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Dalai Lama Opens Senate Session With a Prayer

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader of Tibet, opened the U.S. Senate session on March 6 with a prayer, which Senate Historian Don Ritchie believes to be a first for a Buddhist. Also known as Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama, 78, spoke first in the Tibetan language, then in English. “With our thoughts we make our world,” the prayer began. “Our mind is central and precedes our deeds. Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will …

Warren Beats Brown, Democrats Retake Kennedy’s Seat

Posted on 11/6/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsElizabeth Warren has captured a Senate seat from Massachusetts, defeating Scott Brown, the Republican who had replaced the late Democratic “Lion of the Senate” Edward M. Kennedy. Warren took 54 percent of 50- to 64-year-old voters compared to 46 percent for Brown. Those voters represent 29 percent of the Bay State electorate. Among 65-plus voters, who make up 20 percent of Massachusetts voters, Warren bested Brown by 54-46 percent. President Obama, who was heavily favored to win the blue state, …

Democrat Murphy Wins Senate Seat From Connecticut

Posted on 11/6/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsDemocrat Chris Murphy has won a hard-fought Senate race in Connecticut and captured 51 percent of voters ages 50-64, the biggest single age group in the Nutmeg State. Republican Linda McMahon took 46 percent of that vote in the battle for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Murphy won by the same margin among 65-plus voters, who make up 19 percent of the state’s electorate. President Obama, as predicted, won Connecticut — but didn’t do as well …

Older Voters Help Nelson Hold Senate Seat From Florida

Posted on 11/6/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsDemocratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida will keep his job after fighting off a challenge from Republican Congressman Connie Mack, with the incumbent winning with strong support from age 50-plus voters. Floridians aged 50-64 — who comprised 28 percent of the vote — favored Nelson over Mack by 55-43 percent, according to exit polls. People 65 and older, 25 percent of the Sunshine State turnout, also went for Nelson, though by a narrower, 51-47 percent margin. The two Senate candidates …

12 Senate Races to Watch: Update

Posted on 11/2/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIn an Oct. 24 post we looked at how the future of Medicare, Social Security and other programs for older Americans may well be shaped by the outcomes of 12 key races for seats in the U.S. Senate, all of which have been rated as tossups by RealClearPolitics or major news organizations. Here are some updates on how those races are playing out in the final days of the 2012 campaign. Each entry includes excerpts from — and links to …

On Medicare and Social Security, 12 Senate Races Worth Watching

Posted on 10/24/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe future of Medicare, Social Security and other programs for older Americans may well be shaped by these 12 key races for seats in the U.S. Senate, all of which have been rated as tossups by RealClearPolitics or major news organizations. This is the first of a series of posts that we’ll do in the final days of the 2012 campaign, looking at how these races are playing out. Each entry includes excerpts from — and links to — stories …