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Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey as Kennedy mulls Senate run

Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey as Kennedy mulls Senate runBringing her political star power to races for Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday endorsed Democratic Sen. Ed Markey for re-election in Massachusetts as he faces a potential primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Ocasio-Cortez said in a video released by Markey’s campaign that she’s backing the Democratic incumbent as one of the Senate’s “strongest progressives” and her partner on the Green New Deal climate change proposal.



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Senate GOP writes letter to the Supreme Court, pledging not to allow Dems to 'pack the Court'

Senate GOP writes letter to the Supreme Court, pledging not to allow Dems to 'pack the Court'Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and every Republican in the Senate have written a letter to the Supreme Court pledging that they wont let Democrats "pack the Court" as several 2020 Democrats have been open to that idea.



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The Latest: Former Pence aide says he won't seek Senate seat

The Latest: Former Pence aide says he won't seek Senate seatA former White House official from Georgia says he’s not interested in the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson. Nick Ayers said in an email Wednesday that Gov. Brian Kemp will have “a number of great options” to choose from when it comes to picking someone to replace Isakson until a special election is held next year. Isakson announced Wednesday that he will retire from the Senate at the end of 2019, citing health problems including Parkinson’s disease.



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Former Pence aide Nick Ayers removes self from Georgia Senate consideration

Former Pence aide Nick Ayers removes self from Georgia Senate considerationIn 2017, Ayers considered entering the Georgia gubernatorial contest but ultimately chose not to run



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Should I stay or should I run? Pompeo under pressure over U.S. Senate seat

Should I stay or should I run? Pompeo under pressure over U.S. Senate seatRepublican pressure on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to run for the U.S. Senate next year to help keep the party’s majority intact is coming up against President Donald Trump’s hope of keeping one of his most trusted aides in his administration. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans believe the former U.S. congressman from Kansas would be a strong candidate should he decide to run for one of the state’s Senate seats in 2020. “Secretary Pompeo would clear the field and guarantee the Senate stays Republican,” said Scott Reed, senior political strategist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.



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Overwhelming support for gun restrictions in the suburbs is good news for Democrats, but real gun reform is unlikely with a GOP Senate

Overwhelming support for gun restrictions in the suburbs is good news for Democrats, but real gun reform is unlikely with a GOP SenateIn a poll conducted after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, 71% of suburban voters and 64% of Republican women backed banning assault-style weapons.



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GOP-controlled Senate confirms 13 more judges named by Trump

GOP-controlled Senate confirms 13 more judges named by TrumpAs the Senate departed for a five-week recess Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed the chamber’s accomplishments, including a hard-won budget deal that staves off a possible government shutdown. The actions bring to more than 140 the number of judges confirmed by the Senate since Trump took office in 2017.



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Senate leaders scramble to lift Republican support for budget deal

Senate leaders scramble to lift Republican support for budget dealU.S. Senate Republican leaders, pushing for passage of a two-year federal spending and debt deal, scrambled on Tuesday to pump up support among their membership despite President Donald Trump’s backing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a planned long summer recess would not begin at week’s end without the approval of a budget deal suspending the U.S. debt limit through July 2021 and adding billions of dollars in deficit-spending. The measure passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last week with tepid Republican support, despite Trump’s having appealed on Twitter for the support of fellow Republicans.



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U.S. Senate leaders scramble to lift Republican support for budget deal

U.S. Senate leaders scramble to lift Republican support for budget dealU.S. Senate Republican leaders, pushing for passage of a two-year federal spending and debt deal, scrambled on Tuesday to pump up support among their membership despite President Donald Trump’s backing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a planned long summer recess would not begin at week’s end without the approval of a budget deal suspending the U.S. debt limit through July 2021 and adding billions of dollars in deficit-spending. The measure passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last week with tepid Republican support, despite Trump’s having appealed on Twitter for the support of fellow Republicans.



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Senate bows to Trump vetoes, allows Saudi arms sales

Senate bows to Trump vetoes, allows Saudi arms salesThe Senate failed Monday in a bid to override a trio of vetoes issued by President Donald Trump, allowing the administration to move forward with plans to sell billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Trump’s decision to sell the weapons in a way that would have bypassed congressional review infuriated lawmakers from both parties. In a bipartisan pushback, Democrats and Republicans banded together to pass resolutions blocking the $ 8.1 billion weapons sales to the U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf.



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