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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, left, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer leave after talking to reporters about the use of the “nuclear option” at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senate Dems Drop Bomb On Congress, Go ‘Nuclear’ To End Washington Gridlock

On Thursday, Senate Democrats voted to deny Republicans the power to filibuster and block presidential appointments. It’s called the “‘nuclear option,” and it hit congress like a bomb.

11/21/2013

Sen. Cory Booker embraces Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign following the passage of the Employment Non Discrimination Act on Nov. 7, 2013, in Washington. (credit: Getty Images)

Senate OKs Gay Rights Bill Banning Discrimination

Gay rights advocates hailed the bipartisan, 64-32 vote as a historic step although it could prove short-lived.

11/07/2013

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) (credit: booker.senate.gov)

Sen. Cory Booker Maintains Optimism About Bringing Change To Washington

It’s Election Day across the region. But newly sworn in Sen. Cory Booker gets to sit this one out. He was elected to take over the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat last month in a special election.

11/05/2013

Newark Mayor And Senate Hopeful Cory Booker Attends Election Night Gathering

Cory Booker To Be Sworn In As Senator Oct. 31

Booker, a Democrat, was elected last week to complete the 15 months remaining on the term of former Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June at age 89.

10/23/2013

Cory Booker delivers his victory speech after defeating Steve Lonegan in the U.S. Senate race. (credit: Getty Images)

Cory Booker: I’ll Bring Bipartisan Spirit To Washington

A day after winning New Jersey’s vacant Senate seat, Booker said he’s talking to officials in Washington about when he might be sworn in.

10/17/2013

Newly elected U.S. Senator Cory Booker speaks after winning a special election on October 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Booker, the current mayor of Newark, New Jersey, defeated Republican Steve Lonegan to replace Frank Lautenberg who died in June.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Booker Wins New Jersey U.S. Senate Race

Democrat Cory Booker thanked New Jerseyans for coming out to vote Wednesday, as he won the special election to complete the final year of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term.

10/16/2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Oct. 15, 2013. (credit: Getty Images)

Senate Leaders Try To Broker Budget Deal After House Effort Collapses

Senate leaders have taken control of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial shutdown of the federal government.

10/15/2013

Cory Booker, Steve Lonegan BIG DL

Polls Show Booker Maintains Lead Over Lonegan Ahead Of Wednesday Special Election

A Monmouth University poll released Monday finds the Newark mayor maintaining a double-digit lead, 52 to 42 percent among likely voters.

10/14/2013

Government Shutdown

No Deal: Government Shutdown Goes Ahead

The White House’s budget office has notified federal agencies that the government is shutting down Tuesday, after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a temporary spending plan.

10/01/2013

U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. (file / credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Government Shutdown Would Have Major Effect On New York

The countdown to a government shutdown is on, with the deadline just 25 hours away.

09/29/2013

Sen. Robert Menendez (file/credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Menendez To Preside Over Senate Debate Over Strike On Syria

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was set beginning Tuesday to preside over a debate on the authorization of military force in Syria.

09/01/2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker  (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

Report: Damon, Affleck Set To Host Fundraiser For Cory Booker

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will be among the headliners for a Hollywood fundraiser on behalf of New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, according to a published report.

08/27/2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)/President Barack Obama (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama Cites Cory Booker’s ‘Passion’ In Endorsement For U.S. Senate

Booker, a Democrat, won last week’s primary and will face Republican Steve Lonegan in the special general election October.

08/21/2013

(photo credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

N.J. Candidate Lonegan’s Wife Asks To Meet Oprah Winfrey

The wife of Republican New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan would like Oprah Winfrey – a major supporter of Democratic rival Cory Booker – to get to know her husband and his story.

08/19/2013

Cory Booker, Steve Lonegan

Expert: Booker Likely To Emerge Victorious In Senate Race

Democrat Cory Booker was set to face Republican Steve Lonegan for the U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey following the primary this week, and an expert said Booker will likely cruise to victory.

08/17/2013

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