Collins agonizes over decision to ditch the Senate


The Maine senator, one of the last true moderates left, is seriously weighing a run for governor.

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Oct 6

Senate set to vote on Kavanaugh


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Oct 6

Kavanaugh accusers slam senators, FBI


Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team slammed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday evening for their investigation into her claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school.

Oct 3

GOP senators use Kavanaugh to beat back 2020 primary challengers


The lawmakers know that one way to fend off a Trump-fueled primary challenge is to back the Supreme Court nominee.

Sep 28

Trump calls Kavanaugh accuser 'credible,' says he'll rely on Senate Republicans for path forward


President Donald Trump on Friday said he found the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford a day earlier "very credible," and he said he would rely on the advice of the Senate Judiciary Committee on whether to reopen an FBI background…

Sep 28

GOP barrels toward Kavanaugh vote with key Republicans undecided


The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving toward a Friday vote, and GOP leaders are planning to keep the chamber in session on Saturday.

Sep 27

GOP governors call for delaying Kavanaugh vote


Four Republican governors have called for the Senate to take its time with or even forgo a vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court ahead of a hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill to examine sexual assault…

Sep 26

Trump: Senate GOP 'could not be nicer' to Kavanaugh accuser


President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised the way Senate Republicans have handled sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying GOP lawmakers "could not be more respectful" to accuser Christine Blasey…

Sep 25

GOP support for Kavanaugh wavers


Republicans signal they will wait to pass judgment on the Supreme Court nominee until hearing from him and an accuser later this week.

Sep 15

Republicans plowing ahead with Kavanaugh, as newspaper ads in Maine and Alaska urge senators to vote no


NEW … THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN is running full-page newspaper ads in Maine and Alaska, urging Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski to oppose BRETT KAVANAUGH’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Anchorage Daily News … Bangor Daily News ……

Aug 24

GOP pollster: Kavanaugh popular in Senate battlegrounds


Voters in three conservative states where Senate Democrats are up for reelection want their senators to support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a new poll obtained by POLITICO.

Nov 30

Senate GOP campaign arm stole donor data from House Republicans


Former NRCC aides used their old passwords to break into a database of highly valuable information on contributors.

Nov 15

First Republican senator breaks with GOP on tax bill


Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said Wednesday that he does not support the current versions of the Senate and House GOP’s tax bills — becoming the first Republican senator to outright oppose the party’s plan to overhaul the tax system.

Oct 13

Collins declines run for Maine governor


Collins’ decision preserves her role as a key moderate and swing vote in the Senate.

Jul 9

Why a GOP senator from Trump country opposes the Senate health bill


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Jun 23

Trump calls four GOP senators opposed to Republican health care bill 'good guys'


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May 4

Susan Rice declines to testify before Senate subcommittee


Former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday declined a request to testify next week before a Senate subcommittee, citing separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches and the fact…

Mar 14

Republican governors skeptical of House GOP health care bill


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Mar 12

Another key Republican senator knocks GOP Obamacare plan


Nevada Sen. Dean Heller raises numerous objections to the House bill, according to audio obtained by POLITICO.

Aug 9

Susan Collins reiterates she's not voting for Clinton


Sen. Susan Collins announced Monday in a Washington Post op-ed that she can’t support Donald Trump for president. On Tuesday, the Maine Republican said she won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton either.