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Capitol Briefing: January 21, 2007 - January 27, 2007

Flood Control & Iraq on the Minds of the GOP

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - When Capitol Briefing asked readers to offer up some suggestions for questions House Republicans should pose President Bush, everyone missed out on the most off-the-charts query the commander in chief would face. No one, including yours truly, ever thought about flood control projects. The conclusion of the...

By Paul Kane  |  January 26, 2007; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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SOTU, Take Two

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - State of the union, take two. In a speech meant to help rally his House Republican troops, President Bush rehashed much of his address from earlier this week for a about 160 members of the GOP conference as they are wrapping up a 48-hour retreat with an...

By Paul Kane  |  January 26, 2007; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , House  
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Out of the Majority ... And the Spotlight

CAMBRIDGE, Md. -- Here's the latest example of what it means to be in the minority party: This year's House GOP conference retreat to the Eastern Shore has drawn roughly one-third the number of press as in years past. Last year, according to those who've participated before, a couple dozen...

By Paul Kane  |  January 25, 2007; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  House  
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House GOP Retreats ... to the Eastern Shore

Capitol Briefing is on the move this morning, heading down to Maryland's Eastern Shore for the House Republican Conference's retreat, the first such meeting for most of these GOP lawmakers where they'll be convening as the minority party. It should be an interesting couple days as Republicans mull over their...

By Paul Kane  |  January 25, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , House  
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Much Ado About Tuna?

It's been a dozen years since they were in the minority, but House Republicans are quickly adopting the sort of legislative tactics needed to needle the all-powerful Democrats -- filing motions to adjourn the chamber before big votes, offering privileged resolutions claiming rules violations and, now, adopting Charlie the Tuna...

By Paul Kane  |  January 24, 2007; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  House  
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The Night the Lights Went Down in Statuary Hall

For a brief few minutes, a major crisis broke out Tuesday evening inside the Capitol's ornate Statuary Hall: The lights went out. And with it, dozens of television cameras immediately lost their ability to get good shots of the members of Congress pouring into the room to give their reactions...

By Paul Kane  |  January 24, 2007; 12:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  House  
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Can Webb Avoid the SOTU Curse?

Sen. Jim Webb (Va.) is surely hoping for a brighter future in the Democratic Party than Christine Todd Whitman had in the GOP. Webb, center, appears Tuesday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (Getty Images) Whitman, the former director of the Environmental Protection Agency, was...

By Paul Kane  |  January 23, 2007; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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House Dems Aim to Avert Freshmen Losses in '08

Key House Democrats are once again looking in the rearview mirror, studying the Republican revolution of 1994 in hopes of drawing lessons from the opposition party's experience on how to keep their majority in the next election cycles. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, head of House Democrats' campaign arm, is betting...

By Paul Kane  |  January 23, 2007; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  House  
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The Speaker vs. The Dean

The U.S. Congress is an intriguing place inhabited by plenty of charismatic leaders and back-bench eccentrics. Collecting all those egos under one dome, as you would expect, results in plenty of rivalries -- many of which are rooted in personal battles rather than ideological animus. John Dingell was first elected...

By Paul Kane  |  January 22, 2007; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , House  
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Corporate Jet Ban and 2008: Spreading the Pain?

Democrats are quietly planning to insert language into their ethics reform plan that would forbid anyone who is seeking federal office from accepting discount rides on corporate jets, a move that would put all 2008 candidates for the White House on the same playing field. Will Sen. Dianne Feinstein make...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  January 22, 2007; 4:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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