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Capitol Briefing: January 28, 2007 - February 3, 2007

Bush and the Dems -- Together Again

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- After some shuttle diplomacy over the last week or so, the White House agreed to allow House Democrats to ask President Bush a half-dozen questions today at the conclusion of their 48-hour retreat. That's roughly a third of the number of questions that Bush took a week...

By Paul Kane  |  February 3, 2007; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  House  
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Clinton's Advice for the Democrats

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Bill Clinton wants to be very clear: It's not just familial relations that are leading him to support his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), in the 2008 presidential race. "Even if she wasn't my wife, I'd be for her," the 42nd president told House Democrats Thursday...

By Paul Kane  |  February 2, 2007; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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The Clyburn Primary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - For political junkies reading every tea leaf possible regarding presidential endorsements, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) just wrapped up an interesting conference call with reporters covering the House Democratic retreat here in the cradle of American civilization. Clyburn's call was a chance to recap a panel discussion he...

By Paul Kane  |  February 2, 2007; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , House  
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Bill Clinton Still Expected at House Dems' Retreat

House Democrats heading off to their annual retreat this weekend in Williamsburg, Va., are surely sending positive energy in the direction of their favorite former president, Bill Clinton, whose step-father Richard Kelley passed away Wednesday in Little Rock. News of Kelley's grave condition had already forced Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton...

By Paul Kane  |  February 1, 2007; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  House  
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Tortoise and Hare

One month into the 110th Congress, the hare has taken a huge lead over the tortoise. By the close of business yesterday, Jan. 31, the House had already recorded 73 roll call votes; the Senate, 39. The House has already passed 11 different pieces of major legislation -- from reforming...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  February 1, 2007; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Ferguson Unmasked as GOP Flood Control Advocate

The flood gates have opened, and the identity of the House Republican who used his question to President Bush last week to make a pitch for his own small flood-control project has been revealed. It's Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-N.J.), who eked out a 50 percent to 48 percent win last...

By Paul Kane  |  January 31, 2007; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wasting Away Again ... in Moneyville

For members of Congress, it's never too early to start raising money for the next campaign, whether a lawmaker won in a photo finish or completely trampled the opponent. This week alone there are at least 14 different fundraisers for House Republicans looking to stock their war chests, according to...

By Paul Kane  |  January 30, 2007; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fundraising Circuit , House  
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Pelosi, Dingell Families Unite on Global Warming

Sometimes on Capitol Hill there are personal feuds, other times there are policy disputes. Once in a while, there are personal feuds connected to big policy disputes among the major players of an individual party's caucus -- and that's when you need to pull out all the stops to prevent...

By Paul Kane  |  January 30, 2007; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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'08 Candidates Make Global Warming Pitches

Check out the witness list for tomorrow's Senate hearing on global warming, because it's tantamount to a bipartisan cattle call for the 2008 presidential campaign. The Environment and Public Works Committee is having the first Congressional hearing of the 110th Congress on the increasingly sexy topic of global warming, an...

By Paul Kane  |  January 29, 2007; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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