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Kathleen Hunter

covers the Senate, with an emphasis on the 2014 midterm elections. Before joining Bloomberg in 2011, she covered Congress and politics for Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly.


People participate in a protest march that organizers said was an attempt to get the U.S. Congress to say yes to immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

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People participate in a protest march that organizers said was an attempt to get the U.S. Congress to say yes to immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

Reid Warns Warriors on Weekends

The Senate had barely gaveled into session today when Majority Leader Harry Reid started threatening to spoil his colleagues’ weekend plans to try to prod action on a bipartisan immigration overhaul proposal. “Unless we begin working on amendments soon, we...

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An attendee looks through the scope of a Freedom Group Inc. Remington brand gun during the 2013 National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas, on May 4, 2013.

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An attendee looks through the scope of a Freedom Group Inc. Remington brand gun during the 2013 National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas, on May 4, 2013.

Blumenthal Eyes Gun Amendment for Senate Immigration Bill

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is “seriously considering” pressing for a fresh debate on gun control during the Senate’s consideration of legislation to revise U.S. immigration laws. Blumenthal said he may offer amendments to limit immigrants’ access to guns. The Senate is...

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Demonstrators, seeking change in immigration policy, march in Los Angeles, California, on May 1, 2013.

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Demonstrators, seeking change in immigration policy, march in Los Angeles, California, on May 1, 2013.

Senate: Immigration Bill by July 4

The Senate’s Democrats, hoping to approve a sweeping revision of U.S. immigration laws by July 4, plan to start work on the bill the week of June 10, Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said today....

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Lead by Mayor Michael Hancock, Anna and Fran Simon are the first couple to take part in a civil union ceremony at the Webb Building in Denver , on May 1, 2013.

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Lead by Mayor Michael Hancock, Anna and Fran Simon are the first couple to take part in a civil union ceremony at the Webb Building in Denver , on May 1, 2013.

Schumer: Same-Sex Marriage ‘Conundrum’ for Immigration Bill

The two Democratic members of a bipartisan Senate immigration group who sit on the Judiciary Committee are refusing to say whether they’d vote to add protections for same-sex couples to the measure. “I’m not going to get into speculatives,”  Sen....

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A man stands in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence from San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

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A man stands in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence from San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

Mexico No ‘Hell Hole,’ Graham Adds

That messaging thing remains a problem for Republicans talking about immigration. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the sponsors of the bipartisan immigration bill under debate today, maintains that he was not calling Mexico a “Hell hole.” “It’s...

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Ashley Judd, pictured at a United Nations conference on drugs and crime in New York on March 14, 2012, won't be running for Senate.

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Ashley Judd, pictured at a United Nations conference on drugs and crime in New York on March 14, 2012, won't be running for Senate.

Ashley Judd: ‘Focused on Family’

If Democrats are going to oust Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell next year, Ashley Judd won’t be their candidate. The actress and ardent Kentucky Wildcat fan, who faced questions about whether she actually resided in Kentucky or neighboring Tennessee, announced...

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Members of a group of undocumented immigrants wanting to enlist in the U.S. armed forces line up before entering a recruitment center in Washington in this file photo.

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Members of a group of undocumented immigrants wanting to enlist in the U.S. armed forces line up before entering a recruitment center in Washington in this file photo.

Immigration’s Gang of Eight

That bipartisan group of eight senators proposing a comprehensive approach to immigration legislation is more than a thinking group. It’s becoming a working group. Sen. Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat among the four Democrats and four Republicans who this...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed negotiations to avert the "fiscal cliff" and mentioned possible changes to filibuster rules in the Senate.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed negotiations to avert the "fiscal cliff" and mentioned possible changes to filibuster rules in the Senate.

Harry Reid: No Small-Scale AMT Fix

The Senate won’t consider a small-scale bill to avoid an expansion of the alternative minimum tax or a cut in Medicare reimbursements to physicians if no broader budget deal is reached, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says. Reid, a Nevada...

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