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Capitol Briefing: April 15, 2007 - April 21, 2007

The AG Hearing: A Post Mortem

As we consider the events of the past week, Capitol Briefing is still reeling from the miracle that occurred at precisely 4:34 p.m. Thursday: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had run out of things to say. Yes, Schumer -- who's both respected and reviled for his stamina in front of a...

By Paul Kane  |  April 20, 2007; 11:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Hearing Watch , Senate  
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With 'Friends' Like These, AG May Be in Trouble

If Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is in need of someone to pull him back from the edge of the political plank, he hasn't gotten any help today from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In fact, the most conservative member of the panel -- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) -- just...

By Paul Kane  |  April 19, 2007; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
Categories:  Hearing Watch , Senate  
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Specter vs. Gonzales -- Round 1

Less than a minute into his questioning, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) snapped at Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in an exchange that didn't bode well for Gonzales and his much ballyhooed make-or-break testimony in defending his role in the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys. The unexpected attack from the committee's top...

By Paul Kane  |  April 19, 2007; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (182)
Categories:  Hearing Watch , Senate  
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Ethics Switch Signals Long Domenici Probe

The Senate Ethics Committee sent its strongest signal yet that it is digging in for a long and serious examination of Sen. Pete Domenici's (R-N.M.) role in the firing of a U.S. attorney. Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) recused himself last night from the investigation into the dismissal of David C....

By Paul Kane  |  April 18, 2007; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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Pelosi, Reid Winning Approval

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) both maintained strong approval ratings as they passed the 100-day mark as leaders of their chambers, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. While a growing share of the public views her poorly, Pelosi still had a...

By Paul Kane  |  April 17, 2007; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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Virginia Delegation Heading to Blacksburg

The entire Virginia congressional delegation is expected to trek to the campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., tomorrow to show support and assess needs at the site of today's mass murder, aides said. Sens. John Warner (R-Va.) and James Webb (D-Va.) will lead the delegation to determine what...

By Paul Kane  |  April 16, 2007; 9:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Freshmen 42: The Money Chase

A majority of the most politically endangered freshmen House Democrats set out to raise campaign cash quickly in the first quarter of 2007, according to a review of reports filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission. Many of the Freshmen 42 -- those first-term House Democrats whose victories handed the...

By Paul Kane  |  April 16, 2007; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  House  
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