politics ahead of the law. The record of the nominee before us to head the Civil Rights Division strongly indicates that if he were confirmed, the politicization of the Justice Department would increase further. He has a long record of left-wing advocacy, marked by ideologically-driven positions and poor judgment," said McConnell on the Senate floor.
1:01 PM, Mar 3, 2014 • By TERRY EASTLAND
Last month the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The vote broke along party lines, 10-to-8. Over the weekend Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania became the first Democrat to oppose Adegbile. “I will not vote to confirm the nominee,” he said. A cloture vote scheduled for Monday has (because of the snowstorm) been postponed to Wednesday. With Casey’s announcement, Adegbile can no longer be assured that Democratic senators will uniformly support him. Indeed, the question now is whether other Democrats will follow Casey’s lead. It would take six Democrats including Casey to vote against and defeat the nomination.
12:35 PM, Mar 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Florida senator Marco Rubio spoke about Ukraine, Russia, and American foreign policy this morning on Meet the Press:
2:42 PM, Feb 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Capitol Hill source source says that Senate Democrats will not produce a budget this year. The news is expected to come from Senator Patty Murray's office at 3 p.m. today, as part of a Friday afternoon news dump. Murray is chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama released this statement. "Senate Democrats are required by law to produce a budget," wrote Sessions.
Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
“No one can or should sit on the sidelines.”
—Hillary Clinton, at the University of Miami,
February 26, 2014
9:01 AM, Feb 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jack Kingston, the longtime Republican congressman from Georgia and a U.S. Senate candidate, is out with his first TV ad of the primary season. The 30-second spot will introduce Kingston, a South Georgian based in Savannah, to the rest of the state, particularly the Atlanta media market. The message of the ad is that Kingston is a principled conservative who shares values with the state's Republican voters. Watch it below:
5:01 PM, Feb 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Marco Rubio delivered a speech on Iran on the Senate floor and called on Congress to take action:
4:29 PM, Feb 26, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A Republican congressman will run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Mark Udall, the Denver Post reports:
Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is planning to drop his re-election bid and run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Udall, The Denver Post has learned.
10:21 AM, Feb 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Harry Reid spoke about the Obamacare "horror stories" on the Senate floor this morning. He said that "all are untrue."
"Despite all that good news, there's plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America," said Reid.
1:17 PM, Feb 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, spoke Monday on the Senate floor about the reign of oppression in his parents' native Cuba and in Venezuela. Rubio gave the address after Iowa Democratic senator Tom Harkin gave a rosy evaluation of Cuba after a recent trip there. Drawing on the example of Castro's Cuba, Rubio draw comparisons to the Maduro government in Venezuela.
Watch Rubio's full speech below:
6:00 AM, Feb 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The political committee for former Montana senator Max Baucus, a Democrat, wrote a large check to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just days before being confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to China. According to the DSCC's public filings, Friends of Max Baucus made a donation of $475,000 to the organization on January 31. Read a copy of the filing here, where Baucus's donation is listed on page 6.
Will Mitch McConnell prevail on a muddy track?Mar 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 24 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
At the Bullitt County GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner on February 6, Kentucky state senator Paul Hornback rose to speak on behalf of U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who was away on business in Washington. McConnell is locked in a bitter primary fight, and it was up to Hornback to convince the party faithful to stick with Mitch.
How the CIA’s No. 2 misled CongressMar 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 24 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Two leading Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say that Michael Morell, then acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, gave an account of his role on Benghazi that was often misleading and sometimes deliberately false.
5:01 PM, Feb 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The 2014 Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia remains effectively tied up among the five top candidates, according to a new poll. Businessman David Perdue, a first-time candidate and cousin of former governor Sonny Perdue, has the lead with 12.7 percent, the Daily Caller reports.