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Capitol Briefing: February 18, 2007 - February 24, 2007

Byrd to Take Center Stage in Iraq Debate

Senate committee hearings are generally dull, but this coming week brings one of those witness panels to Capitol Hill that should at least provide entertaining theatrics to those on both sides of the Iraq war debate. The Senate Appropriations Committee takes up the Bush administration's proposal for a $100 billion...

By Paul Kane  |  February 24, 2007; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Purse Strings , Senate  
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House GOP Faces Reversal of (Absentee) Fortunes

Senators aren't the only ones missing votes, these days. In a reversal of fortunes that makes life that much more difficult for the minority party, House Republicans are having a hard time keeping some of their players on the field. In the first six weeks of the 110th Congress, more...

By Paul Kane  |  February 22, 2007; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  House  
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'08 Watch: Obama Stays Perfect, For Now...

For anyone who's taking attendance on Capitol Hill, last week was a busy one, as a bipartisan collection of 2008 presidential candidates bypassed senatorial duties for the campaign trail. Sen. John McCain took the moral high ground of blasting as a "purely political stunt" Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to...

By Paul Kane  |  February 21, 2007; 6:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Senate  
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Obama, McCaskill Plan Military Hospitals Bill

Seizing on an investigative report by The Washington Post's Dana Priest and Anne Hull, Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) will introduce legislation next week to require more frequent inspections of hospitals providing treatment to active-duty military personnel. The report by Priest and Hull documented dismal conditions that...

By Paul Kane  |  February 20, 2007; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Senate  
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Emotional Moments in the Debate on Iraq

With the Senate unable to get enough votes to formally debate the House's anti-surge resolution, the two chambers are at odds over their formal stances on President Bush's decision to send more than 20,000 new troops into Iraq. This is a trend that liberals will begin to hate more and...

By Paul Kane  |  February 18, 2007; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , GOP Leaders , Senate  
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Thune Endorses McCain

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has signed on to back Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, providing another significant conservative endorsement for a candidate once estranged from the right wing of his party. As Capitol Briefing's colleague, The Fix, has noted on many occasions, the Arizona Republican has actively courted conservatives ahead...

By Paul Kane  |  February 18, 2007; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Senate  
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