Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Seventeenth Summary 01-18-2011 PM

Hatch vows to fight for GOP values
St. George Daily Spectrum
Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Thursday, offering to lead the charge as the Senate's most senior Republican. Hatch, in Southern Utah for a stint that included ...

Comment: I’m sure he will: that means increased spending and government intrusion in our lives, and more war.

Now that Vicki Kennedy has definitively said she won't run for Senate next year, the field is wide open for other ...

Rand Paul announces Senate Tea Party Caucus
Washington Post
Rand Paul on Friday announced the formation of a new Senate Tea Party Caucus, taking a formal step toward uniting members of the movement in the 112th ...

Liberals warn of Democratic schism if Obama endorses Social Security cuts
The Hill
They are still reeling over the deal Obama struck with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in December to extend almost all of the Bush tax ...

Does Ron Paul want to join Rand in the Senate?
Dallas Morning News (blog)
While the congressman hasn't been top-of-mind of most people's lists today, it certainly appears that the idea of running for the Senate has at least piqued ...

Senate Dems indicate willingness to 'break apart,' fix health reform
The Hill (blog)
The repeal will find favor in the Republican-controlled House but isn't expected to pass the Senate. Still, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla. ...

President Pro Tempore of the US Senate: Who Is Daniel Inouye?
The President pro tempore (aka President pro tem, Latin meaning “for the time being”) is the second-highest-ranking official of the United States Senate, ...

BREAKING: Senate making progress on meaningless gestures « Olliander
By Olliander
Several Senate Republicans have signed on to the effort, along with a few key House leaders, who have endorsed Democratic Sen. Mark Udall's proposal to head across the aisle – literally – and sit with members of the opposite party ...

Senator proposes policy to stop rejected military enlistees from buying guns
Los Angeles Times
Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner failed an Army drug test. Sen. Charles Schumer urges a new policy that he says would have flagged Loughner in the ...

Sen. McConnell leads trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan
Washington Post
 Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has traveled with six other GOP senators to Afghanistan and Pakistan to meet with American ...

George Allen gears up for another Senate run
Daily Caller
Former Virginia Sen. George Allen will challenge incumbent Jim Webb in next year's election ...

Senator Ron Johnson filled with optimism after trip to Afghanistan
Appleton Post Crescent
US troops are making progress in Afghanistan, but the timetable for withdrawal ...

Obama's Afghan strategy is praised
Detroit Free Press
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the Obama administration Monday for its military strategy in Afghanistan ...

Kent Conrad Will Retire from Senate - NYTimes.com
Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota on Tuesday became the first Democrat to announce he would not run for re-election in 2012, handing Republicans an early opportunity to pick up a seat.

Indiana Senate: Lugar Committed to Running Again | S E N A T U S
By senatus
As several of his colleagues begin to make their plans known for 2012, Mr. Lugar said that he had not weighed the possibility of retiring from the Senate, even though he conceded that he could face “a competitive situation” in a ...

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