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GOP's McSally Will End Up in Senate After All

She is appointed to fill John McCain's seat until a special election in 2020

(Newser) - Arizona's governor has named Rep. Martha McSally to replace Jon Kyl in the Senate seat that once belonged to John McCain, the AP reports. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that McSally will take over for Kyl, who was appointed after McCain's death from brain cancer in August...

She Lost Race for Senate. Now, New Door May Open

Arizona governor has to pick a senator, and Rep. Martha McSally is a top contender

(Newser) - Rising GOP star Martha McSally lost a close race for the Senate in November, but the Arizona congresswoman may end up joining the new crop of senators anyway. McSally is considered a top contender to be appointed to a suddenly vacant Senate seat in her home state, reports the Hill...

Defeated Republican Could Still Get a Senate Seat

Supporters want Martha McSally appointed to John McCain's old seat

(Newser) - After it became clear that Democrat Kyrsten Sinema had an insurmountable lead in the Arizona Senate race, Republican Martha McSally delivered a gracious concession speech —so gracious that she might end up in the Senate after all. Arizona's other Senate seat is currently held by Republican Sen. Jon...

John McCain's Replacement Is No Stranger to the Senate

Jon Kyl was once the No. 2 GOP senator

(Newser) - The person who will fill John McCain's Senate seat is a man who has occupied such a chair before. The Arizona Republic reports former Sen. Jon Kyl will be named as McCain's successor on Tuesday; the AP received confirmation from Cindy McCain. Kyl and McCain served as fellow...

GOP Senator's Top Staffer Hit in Child Porn Inquiry

Lamar Alexander puts Ryan Loskarn on administrative leave

(Newser) - Lamar Alexander put his chief of staff on leave today, after police raided his Washington, DC, home in search of child porn. The GOP senator from Tennessee issued a brief statement saying he was "just informed" that police were searching Ryan Loskarn's residence. "I am stunned, surprised,...

Zynga Is Trying to Get a Gambling License

Company files paperwork in Nevada

(Newser) - Papa needs a new pair of … cows? Zynga yesterday filed the first salvo of paperwork necessary to obtain an online gambling license in Nevada, the Wall Street Journal reports. But don't expect to be betting on Farmville (or more likely titles like Zynga Poker) anytime soon. The document...

2 More Republicans Shrug Off Norquist's Tax Pledge
2 More Republicans Shrug
Off Norquist's Tax Pledge
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2 More Republicans Shrug Off Norquist's Tax Pledge

'The world has changed,' says Rep. Peter King

(Newser) - Following Sen. Saxby Chambliss' dismissal of Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge, two more Republicans followed suit today. While discusing fiscal cliff negotiations, Sen. Lindsey Graham said on This Week that he would "violate the pledge for the good of the country—only if Democrats will do entitlement reform."...

Wait, Isn't Mitt Romney Supposed to Be Boring?

Gail Collins thinks he's looking a little unhinged lately

(Newser) - Up until now, we'd all assumed that a President Romney would be a lot less rash than Candidate Romney. There was a deal: Anything goes in the campaign, "as long as he sent out signals that once he got in the White House he was not likely to...

Suddenly, It's a Campaign About Foreign Policy

Some in GOP see opportunity in storm around Romney attack

(Newser) - The violence at the US embassies in Libya and Egypt—and Mitt Romney's decision to try to make political hay of them—have thrust foreign policy to the forefront of a campaign that has until now been centered around the economy, the AP observes. Romney has been getting lambasted...

Super Committee Members Blame Each Other, Say There's Still Time for a Deal
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Super Committee Busy Pointing Fingers

Legislators play the blame game, say there's still time

(Newser) - With the super committee's deadline now a matter of mere hours away and reports of the committee's demise rampant , members of the panel took to the talk show airwaves today, with Democrats blaming Republicans, Republicans blaming Democrats, and some managing to sound hopeful for half a second, reports...

Debt Super Committee an Open Book—for Lobbyists

Influence peddlers get their due

(Newser) - The debt “super committee” tends to meet in secret, won’t disclose its donors or post its documents online, and has turned a deaf ear to calls for greater transparency from good government groups—but it’s an open book to the best connected lobbyists on K Street, Politico...

