With several Democrats joining with their Republican colleagues, the Senate voted Wednesday to block President Barack Obama's controversial nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. The nomination of Debo Adegbile failed by a vote of 47 to 52, marking the first time that one of Obama's nominees was blocked since the filibuster rules were changed.
Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, D-Fla., has been accused of shoving and injuring his estranged wife in a domestic incident over the weekend. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Lolita Grayson claims that her husband pushed her hard against the front door to their home after she refused to let him inside, causing her to fall to the ground.
Just a few months after Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., won a special election to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term, the results of a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll found that most New Jersey voters think the former Newark Mayor deserves a full term of his own.
Debbie Dingell confirmed Friday that she is running for the House seat being vacated by her husband, Congressman John Dingell, D-Mich. John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history, revealed his plans to retire at the end of his current term earlier this week.
While House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, continues to be viewed more unfavorably than favorably, the results of a Gallup poll released on Wednesday showed that his favorability rating has rebounded to pre-shutdown levels. The poll found that 32 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Boehner, up from 27 percent in the midst of the government shutdown last October.
After serving nearly sixty years in the House of Representatives, Congressman John Dingell, D-Mich., has indicated that he won't seek re-election for a thirty-first term in office. "I'm not going to be carried out feet first," said Dingell, who was first elected in 1955. "I don't want people to say I stayed too long."