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44: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

Bill Clinton recalls Byrd warmly

Bill Clinton's remarks at Sen. Robert Byrd's funeral.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 2, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Sharron Angle confirms she is not a birther

In an interview with Hot Air's Ed Morrissey, Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle firmly...

By Emi Kolawole  | July 2, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Bush administration lawyers praise Kagan

A pair of Bush administration lawyers on Thursday praised Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as a brilliant legal mind who puts the law first.

By Aaron Blake  | July 1, 2010; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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House official Dan Beard quits after tough IG report

House Chief Administrative Officer Dan Beard resigned his post Thursday, just days after an internal report criticized his office for lax management practices.

By Ben Pershing  | July 1, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Military members hit Kagan on recruiter ban

A series of military veterans on Thursday laid into Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's record on military recruiters while she was dean of Harvard's law school.

By Aaron Blake  | July 1, 2010; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Former Bush, Reid aides approved for broadcasting board

Ending one of the longest standoffs in recent nomination history, Senate Democrats reached accommodation with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to allow the confirmation of a high-profile collection of nominees to the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

By Paul Kane  | June 30, 2010; 9:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A bureau by any other name wouldn't smell as sweet

nterior Secretary Ken Salazar last week reorganized and renamed the old Minerals Management Service (MMS) as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement.

By Al Kamen  | June 30, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kagan asked 'Twilight' preference: Edward or Jacob?

Early on in the third day of Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings, she ducked a particularly relevant question from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, tied to the week's news. " I keep wanting to ask you about the famous camp of Edward vs. Jacob or the vampire vs. the werewolf," Klobuchar said. "I wish you wouldn't," Kagan responded.

By Rachel Weiner  | June 30, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Byrd's body to lie in repose in Senate on Thursday

Sen. Robert Byrd's body will lie in repose inside the U.S. Senate chamber on Thursday...

By Anne Bartlett  | June 29, 2010; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Daily Kos renounces pollster, threatens fraud suit

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the founder of the Daily Kos blog, disavowed the results of all polls conducted for his site by the firm Research 2000, alleging that they were unreliable and possibly fraudulent.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | June 29, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama plans immigration speech, but no major announcement

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama will give a speech on immigration on Thursday, but...

By Anne E. Kornblut  | June 29, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Sharron Angle's Post-Primary Media Debut

By Amy Gardner After weeks avoiding newspaper and television journalists not viewed as sympathetic, Sharron...

By Amy Gardner  | June 29, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Tea Party Nation convention in Vegas postponed

By Amy Gardner Tea Party Nation, the conservative organizer that put on the first big...

By Amy Gardner  | June 29, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Boehner suggests raising Social Security age

In an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader John Boehner suggested reforming Social Security to pay for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

By Rachel Weiner  | June 29, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
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Court won't hear soft-money challenge

The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided that it would not to undertake another review of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act, rejecting a Republican-sponsored challenge to the law's centerpiece prohbition on unregulated "soft money" contributions to political parties.

By by Robert Barnes  | June 29, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Excerpts from Solicitor General Elena Kagan

"LEAHY: Do you solemnly swear the testimony you are about to give in this matter...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts from Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)

"A close friend from her days clerking for Justice Marshall remembers Elena interviewing at a...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts from Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)

'As an attorney myself, I recognize an impressive legal resume when I see one, and...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts from Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.)

"As senators, I believe we have an obligation not to base our decision on empty...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)

"Now, last year I used my time during these hearings to highlight what I think...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Excerpts for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

"Solicitor General Kagan, there are always a lot of critics on the sidelines. But you have...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

"Your nomination to the Supreme Court has to be among the least surprising ever made. And...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts from Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)

"If you have children, if you work for a living, if you're a woman, if...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts of remarks by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

"For the vast majority of this country's history, we didn't have these hearings. As a matter...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Excerpts from Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA)

"This hearing presents a unique opportunity, perhaps, to have questions answered which have not been...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpted remarks of Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

"Solicitor General Kagan, welcome to these hearings, and congratulations to you and your family and...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

The following are excerpts from Sen. Lindsey Graham's (D-SC) opening remarks: "Now, you are the...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Excerpts from Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)

The following are excerpts from Sen. Charles Schumer's (D-NY) opening remarks: "Frankly, there are not...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Excerpts from remarks by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)

The following are excerpts from Sen. Charles Grassley's (R-IA) opening remarks: On Kagan's qualifications: "Nobody...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts from remarks by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

The following are excerpts from Sen. Jon Kyl's (R-AZ) opening remarks: Exchange between Sen. Kyl...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Excerpts from remarks by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI)

The following are excerpts from Sen. Herb Kohl's (D-WI) opening remarks: On Kagan's judicial experience:...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts from remarks by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

The following are excerpts from Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) opening remarks: On Kagan's qualifications: "I...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts from remarks by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

The following are excerpts from Sen. Orrin Hatch's (R-UT) opening remarks: On Kagan's likelihood of...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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GE CEO Campbell collapses during Biden event

While sharing a stage in Kentucky with Vice President Joe Biden on Monday, a CEO at General Electric collapsed. Jim Campbell, the president and CEO of GE's appliances and lighting division, fell off his stool during an event to tout stimulus funding.

By Rachel Weiner  | June 28, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Excerpts from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) opening remarks

The following are excerpts from Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions's (R-AL) opening remarks:...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Inouye succeeds Byrd as Senate president pro-tempore

By Paul Kane Following the death of Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii),...

By Paul Kane  | June 28, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Excerpts from Sen. Leahy's opening remarks

The following are excerpts from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy's (D-VT) opening remarks: On...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Robert Byrd dies: Reaction in Washington

By Matt DeLong With news of the death of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) early Monday,...

By Matt DeLong  | June 28, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Sen. Robert Byrd: A YouTube retrospective

Sen. Robert Byrd's record-breaking tenure in the Senate left behind a trail of YouTube clips,...

By Emi Kolawole  | June 28, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Filling Sen. Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat

With the death early Monday of Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D), West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (D) must select an interim replacement for a legend who many in the state and elsewhere consider one of a kind.

By by Paul Kane  | June 28, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Panetta: 50-100 al-Qaeda remain in Afghanistan; Cornyn: GOP is the party of change; Leahy, Sessions preview Kagan confirmation hearings

CIA director Leon Panetta called the war in Afghanistan "a very tough fight," and acknowledged that "there are some serious problems." Panetta said that the Taliban "is engaged in greater violence" now than when President Obama took office, and said that they're stronger in some ways, but weaker in others, noting that "we're undermining their leadership." Panetta said that al Qaeda's presence in Afghanistan is now "relatively small.

By Felicia Sonmez and Matt DeLong  | June 27, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Byrd 'seriously ill', admitted to hospital

The office of Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.), 92, announced Sunday the longest serving senator in history was "seriously ill" and had been admitted to an unnamed Washington-area hospital. Byrd checked into the hospital with what was believed to be heat exhaustion, late last week, and aides believed he would stay just a few days. Instead, more serious issues were discovered. Byrd has been in and out of the hospital for the past three years, but his office has rarely used the phrase "seriously ill" to describe his health.

By Paul Kane  | June 27, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Panetta: 'Maybe 50 to 100' al Qaeda left in Afghanistan

CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday morning that Al Qaeda's presence in Afghanistan has become weakened to the point where it is now "relatively small," with perhaps even fewer than 100 members now in the country.

By Felicia Sonmez  | June 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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