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2 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Senate Democrats press for vote on attorney general nominee

A letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signed by all Senate Democrats says Lynch's nomination has been pending longer than any nominee for attorney general in the past three decades. The Senate Judiciary committee approved her nomination in February, with three Republicans joining all committee Democrats in voting "yes."

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2 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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GOP lawmaker in California launches bid for US Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A two-term Republican assemblyman who has sought to broaden the appeal of the party with Hispanics launched an uphill campaign Thursday to become the next U.S. senator from California, a state that hasn't elected a GOP senator since the 1980s. Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, a retired Marine Corps colonel from San Diego County, became the first established ...

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2 HOURS AGO - Roll Call

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Senate Democrats Press McConnell to Schedule Lynch Confirmation Vote (Updated)

Updated 1:23 p.m. | Frustrated with the pace of Loretta Lynch's confirmation process, Senate Democrats are ramping up pressure on Republicans to schedule floor consideration of the president's pick to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

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3 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Senate Democrats to move ahead with Port Authority override

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Senate Democrats plan to move forward with an override vote of Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill overhauling the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and are rejecting a Republican compromise measure. Senate President Steve Sweeney said the bill distracts from reform and Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said Kean's bill weakens lawmakers' original ...

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3 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Senate panel advances ban on plastic beads polluting lakes

Scientists only recently discovered that the particles, which are often too small to see with the naked eye, are flowing by the billions from wastewater treatment plants into the Great Lakes and other water systems. The Indiana measure, which advanced through the House last month, has yet to receive any opposition, mostly because major manufacturers have already started substituting microbeads ...

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