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February 8, 2017 5:43 AM Why Elizabeth Warren was accused of 'impugning' Jeff Sessions

Sen. Elizabeth Warren had to cut short her speech during the debate over Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for U.S. attorney general. The reason? She read a scathing 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King condemning the Alabama Republican's response to blacks' voting right efforts. Warren read the eight-page letter in full, including the following passage: “Anyone 56

February 8, 2017 5:21 AM GOP Silences Warren as Senate Debate Over Sessions Turns Bitter

Senate Republicans barred Democrat Elizabeth Warren from the rest of the debate over President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, after she read a 1986 letter attacking him by Coretta Scott King. “Mr. Sessions’s conduct as U.S attorney from his politically motivated voting fraud prosecutions to his indifference toward 45

February 8, 2017 4:44 AM Republican Senators Vote to Formally Silence Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren was accused of impugning a peer when she condemned Senator Jeff Sessions’s nomination for attorney general while reading a letter from Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor. WASHINGTON — Republican senators voted on Tuesday to formally silence a Democratic colleague for impugning a peer, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, by condemning 51 7

February 8, 2017 3:46 AM Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions’s character

Senate Republicans passed a party-line rebuke Tuesday night of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for a speech opposing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, striking down her words for impugning the Alabama senator’s character. In an extraordinarily rare move, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) interrupted Warren’s speech, in a near-empty chamber 49

February 8, 2017 12:09 AM Tornadoes touch down, wreak havoc in southern Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS — The tornadoes that struck southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday injured about 20 people, destroyed homes and businesses, flipped cars and trucks, and left about 10,000 customers without power, but no deaths were reported, the governor said. Gov. John Bel Edwards took an aerial tour and made a disaster declaration before meeting with officials 82

February 7, 2017 6:02 PM Trump’s labor nominee hired housekeeper in US illegally

WASHINGTON — Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder acknowledged Tuesday that he had employed a housekeeper who was in the U.S. illegally, putting him again at odds with President Donald Trump’s push to keep jobs in American hands. Puzder said in a statement that he and his wife were unaware the housekeeper was not legally permitted to work in the U.S. during 73

February 7, 2017 4:38 PM Homeland Security secretary: The chaotic rollout of Trump's travel ban is 'all on me'

President Trump's Homeland Security secretary took responsibility Tuesday for the haphazard rollout of Trump's restrictions on entry into the U.S., a striking claim because he was largely left out of the crafting of the order. The confusion surrounding the execution of the order is "all on me,” Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly told the House 49

February 7, 2017 4:04 PM That time a vice president almost cast a historic tiebreaking vote but was derailed by a nap

On Tuesday afternoon, Vice President Pence could do something that historians can't recall ever happening: casting a tiebreaking vote for a Cabinet nominee. The Senate is expected to break 50 to 50 on the pick of Betsy DeVos for education secretary, which means Pence — who is also technically president of the Senate — would get to cast the vote that tips her nomination 134

February 7, 2017 11:03 AM Senate to vote today on confirmation of Betsy DeVos

The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary, with the outcome expected to be the narrowest approval of a Cabinet nominee in the nation’s history. The entire Democratic caucus of 48 senators is expected to vote against DeVos, as are two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine 70

February 7, 2017 2:07 AM Trump’s White House tries to rehab its Hill outreach

The administration has been on a hiring spree to smooth congressional relations but some of the interactions are still rocky. Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent aides, trekked to Capitol Hill Monday morning on a diplomatic mission — to reassure the 100 or so Senate GOP communications staffers that Trump has no intention 52