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Democrats Maneuver for Illinois House Seat

Rep. Tammy Duckworth has not officially announced her 2016 intentions, but the behind-the-scenes jockeying to replace the two-term congresswoman in her suburban Chicago House district should she run for Senate has already begun in earnest.

C-SPAN Mixes Up Hawaiian Pols

Blame it on the pre-recess jitters. Or perhaps vote-a-rama fatigue.

Democrats Start With Narrow Advantage in Nevada

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s planned retirement ensures Nevada will host a top-tier Senate race in 2016.

Reid Endorses Schumer to Succeed Him (Updated) (Video)

Updated 12:10 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who announced early Friday he won’t seek re-election in 2016, gave no indication anything was up when he exited the Capitol in the wee hours following Thursday night’s marathon session for the budget vote-a-rama.

Reid Plans Senate Exit: Not Running for Re-Election (Video)

Longtime Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid will not seek re-election, he said Friday.

Warm Fuzzies After Boehner-Pelosi SGR Deal Not Likely to Last (Video)

House lawmakers left for a two-week recess on a high note Thursday, with members of both parties banding together in nearly equal measure to pass a substantive piece of legislation.

Senate Budget Passes as Vote-A-Rama Wraps (Updated)

Updated 4:20 a.m. | The Senate approved the GOP’s budget blueprint on a 52-46 vote following an epic vote-a-rama that featured dozens of test votes on everything from carbon taxes to Social Security benefits for same-sex marriages.

Vitter Amendment Rears Its Head in Wee Hours of Vote-a-Rama (Updated)

Updated 3:47 a.m. | Sen. David Vitter won a small victory in the wee hours Friday, resurrecting his amendment to end employer-provided health benefits for members of Congress.

What Senators Read About During Vote-a-Rama: Iran Deal

One of Iran’s most notable former diplomats, the ex-spokesman for the nation’s nuclear negotiation team, wrote the most popular book spotted on the Senate floor during the annual vote-a-rama.

Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Endorsed on Senate Floor (Updated)

Updated 12:22 a.m. | The Senate endorsed Social Security and veterans benefits for married gay couples Thursday night in a 57-43 vote, with 11 Republicans joining every Democrat.

Live, On Periscope, From the Vote-a-Rama

For a pair of Republican senators, the budget vote-a-rama seemed like a great time to demonstrate they aren’t luddites.

Obama Talks Drug War With David Simon, Creator of The Wire

The White House has posted a conversation between President Barack Obama and David Simon, the creator of The Wire, about changing the drug war to de-emphasize incarcerations.

Deal on Kirk's Iran Amendment Leads to Unanimous Vote

As evening approached in the Senate’s budget vote-a-rama, lawmakers found some common ground on Iran. A 100-0 vote followed.

Bill Nelson: Don't Censor 'Climate Change' (Video)

Florida Democrat Bill Nelson used the annual Senate vote-a-rama to dis Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s alleged ban on the terms “climate change” and “global warming.”

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Nancy Pelosi seemingly was content to celebrate her 75th birthday with a vote on a Medicare fix. Until she wasn’t.

Vulnerable Senators Switch Votes on Paid Sick Leave (Updated)

Updated 9:20 p.m. | Two of the most vulnerable Republican senators, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, switched their votes Thursday on an amendment that would allow workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick time annually.

Loretta Lynch: From 'Back of the Bus' to 'Sacrificial Lamb'

Adopting rhetoric similar to Illinois Senator and Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin’s “back of the bus” comment that drew the ire of Republicans, about a dozen women congregated outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office Thursday to protest the delay on confirming Loretta Lynch.

Vote-a-Rama Minute-by-Minute

The moment you’ve been waiting for — the (sort of) annual Senate vote-a-rama — is here. A whole host of CQ Roll Call reporters and editors are tweeting out details during the marathon voting session, which you can read below. Scores of amendments are expected to get votes, with final adoption of the Senate GOP’s budget expected early Friday morning.

Media Helps Keep Judiciary Committee Honest

With the budget vote-a-rama anticipated to consume the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body for the foreseeable future, Senate Judiciary Committee members Thursday had resigned themselves to doing the people’s business behind closed doors — until the Fourth Estate weighed in.

Schocked, Schocked That Coffee Is on House Floor (Video)

Aaron Schock, whose resignation officially takes effect on March 31, may be leaving Congress, but not before breaking just one more House rule: Schock brought coffee to the House chamber Thursday.

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