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2006-09-03 12:15:00

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON -- There is substantial support among U.S. Senate Democrats for a resolution demanding the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a senior Democrat said on Sunday. "I believe there is a lot of sentiment to push for such a resolution, indeed," New York Sen. Charles Schumer said on Fox News Sunday. Senate Democrats are expected to discuss this week whether to push for a vote of no confidence in Rumsfeld as part of a pre-election offensive on what they see...

2006-08-04 15:46:37

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After struggling for months to patch over differences on Iraq, U.S. Democrats now say they are more unified than ever and feel confident they can convert public discontent with the war into votes later this year. With control of the U.S. Congress at stake in November 7 elections, many in the Democratic Party see President George W. Bush's handling of the war and a "sense of chaos" in the Middle East as their ticket to reclaiming the Senate...

2006-07-26 13:31:19

By Chris Baltimore WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to open waters in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida to oil and natural gas drilling easily cleared a procedural hurdle on Wednesday that paves the way for the U.S. Senate to vote on the measure in coming days. But Senate Republican leaders said they would oppose a push by Democrats to widen debate to include possible amendments on automobile efficiency standards and other proposals to lower soaring U.S. energy prices. The move keeps...

2006-06-21 14:52:14

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a debate likely to shape November's elections, the Senate fought bitterly on Wednesday over measures pushed by Democrats to wind down U.S. involvement in Iraq that Republicans derided as "cut-and-run" strategies. Republicans sought to turn the tables on Democrats over the war, depicting them as weak on terrorism and casting Iraq as the front in a terror war that would otherwise move to the United States. Democrats, banking on the war's...

2006-06-16 15:28:07

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a vote charged with election-year politics, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a symbolic resolution on Friday that wrapped the Iraq conflict into the war on terrorism and rejected a deadline for U.S. troop withdrawal. The House voted 256-153 for the resolution that sparked two days of bitter debate as Republicans sought to depict Democrats as weak on terrorism, while Democrats decried President George W. Bush's policies that they said...

2006-05-28 11:05:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said on Sunday his party will do "very very well" in November's mid-term elections but stopped short of saying Democrats will retake the U.S. Senate. "I think that we're going to do very very well," Schumer, one of the party's top political strategists, told CBS' "Face the Nation." "The American people want change ... because this administration has been incompetent. ... They see an administration that seems to...

2005-09-27 14:18:21

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's recent stock sale threatens to cost him and fellow Republicans politically as he mulls a 2008 presidential bid and investigators examine whether he violated any trading laws, political analysts said. "Frist's White House campaign hasn't really taken off, and this adds weight to an idling plane," said Larry Sabato, a political science professor at the University of Virginia. "He may prove to be totally...