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Capitol Briefing: July 8, 2007 - July 14, 2007

Scorecard: The Iraq Debate So Far

****Thursday's House Action**** Roll Call 624, Responsible Redeployment From Iraq Act (Passed): With a 223-201 vote, the House once again voted to set a deadline for ending major military actions in Iraq, a move that came despite a highly unified Republican opposition to any timeline for withdrawal. A look at...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  July 13, 2007; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Iraq  
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The House's Iraq Vote: A Look at the 'Defectors'

With a 223-201 vote, the House has once again voted to set a deadline for ending major military actions in Iraq, a move that came despite a highly unified Republican opposition to any timeline for withdrawal. The final tally was similar to previous votes that included strong withdrawal language. This...

By Paul Kane  |  July 12, 2007; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  House , Iraq  
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Dems Hint at Constitutional Showdown Over Miers' No-Show

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee raised the ante Tuesday in their constitutional showdown with the White House, staring at the empty chair where former White House Counsel Harriet Miers was intended to sit and declaring President Bush's claim of executive privilege invalid. Of course, the declaration has no force...

By Paul Kane  |  July 12, 2007; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  House  
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Specter: Taylor Can't Come Out a 'Winner'

If half the battle in politics is just showing up, Sara M. Taylor did just that with her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. One of Taylor's goals today clearly was to protect President Bush -- whom she said she still admires for his "unflinching devotion" to doing what he...

By Paul Kane  |  July 11, 2007; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Senate  
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Taylor Walking Fine Line in Testimony

It took just nine minutes into the question-and-answer session this morning for Sara M. Taylor to make her first "very-clear-letter" reference. The former White House political director, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee about its ongoing investigation into the firings last year of U.S. attorneys, was asked whether she had...

By Paul Kane  |  July 11, 2007; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
Categories:  Hearing Watch  
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Weaver Always Spent Big on McCain's Behalf

It should come as no surprise to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that his top political adviser was a spendthrift -- in the first half of 2001 he rang up $18,000 in hotel bills. The adviser, John Weaver, resigned Tuesday along with campaign manager Terry Nelson from the McCain presidential campaign,...

By Paul Kane  |  July 10, 2007; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Top Byrd Adviser Leaving Hill, Joining ONE

Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.) has lost one of his most trusted advisers in Tom Gavin, the communications director for the Appropriations Committee. Gavin is leaving Byrd's staff to join the ONE Campaign, the non-profit group co-founded by U2 singer Bono designed to lobby Washington about fighting third world...

By Paul Kane  |  July 9, 2007; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Senate  
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Pelosi and Her Allies Use Flight Home to Strategize

Here are some additional insights to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from Post congressional correspondent Jonathan Weisman, who profiled Pelosi in today's Post. For most West Coast lawmakers, the weekend flight from Washington to California is a time to rest, catch up on sleep, maybe read a brief or two, or...

By Eric Pianin  |  July 9, 2007; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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