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Senate advances Ninth Circuit nominee

The Senate voted 56-41 Thursday to end debate on the nomination of Michelle Friedland to be U.S. Circuit judge for the Ninth Circuit. 

Under the rules, there will be up to 30 hours of debate, but Republicans and Democrats can yield back time to expedite final confirmation.

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House kills conservative budget plan

The House on Thursday rejected the Republican Study Committee (RSC) budget alternative, on the way to completing consideration of the GOP 2015 spending blueprint.

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Reid again threatens Friday work

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that the Senate needed to complete work on two of President Obama’s nominees before leaving for a two-week Easter recess. 

“There are two votes we need to have before we leave here this week,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “We have to finish these two matters before we leave for the week.”

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Thursday: House to finish budget work, nominations in Senate

The House will finish consideration of the GOP 2015 budget on Thursday.

The chamber will hold a final vote on the measure, along with votes on two remaining substitute amendments from the Republican Study Committee and House Democratic Caucus.

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Sanders: Kochs, Adelson are turning US into oligarchy

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Wednesday that billionaires are trying to turn the United States into an oligarchy by influencing elections and policy with their money.

“I do not believe democracy is about a handful of billionaires, such as the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson, being in a position where they can spend as much money as they want on any political race in this country,” Sanders said. “That’s not democracy … it is oligarchy.”

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