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  • Forget bipartisan kumbaya in next Congress Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    People hoping for an era of good feelings and accomplishment in the next Congress will be very disappointed.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- A Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate has brightened prospects for an effort to fight frivolous patent litigation, although the path to success is far from clear, sources close to the lobbying effort said on Wednesday. That legislation, backed by technology companies like Cisco Systems Inc and Google Inc, stalled in the Senate amid...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- A Republican controlled U.S. Senate means mean that key committees focused on energy, environment and budget will have new leadership with different priorities in the new Congress. Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus have both indicated that a bill to pass the...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- Senate Republicans will charge ahead early in 2015 with a bill to approve the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a move that would back President Barack Obama into a corner and set the tone for how the party taking control of Congress will govern the next two years. The $8 billion project would deliver heavy Canadian oil sands...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- Senate Republicans will charge ahead early in 2015 with a bill to approve the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a move that would back President Barack Obama into a corner and set the tone for how the party taking control of Congress will govern the next two years. The $8 billion project, which would deliver heavy Canadian oil...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- Victorious Republicans appeared at odds on Wednesday over how to capitalize on their new control of the U.S. Congress. The strongly diverging views were an early indicator of the task ahead for House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and likely new Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who will have to find a way of reconciling moderates and...

  • Nov 3- Energy and climate are central issues on some of the tightest U.S. Senate races of 2014 and have created a surge in spending by outside groups. First-term Democrat Mark Begich has stood behind actions by President Obama' s Environmental Protection Agency, including a decision to limit development of the massive Pebble Mine project in the state because it...

  • With opinion polls showing the odds for Senate control increasingly in their favor, Republicans are exploring a series of efforts to repeal some of Obamacare's taxes and penalties on businesses. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell came under fire from conservatives critics last week after saying the party was unlikely to have the 60 Senate votes, out...

  • Current polling suggests Republicans will take control of the Senate and hold onto the House. If Republicans take control of the Senate, McConnell has said he may use high-pressure tactics to challenge Obama, such as attaching riders to rein in the EPA via must-pass spending bills that only require a simple majority to pass. As McConnell mulls using riders to...

  • These senators get the most Wall St. campaign cash Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:05 PM ET
    Sen. Cory Booker

    Financial firms are shelling out big cash for the mid-term Senate elections, but their favorite candidate is an unlikely one.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 21- The United States has floated excluding tobacco products from a key section of a 12- nation Pacific trade deal and signaled it may present a formal proposal to trading partners at talks in Australia, sources briefed on the negotiations said. Marlboro maker Philip Morris International is challenging Australia's plain packaging laws, which...

  • In Kentucky, will verve upend sure-footed experience? Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 9:56 AM ET
    Minority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) rehearse with host Bill Goodman before their debate on 'Kentucky Tonight' at the KET Network Center on October 13, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. Voters go to the polls on November 4, 2014.

    Sen. Mitch McConnell faces a surprisingly tough battle this fall against Alison Lundergan Grimes, who was 5 when he first went to D.C.

  • This Kansas independent could tip Senate control Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 10:13 AM ET
    Independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman

    Kansas independent Senate challenger Greg Orman's complaints of inaction by Congress may sway conservatives to send him to Washington.

  • *Republicans plan to force a vote if they win Senate. The $10 billion Keystone project to connect Canadian oil sands with U.S. refineries will top the list of Republican energy priorities if they gain control of the Senate after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

  • 2016 may loom, but Jeb Bush is focused on business Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    While other Republicans are thinking about 2016, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is busy tending to a personal business empire.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Senate's top Democratic tax-writer said on Tuesday he is considering linking legislation to curb foreign corporate buyout deals known as inversions with separate efforts to renew expired tax breaks that businesses want extended.

  • Refinance your student loans? Senate GOP says no Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    Senate Republicans blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates.

  • McConnell: GOP open to tax holiday proposal Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 4:26 PM ET
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

    Senator Mitch McConnell said Republicans were open to using a tax holiday for multinational companies to pay for highway construction.

  • Mid-term balance of power: Harwood  Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 5:45 PM ET

    Looking at the balance of power in the Senate and how voters feel about the President and Congress. Do the Democrats have a "brand advantage" in several Senate races?

  • Midterms' civil war: GOP hits back on tea party Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 2:23 PM ET
    Sen. Mitch McConnell campaigning May 17, 2014, in Adairville, Ky.

    The tea party's still out there challenging the Republican establishment, but what's different is that Republican leaders are pushing backā€”hard.