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Capitol Briefing: July 1, 2007 - July 7, 2007

Clyburn Does Heavy Political Lifting for Dems

Beyond just counting votes, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) has set out to become a political force inside the House Democratic caucus as the majority whip. Clyburn is the top donor to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee so far this year, turning over $600,000 from his own re-election campaign to the...

By Paul Kane  |  July 6, 2007; 6:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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Domenici part of senior Republican defection to new Iraq policy

Sen. Pete Domenici delivered the latest political body blow to President Bush's war policy today, as the New Mexico Republican announced his support for a bipartisan bill calling for redeployment of troops in the first quarter of 2008. As I wrote in the story for washingtonpost.com this afternoon, Domenici endorsed...

By Paul Kane  |  July 5, 2007; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Schumer's Political Libby Pitch

Well, that didn't take long. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, chaired by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), has turned the commutation of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence into a political pitch to its supporters. The pitch landed in Capitol Briefing's personal e-mail inbox at 1:28 p.m. EDT, less than 20...

By Paul Kane  |  July 3, 2007; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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Boehner, From Russia With Love ... for Libby

Shortly before 10 a.m. ET today, House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) became the highest ranking congressional Republican to speak out on President Bush's decision Monday to commute I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 30-month prison sentence. Boehner's belated statement is more understandable than the silence of most other GOP leaders, since...

By Paul Kane  |  July 3, 2007; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  House  
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Among GOP Lawmakers, All's Quiet on the Libby Front

It's 8 p.m. on Capitol Hill as I type, and all is silent ... on the Republican side of the aisle, at least. Late Monday afternoon, President Bush dropped a political bombshell, commuting the 30-month prison sentence given to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby for lying to investigators and a grand...

By Paul Kane  |  July 3, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Kucinich No Longer Alone in Seeking Cheney Impeachment

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is no longer "standing alone" when it comes to calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. On the same day the House failed to de-fund the Office of the Vice President, the chamber crossed another anti-Cheney milestone: Kucinich entered double digits in terms of...

By Paul Kane  |  July 2, 2007; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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