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Capitol Briefing: June 17, 2007 - June 23, 2007

Another Justice Official Steps Down

Last one out of Justice Department HQ, please turn out the lights. OK, so it's not that bad. But, this afternoon, another top Justice Department official resigned his position in the wake of the U.S. attorney firing scandal. William W. Mercer, who for the past 10 months has been acting...

By Paul Kane  |  June 22, 2007; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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DAG IV: McNulty Returns

Paul McNulty, take four. Like most Hollywood sequels, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty's return to Capitol Hill today was not quite the blockbuster its producers (the House Judiciary Committee) had hoped it would be. Appearing in the committee room he once ruled as a top staffer in the 1990s, McNulty...

By Paul Kane  |  June 21, 2007; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Hearing Watch  
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Jefferson's Long Odds

If recent history is any judge, Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) is facing some long odds in his fight with the Justice Department. Jefferson has been indicted for alleged criminal acts, including taking bribes. Examining media accounts and other historical documents, Capitol Briefing has found that since 1980 at least 17...

By Paul Kane  |  June 21, 2007; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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A Regional Primary System?

Following last week's launch of the Fast Track Campaign special, Capitol Briefing caught up with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) at the end of last week to get a better sense of his plan to introduce legislation that would re-craft the presidential primary season. Alexander, a two-time candidate for the GOP...

By Paul Kane  |  June 19, 2007; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Emanuel's Earmark Curve Ball

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) today displayed his flair for political gamesmanship, releasing a list of two dozen 2008 budget "earmark" requests he has made to the House Appropriations Committee. Rep. Rahm Emanuel puts his earmark cards on the table. (Getty Images) Emanuel, who is No. 4 in the House Democratic...

By Paul Kane  |  June 18, 2007; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  House , Purse Strings  
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