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United States Senate: Upper house of the United States Congress
The United States Senate is the upper chamber of the United States Congress, which, along with the United States House of Representatives—the lower chamber—constitutes the legislature of the United States. The Senate chamber is located in the north wing of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

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Birx worried about COVID spike after holiday [Video]

Birx worried about COVID spike after holiday

[NFA] The White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx on CBS’s ‘Face The Nation’ Sunday said she is increasingly concerned about a potential new spike in COVID-19 infections..

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Why Elizabeth Warren Will Never Be Treasury Secretary [Video]

Why Elizabeth Warren Will Never Be Treasury Secretary

Massachusetts senator and failed Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren lobbied Joe Biden to become his treasury secretary. In a humiliating snub heard around the political world Biden chose former..

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Senate blocks confirmation of Trump Fed pick [Video]

Senate blocks confirmation of Trump Fed pick

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's controversial nomination of Judy Shelton to the Federal Reserve's board, though a White House spokesman expressed confidence she would..

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AOC Delusional? [Video]

AOC Delusional?

The Democrats won back the White House. But, you wouldn't know that by the way Democratic leaders are acting. Leaders in the party are sniping and taking shots at each other over their humiliating..

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Biden's won, nothing will change that: Schumer [Video]

Biden's won, nothing will change that: Schumer

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday doubled down on his argument that Republicans have no legal case in challenging the results of the U.S. presidential election that was called for..

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Tillis wins NC senate race, Cunningham concedes [Video]

Tillis wins NC senate race, Cunningham concedes

[NFA] Democrat Cal Cunningham, who had been considered the leader for a U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina until his campaign was undermined by a sex scandal, on Tuesday conceded the closely fought..

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'Nothing's going to stop' transition -Biden [Video]

'Nothing's going to stop' transition -Biden

[NFA] President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that nothing would stop the transfer of power in the U.S. government, even as President Donald Trump says without evidence that last week's election was..

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Sen. McConnell: 'No reason for alarm' [Video]

Sen. McConnell: 'No reason for alarm'

When Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell was asked by a reporter Tuesday about Republican senators not acknowledging President-elect Joe Biden's win over Donald Trump, he responded that "the..

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Biden team considers legal action to begin transition [Video]

Biden team considers legal action to begin transition

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is considering legal action over a federal agency’s delay in recognizing the Democrat’s victory over President Donald Trump in last week’s election...

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America's top Republicans join Donald Trump in delaying transition [Video]

America's top Republicans join Donald Trump in delaying transition

"In the United States of America, all legal ballots must be counted any illegal ballots, must not be counted. And President Trump is 100 per cent within his rights to look into allegations of..

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Eyes on Georgia, as Senate balance of power up for grabs [Video]

Eyes on Georgia, as Senate balance of power up for grabs

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McConnell defends Trump's refusal to concede [Video]

McConnell defends Trump's refusal to concede

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday said President Donald Trump was completely within his rights to look into "irregularities" from last week's election.

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How U.S. Senate control may come down to Georgia [Video]

How U.S. Senate control may come down to Georgia

[NFA] The control of the Senate hangs in the balance as two races in Georgia could head to a runoff, in a general election that has produced extremely close results. Gavino Garay reports.

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Wall Street jumps on bets for split Congress [Video]

Wall Street jumps on bets for split Congress

U.S. stocks jumped on Thursday, as investors bet Republicans would retain control of the Senate and block any major policy changes under a possible Joe Biden White House that could dampen corporate..

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Rosario Dawson congratulates boyfriend Cory Booker as he's re-elected into Senate [Video]

Rosario Dawson congratulates boyfriend Cory Booker as he's re-elected into Senate

Rosario Dawson has congratulated her boyfriend Cory Booker on being re-elected as New Jersey Senator.

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Protesters light up over Mexico's slow pot reform [Video]

Protesters light up over Mexico's slow pot reform

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled over a year ago that laws restricting marijuana use were unconstitutional. Now activists are furious over the government's failure to legalize it. Maha Aladrawi reports.

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Republicans on track to keep U.S. Senate majority [Video]

Republicans on track to keep U.S. Senate majority

[NFA] Republicans appeared poised to retain control of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, after Senator Susan Collins defied political odds to win re-election in Maine and other Republican incumbents led..

