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Republicans pushed to cancel the Senate’s August recess — then skipped town

A total of seven Republicans and two Democrats skipped the work week for various reasons.
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer (left) and investigative journalist Carl Bernstein (right).

Legendary investigative journalist Carl Bernstein: ‘The Trump presidency is worse than Watergate’

The legendary investigative journalist Carl Bernstein rebuked President Donald Trump and his Republican loyalists in Congress this week. Bernstein called Trump a demonstrable authoritarian and said his behavior amid the Russia investigation is "worse than Watergate."

Here are the country’s most and least popular senators

As the 2018 midterm election season approaches this November, here are the country's most and least popular Republican, Democratic, and Independent senators, from Mitch McConnell to Bernie Sanders.

Mitch McConnell withdraws key Trump judge nominee over racially insensitive writings

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell withdrew a judicial nominee for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday after it became apparent not enough Republicans were willing to vote for his confirmation.

Here’s an evolving count of which senators are voting for Trump’s Supreme Court pick

President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. The Senate, tasked with the confirmation process, is split at 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats. Republicans will need a minimum of 50 votes, so that Vice President Mike Pence can cast a tie-breaker.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews.

‘IT’S TIME FOR DEMOCRATS TO PLAY HARDBALL’: TV host Chris Matthews urges Democrats to resist Mitch McConnell after Justice Kennedy a...

MSNBC host Chris Matthews sounded the alarm for Democrats after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would retire on Wednesday.

Trump is about to walk into a minefield as Republicans scramble to figure out how to solve the immigration crisis

Senate Republicans attempted to form a consensus on providing a solution to the Trump administration's policy of separating asylum-seeking families who cross the US-Mexico border illegally, but a path forward seems still appears to be a difficult task.
Bob Casey.

The battle over Trump’s judicial nominees is heating up again, and a top Democratic senator is getting stonewalled by Republicans

The latest episode in the Senate's ever-heated battle over judicial nominations will take place Wednesday when David Porter, a nominee to become a judge for the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, faces a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mitch McConnell cancels Congress’s summer vacation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informed colleagues on Tuesday that the August recess, during which lawmakers return to their home states for constituent work and campaigning, will not be a full five weeks this year.

The Senate might not take its annual break in August — and that could have disastrous consequences for red-state Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell potentially cancelling all or part of the August recess is a prime strategy for sidelining vulnerable incumbent Democrats in red states who would otherwise be campaigning vigorously for re-election.