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Capitol Briefing: February 4, 2007 - February 10, 2007

Pelosi Heads for the Mountains

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is taking her newfound political star power on the road for the first time since becoming the highest ranking female leader in Congressional history, signaling her party's intention to continue to fight for electoral power in the Mountain West. Pelosi's first major fund-raising event as...

By Paul Kane  |  February 9, 2007; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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The Iraq Debate's Winners and Losers

With the Senate grinding to a halt over the "debate about debating" an anti-surge resolution, it's time for Capitol Briefing to examine who the winners and losers are in the fight over how the chamber should express its view of President Bush's plan to send at least 21,500 more troops...

By Paul Kane  |  February 8, 2007; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Senate  
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Clinton to Obama: "Mr. President"

Did Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) just endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president? "Mr. President," Clinton said to Obama as she began a speech on what she called the "continuing failure" in Iraq. OK, OK. She didn't really endorse him in what is almost certain to be the clash...

By Paul Kane  |  February 7, 2007; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Senate  
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No Rest For the Weary... Senators

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apparently likes carrots more than sticks. Turning the traditional threat about Congressional recesses on its head, Reid issued an entirely different kind of recess proffer yesterday on the floor. He offered to wrap things up lickety-split this week and send all 100 senators home...

By Paul Kane  |  February 7, 2007; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Senate  
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In the Senate, No Doesn't Always Mean No

To the uninformed outsider, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) appeared to turn his back on the anti-war movement Monday when he joined almost every Republican in short-circuiting the debate on a no-confidence vote regarding President Bush's proposal to send 21,500 new troops in to Iraq. The vote was no...

By Paul Kane  |  February 6, 2007; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Budget Dance Begins

The annual budget proposal landed in Washington today with its traditional pomp and circumstance, yet the Democratic takeover of Congress makes the $2.9 trillion White House plan essentially dead on arrival. But that doesn't mean the budget will be dismissed outright. Instead, this budget proposal will be debated publicly on...

By Paul Kane  |  February 5, 2007; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Purse Strings  
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