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Behind the Numbers: April 22, 2007 - April 28, 2007

Baucus & Rangel: A Joint Fundraising Opportunity

One's a congressman from Harlem. The other's a senator from Montana. But as anyone who cares about tax policy knows, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., have a large say as the respective chairmen of the House Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. Now...

By  |  April 26, 2007; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Campaign Finance  
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House GOP Now Committed to Recommitting

House Republicans have used a procedural maneuver called a "motion to recommit" to force some Democrats into tough votes or, in the case of the bill that would grant D.C. a full representative in the House, temporarily derail legislation. Thus far in the 110th Congress, nine of 24 motions to...

By  |  April 25, 2007; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Voting  
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VA Tech Doesn't Move Needle on Gun Control

Three new polls indicate that there's been little change in public support for gun control since last week's shooting rampage on the campus of Virginia Tech. An ABC News poll released Monday found that 61 percent favor stricter gun control laws; the same percentage as in a Post-ABC poll last...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  April 24, 2007; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Polls  
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In the House, It's Unanimous

Amid the current partisan rancor in the House of Representatives there is also an unusual level of agreement. Of the first 244 votes in the House this year, 65 have been unanimously approved -- more than one in every four votes. So far, that's a far higher rate than in...

By  |  April 24, 2007; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Voting  
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Democratic Donor Cities: Spreading the Wealth

When Democratic and Republican presidential candidates go out to raise money, they have a circuit of cities that provide a stable supply of donors. A look at the recently-released first quarter filings shows that 17 cities provided money for the seven major candidates listed in the Post's campaign finance database,...

By  |  April 23, 2007; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Campaign Finance , President 2008  
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