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GOP Senate Victories Dampens Hopes For Climate Action [Video]

GOP Senate Victories Dampens Hopes For Climate Action

Republican electoral victories Tuesday cast doubt over whether the US would enact any significant measures to curb planet-heating emissions in the near-term. States were still tallying results on..

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Sen. Collins: 'I will serve you with all my heart' [Video]

Sen. Collins: 'I will serve you with all my heart'

Republican Senator Susan Collins, an independent-minded moderate, won a surprise re-election victory in Maine on Wednesday, strengthening her party's chances of retaining control of the U.S. Senate.

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Who will win the Senate? [Video]

Who will win the Senate?

As with the presidency, the Senate race this election cycle is too close tocall. We take a look at why it is important.

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A Senate committee has backed the federal government's push to make cashless welfare cards permanent.
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Senate votes to hold media diversity inquiry after record-breaking Murdoch petition

Sarah Hanson-Young says the popularity of Kevin Rudd's petition for a royal commission into the Murdoch media empire shows people are growing increasingly concerned about media diversity in Australia.
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During NAIDOC Week, the government votes against displaying Indigenous flags in the Senate

A motion to fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in the Senate chamber has been voted down by the federal government.
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Australian politicians express dismay over how the US election has unfolded

Australian MPs and Senators across the political divide have responded to the election in the United States following Donald Trump's premature claim of victory and allegations of voter fraud.
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Senators question integrity of pilot for controversial NDIS independent assessment reforms

Officials from the administrator of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been grilled in a Senate hearing about the controversial independent assessment reforms set to roll out next year.
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Disability royal commission expert witness left woman lying on the ground for 30 hours before death, senate committee told

Concerns over the vetting process for witnesses at the disability royal commission have been raised during Senate Estimates.
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Sen. Schumer Says Let Voters Wear Candidate Tees to Polls, Guns a 'Bad Idea'

Sen. Chuck Schumer is weighing in on an odd fact about most polling places in America -- where you cannot wear clothing with a candidate's face or name, but CAN carry a firearm. The Senate Minority..
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The Commonwealth should not acquire the Aboriginal flag's copyright, Senate committee says

The Select Committee on the Aboriginal Flag made two recommendations in its final report on Tuesday.
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Jacquie Lambie's emotional plea on uni fees bill

University students will pay much more for law and arts degrees under controversial changes passed in the Senate. On Wednesday, Senator Jacquie Lambie delivered a passsionate and personal speech..
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Controversial uni funding reforms set to pass parliament after Centre Alliance declares support

Laws the federal government says will lead to more university places and make it cheaper to study in areas of job growth are now set to pass the Senate.
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Jacqui Lambie reveals she won't support bill banning mobile phones in immigration detention

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Government uni fee reforms will 'make it harder for poor kids', Jacqui Lambie says in scathing statement

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Senate inquiry report backs university fee reform amid strong dissent from committee members

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'Abandoned by the government': Emotional scenes as stranded Australians plea for more action to bring them home

There were emotional scenes at a Senate inquiry today as Australians stuck overseas pleaded for the federal government to do more to help them return home.
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Warnings over second wave of domestic violence as financial coronavirus support winds down

A Senate committee looking at the response to the coronavirus pandemic has heard grave warnings about a predicted spike in domestic violence.
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Warning over second domestic violence wave

A Senate committee looking at the response to the coronavirus pandemic has heard grave warnings about a predicted spike in domestic violence.
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Pete Buttigieg Worried About SCOTUS Power Grab by Senate Republicans

Pete Buttigieg believes there may be immediate consequences for the LGBTQ community -- as well as people with preexisting conditions -- if President Trump succeeds in swiftly replacing Ruth Bader..
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Significant WA cultural heritage sites 'at risk' in planned Rio Tinto mine expansion

More than 120 cultural heritage sites could be destroyed in Western Australia's Pilbara region by a planned Rio Tinto expansion, a Senate inquiry has been told.
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More than 120 cultural heritage sites could be destroyed in Western Australia's Pilbara region by a planned Rio Tinto expansion, a Senate inquiry has been told.
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Donald Trump Vows to Nominate Ruth Bader Ginsburg Replacement

Donald Trump has thrown down the gauntlet -- less than a day after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- making it clear he will try and ramrod her replacement through the Senate ... which will almost..
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Senate censures Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck over handling of coronavirus crisis

Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck has been censured by the upper house over his handling of the coronavirus crisis in aged care.
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Mothers whose sons took their lives after Centrelink debts detail their sons' anguish in heartbreaking letters

