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Senate Democrats pull all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats, showing consensus on the need to address climate change, spoke in a marathon that ended early Tuesday before legislative business began.
Kerry to name special ambassador for arctic issues

Kerry to name special ambassador for arctic issues

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he will create a position that will deal with diplomatic issues arising from renewed global interest in the arctic.

Arctic ruling a setback for Shell?

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A court decision regarding offshore oil and gas leases off the coast of Alaska could hinder oil giant Shell's plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea.
The Issue: Obamacare apology tour in full swing

The Issue: Obamacare apology tour in full swing

If love is never having to say you're sorry, there's apparently no love between lawmakers and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius when it comes to the health insurance marketplace rollout.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Sec. Jewell heads to Alaska

Sec. Jewell heads to Alaska

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Alaska is rich in natural resources that can be exploited using "thoughtful and wise management," U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.

Suspicious substance sent in letters to 10 U.S. senators

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Mail with a suspicious granular substance sent to 10 U.S. senators was intercepted at a screening facility, the Senate sergeant at arms said Wednesday.

Poll suggests public not interested in Sarah Palin for Senate

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- About one-third of Americans are enthusiastic about conservative commentator Sarah Palin running for the U.S. Senate, a new poll said.
Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, campaign finance guidelines for gay candidates and their spouses could vary from state to state.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Sarah Palin says she's considering U.S. Senate run in 2014

Sarah Palin says she's considering U.S. Senate run in 2014

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she is thinking about running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Bloomberg urges donors to withhold support from four Democrats

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked major New York political donors Wednesday to withhold support from four Democrats who voted against background checks.
Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

The road to the 2016 general election is becoming more and more rocky as mounting numbers of members of the U.S. Congress announce their intentions to seek a life beyond Capitol Hill.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Policy woes cloud arctic energy potential

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- U.S. policymakers and those in the energy industry need a clear set of rules before they can start arctic exploration campaigns, lawmakers said.

U.S. Senate Democratic leaders worry about gun control ads

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate leaders say they worry New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns' efforts could cost Democrats control of the chamber.
Tea Party activists urge Palin to run for Senate seat

Tea Party activists urge Palin to run for Senate seat

SEATTLE, May 1 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin's supporters are urged to contribute money toward recruiting her to run for the U.S. Senate, the Tea Party Leadership Fund said.
Senators facing tough re-election want better funding of rural schools

Senators facing tough re-election want better funding of rural schools

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- Democratic senators from Alaska and Arkansas are leading the push to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law to provide better funding for rural area schools.
U.S. Senate votes to kill gun control legislation

U.S. Senate votes to kill gun control legislation

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama said Wednesday the Senate vote to kill a bill expanding gun sale background checks was "shameful," but it was "just round 1" of the fight.
GOP not backing down on gun bill

GOP not backing down on gun bill

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Republican lawmakers indicated they would keep opposing gun-control legislation in the U.S. Senate after a potential GOP filibuster was thwarted Thursday.

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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.

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Senate passes first budget in four years

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate, by the slimmest of margins, approved its first budget in four years early Saturday, party leaders said.

U.S. senators want more LNG exports

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A bill introduced by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators calls for the export of liquefied natural gas for Japan and NATO allies.
Politics 2013: Is it 2014 already?

Politics 2013: Is it 2014 already?

It's never too early to look ahead to the 2014 midterm elections for the U.S. Congress -- and retirements could throw a couple of monkey wrenches into party challenges.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Coast Guard seizes 'pirate vessel'

KODIAK, Alaska, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard seized a rat infested high seas fishing boat containing illegal drift nets, a government agency said.
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