Casino Kickback

Immigration bill contains pork for Vegas tourism
Las Vegas Strip / AP

The Senate’s immigration reform bill contains an odd piece of legislation that has little to do with securing the border or reforming the nation’s byzantine immigration process.

A Lack of Transparency

Hagel’s failure to disclose possible income from foreign sources raises red flags
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Lingering questions about defense nominee Chuck Hagel’s financial ties to foreign countries could provide his Republican critics with the political ammunition needed to prevent his nomination from leaving the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), according to multiple sources close to the confirmation process.

Itchin’ for a Fight

Senators express disapproval of Obama judicial nominees
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President Barack Obama last week re-nominated 33 individuals to federal benches, several of whom faced stiff resistance when originally nominated. The judicial nominations come as the president faces stiff confirmation battles for some of his cabinet nominations, including over secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel.

The Lotto Lobby

Lottery directors descend on Congress to oppose online gambling bill
Sens. Reid, Kyl / AP

The heads of seven state lotteries arrived in Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress and express their opposition to Sens. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Jon Kyl’s (R., Ariz.) online gambling bill.

Harry Reid to the Rescue

Political action committee aligned with Senate majority leader leaps to Democratic senate candidate Rep. Shelley Berkley’s defense
Rep. Shelley Berkley / AP

A secretive political action committee founded to help Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D, Nev.) in his tough 2010 reelection campaign is running attack ads against the Republican opponent of Democratic Senate candidate Shelley Berkley.