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Capitol Briefing: May 6, 2007 - May 12, 2007

Senate GOP: Light at the End of the Iraq Tunnel?

The political battle over positioning on the Iraq war has unquestionably been The Story so far in the 110th Congress. Domestic issues have taken a substantial backseat to, first, the symbolic fight to pass non-binding language opposing President Bush's troop surge into Baghdad, followed by the two-month-and-counting battle over the...

By Paul Kane  |  May 11, 2007; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Iraq , Senate  
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Gonzales Finds More Friends in Latest Trip to the Hill

To use a sports analogy, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales doesn't care for playing away games. And three weeks ago, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gonzales was very much on the road facing a hostile crowd of Democrats and Republicans who felt they weren't getting straight answers from the AG...

By Paul Kane  |  May 11, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hearing Watch , House  
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Gonzales Hearing Update: No More Pink

Code Pink is the proper name for the organization that the anti-war protestors belong to, and here's an update on their status at the House hearing where the attorney general is answering questions about the U.S. attorney firings: They've been completely ousted from the hearing room. About eight Code Pink...

By Paul Kane  |  May 10, 2007; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hearing Watch , House  
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Gonzales Hearing Turns 'Pink'

OK, this time around, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's appearance on Capitol Hill began with an act of dignity by the majority. Then the partisan sparks started flying, providing the appearance that House Republicans are much more aggressively defending Gonzales than their Senate GOP counterparts did three weeks ago. The hearing...

By Paul Kane  |  May 10, 2007; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hearing Watch , House  
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A Brewing Battle Over House Committee Assignments

Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives are involved in an increasingly bitter skirmish over one of the most routine congressional acts -- approving committee assignments. Yesterday, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that senior Republicans had approved Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) to take a seat on the...

By Paul Kane  |  May 10, 2007; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Gonzales Will Stay on Message at Thurs. House Hearing

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will again apologize for the "process" that led to the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys last year, acknowledging that he should have ensured a "more vigorous" evaluation of the federal prosecutors, according to prepared remarks to be delivered tomorrow on Capitol Hill. Gonzales, who is scheduled...

By Paul Kane  |  May 9, 2007; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Hearing Watch  
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All Aboard the Climate Change Express

For the latest sign of the political resonance of the global warming issue, check out the list of cosponsors that Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) have lined up for their bill to combat greenhouse gasses. All four Senate Democrats seeking the 2008 presidential nomination are signed on...

By Paul Kane  |  May 8, 2007; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Senate  
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Frist Opens Non-Federal PAC Account

Here's quick update to last week's post about former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn): He just opened a non-federal account for his Volunteer PAC. This means Frist will have two accounts for his political action committee, one raising money to support House, Senate and presidential candidates; the other will...

By Paul Kane  |  May 7, 2007; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fundraising Circuit , Senate  
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