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Video: Hey, Roland Burris. Wanna get to the Senate floor? Here's how.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Democrats want to deny him, but The Takeaway's John Hockenberry takes to the telestrator to show Roland Burris how he can make it to the Senate floor and take a seat as Illinois' junior senator.


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A desk by any other name

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

As the 111th Congress begins, so does a very special ritual on the senate floor. Incoming senators begin the shuffling and choosing which of the 100 desks in the Senate chamber they want to occupy… and every desk has a very long history. Todd Zwillich joins John and Adaora in a historical and surprising behind the scenes tour of the desks of the United States Senate.

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The latest from Capitol Hill, fisticuffs and all

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

It's the first day of school for members of the 111th Congress--and it looks like there won't be a dull moment. Between a showdown over the embattled Illinois Governor's Senate pick and a brouhaha over who exactly is the Senator from Minnesota it should be an exciting day in the District of Columbia. Todd Zwillich, reporter for Capitol News Connection, joins us from Capitol Hill.

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A look ahead to the Senate confirmation hearings

Friday, January 02, 2009

Senate confirmation hearings begin next week with Ted Kennedy returning to the Senate to take the lead. We’re taking a look ahead to what we should be keeping our eyes on as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tom Daschle, Eric Holder and others face their friends (and sometimes enemies) the United States Senators. The Takeaway is joined by New York Times writer David Herszenhorn.

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Governor Blagojevich v. The Law?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

As if Illinois' political crisis wasn't complex enough. Embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich has appointed former Attorney General Roland Burris to President-elect Obama's vacant Senate seat. Joining us to discuss the thorny legal implications of that appointment is Nate Persily, professor of law and political science at Columbia University.
"The more likely scenario is to seat him one day and expel him the next."
— Nate Persily on the appointment of Roland Burris

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Rep. Donna Christensen defends appointment of Roland Burris to Senate, after call for a black senator

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush didn't pull any punches yesterday when he challenged Senators who were making noises about blocking the appointment of Roland Burris, an African-American, to the U.S. Senate. Embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich's announcement raised a lot of eyebrows, but Rush's statements raised even more. The Takeaway talks to Congresswoman Donna Christensen of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Second Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus in the 111th Congress.
"He chose an outstanding person and I don't think that that person necessarily comes under his cloud."
— Donna M. Christensen on Blagojevich's appointment

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Running the numbers on Congress

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Blogger Nate Silver made his name by using his skills as a baseball statistician to call the presidential race for Obama back in March. His site—FiveThirtyEight.com became the go-to spot for obsessive poll-watchers during the elections. Now he’s turned his attention to Congress and what numbers can foretell about the Legislative Branch in 2009.

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Big three wait for word of White House bailout

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Congress and the big three automakers are waiting to see if and when the White House will step in with a helping hand for the industry. Congress failed last week to approve an emergency loan package and now the White House says it may use its power to bail out the industry at least temporarily. The Takeaway talks to Todd Zwillich, reporter for Capitol News Connection, in Washington, DC.

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Autoworkers say Congress plays favorites

Thursday, November 20, 2008

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The new financial sector

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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Lieberman

Monday, November 10, 2008

"Most of the voters of Connecticut think Joe Lieberman is out for Joe Lieberman." — John Dankosky, WNPR Hartford

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AK Senate race

Friday, November 07, 2008

Alaska's Senate race remains undecided three days after Election Day, and Senator Ted Stevens is still fighting to hold on to his seat after being convicted on seven counts of corruption in a federal court.

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GOP's future

Friday, November 07, 2008

With the election of Senator Barack Obama to the White House and Democratic gains in the House and Senate, the Republican Party has been left fragmented and politically adrift. Kevin Williamson of the National Review says the conservative moment and the Republican party are both in need of some serious re-focusing.

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Congress

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Across the country this week Democrats are on a political high. Senators and members of Congress alike benefited at the polls from of the poor approval ratings of their Republican counterparts. But even today not every race is decided. Todd Zwillich from Capitol News Connection joins The Takeaway from Capitol Hill.

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Close Senate Races

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Three southern states are emerging as ones to watch for the U.S. Senate race: Kentucky, Mississippi and Georgia. Depending on who wins the seats up for grabs, the end result might mean a Democratic 60-seat, filibuster-proof "supermajority."

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Stevens Trial

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska has been convicted of lying about gifts he received from an oil contractor. Despite the guilty verdict, the Republican isn't out of the race for the Senate seat he's held for 40 years.

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Ted Stevens trial

Friday, October 24, 2008

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what history has to say

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

With the case of Senator Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is going to the jury, and a verdict expected any day now, Capitol News Connection's Todd Zwillich looks into the history of other senators who've been in legal trouble while in office.

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Freakonomics: Does money make a president?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Conventional wisdom suggests that the more a political candidate spends on campaigning, the more likely he or she is to win the election. Stephen Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics book and blog, investigates.

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In tight N.C. Senate race, Kay Hagan challenges incumbent Elizabeth Dole

Thursday, October 09, 2008

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole was considered a sure thing for re-election this year. But politics are shifting and her Democratic challenger, Kay Hagen, just might win the Senate race in this southern state.

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