FROM Bruce Alpert
US Senate Elections that Could Make a Difference Republicans and Democrats are calling each other "brain dead," "un-American," "tools of special interests" and "enemies of the Middle Class," par for the course during midterm elections. But this year the stakes are nothing less than control of the Senate during President Obama's final two years. Kentucky, New Hampshire and Louisiana — states that don't always matter -- could help determine the course and content of presidential campaigns in 2016. The ultimate consequences couldn't be higher, for issues including Obamacare, the minimum wage — and your tax bill. We get a preview.
Senate Impeaches Louisiana Judge For only the eighth time in history, but the fourth since 1989, the US Senate convicted a federal judge today on four articles of impeachment and disqualified him from ever holding federal office again. His defense was addiction to gambling. Thomas Porteous corrupted all those around him, according to California Democrat Adam Schiff , impeachment manager in the Congress. The New Orleans judge was nominated to the federal bench in 1994 by another Democrat, Bill Clinton. Bruce Albert is Washington reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune .
For the First Time, Bush Veto Overridden by Congress For the first time in a decade, Congress has passed a bill over a presidential veto . President Bush said the water resources bill was too expensive, but two-thirds of both the House and the Senate disagreed. Bruce Alpert is Washington reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune .
Corruption Probe Can't Defeat New Orleans' William Jefferson Members of Congress from both parties were knocked out of office this year by various scandals. Earlier this year, Democratic Congressman William Jefferson became famous when the FBI found $90,000 in marked bills stored in his Washington freezer. Although fellow Democrats are keeping their distance, in a run-off this weekend, he easily won a ninth term from New Orleans voters.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?