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

Liberal group on air against Gerlach, Kuhl

A liberal advocacy group is launching a series of radio ads against two House Republicans in competitive districts, highlighting their votes last week against a pro-labor bill. Americans United for Change, which started two years ago as a non-profit designed to thwart President Bush's proposal to reform Social Security, is...

By Paul Kane  |  March 9, 2007; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Ethics 'confidentiality': An explainer

Ask Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) about a potential congressional ethics matter, and he reaches into his wallet. No words are spoken at first, as he fumbles through the brown leather wallet. A business card for a staffer? A few dollars for a bribe to a reporter to just go away...

By Paul Kane  |  March 8, 2007; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Gates, Tiger and the King

So, what do you get when Bill Gates, Tiger Woods and the King of Jordan walk into Congress on the same day? No, this is no Capitol Briefing joke. It's a real question, because in three separate appearances, three of the most recognizable people on earth -- all for different...

By Paul Kane  |  March 7, 2007; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Democrats "Hear" Victory

Check out this week's Congressional hearing landscape, and you'll see the spoils of the Democratic victory last fall across both ends of the Capitol. Far and wide, House and Senate committees are holding oversight hearings into various actions and activities by the Bush administration, highlighting controversies from the handling of...

By Paul Kane  |  March 7, 2007; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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White House Ally Could Miss Justice Hearing

A key lawmaker involved in tomorrow's hearings on the eight recently fired U.S. attorneys could be a no-show, and that could be bad news for the White House. Sen. John Cornyn might not attend when his chamber's Judiciary Committee convenes Tuesday morning to hear testimony from four of the eight...

By Paul Kane  |  March 5, 2007; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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