Congress

11:57am

Fri February 1, 2013
It's All Politics

Reports: Republican Scott Brown Won't Seek Massachusetts Senate Seat

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 12:38 pm

Republican Scott Brown, shown here on Capitol Hill in 2010 not long after coming to the Senate in a special election, announced Friday that he won't run in this year's special election in Massachusetts to replace Democrat John Kerry.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will not seek the Republican nomination for Senate in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat who on Friday was being sworn in as secretary of state.

The decision leaves Republicans in deep blue Massachusetts scrambling to find a candidate who can be competitive in a special election just five months away.

Brown, who won a 2010 special election for the seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, lost the seat in November to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

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8:03pm

Thu January 31, 2013
StoryCorps

Relentless, Despite Losses: Congressman's Climb To The Hill

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 11:09 am

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn explains the hope he carries along with him in his career to his granddaughter Sydney Reed.
StoryCorps

It took years for Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina to become who he is today: the highest-ranking African-American in Congress.

And those years included many failures. During a visit to StoryCorps, his granddaughter Sydney Reed, who was 10 at the time of the recording, asks Clyburn a personal question: "Have you ever felt you wanted to quit?"

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8:43am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Hagel: 'No One Individual Vote, Quote Or Statement Defines Me'

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 10:53 am

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., during his Senate nomination hearing earlier today.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

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Responding to those who have questioned his views on Israel, Iran and defense spending, former Sen. Chuck Hagel said Thursday at the opening of a Senate hearing on his nomination to be secretary of defense that:

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5:32am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Iran, Israel, Defense Cuts To Be Key Topics At Hagel Hearing

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 10:52 am

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

What's shaping up to be one of the more contentious nomination hearings for one of President Obama's cabinet choices is set to open at 9:30 a.m. ET when members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services get their chance to publicly grill former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been tapped for the post of defense secretary.

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11:16am

Wed January 30, 2013
It's All Politics

Rubio's New York Admirer Isn't Exactly Welcome

Anyone else noticing the love New York Senator Charles Schumer is showing for Marco Rubio? He's been calling Rubio courageous for pushing an immigration overhaul that many in his party's base despise. Wednesday morning he likened Rubio's appearance on conservative talk shows to "Daniel in the lion's den."

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