CIA accused of spying on Senate Intel Committee, breaking law

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The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that the CIA searched the panel’s computers and that the search may have violated the Constitution.

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Booker wins Senate race in New Jersey

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker will soon be headed to Washington as the next New Jersey senator.

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BREAKING: Senate passes landmark immigration bill in bipartisan vote

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In a 68-32 vote, the Senate voted passed a bill to overhaul US immigration, send resources to the border and offer millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

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Boasting record seats, women senators shake up Capitol Hill

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Even though they make up only one-fifth of the membership, women are changing the architecture of the U.S. Senate in more ways than one.

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Gillibrand: Rape victims aren’t being heard

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The Senate’s staunchest advocate for curbing military sexual assault said at a hearing that she was distressed by the rejection of her proposal to hand certain cases to independent military prosecutors.

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Senate shelves gun bill after defeats

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Four months and four days after the Newtown shootings, the U.S. Senate has indefinitely shelved major gun legislation. 

The move follows the 54-46 defeat of a compromise to expand background checks, the most critical of a series of amendments that failed to pass the Senate on Wednesday.

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Letter sent to Sen. Roger Wicker tests positive for deadly substance ricin

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A letter intended to reach Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., was intercepted at an off-site facility after testing positive for a deadly poison, according to FBI officials.

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Senators to announce background check deal

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Two key senators have reached a deal to expand background checks to firearms sales at gun shows and on the Internet, sources close to the negotiations said early Wednesday.  

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Ashley Judd passes on KY Senate run

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So much for what would have been 2014’s most-watched Senate contest.

Actress Ashley Judd, a Democrat,  announced on Wednesday that she will not mount a challenge to take on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.

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Senate Democrats push forward with background checks

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Senate Democrats are pushing forward with a plan to require all gun buyers to get a background check before they can buy a firearm.

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Senate advances bill to avoid government shutdown

The Senate passed legislation on Wednesday to fund the United States through the end of September, making a big step toward averting a threatened government at the end of this month.

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GOP’s Portman: I now support gay marriage

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Sen. Rob Portman, once considered as Mitt Romney’s running mate, says decision followed his son’s coming-out.

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Rand Paul heads home after 13-hour filibuster

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After holding forth on the Senate floor for almost 13 hours, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has ended a lengthy filibuster of the president’s nominee to lead the CIA.

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Approaching 12 hour mark, Paul-led filibuster continues

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Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul pledged to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan to be the next CIA director “until I can no longer speak.” 

With the twelve-hour mark in sight, after assists from more than a half dozen colleagues along the way, he showed little sign of stopping. 

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