Feb 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.
Jan 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.
Dec 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.
Nov 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.
Jun 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.
Dec 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.
Sep 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.