Alexander Bolton

GOP hits the brakes on Obama nominees

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Senate Republicans are throwing up obstacles to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) plans to confirm a batch of executive and judicial branch nominees.

President’s nominees face do-or-die moment as Congress sets to adjourn

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
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2

Anxiety is mounting among advocacy groups over the fates of dozens of executive and judicial branch nominees who remain in Senate limbo as the 113th Congress gets ready to close up shop.

Sen Paul sues President Obama over NSA spying

Location:
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) filed a class-action lawsuit against the Obama Administration for violating the privacy rights of millions of Americans.

Senate panel advances media shield bill

Location:
Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building -- 226, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
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2

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation to protect journalists from having to cooperate with government investigations but made sure to limit the safeguard to professional news gatherers.

Lawmakers skip NSA briefing to attend Paris air show

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Two lawmakers skipped a recent high-level briefing on National Security Agency (NSA) snooping so they could go to the Paris Air Show.

Senators skip classified briefing on NSA snooping to catch flights home

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
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2

A recent briefing by senior intelligence officials on surveillance programs failed to attract even half of the Senate, showing the lack of enthusiasm in Congress for learning about classified security programs.

Congress to review NSA's surveillance of phones, Internet

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
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2

Lawmakers will review domestic surveillance laws in the wake of leaked document showing the National Security Agency has collected millions of phone records, which provoked an uproar in the Capitol.

Members of Congress Respond to NSA-Verizon Revelation

Location:
Capitol Hill, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said senators were informed of the administration’s sweeping surveillance practices, which they said have been going on since ...

Sen Feinstein to take over Senate Judiciary Committee

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
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2

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is poised to take over as chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, shifting the leadership of the partisan panel in charge of judicial nominations to the center.

Sen Reid seeks to limit filibuster in next Senate

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
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2

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he will push rules changes to limit Republicans’ ability to filibuster proceedings in the next session of Congress.

New bipartisan House cybersecurity bill haunted by ghost of SOPA’s failure

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

A growing backlash from online activists has posed a threat to bipartisan House cybersecurity legislation that lawmakers thought was a slam dunk only a month ago.

Conservative group makes $1 Million high-tech investment to help Tea Party

Location:
American Majority Action, Purcellville, VA, United States
Recommendation:
1

American Majority Action, a rising force among the conservative grass roots, has made a nearly $1 million investment in technology to put Tea Party activists on even footing with President Obama’s election campaign.

Snowe's exit shakes up Senate panels

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

The surprise announcement that Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) will retire at the end of this year has roiled the line of succession to two of the Senate’s most powerful committees.

Proposed cuts to Congress’s investigative arm spark protest

Location:
Senate Committee on Appropriations, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building 138, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Plans to cut deeply into Congress’s investigative arm have sparked a protest from a bipartisan group of senators who say it would hurt the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) ability to track government waste and abuse.

Senate Democrats’ frustration with media begins to show in FAA fight with House

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

After an acrimonious, months-long debate over raising the national debt limit, a battle many Democrats think the Republicans won, Senate Democratic leaders are becoming increasingly frustrated over how the media reports on the bold tactics of Tea Party Republicans. This frustration boiled over during a press conference on the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration and what Democrats call the GOP’s extortionist tactics.

Democrats lame-duck agenda shrinking fast after Election Day 'shellacking'

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3

Democratic allies are not optimistic about their legislative priorities getting done in the lame-duck session after Democratic candidates got pummeled on Election Day.

Liberal groups hope $35M blitz can counter conservative groups' ads

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2

Liberal and labor-backed groups are working across the country to mobilize their base through field programs in an effort to counter the barrage of corporate-funded television attack ads.

Senate blocks recess appointments with deal between Dems, GOP

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Senate Democrats struck a deal with Republicans that will keep President Barack Obama from making recess appointments while Congress is out of town campaigning for the midterm elections.

Senate fails to advance campaign finance bill

The Senate failed to advance a campaign finance bill Tuesday, dealing a blow to Democrats who were trying to pass a key piece of their agenda before the August recess.

Gates criticizes China for not protecting intellectual property

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1

Microsoft chairman and founder Bill Gates on Wednesday criticized China for doing too little to protect intellectual property. Microsoft has lost hundreds of millions of dollars in China because of law protections for copyrights and patents, straining its relationship with the emerging economic superpower.

Snowe may be risking Commerce Committee leadership on healthcare reform vote

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2

Sen Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) is risking a shot at becoming the top Republican on the influential Senate Commerce Committee by backing Democratic healthcare legislation.

Complaint points to clash over Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett

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5

President-elect Obama and Illinois Gov Rod Blagojevich clashed over whether to appoint Valerie Jarrett, a senior Obama adviser, to replace him in the Senate. Gov Blagojevich in a conversation intercepted by federal agents calls Obama a "motherf----r" and dismisses Obama's unwillingness to strike a deal: "F—k him." The complaint refers several times to Blagojevich's effort to win concessions from Obama in exchange for appointing "Senate Candidate 1," who is described as "an adviser to the President-elect" to Obama's vacant seat.

Reid looks to chop Republican committee seats

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4

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) may follow a model set at the start of the 103rd Congress, when Democrats held a 57-seat Senate majority, to determine how many seats the two major parties get on each Senate Committee.

Colin Powell splits with son over White House race

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2

Former-Secretary of State Colin Powell's endorsement of Sen Barack Obama (D-IL) has put him at odds with his own son, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell. Michael Powell served as a policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney during former President George H.W.

Blue Dogs on Hoyer’s FISA leash

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD.), the House Democrats’ point man in negotiations on an overhaul of intelligence surveillance law, is keeping his eye on conservative Blue Dog Democrats who might defect on the issue under Republican pressure.