Dick Durbin doubles down on claim Trump used ‘shithole’ slur

Sen. Dick Durbin doubled down Tuesday on his charge that President Trump called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries” and said “We need more Europeans” during a White House meeting on immigration. “The most outrageous comment, obviously, was in reference to countries overseas that might send immigrants to the

GOP senator denies Trump made ‘shithole’ comment

A Republican senator who attended a White House meeting to discuss immigration shot down reports that President Trump used the term “shithole countries” to refer to Africa, Haiti and El Salvador, calling it a “gross misrepresentation.” “I’m telling you he did not use that word, George. And I’m telling

John Tunney, former senator from California, dies at 83

LOS ANGELES — John V. Tunney, whose successful campaign for a California seat in the U.S. Senate became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film “The Candidate,” has died. He was 83. Tunney died of prostate cancer Friday at a home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles,

Trump praises senator who torched his nominee

A Republican senator who exposed one of President Trump’s judicial nominee’s lack of legal smarts got an unexpected reaction from the often-combustible commander-in-chief — a pat on the back. Trump phoned Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy over the weekend and told him to just do his job when the administration

Alabama GOP senator: I didn’t vote for Roy Moore

WASHINGTON – Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby said Sunday he didn’t vote for fellow Republican Roy Moore because “the state of Alabama deserves better.” Shelby said he already cast his vote in the high-stakes special Senate election and wrote-in another unidentified Republican, rather than choose his party’s nominee, who

Democratic Senators Call For Al Franken's Resignation

Image Source: Getty / Mark Wilson In the wake of a series of high-profile sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault allegations across the political spectrum this Fall — along with the Dec. 5 news that Rep. John Conyers will step down for that very reason — Democratic senators are calling

Senate Republicans on track for tax reform vote

Republican senators sounded upbeat after a meeting with President Trump on the GOP’s tax reform plan — as the clock ticked on their effort to pass a significant piece of legislation during the administration’s first year. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the current plan was for a

Menendez to political opponents: ‘I know who you are’

Senator Robert Menendez wasted no time in sending a warning shot to his political adversaries after being freed — for now — from bribery charges. “To those of you who were digging my political grave so you could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I

Franken’s accuser made ‘Fish Lips’ diss after kiss

Leeann Tweeden nicknamed Al Franken “Fish Lips” after he forcibly mashed his “wet and slimy” smackers on her face, then stuck his tongue down her throat during a 2006 USO tour, she revealed Thursday. see also The former Playboy Playmate-turned-radio host recalled the gross details while recounting Franken’s alleged assault

Ron Johnson becomes first GOP senator to oppose proposed tax bill

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said Wednesday that he opposed the tax bill proposed by Senate Republicans — becoming the first GOP senator to defect from the still-evolving plan. “If they can pass it without me, let them. I’m not going to vote for this package,” Johnson told The

Democrats propose ban on assault weapons

Nearly two dozen Democratic senators, including Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, introduced a bill Wednesday to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and bump stock devices like the one used in the Las Vegas massacre, saying it “will begin removing the weapons of war

Senators split on whether Niger ambush could have been averted

WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic senators emerged from a classified briefing about the deadly ambush in the African nation of Niger with different opinions about whether the attack that killed four U.S. soldiers could have been averted. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Thursday that “on the initial assessment there were not

Trump, GOP senators appear united on fighting for tax cuts

President Trump and GOP senators buried their differences for an hour over lunch to forge a united front on their next big policy battle: tax cuts. “If there’s anything all Republicans think are important to the country and to our party, it’s comprehensive tax reform,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Menendez judge to prosecutors: Knock it off

A Newark federal-court judge smacked down prosecutors’ attempts Tuesday to dredge up a scandal that plagued US Sen. Bob Menendez during his first campaign for office more than a decade ago. “Why would you want to bring that junk in from 1999?” Judge William Walls snapped when prosecutors said they wanted

Jeff Flake’s stunning speech on Senate floor: Mr. President, enough

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona delivered a sharp rebuke to President Trump on Tuesday as he announced he won’t be running for re-election in 2018. “Mr. President, I rise today to say: Enough,” the outspoken Trump critic said. “We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes

Warren, other senators share horror stories of sexual harassment

WASHINGTON – Four female senators shared personal experiences of sexual harassment Sunday in support of the #MeToo movement formed in the wake of the widespread Harvey Weinstein abuse allegations. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) revealed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the sexist

White House full of Goldman Sachs execs, white supremacists: Senator

WASHINGTON — The Democratic senator from Ohio described the Trump White House as a haven for Goldman Sachs executives and white supremacists. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’s concerned about the Wall Street types pressuring the president for tax cuts for the rich. “You walk into the White House, and it looks far

Menedez’s former chief of staff refutes prosecutor’s allegations

Sen. Robert Menendez smirked and leaned back in his chair at the defense table in Newark federal court Wednesday as a former aide battled with prosecutors over allegations that he went out of his way to help a wealthy pal. Menendez’s former chief of staff Karissa Willhite vehemently denied telling a

Imprisoned ex-senator Sampson still hasn’t paid his $75K fine

Imprisoned ex-pol John Sampson is taking his sweet time shelling out his $75,000 fine following his corruption conviction — so prosecutors are asking a judge to order it be pulled from his retirement fund. Despite being thrown behind bars in May, the disgraced former state senator from Brooklyn has only paid

Menendez begins defense in corruption trial

Robert Menendez was ordered Monday to face 18 counts of corruption — dashing his hopes for an early acquittal based on the same Supreme Court decision that overturned convictions for Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos. “The jury will decide whose version of what happened, what did not happen, is likely or

Senator says Moscow handles challenges better than NYC

A Democratic state lawmaker praised Moscow — and took a swipe at the Big Apple — in remarks published by a Russian Web site that the FBI believes is a front for the Kremlin. Shortly after arriving in the cradle of communism with a contingent of Albany pols, state Sen. Diane

Missiouri senator censured for Trump assassination post

A senator from Missouri was publicly condemned Wednesday for posting and later deleting a Facebook comment wishing death upon President Trump. “I hope Trump is assassinated!” wrote Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City). The black lawmaker had been going back and forth with a Facebook user about the possibility of someone taking out

Lawmakers call for removal of state senator who made Trump threat

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated could face an effort to remove her from office. see also Gov. Eric Greitens and Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, both Republicans, said on Friday that state senators should oust Democratic

Missouri senator deletes hope for Trump assassination post

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri lawmaker acknowledged Thursday that she posted and later deleted a comment on Facebook about hoping for President Donald Trump’s assassination, saying she was frustrated with the president’s response to the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal said she was

Trump calls Richard Blumenthal a “phony Vietnam con artist’

​President Trump lashed out at Sen. Richard Blumenthal in a tweetstorm on Monda​y, calling the Democrat a “phony Vietnam con artist!” ​”​Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!​,” Trump wrote on Twitter.​ ​The president, who’s on a working

McCain says he expects to return to Senate next month

PHOENIX — Arizona Sen. John McCain said in a radio interview Wednesday that he hates the healthy diet his wife and daughter are forcing on him as he fights an aggressive form of brain cancer but expects to return to the Senate next month. McCain made the remarks in his first

NY State senator spent more than $2K on flowers

This Staten Island state senator takes time to stop and smell the roses. Records show that state Sen. Diane Savino, a veteran Democrat who also represents a portion of Brooklyn, spent nearly $2,500 on flowers since December. Clark’s House of Flowers on Staten Island was the lucky vendor. Campaign filings put the total