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Senate's Second-Oldest Is Running for Re-Election
Bernie Sanders
Is Running Again

Bernie Sanders Is Running Again

82-year-old Vermont independent will seek a 4th Senate term he's all but guaranteed to win

(Newser) - At the ripe old age of 82, Bernie Sanders is definitely not trying to retire. As the Hill reports, the Independent senator from Vermont is seeking a fourth term this year, and he's likely to get it, having won his three previous terms handily. A victory would keep Sanders...

Menendez May Blame His Wife: Court Doc

Per unsealed filing, Dem senator may implicate Nadine Menendez in bribery trial set for May

(Newser) - Bob Menendez's bribery trial is looming in May, and a March court filing unsealed this week reveals what part of his defense may entail: throwing his wife, Nadine Menendez, under the bus. Politico reports that the court document released on Tuesday by order of Judge Sidney Stein sought to...

Menendez, Wife Plead Not Guilty
Menendez, Wife Back in Court

Menendez, Wife Back in Court

Senator from New Jersey pleads not guilty to new obstruction of justice charges

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife pleaded not guilty on Monday to new obstruction of justice charges in a New York court. The new charges were in a rewritten indictment returned last week against the Democrat in Manhattan federal court. "Once again, not guilty your honor," Menendez responded...

Report: Senators Will Swiftly Toss Impeachment

Sources tell 'New York Times' Senate could dismiss Mayorkas impeachment within days

(Newser) - The House's impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was a months-long process, but the Senate might take just days to reject it. Sources tell the New York Times that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer hasn't decided exactly how to deal with the impeachment, but House managers plan...

Fetterman: Both Right and Left 'Are Hoping That I Die'

Democratic senator takes flak over pro-Israel stance, balks at 'progressive' label for himself

(Newser) - John Fetterman has been a staunch, vocal supporter of Israel since the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas, advocating for the return of Israeli hostages, slamming calls for a ceasefire in Gaza, even draping himself in the Israeli flag on occasion. Thanks to this stance, 16 former campaign staffers have...

Joe Manchin Won't Seek Reelection to Senate

It's bad news for Democrats, who will likely lose the seat to a Republican

(Newser) - Joe Manchin just delivered bad news to Senate Democrats: The West Virginia senator announced Thursday that he will not run for reelection in 2024, reports Politico . The decision means his Democratic seat will almost certainly go to a Republican in the deep-red state, according to both Politico and the Hill...

Bad News for Menendez: Cory Booker Says He Must Go

Fellow Democratic senator from New Jersey has long been a staunch supporter

(Newser) - New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez is fast losing the support of fellow Democrats amid his new bribery charges . The biggest blow came Tuesday when Cory Booker—the junior New Jersey senator who has long been a staunch supporter of Menendez—joined the chorus, reports Politico . "The details of the...

Democrat Senators Stop Short of Saying Menendez Should Resign

But AOC does think he should step down

(Newser) - Add Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the list of politicians who think Sen. Bob Menendez needs to resign due to his indictment on corruption charges . The Democratic representative said the charges against Menendez, including allegations that he accepted bribes including a Mercedes-Benz, are "very serious," the Guardian reports. "Consistency...

This Time, Senator May Not Survive His Bribery Scandal

Democrat Robert Menendez now has a primary challenger, and Fetterman says he should resign

(Newser) - Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey announced on Saturday that he will run against Sen. Robert Menendez in the state's Democratic primary for Senate next year, saying he feels compelled to run against the three-term senator after he and his wife were indicted on sweeping corruption charges . Kim's...

Feinstein Falls, Recovering at Home
Feinstein Takes
a 'Minor Fall'

Feinstein Takes a 'Minor Fall'

Senate's oldest member visited hospital, is recovering at home

(Newser) - The hits—or really, the falls and senior moments—just keep coming for a couple of the United States Senate's most venerable and aged members, Dianne Feinstein and Mitch McConnell , both of whom are facing calls from members of their own parties to step down. As CBS News reports,...

Four-Term Democratic Senator Is Retiring
Is Retiring

Fourth Democratic Senator Is Retiring

Delaware's Tom Carper won't run again, opens way for another Black female senator

(Newser) - Another longtime Democratic senator is retiring, the fourth in this election cycle. Tom Carper of Delaware announced his decision on Monday, reports Politico . The 76-year-old, who serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, first won the seat in 2000, per the Delaware News Journal . He...

Feinstein's Health Issues Went Beyond Shingles

Senator endured encephalitis and facial paralysis but won't talk about resigning

(Newser) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein's return to Capitol Hill after more than two months has not put a stop to questions about whether she's healthy enough to continue in office—they've only increased as the California Democrat struggles to perform her duties. The extent of Feinstein's battle with...

Dianne Feinstein Has 'Concerning' Exchange With Journo

Senator insists she hasn't 'been gone' from Congress

(Newser) - In an exchange being called "bizarre" and "concerning," Dianne Feinstein appeared to insist she'd never actually been absent from the Senate, though the senator was away from Washington, DC, for months while recovering from shingles. Slate reporter Jim Newell says that as Feinstein exited an elevator...

Feinstein Returns to Senate, Plans to Keep Lighter Schedule

Democrat cast her first vote since February

(Newser) - For the first time since Feb. 16, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein cast a vote in the Senate. Feinstein, who has been absent because of health issues, returned to the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, greeted at her car outside by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, NBC News reports. She did not...

Feinstein Is Returning to Washington

89-year-old's monthslong absence led to calls for resignation

(Newser) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein is returning to Washington after a long absence that led to increasingly strong calls for her resignation in recent weeks. At 89, the California Democrat is the oldest senator. She was hospitalized with shingles in February and has been absent for more than two months. Her office...

Retirement Opens Up Democratic Senate Seat

(Newser) - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin announced Monday that he won't seek a fourth term in the Senate, opening up a Democratic seat for the 2024 election and removing a lawmaker who's regularly negotiated with Republicans to strike bipartisan deals. "I was taught that it's okay to compromise—...

Feinstein Asks to Be Replaced on Senate Judiciary Committee

She says move would be temporary

(Newser) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein has asked to be temporarily replaced on the Senate Judiciary Committee amid growing concern among Democrats that the 89-year-old will remain absent indefinitely without resigning. Feinstein, the oldest sitting US senator, was hospitalized with shingles in early March and her absence from the powerful committee has made...

Sen. Bob Casey Has Good News for Democrats

Pennsylvania senator will seek another term, likely avoiding drawn-out primary battle

(Newser) - Senate Democrats might have a tough time retaining control of the chamber in next year's election, but Pennsylvania's Sen. Bob Casey has taken some of the pressure off. The 62-year-old announced Monday that he will seek a fourth term, the Washington Post reports. "Folks, I’m running...

Senator Breaks Leg at NCAA Championship Victory Parade

Fellow paradegoer fell on Richard Blumenthal

(Newser) - Sen. Richard Blumenthal was at the victory parade celebrating the University of Connecticut men's basketball team winning the NCAA championship when a fellow parade attendee tripped and fell on the Connecticut Democrat. Blumenthal broke his leg in the Saturday incident, tweeting, "What can I say, I love a...

Her Surprise Senate Decision May Be Bad News for Democrats

Michigan's Debbie Stabenow will not seek re-election in 2024

(Newser) - Democrats already had a tough challenge ahead in trying to keep control of the Senate in the next election. That challenge just got a little tougher. Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Thursday that she will not run for re-election in 2024, reports the Hill . As the AP notes, the 72-year-old—...

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