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Capitol Briefing: May 20, 2007 - May 26, 2007

McCain Returns to Senate

At 12:36 p.m. today, the Senate doors were held open today by pages as a stream of senators trudged on to the chamber floor to cast a vote on an immigration bill amendment relating to children of Filipino veterans of World War II - and John McCain (R-Ariz.) was among...

By Paul Kane  |  May 24, 2007; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Freshmen 42: Taking Iraq Heat on Both Flanks

[The following post is a combined effort of washingtonpost.com's Ed O'Keefe, who spoke with the MoveOn.org's Eli Pariser yesterday, and Paul Kane.] As the House prepares to vote on the Iraq war funding compromise, freshmen Democrats find themselves catching flak from both their left and right flanks politically. The liberal...

By Paul Kane  |  May 24, 2007; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Goodling's lawyer told Dems to ask about AG

So, just how did Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) know to ask all those probing, dramatic questions about the mid-March meeting between Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and Monica Goodling? Her lawyer told him to ask, that's how. And now Democrats are questioning whether Gonzales misrepresented the facts to them less...

By Paul Kane  |  May 23, 2007; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Goodling: Talk with AG was 'uncomfortable'

Monica Goodling capped her testimony today by recalling her last conversation with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and saying she felt uncomfortable when Gonzales began recalling for her his understanding of the process that led to the firings of nine U.S. attorneys last year. Her gripping comments before the House Judiciary...

By Paul Kane  |  May 23, 2007; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Holy war on Regent's legal credentials

A mild holy war has broken out in 2141 Rayburn, as House Republicans are furious at Democrats on the Judiciary Committee for questioning the legal credentials of Monica Goodling as a law school graduate from Pat Robertson's Regent University in Virginia Beach. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), in the last set...

By Paul Kane  |  May 23, 2007; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Goodling: ISO 'Ideologically compatible' DOJ staff

Moderate Republicans and Democrats need not apply. That's the recurring confession of Monica Goodling's at today's House Judiciary Committee hearing into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys last year. Goodling is openly admitting that she, at a minimum, "crossed" the line and considered political party affiliation in hiring career prosecutors...

By Paul Kane  |  May 23, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Goodling comes out swinging against deputy attorney general

In her opening statement, Monica Goodling attacked outgoing Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, accusing McNulty of not being "fully candid" in his remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee and then inappropriately blaming her for not fully briefing him. "The allegation is false. I did not withhold information from the deputy,"...

By Paul Kane  |  May 23, 2007; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Monica Goodling day on Capitol Hill

It's Monica Goodling day here in the House Judiciary Committee! She's the former counsel and White House liaison for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the 33-year-old ex-Justice Department aide who refused to testify in the congressional investigations into the firings of U.S. attorneys in 2006. A central figure in the e-mails...

By Paul Kane  |  May 23, 2007; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Vote on Murtha Along Party Lines -- Mostly

As expected, the House voted largely on party lines dismissing a resolution that would have reprimanded Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) for allegedly threatening to deny funding for a Republican House member's district. The final tally included 219 votes to table the resolution, effectively killing it, with 189 votes against Murtha....

By Paul Kane  |  May 23, 2007; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Kucinich: present and accounted for

While Capitol Briefing has monitored the voting patterns of the more well known senators running for the White House, let's take a look today at the House members whose presidential campaigns are, well, slightly longer shots. Four House members have joined a half dozen senators as declared candidates for president,...

By Paul Kane  |  May 22, 2007; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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House faces vote on Murtha allegation

House Democrats are likely to delay at least until tomorrow a vote on a resolution that would reprimand Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) for allegedly threatening to block any defense spending sponsored by a Michigan Republican. Senior Democratic aides said they still expect to win on a largely party-line vote, which...

By Paul Kane  |  May 21, 2007; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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