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Capitol Briefing: April 29, 2007 - May 5, 2007

McConnell's Pick: Any Given Saturday

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made his big decision for the year: Any Given Saturday. Any Given Saturday is McConnell's pick to win tomorrow's 133rd Run for the Roses, better known as the Kentucky Derby. While it may just be a horse race to most of us, the...

By Paul Kane  |  May 4, 2007; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Senate  
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DOJ vs. DOJ: Two Views on the U.S. Attorney Firings

Almost exactly two months apart, two different Justice Department officials (one current, one former) appeared before the same House subcommittee in the same room in the Rayburn office building to talk about the same topic -- the performance of U.S. attorneys. On March 6, William E. Moschella, the principal associate...

By Paul Kane  |  May 4, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Hearing Watch  
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Clinton Joins Effort to 'Deauthorize' Iraq war

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) today signed on to legislation that would deauthorize the Iraq war, her strongest anti-war position in the four-and-a-half years since she joined an overwhelming majority of Democrats and Republicans in approving the war. Clinton, who has been dogged by anti-war liberals over her previous support...

By Paul Kane  |  May 3, 2007; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Iraq , Senate  
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Frist still raising money, politically engaged

For a guy who officially lists himself as "retired", Bill Frist sure is politically active. After retiring as Senate majority leader in early January, the Tennessee Republican raised more than $280,000 for his political action committee. He's spent more than $350,000 on a political operation that still includes several consultants...

By Paul Kane  |  May 3, 2007; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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FEC fines soaring

Quick follow up from today's earlier post: Tom DeLay's not the only politician who runs afoul of political fundraising rules. Minutes after filing the item on DeLay's committee closing up shop, the Federal Election Commission issued a statement declaring it had roped in more than $1.1 million in civil fines...

By Paul Kane  |  May 1, 2007; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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DeLay's PAC closes shop

The political action committee for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) was quietly closed last week after a decade-long run as one of the most influential - and infamous - PACs run by members of Congress. With a final $1,400 payment to the Federal Election Commission last month settling...

By Paul Kane  |  May 1, 2007; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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