Did GOP Cross Line With Letter to Bernanke?
Did GOP Cross Line With Letter to Bernanke?

Did GOP Cross Line With Letter to Bernanke?

Some pundits think Republican leaders shouldn't play politics with Fed

(Newser) - The latest political firestorm comes courtesy of the top four Republicans in Congress (Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Jon Kyl, and Eric Cantor), who wrote a letter to Ben Bernanke urging restraint on the economy. "We have serious concerns that further intervention by the Federal Reserve could exacerbate current problems,...

GOP Makes Its Debt Super-Committee Picks

Here you go: Hensarling, Camp, Upton, Kyl, Toomey, Portman

(Newser) - We're three-quarters of the way there. The GOP today announced its picks to serve on the debt "super committee," bringing the total number of seats filled to nine. At the top of John Boehner's list is Texan Jeb Hensarling, who will co-chair the committee with Democratic...

No One Wants To Be on Debt 'Super Committee'

Lawmakers say 'not it' as lobbyists chomp at the bit to influence panel

(Newser) - Legislators aren't exactly jumping to volunteer for the 12-man "super committee" created by the debt ceiling deal, which promises to be a thankless and heavily lobbied job, the LA Times reports. “I'm not that much of a glutton for punishment,” says Jon Kyl. “This...

Schumer: Deal Isn't Quite Done, but 'Relief'
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 Quite Done, 
 but 'Relief' 

Schumer: Deal Isn't Quite Done, but 'Relief'

Guess what's on everybody's mind this morning?

(Newser) - The end of Congress' tortured debt ceiling machinations isn't here yet, but it's in sight, says top Democratic negotiator Chuck Schumer, while adding that "It's premature to talk about any specifics." Schumer emphasized to State of the Union that the deal will be politically difficult...

Mark Kelly's Next Career: Senator?
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Mark Kelly's Next Career: Senator?

Gabrielle Giffords' husband might run for Jon Kyl's seat

(Newser) - Mark Kelly’s sudden retirement from NASA and the Navy has Washington a-tizzy with speculation that he’ll jump into the race for Jon Kyl’s Senate seat in Arizona. So far, Gabrielle Giffords is polling higher than any of the other potential Democratic candidates for the seat, but since...

Kyl Leaves Debt Talks, Too: No Republicans Left

He joins Eric Cantor in bailing on Joe Biden's negotiations

(Newser) - And then there were none: Arizona Senator Jon Kyl is joining Eric Cantor in his decision to skip Joe Biden's deficit-reduction talks, which means no Republicans are left on the panel, reports ABC News . The departures come as Mitch McConnell blasted President Obama on the Senate floor, notes Politico...

Jon Kyl Strikes Ridiculed Comment From Record

The one about Planned Parenthood that wasn't intended to be 'factual'

(Newser) - It's the perfect ending, really. Jon Kyl has officially removed from the Congressional Record his comment that 90% of Planned Parenthood's business is abortion, notes Ben Smith's blog at Politico. That, you'll recall, is the statement that drew scorn because it's so wildly inaccurate and...

Budget Talks Look Doomed by Unlikely Participants

Cantor, Kyl, and Pelosi crew not the most credible bunch

(Newser) - Are the White House’s budget talks already doomed? That’s the conclusion some are reaching based on who’s going, according to the Huffington Post . Both sides were invited to send up to eight appointees, but Republicans will only send two: Eric Cantor and Jon Kyl, both political pugilists...

Kyl's 'Not Intended to Be Factual' Statement? 'Bulls**t'
Kyl's 'Not Intended to Be Factual' Statement? 'Bulls**t'
says bush adviser ... on live tv

Kyl's 'Not Intended to Be Factual' Statement? 'Bulls**t'

Mark McKinnon goes unbleeped on live TV

(Newser) - Oh, the joys of live television: While discussing Sen. Jon Kyl’s now-infamous “not intended to be factual” statement about Planned Parenthood, former Bush adviser Mark McKinnon let fly an unbleeped four-letter word on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Mediaite reports. “If you turn that around,” said McKinnon,...

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