Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voices his opposition to President Obama's choice of former Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as secretary of defense, on Capitol Hill last week.
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February 23, 2013 The South Carolina Republican has been outspoken in his criticism of President Obama's administration lately, particularly his opposition to Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. But this may have to do more with a possible primary challenge than the nomination itself.
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President Obama nominates former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to be defense secretary Monday at the White House.
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January 7, 2013 President Obama wants Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon. Hagel's confirmation would put four men with close ties from their Senate days at the center of the nation's foreign policy and national security policymaking. And that's something Obama is willing to fight for.
House Speaker John Boehner arrives at the White House on Friday for talks with President Obama and congressional leaders aimed at avoiding the "fiscal cliff."
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December 29, 2012 Even though the top four congressional leaders left their White House meeting with the president separately and silently Friday, they cast the hourlong encounter in a positive light back at the Capitol.
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Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., receives a kiss from his grandson Wednesday in Great Falls, Mont. Tester won re-election in a tight contest with Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg.
November 7, 2012 Senate Democrats did better than just keep their slim majority. Wednesday brought news that they expanded it by managing to retain control of two of their most threatened seats, in Montana and North Dakota.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., delivers a speech during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in February in Washington.
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June 21, 2012 Sen. Marco Rubio talked to NPR's Robert Siegel about his evolution from liberal child to Tea Party darling. The senator viewed as a potential Republican vice presidential choice has just released a new memoir.
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Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).
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December 27, 2011 The race for the control of the Senate just got even more interesting. Democrats have 23 seats to defend. Republicans have 10. The GOP just needs a four-seat gain to take control of the chamber.
September 27, 2011 The nation's governance crisis, driven by economic anxiety, is the political equivalent of what meteorologists call a "blocking pattern" where storm systems get stuck over a particular region due to stationary high pressure systems that prevent the turbulent weather from passing along in the normal way.
March 18, 2011 President Obama has been relatively quiet about what he would do to deal with the role entitlements and tax policy play in the nation's fiscal problems. A bipartisan group of senators asked for the president's leadership in tackling the fiscal crisis.
March 10, 2011 The top U.S. intelligence official, said China and Russia were the biggest mortal threats to the U.S., alarming senators who thought that Iran and North Korea fit the bill more. James Clapper's statement that Gadhafil will likely remain also raised some senatorial eyebrows.
March 9, 2011 The Senate's failure Wednesday to pass either a GOP spending bill for the remainder of the year with severe cuts or a Democratic spending bill with significantly fewer cuts means the likelihood of another stopgap bill that would last a few weeks.
March 7, 2011 Sen. John Ensign's decision meant the GOP's Rep. Dean Heller was expected to keep the seat for his party. Democrats had hoped Ensign would stay since he was eminently beatable due to his well-publicized extramarital affair and a large payment to the couple involved.
February 9, 2011 The Utah senator told Tea Party activists he appreciated their role in taking "America back." Hatch has been targeted by the grassroots movement and is trying to avoid the fate of his former colleague from Utah, Bob Bennett, who was defeated in his re-election effort by the Tea Party.
Sen. Mitch McConnell doubts President Obama will adopt Republican views so the GOP must keep the president from being re-elected, he said.
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November 4, 2010 McConnell said the only way Republicans can advance their goals was by denying Obama re-election. He was also confident the GOP won't be waiting long for Senate control since 21 Democratic seats will be in play in 2012 compared to 10 GOP seats.
November 3, 2010 There are undecided Senate races in three states this morning, Colorado, Alaska, and Washington. The Democrats will still control the Senate, but these races will determine how thin that majority will be.
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