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

The Iraq supplemental vote: Breakdown of Democratic votes

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) got her magic number of 218 today. She won passage of the Iraq war supplemental spending bill, setting benchmarks for progress in Iraq and a timetable for withdrawal of troops from the battlefield by the end of August 2008, with a final vote of 218-212. Three...

By Paul Kane  |  March 23, 2007; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Specter's Sphinx-Like Vote

As the Senate Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas for top White House aides today, no Senator seemed more conflicted than Arlen Specter (Pa.), the panel's top Republican and former chairman. In fact, Specter was so troubled that he refused to tell reporters how he voted after the committee approved subpoenas to...

By Eric Pianin  |  March 22, 2007; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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U.S. attorney scandal: political fallout on both sides of Hill

The political fallout from the firings of eight U.S. attorneys continues to ripple across Capitol Hill. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has just launched a radio ad attacking Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) for allegedly calling a U.S. attorney and asking about "sealed indictments" that might embarrass her political enemies on...

By Paul Kane  |  March 21, 2007; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Bloggers Storm the Senatorial Gates

In the latest sign of the growing strength of the liberal "net roots" community, Senate Democrats have invited a trio of prominent bloggers into one of their formal, inside-the-Capitol luncheons for the first time. On Thursday, John Aravosis of AMERICAblog, David Waldman, a contributing editor at Daily Kos, and Duncan...

By Paul Kane  |  March 20, 2007; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Freshmen 42: Joe Sestak 'Meets' the National Spotlight

House freshmen don't usually get invited by Tim Russert to appear on "Meet the Press". But yesterday, barely two months on the job, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) went toe-to-toe with Russert and a trio of other guests -- including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who repeatedly needled Sestak...

By Paul Kane  |  March 19, 2007; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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