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44: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

Rep. Maxine Waters's trial delayed indefinitely

A day after recommending censure for Rep. Charles Rangel, the House ethics committee announced Friday that it was not ready to hold its trial of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who was charged with inappropriately helping a bank in which her husband was a large shareholder.

By Paul Kane  | November 19, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Energized Obama pays respects in Lisbon

An all-night flight to the NATO summit here in Lisbon seemed to have boosted President Obama's spirits after the post-election doldrums in Washington.

By Karen DeYoung  | November 19, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'Mission accomplished' banner may go up in Bush library

The infamous banner that hung behind George W. Bush during his May 1, 2003 declaring the end of combat operations in Iraq might be hung in his presidential library, USA Today reports.

By Rachel Weiner  | November 19, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Hoyer 'disappointed' in Republican leaders for postponing White House meeting

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) criticized Republican leaders today for delaying a bipartisan meeting proposed by the White House to discuss economic concerns including the Bush-era tax cuts, saying that he was "disappointed" by their actions.

By Felicia Sonmez  | November 18, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Incoming House Republicans choose freshmen leaders

Incoming House Republicans on Wednesday night tapped two of their fellow freshmen, Republican Reps.-elect Kristi Noem (S.D.) and Tim Scott (S.C.), to serve in newly-created leadership positions in the 112th Congress.

By Felicia Sonmez  | November 17, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Sarah Palin: I couldn't afford to stay governor

The New York Times' long magazine profile of Sarah Palin reports that she's seriously considering a presidential run. But it also contains an interesting anecdote about her decision to step down as governor of Alaska in 2009:

By Rachel Weiner  | November 17, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (200)
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Reid shuffles staff, an 'institution' retires

UPDATE 11/18: Politico reports that Jim Manley, Harry Reid's spokesperson, is also retiring. * *...

By Paul Kane  | November 17, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Kucinich challenges Towns for top Gov. Reform panel slot

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) announced Wednesday that he would challenge Rep. Edolphus Towns (N.Y.) for the top Democratic slot on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, setting up competition for the role of chief defender of the Obama administration and chief protector of the federal workforce in the 112th Congress.

By Ben Pershing  | November 17, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Capitol Briefing  | Tags:  dennis kucinich; edolphus towns; darrell issa; oversight and government reform  
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Republican chairman's race: Who's in the running (Updated)

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has yet to formally announce whether he will seek a second two-year term, but that has not stopped others from openly declaring that they will run against him or hinting at their intention to do so.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 16, 2010; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Top RNC aide quits, slams Steele over fundraising

Republican National Committee political director, Gentry Collins quit his post Tuesday, leaving behind a letter that lays the blame for fundraising shortfalls and, by extension, key 2010 election losses squarely at RNC Chairman Michael Steele's feet.

By Emi Kolawole  | November 16, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Kucinich mulls bid for top Gov. Reform slot

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) is mulling whether to make a bid for the top Democratic slot on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a move that could make him a leading voice on issues affecting the District and the federal workforce and a high-profile defender of the Obama administration.

By Ben Pershing  | November 16, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Capitol Briefing  | Tags:  oversight and government reform; dennis kucinich; edolphus towns; elijah cummings; darrell issa  
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Murkowski: Palin lacks 'leadership qualities' and 'intellectual curiosity'

CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric interviewed Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski as the vote count continues in Alaska. Murkowski was asked to give her opinion of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin with whom she has had an acrimonious relationship.

By Emi Kolawole  | November 15, 2010; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Kal Penn returns to the White House

Actor Kalpen Modi (Kal Penn) has finished filming the latest "Harold & Kumar" installment and is returning to the White House.

By Emi Kolawole  | November 15, 2010; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Senate Democrats fill leadership jobs

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) will take on an expanded role in Senate Democratic leadership as the head of a new entity responsible for crafting the party's messaging and rapid-response operations. And a Senate freshman, Sen. Mark Begich (Alaska), will rise to the No. 5 leadership job in the chamber, a major concession to junior Democrats who are seeking a greater voice in Senate decision-making.

By Shailagh Murray  | November 15, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Allen West blames racism, misogyny for aide controversy

Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) defended his decision to hire a controversial Florida radio personality as his chief of staff, but blamed the ensuing flap on racism and misogyny on the left.

By Matt DeLong  | November 15, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Dem: I'll challenge Pelosi for top leadership slot

Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) said he would challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the top minority leadership position if Pelosi does not step aside by Wednesday. Shuler acknowledged that he does not have the votes to win the minority leader position, but said Pelosi should allow House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) to lead the House Democrats.

By Matt DeLong and Aaron Blake  | November 14, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2010 Election, 44 The Obama Presidency, Capitol Briefing  | Tags:  House  
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Axelrod to leave White House in early 2011

White House senior adviser Davd Axelrod said Sunday that he will leave the White house in early 2011 to begin preparations for President Obama's 2012 reelection bid.

By Aaron Blake  | November 14, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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