Republicans defeat unemployment benefit extension: "Democrats tried to attach the benefit to a corporate tax bill. On a 59-40 vote in the GOP-controlled Senate, they fell just shy of the 60 votes needed to overcome objections that extending the benefits violated last year's budget agreement.
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was the only senator who missed the vote"
-- Interesting headline considering 10 Republicans would have had to have voted with the Democrats to get to 59, too bad John Kerry was too busy runing for president to get back and make it 60-40 so it would have passed.
Perhaps a better headline would have been. "Senator Kerry not voting causes jobless benefit extension to fail"