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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) talks to reporters about the use of the "nuclear option" at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) talks to reporters about the use of the "nuclear option" at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 33

Of the 55 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, 33 have never served when their party was the minority in that chamber. The Democratic-led Senate set a new precedent yesterday by amending the rules governing minority-party filibusters of most presidential...

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during a confirmation hearing for Nominee for the Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Nov. 14, 2013.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during a confirmation hearing for Nominee for the Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Nov. 14, 2013.

Manchin to Yellen Then: ‘Be Bold’ — Manchin to Yellen Today: ‘No’

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia had a lot of nice things to say about Janet Yellen before voting against her today. The only Democrat to oppose her confirmation as Federal Reserve chair had this to say 15 days ago after a...

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Representative Mel Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, and President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), left, shakes hands with Obama during the announcement in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 1, 2013.

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Representative Mel Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, and President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), left, shakes hands with Obama during the announcement in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 1, 2013.

McCain on Watt: ‘Concerned’

Written with Cheyenne Hopkins The fate of yet another presidential nominee may rest in the hands of Arizona Republican John McCain next week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’s hoping for a confirmation vote on Rep. Mel Watt, President...

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James Comey, U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 2013.

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James Comey, U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 2013.

FBI Nominee Parlays Hedge Fund Past: ‘Speaking Truth to Power’

James Comey’s ties to the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates LP, were initially looked at by lawmakers as a potential liability as his nomination to lead the FBI moved through the Senate. Comey, at his nomination hearing yesterday, flipped...

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Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on her nomination as Commerce secretary in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2013.

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Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on her nomination as Commerce secretary in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $176.3 Million

That was incoming Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker’s income in 2012. Pritzker, a Chicago billionaire whose family founded Hyatt Hotels Corp., reported $118.7 million in income from U.S.-based family trusts and $53.6 million from an offshore trust based in the Bahamas,...

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Accompanied by CIA Spokesperson Marie Harf, former Senator Chuck Hagel leaves the Capitol Hill offices of  Sen. John McCain after the two Vietnam War veterans met on Jan. 22, 2013 in Washington.

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Accompanied by CIA Spokesperson Marie Harf, former Senator Chuck Hagel leaves the Capitol Hill offices of Sen. John McCain after the two Vietnam War veterans met on Jan. 22, 2013 in Washington.

Hagel Draws Bipartisan Backing from Past Secretaries of Defense, State

Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel’s drive to win confirmation as Defense Secretary got an added push today as a group of former Secretaries of State, Defense and National Security Advisers sent all 100 senators a letter of endorsement. “His approach...

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President Barack Obama nominates Senator John Kerry for the next secretary of state on Dec. 21, 2012.

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President Barack Obama nominates Senator John Kerry for the next secretary of state on Dec. 21, 2012.

Nominee Kerry Before Chairman Kerry’s Committee

John Kerry, President Barack Obama’s choice for Secretary of State, will appear today at a confirmation hearing before the Foreign Relations Committee, the panel the Massachusetts Democrat leads. It would be quite the sight to see chairman Kerry question nominee Kerry,...

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