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Capitol Briefing: July 22, 2007 - July 28, 2007

Schumer Regrets Not Leading an Alito Filibuster

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared that his decision not to lead a successful filibuster in January 2006 of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's nomination was one of his "greatest failings" as a senator. In an address to liberal legal scholars of the American Constitution Society, Schumer said that after watching...

By Paul Kane  |  July 27, 2007; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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The U.S. Attorney Investigative Line-up Card

Investigations here, investigations there, investigations of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales everywhere. You almost need a lineup card to keep track of all the investigations targeting the growing scandal at the Justice Department. So, like a baseball manager handing in his batting order at the start of the game, Capitol Briefing...

By Paul Kane  |  July 27, 2007; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch  
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A Contempt Explainer

At 12:14 p.m. ET Wednesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) called out that the report was "agreed to," announcing the panel's formal approval a contempt-of-Congress citation against two senior White House officials. Thus began a complicated process that now requires House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to make the...

By Paul Kane  |  July 26, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Specter to AG: "You expect us to believe that?"

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales uttered a mere 35 words before he was cut off by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Specter, in his first round of questions to Gonzales at Tuesday's Judiciary Committee hearing, asked him to describe a 2004 visit to bed-ridden John Ashcroft, the attorney general at the time...

By Paul Kane  |  July 25, 2007; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Rove-Taylor PowerPoint: GOP "conduct" caused losses, not Iraq

Today's front-page story in the Washington Post about political briefings given to top diplomats and diplomatic agencies such as the Peace Corps provided an extra bounty for those on the left and right who see Karl Rove as the political mastermind behind all things in this White House. In documents...

By Paul Kane  |  July 24, 2007; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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