U.S. Senate In Flux
January 15, 2009 After the high drama of being turned away from the Senate doors last week, Roland Burris was sworn in by Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday. That ended a stalemate that began when Burris was appointed by Illinois' embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
January 12, 2009 The Democratic leadership's decision to seat Roland Burris ends an embarrassing sideshow over the appointment by Illinois' embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Legal scholars say leaders may not have had much choice. Burris will be seated sometime this week.
January 12, 2009 Senate Democrats accepted Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama's successor Monday and said they expect to swear in the new from U.S. senator from Illinois this week. Burris was named to the Senate by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, setting off a political tussle.
January 7, 2009 Senate Democratic leaders are changing course and it looks as if the Senate will seat Roland Burris as the junior senator from Illinois once all legal obstacles are overcome. Senate leaders Harry Reid and Dick Durbin both have said they have no problem with Burris.
January 7, 2009 Senate leaders, using conciliatory language, point to a route that could formally make him Barack Obama's successor in the chamber.
January 6, 2009 The pomp and circumstance of the opening of the 111th Congress was overshadowed Tuesday by the brouhaha over Illinois Senate appointee Roland Burris, along with Minnesota's contested Senate seat and the simmering controversy over Barack Obama's reported pick for CIA director.
January 6, 2009 The secretary of the Senate today turned former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris away from taking the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Burris would be only the fourth black Senator since Reconstruction. For more, Farai Chideya speaks with NPR's Cheryl Corley.
January 6, 2009 The man appointed to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat arrived at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday hoping to be sworn in as a Democratic senator from Illinois. A short time later, Roland Burris stepped outside and said he had been rejected. Burris' appointment by Illinois' embattled governor was a chance to rekindle a dormant career.