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Capitol Briefing: April 8, 2007 - April 14, 2007

Wilson: Under Fire But Raising Cash Fast

Two House Republican incumbents under fire over alleged ethics violations have taken different approaches to stockpiling early campaign cash, with one raising money at her fastest clip ever and the other falling behind his fund-raising clip from previous cycles. Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.), who is fighting allegations she pressured a...

By Paul Kane  |  April 13, 2007; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Stevens becomes longest serving Republican

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) today celebrated a milestone by becoming the longest serving Republican in chamber history, surpassing the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.). Stevens still trails the late Thurmond in total number of days in the Senate, as the South Carolinian spent his first 9 years or so in...

By Paul Kane  |  April 12, 2007; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Johnson Aides Remodeling Office for His Return

Aides to Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) have begun making structural changes to the space in his Hart Senate Office building suites in anticipation of his return to the Capitol following a serious illness. They are widening walkways so that the offices will be accessible by wheel chair. Julianne Fisher, Johnson's...

By Paul Kane  |  April 11, 2007; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Attorney General Hits the Murder Boards

Note to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: Make sure your staff buys the good brand of cookies for this week's "murder boards." Gonzales is undergoing self-imposed grilling sessions as he prepares for next week's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP) That's one of the lessons learned by Chief Justice John...

By Paul Kane  |  April 11, 2007; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hearing Watch , Senate  
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Pelosi's Approval Takes First Hit

Under near withering assault from Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has seen her approval rating suffer its first significant drop in her brief tenure wielding the gavel, according to a new independent poll. While she still remains more popular than President Bush, Pelosi's job approval rating dropped to 46...

By Paul Kane  |  April 10, 2007; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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