US Senate

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Mega-donor faces new Senate subpoena threat over gifts to Clarence Thomas
Senator Ron Wyden, chair of finance panel, warns of ‘next steps’ to compel testimony of Harlan Crow about supreme court justice

Martin Pengelly in New York

07, Jun, 2023 @5:21 PM

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New Hampshire man arrested and charged with death threat to US senator
Statement by US attorney’s office says Brian Landry, 66, called office of unnamed senator saying ‘I’m a veteran sniper’

Maya Yang

03, Jun, 2023 @5:13 PM

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US debt ceiling deal narrowly passes Senate averting catastrophic federal default
With just days before the 5 June default deadline, president Joe Biden has indicated he will sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk

Joan E Greve

02, Jun, 2023 @11:29 AM

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Biden falls on stage at Air Force Academy ceremony; Senate blocks student relief program – as it happened
US president took a tumble at the end of a ceremony honoring air force graduates in Colorado; White House vows to use veto

Maya Yang (now); Richard Luscombe (earlier)

01, Jun, 2023 @10:01 PM

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US debt ceiling deal: what has to happen now to get it passed?
Lawmakers are scrambling to push through Biden-McCarthy deal by 5 June to avoid default disaster – what is the process?

Mary Yang

30, May, 2023 @4:44 PM

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Democrats’ Dianne Feinstein dilemma: party split over senator’s diminishing health
Questions around 89-year-old senator’s cognitive abilities pit lawmakers against each other amid calls for her to step down

Nick Robins-Early

29, May, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Congress ‘absolutely’ can impose ethics reform on supreme court, senator says
Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse insists legislature has power to make justices follow ethics code but ‘It is not going to be easy’

Martin Pengelly in New York

28, May, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Harlan Crow refuses to cooperate with Democrats’ inquiry on Clarence Thomas
The rightwing billionaire declined a request to provide a list of gifts he had given to the supreme court justice

Martin Pengelly

23, May, 2023 @8:34 PM

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Republican John Kennedy: southern plain-talk or Foghorn Leghorn shtick?
The Louisiana senator, once a Democrat, trots out folksy, at times racist lines in an exaggerated accent – but is it a put-on?

Drew Hawkins in New Orleans

23, May, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Democrats fight to expand a ‘broken and illegitimate’ supreme court
As the US’s highest court is pummeled by divisive rulings and ethical scandals, Democrats think they have a solution: add four seats to counter a rightward tilt

David Smith in Washington

21, May, 2023 @10:00 AM

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House speaker McCarthy says ‘I see the path’ to debt ceiling deal with Democrats – as it happened
Republican gives positive remarks to reporters as 11 Democratic senators sign letter to Biden urging him to use 14th amendment to avoid default

Chris Stein (now) and Maya Yang (earlier)

18, May, 2023 @8:00 PM

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Dianne Feinstein: oldest serving senator says she ‘hasn’t been gone’ despite absence
The 89-year-old legislator insisted she had been working when questioned by reporters on Tuesday after being gone for three months

Maanvi Singh and Abené Clayton

17, May, 2023 @1:30 AM

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