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Capitol Briefing: April 22, 2007 - April 28, 2007

Fired U.S. Attorneys Will Meet in Seattle

Normally, anything labeled "public policy forum" in the e-mail in-box gets automatically deleted here at Capitol Briefing, especially when it's being hosted in the "other" Washington, way out in Seattle. But when it's a public policy forum on U.S. attorneys hosted by none other than John McKay, Capitol Briefing takes...

By Paul Kane  |  April 27, 2007; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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McCain: Most absentee '08 Senator

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), missing another major vote on the Iraq war today in favor of presidential campaigning, has pulled far ahead of his 2008 rivals in at least one category: absenteeism. McCain, who missed today's vote while campaigning in South Carolina as part of another re-launch of his White...

By Paul Kane  |  April 26, 2007; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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War spending bill going to White House next week

With the passage of the $124 billion supplemental spending bill in the House and the Senate, the Democratic-controlled Congress will be serving up its first piece of legislation strictly defying President Bush and set the stage for a veto some time next week. The Senate gave final passage to the...

By Paul Kane  |  April 26, 2007; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Majority of Republicans backed immunity for ex-Justice aide

The House Judiciary Committee approved an immunity-for-testimony deal today for a key former aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, as I reported on washingtonpost.com earlier today. It's the boldest move to date by either the House or Senate Judiciary committees, both of which are conducting parallel probes of the firings...

By Paul Kane  |  April 25, 2007; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hoyer on Impeachment: No Thoughts

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is back on with his plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney, scoring a symbolic victory for the anti-war liberals. But, bad news for impeachment backers: as of now, it's not happening. This is in no way a statement one way or...

By Paul Kane  |  April 24, 2007; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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Dems push corruption issue for lobby reform

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) is breaking out last year's political playbook for a "culture-of-corruption" replay that he hopes will help bring legislative success in rallying support for lobbying reform this spring on top of last fall's electoral success. "The issue of the culture of corruption still casts a big shadow,"...

By Paul Kane  |  April 24, 2007; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Byrd "Under the Weather"

The Senate's leading anti-war Democrat, Robert C. Byrd (W. Va.), is ill and did not run a meeting of lawmakers this afternoon that hammered out a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the more than $120 billion supplemental spending bill for the Iraq war and other key issues....

By Paul Kane  |  April 23, 2007; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Senate  
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Reid: "We Should Be Addressing ..."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today delivered a stinging speech on the state of President Bush's Iraq policy, setting up the expected showdown later this week when the House and Senate are expected to pass a supplemental spending bill that includes a deadline for withdrawing American troops from Iraq....

By Paul Kane  |  April 23, 2007; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Iraq , Senate  
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