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Bernie Sanders 'prepared to look seriously' at presidential bid

Bernie Sanders 'prepared to look seriously' at presidential bid

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he's "prepared" to run for U.S. president in 2016, but cautioned against interpreting his comment as an official announcement.
Bernie Sanders for president?

Bernie Sanders for president?

BURLINGTON, Vt., March 6 (UPI) -- Bernie Sanders isn't saying he's running for president. But he's not ruling the idea out, either.
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GOP filibuster kills bill to expand veterans benefits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans used a filibuster to prevent a vote on expanded veterans benefits after Democrats blocked efforts to add an amendment on Iran sanctions.

Partisan fight brewing over restoration of veterans' pension cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Senate Republicans, unhappy with Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan, are putting together their own proposal for repealing $6 billion in U.S. veterans' pension cuts.
Rand Paul seeks donations to pursue lawsuit against NSA

Rand Paul seeks donations to pursue lawsuit against NSA

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he plans to initiate a class-action lawsuit against the National Security Agency for its domestic spying program.
Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Winter, spring, summer or fall ... it's a long way to 2016. The Paul/Christie feud means one thing: The presidential campaign is upon us.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Senate confirms Pritzker as commerce secretary

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted 97-1 Tuesday to confirm President Barack Obama's nomination of Penny Pritzker as secretary of the Department of Commerce.
Proposed bills would limit NSA' s surveillance programs

Proposed bills would limit NSA' s surveillance programs

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- Senators critical of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs are introducing legislation to curtail collection of data.

Amazon reports spike in sales of George Orwell's '1984'

SEATTLE, June 12 (UPI) -- George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" is enjoying a spike in sales in the wake of revelations on surveillance in the United States.

U.S. Postal Service finances remain wobbly

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- Two lawmakers -- an independent and a Democrat -- are sponsoring bills to eliminate a financial mandate that some say is threatening the U.S. Postal Service.
The Issue: Plenty to love, loathe in Obama's 2014 budget

The Issue: Plenty to love, loathe in Obama's 2014 budget

Congressional Republicans and Democrats began voicing their displeasure over U.S. President Obama's 2014 budget plan, either saying it didn't go far enough to cut spending, or it raised taxes or it intruded too much on entitlements or left seniors in a lurch.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Social Security petitions delivered to WH

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- Advocates Tuesday delivered more than 2 million petition signatures to the White House, protesting a planned switch in calculating Social Security benefits.

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Boehner: Budget holds reforms 'hostage'

Boehner: Budget holds reforms 'hostage'

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said President Barack Obama, in the budget he previewed Friday, is holding entitlement reforms "hostage for more tax hikes."

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Survey: Few senators plan to return pay

Survey: Few senators plan to return pay

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Few U.S. senators say they'll give up part of their congressional pay during the federal budget sequester but most aren't saying what they'll do, The Hill said.
Entitlement cuts raise liberal hackles

Entitlement cuts raise liberal hackles

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama told House Republicans balancing the budget is not his top priority, lawmakers said after meeting with the president Wednesday.

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Liberals weigh in on regulatory posts

Liberals weigh in on regulatory posts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Federal appointments at the U.S. Treasury Department and other finance regulators require strong consumer advocates to fill them, liberals are saying.

Sanders: Foxes guard Fed hen house

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Vermont's independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said it is time to stop placing top Wall Street executives on the board of regional branches of the Federal Reserve.
Fiscal Cliff: Social Security, Medicare could be cut to rein in spending

Fiscal Cliff: Social Security, Medicare could be cut to rein in spending

As the clock ticked down on 2012 and the "fiscal cliff" loomed ever larger, concerns mounted among seniors and their advocates any solution to U.S. fiscal problems would be resolved at least partially on their backs.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

Senate passes Russia trade bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate approved a measure that would grant Russia permanent normal trade relations status on a 92-4 vote.
Leaders say fiscal cliff talks good start

Leaders say fiscal cliff talks good start

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Friday "revenue is on the table" if it is part of a balanced approach to avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.

Sen.-elect King may announce party soon

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Angus King, the former Maine governor who won election to the U.S. Senate last week as an independent, met Tuesday with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
McConnell stiff-arms Obama, Senate Dems

McConnell stiff-arms Obama, Senate Dems

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- After Democrats increased their U.S. Senate majority Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell challenged the president to "move to the political center."
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