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Schumer and Cardin Play Senate

August 12, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Acting on behalf of the full United States Senate, two senators took the afternoon out of their August recesses and returned to the Capitol this afternoon to pass a $600 billion border security bill, honor the late Sen. Ted Stevens, and advance legislation to protect guns from being taken by claimants in bankruptcy proceedings. You can watch the full 30-minute session and find more info about the legislation that inspired this mid-August-recess session by clicking through to read this post...

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A Quick Session for Strike Forces and Border Drones

August 11, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Congress just can't seem to give up legislating this August recess. Like the House did on Tuesday, the Senate is going to come back into session on Thursday after having adjourned last week for recess to pass a couple pieces of legislation. On the docket for the day are a border security bill and a resolution honoring the memory of former Senator Ted Stevens.

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Former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) was killed along with five other people in a plane crash last evening (NYT). He was the longest serving Republican Senator in history, serving from 1968 until 2008, when he was charged with failing to report gifts from a company in his home state of Alaska. Those charges were later dismissed. Sen. Stevens' OC Wiki biographical page summarizes some of the major events in his career, including his stances on the Iraq War, the oil industry, and network neutrality. Click through for more info and links.

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Stevens Cleared of All Charges

April 1, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The corruption charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens involving $250,000 in undisclosed gifts from an oil company have been thrown out by the Department of Justice. Stevens' conviction on seven felony counts of ethics violations caused him to lose his seat in the Senate last year after serving Alaska for 40 years.

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