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Capitol Briefing: June 3, 2007 - June 9, 2007

Immigration Debate: Three up, Three down

The fallout from last night's crushing blow to the Senate's immigration legislation is being felt across the political landscape, affecting everything from the chamber's calendar for the remainder of the year to the 2008 presidential campaign season and next year's congressional racesl. The failed vote to move toward final passage...

By Paul Kane  |  June 8, 2007; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wyoming U.S. Attorney Quits, Plays Coy on Senate Appointment

In a move that could signal his hopes to replace the late Sen. Craig Thomas, the U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, Matthew Mead, has resigned, effective immediately. In an interview with The Washington Post's Dan Eggen, Mead said he submitted his resignation Wednesday and made it effective at the close of...

By Paul Kane  |  June 7, 2007; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Senate  
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Van Hollen Sees 60 Seats in Play, Roughly Partisan Parity

With President Bush's continued unpopularity, House Democrats now believe that the 2008 political environment will allow them to play as much offense against Republican incumbents as they have to play defense of their own seats. According to a new memo from Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of the Democratic...

By Paul Kane  |  June 7, 2007; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  House  
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Democrats Look to Anchorage Mayor

With a trio of stories today involving ethical allegations against Alaska Republicans, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich's phone started ringing early with calls from Capitol Hill. Begich, a popular mayor who won his second three-year term a year ago, is being courted to challenge one or the other of Alaska's longtime...

By Paul Kane  |  June 7, 2007; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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In Today's Post: Stevens Told to Keep Records for Graft Probe

Capitol Briefing blogger Paul Kane had the following front-page story in today's Washington Post: Sen. Stevens Told to Keep Records for Graft Probe "Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, disclosed in an interview that the FBI asked him to preserve records as part of a widening investigation...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  June 7, 2007; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Senate  
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War Brings Down Democrats' Approval Ratings

Heading into a legislative stretch focused on domestic issues, congressional Democrats just received a not-so-flattering report card on their early efforts to thwart President Bush's handling of the Iraq war. Democrats saw a sizeable drop in their job approval ratings over the past six weeks, with 44 percent of poll...

By Paul Kane  |  June 5, 2007; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Iraq  
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Republicans Hope to Force Jefferson Vote

The fallout from Rep. William Jefferson's 16-count indictment on bribery, racketeering, money laundering and other charges is moving quickly across Capitol Hill and down into his New Orleans-based district. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) plans to immediately put Democrats on the spot by offering a privileged resolution giving the...

By Paul Kane  |  June 4, 2007; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  House  
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McCain vs. Shadegg: Divergent immigration views

Perhaps nothing better illustrates the chasm among Republicans over immigration than the views - offered 24 hours apart - of two key Arizona Republicans in Congress, with two dramatically different outlooks on the proposed legislation in the Senate. Sen. John McCain offered a robust defense of the plan today at...

By Paul Kane  |  June 4, 2007; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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