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January 21, 2010 | By Janet Hook
Senator-elect Scott Brown -- the truck-driving, "tea party"-backed Republican who scored an upset victory in Massachusetts -- visited Capitol Hill on Thursday and quickly picked up a nickname: 41. That is the number of senators it takes to sustain a filibuster, the GOP's delaying tactic of choice. And Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, a canny insider, was delighted with the moniker: "This is a man who understands how the Senate operates. So henceforth, I will always think of him as 41."
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January 21, 2010 | By Janet Hook
Senator-elect Scott Brown -- the truck-driving, "tea party"-backed Republican who scored an upset victory in Massachusetts -- visited Capitol Hill on Thursday and quickly picked up a nickname: 41. That is the number of senators it takes to sustain a filibuster, the GOP's delaying tactic of choice. And Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, a canny insider, was delighted with the moniker: "This is a man who understands how the Senate operates. So henceforth, I will always think of him as 41."
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January 3, 2010 | By James Oliphant
The Senate passed its version of the healthcare overhaul on Christmas Eve. Here are some questions about what's next as the legislation continues to work its way through Congress: What's going to happen this month? The Senate's healthcare legislation must now be merged with the House version -- and that could be tricky. Senate and House negotiators could choose to meet in a formal conference committee to work out the differences or instead work out a deal in a looser, give-and-take fashion.
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January 3, 2010 | By James Oliphant
The Senate passed its version of the healthcare overhaul on Christmas Eve. Here are some questions about what's next as the legislation continues to work its way through Congress: What's going to happen this month? The Senate's healthcare legislation must now be merged with the House version -- and that could be tricky. Senate and House negotiators could choose to meet in a formal conference committee to work out the differences or instead work out a deal in a looser, give-and-take fashion.
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December 19, 2009 | By Richard Simon and James Oliphant
In this season of good cheer and glad tidings, Congress has become one of the meanest places on Earth. Republicans recently angered Democrats by invoking a rarely used rule that required reading legislation aloud on the Senate floor for nearly three hours. Democrats infuriated Republicans by denying the customary courtesy of allowing a senator to speak on her amendment before it came up for a vote. When one senator was denied an additional minute to finish his remarks -- normally an unremarkable indulgence -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.
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September 21, 1990 | From Associated Press
Five more representatives and a lobbyist were charged today in South Carolina's growing bribery scandal. Republican Thomas Limehouse and Democrats Ennis Fant, Larry Blanding, B. J. Gordon and Donna A. Moss were named in a federal indictment growing from the FBI sting into the state Legislature.
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September 18, 1992 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge on Thursday overturned the impeachment of former U.S. District Judge Alcee L. Hastings on grounds that he did not receive a fair trial by the Senate. U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin said Hastings' 1989 ouster was unfair because a 12-member Senate committee, rather than the full Senate, conducted the impeachment trial. Sporkin, saying the issue "will clearly be settled by the Supreme Court," did not order a new trial so that the case can be appealed.
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January 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
Computer hackers vandalized one of the government's most popular Internet sites Monday, preventing visitors from searching new legislation being considered by Congress. The hackers altered the "Thomas" Web site of the Library of Congress, named after Thomas Jefferson and a favorite among journalists and researchers who need immediate information about bills under consideration on Capitol Hill.
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October 25, 1990
Several of the 14 Americans just released from Iraq said their captors starved them and refused them medical attention. A doctor among the group warned that many of the remaining hostages are suffering stress-related illnesses. In Kuwait, staff members dug a well at the isolated U.S. Embassy. Political Front: Concern that U.S. policy in the Mideast is drifting was expressed by members of Congress during closed-door meetings with top Administration officials. Secretary of State James A.
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August 8, 1993 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trying to shore up his support in heavily Republican Orange County, Gov. Pete Wilson attended a reception Saturday with hundreds of local party volunteers and was advised by key supporters during a private meeting not to ignore Orange County and its strong conservative vote. Sometimes caught in the cross-fire between moderate and conservative Republicans, Wilson, a moderate, has seen his popularity rating plummet to 15% in statewide voter opinion polls.
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December 19, 2009 | By Richard Simon and James Oliphant
In this season of good cheer and glad tidings, Congress has become one of the meanest places on Earth. Republicans recently angered Democrats by invoking a rarely used rule that required reading legislation aloud on the Senate floor for nearly three hours. Democrats infuriated Republicans by denying the customary courtesy of allowing a senator to speak on her amendment before it came up for a vote. When one senator was denied an additional minute to finish his remarks -- normally an unremarkable indulgence -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.
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October 14, 1988 | Associated Press
The five astronauts who flew the space shuttle Discovery mission earlier this month were welcomed as heroes in Congress on Thursday and congratulated for the "great feeling you have given all Americans." In response, flight commander Frederick H. Hauck said the successful four-day mission was "tremendous testimony to a very large team throughout the country." Hauck and the other crew members--pilot Richard O. Covey and mission specialists John M. Lounge, David C. Hilmers and George D.
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