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Monday
Dec202010

With Sen. Scott Brown on Board, Momentum Building for START Treaty Passage

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Supporters of the START nuclear pact with Russia Monday sounded confident that the treaty will receive the two-thirds majority needed for Senate passage when it comes up for a final vote this week.

“I believe we have the votes to pass this treaty,” said Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry at a brief press conference on Capitol Hill. Kerry and the panel’s ranking Republican, Dick Lugar, made similar comments Sunday to ABC News.

That confidence appeared warranted Monday as momentum seemed to be building for the treaty. After a closed Senate session to discuss classified information relating to the pact, Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts told reporters that he would back the treaty.

“I believe it’s something that’s important for our country and it’s a good move forward to deal with our national security issues,” Brown said.

A procedural vote on ending debate on the treaty is set for Tuesday morning. The treaty will need 60 votes to make it past the procedural hurdle, but that appears to be a mere formality at this point. A final vote could then come later Tuesday or sometime on Wednesday.

A spokesman for Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon, who underwent prostate cancer surgery on Monday, said the senator would do whatever possible to cast his vote on Capitol Hill if his vote is needed. If all 100 senators vote, the treaty would need 67 votes for ratification. If 99 senators vote, it would need 66.

Republican leaders Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Jon Kyl of Arizona have both announced their opposition to the pact.

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Friday
Dec102010

Hot on Google: South Carolina Governor-Elect Nikki Haley

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) -- South Carolina Governor-elect Nikki Haley won more than the top political job in her state this year -- she ascended to the heights of search engine stardom.

Haley was the fastest-rising political figure in Google’s search results, according to year-end statistics compiled by the company. That means that Haley, who will be the first woman governor of the Palmetto State, was among the politicians whose names spiked the most on the site from last year to this year. 

Rounding out the top five fastest-rising politicians on Google were failed GOP California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., Senator-elect Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Senator-elect Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

The data come from Google’s “Zeitgeist 2010” report, which includes information on what terms Internet users in the United States and around the world were searching for the most over the last year.

Haley’s search traffic shot up during the spring and early summer -- around the same time a conservative blogger accused her of having an extramarital affair. Haley denied the allegations and went on to win the GOP primary in June and this November's general election. It was a feat that earned Haley a place among the rising start of the Republican Party.

Another emerging Republican mover and shaker, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, was the sixth fastest-rising political figure on Google, followed by Nelson Mandela, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., former presidential candidate John Edwards, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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