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Capitol Briefing: March 11, 2007 - March 17, 2007

McCain: Iraq votes 'meaningless'

For someone building his presidential campaign around national security credentials, John McCain (R-Ariz.) sure has missed a bunch of votes regarding the Iraq war. During the past six weeks, the Senate has cast seven votes dealing with how President Bush should proceed in the now four-year-old war. And McCain has...

By Paul Kane  |  March 16, 2007; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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House stalled on 'K Street' reforms

Congressional Democrats are fond of proclaiming they passed the most sweeping ethics and lobbying reforms in a political generation after taking control in January. But they must not be reading Citizen K Street - or failed to grasp the significance of the retirement of their leading reformer, Rep. Martin Meehan...

By Paul Kane  |  March 16, 2007; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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March Madne$$ on Capitol Hill

Nothing says March Madness quite like college basketball, crowded bars and jam-packed arenas, lots of televisions ... and political fundraisers. Yes, it's the ides of March, and the annual NCAA college basketball national championship tournament begins today. And, for members of Congress, the March 31 deadline is fast approaching for...

By Paul Kane  |  March 15, 2007; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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GOP Raps Schumer Over Dual Role

Senate Republicans are voicing concerns about the role of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in the investigation into the reasons behind the dismissals of eight federal prosecutors, suggesting he's targeting a fellow senator in the probe for political gain. "I think Senator Schumer has a direct conflict of interest and is...

By Paul Kane  |  March 14, 2007; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Freshman 42: Mr. Mitchell's Opus

Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) is the unofficial "dean" of the Freshmen 42. (File Photo) At 66, he is the oldest member of the newest crop of House Democrats. And, unlike some of the non-politician upstarts who ousted GOP incumbents last November, Mitchell is a veteran politico who served as mayor...

By Paul Kane  |  March 12, 2007; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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