Mothers who lost their sons to suicide after receiving Centrelink debts have submitted emotional handwritten letters to a Senate committee, accusing the government's debt recovery system of playing a..
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Far-right ltalian leader facing new trial for 'illegally' keeping rescued migrants on boat for 19 days

Italy's Senate has voted to allow prosecutors to put ex-interior minister Matteo Salvini on trial on charges of illegally detaining migrants at sea.
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Social media giants called to Senate probe

Senators hope officials from TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and Google will appear before an inquiry into foreign interference through social media.
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Aboriginal activist Lidia Thorpe says First Nations treaty a priority in her role as Greens senator

Aboriginal activist and Victorian MP Lidia Thorpe will fill the seat vacated in the Senate by former Greens leader Richard Di Natale, who has retired.
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Aboriginal activist Lidia Thorpe voted in as historic replacement Greens Senator

Aboriginal activist and Victorian MP Lidia Thorpe will fill the seat vacated in the Senate by former Greens leader Richard Di Natale, who has retired.
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Greens vote in replacement for Di Natale

Aboriginal activist and Victorian MP Lidia Thorpe will fill the seat vacated in the Senate by former Greens leader Richard Di Natale, who has retired.
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Pauline Hanson's 'all lives matter' motion overwhelmingly defeated in the Senate

Pauline Hanson labelled George Floyd a "criminal and a thug" during her speech on her "all lives matter" motion.
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Bill enabling life sentence for paedophiles set to pass parliament

Labor has flagged it will work with the government to stamp out child sex abuse as the Senate prepares to pass a bill to jail paedophiles for life.
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Anti-abuse laws set to pass parliament

Labor has flagged it will work with the government to stamp out child sex abuse as the Senate prepares to pass a bill to jail pedophiles for life.
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Fewer than 60 Indigenous Australians have contracted coronavirus, Senate inquiry hears

There have been 59 cases of coronavirus in Indigenous Australians and none of those are in remote communities, senators have heard.
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Polish Senate passes election bill, setting stage for June vote

Poland's upper house of parliament, the Senate, approved legislation late on Monday allowing a presidential election to be held using a mix of postal and traditional voting, potentially paving the way..
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Poland's nationalists accuse opposition of more delays in election row

Poland's governing nationalists on Tuesday accused opposition lawmakers of trying for a second time to delay a presidential election, after the speaker of the Senate said it would not reconvene to..
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U.S. Senate Republican leader threatens 'reexamining' U.S.-China relationship

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday threatened to reexamine the U.S.-Chinese relationship if Beijing pursues a "further crackdown" on Hong Kong, after China was set to impose new..
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U.S. Senate approves bill to pressure China over Uighur rights

The U.S. Senate approved legislation on Thursday calling on President Donald Trump's administration to toughen its response to China's crackdown on its Uighur Muslim minority, the latest push in..
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Poland's Senate says in no hurry to review rules on election voting procedures

Poland's upper house of parliament will take however much time it need to review legislation for voting procedures in the country's upcoming presidential election, the Senate speaker said.
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Head of national coronavirus commission to be paid $500,000 for six months work

The head of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission is being paid $500,000 for six months work, a Senate inquiry has heard.
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Trump Senate ally seeks China sanctions over COVID-19 probe

A leading U.S. Republican senator proposed legislation on Tuesday that would authorize the U.S. president to impose far-reaching sanctions on China if it fails to give a full account of events leading..
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Senate leader expects vote soon on seeking China sanctions over Uighurs

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he expects the chamber to move soon to pass a bill that would call on the Trump administration to toughen its response to China's crackdown..
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U.S. Senate upholds Trump veto of 'insulting' Iran war powers resolution

The U.S. Senate failed on Thursday to override President Donald Trump's veto of a resolution that would have limited his ability to wage war against Iran by requiring him to obtain congressional..
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Poland's Senate leader accuses ruling PiS of election-by-post 'trickery'

The head of Poland's opposition-led Senate on Tuesday accused the ruling nationalists of "procedural trickery" to force through a May presidential election by postal ballot amid the coronavirus..
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Ashimbayev elected Kazakhstan's Senate speaker in reshuffle

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Daughter of former Kazakh leader leaves key Senate post

The daughter of Kazakhstan's powerful former president has left her position as speaker of the Senate, a role that led some observers to tip her as a possible candidate for the presidency.
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Republican senators ask U.N. chief for independent WHO review panel

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