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Capitol Briefing: July 29, 2007 - August 4, 2007

House close to ending "remarkable week"

The House has moved a couple steps closer to adjourning until after Labor Day, after approving a pair of energy bills Saturday evening that have been high on the Democratic agenda. Vowing to march on past midnight if necessary, Democrats will have quite a checklist of accomplishments from this past...

By Paul Kane  |  August 4, 2007; 9:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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"Enough" Already, House Still in Political Quagmire

The House is digging even deeper into a political quagmire this weekend as -- are you ready? -- Republicans are considering how to officially protest the deletions of clearly audible comments Friday night by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) from the Congressional Record. Yes, with Congress still facing a...

By Paul Kane  |  August 4, 2007; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Special Committee Formed to Examine Vote Controversy

Here's an update to today's zaniness in the House regarding the disputed vote Thursday night on a Republican motion: A special committee is being formed to investigate. In an almost unheard of maneuver, the House unanimously agreed to create a special committee -- complete with subpoena power -- to review...

By Paul Kane  |  August 3, 2007; 10:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  House  
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The House Fades into "Blue Screen" as Chaos Reigns

The House is back to "blue screen" - the picture of the Capitol dome with the blue sky above it shown on the internal Capitol television system with the words "recess subject to the call of the chair" across the bottom. And blue screen often means something has gone terribly...

By Paul Kane  |  August 3, 2007; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  House  
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Ethics Vote Could Signal GOP Tensions

For the second time in five weeks, Senate Republican leaders split votes on critical legislation, possibly signaling leadership tensions as Democrats head into an August recess with several legislative victories under their belt. On today's overwhelming vote approving an ethics and lobbying reform plan, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and...

By Paul Kane  |  August 2, 2007; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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New Ethics Panel 'Not Even Close'

Even as they pass a set of broad lobbying reforms, House Democrats have run into a wall with their consideration of a new internal commission to handle ethics complaints, particularly from outside watchdog groups. Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.), who is heading a task force studying the idea of a...

By Paul Kane  |  August 1, 2007; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Guest Post: Following Stevens PAC Money

Ethics has been the topic du jour on Capitol Hill today, with the House passing its lobbying reform measure by a landslide 411-8 vote. And the fallout continues after yesterday's FBI raid of Sen. Ted Steven's (R-Alaska) Anchorage home. Stevens and other Alaska politicians are being investigated in connection with...

By Paul Kane  |  July 31, 2007; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Stevens Raid May Boost Ethics Reform

Supporters of an ethics and lobbying reform package hitting the House floor today received one more symbolic shot in the arm yesterday when federal agents raided the Alaska home of Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in chamber history, as part of a broadening corruption investigation in the Frontier...

By Paul Kane  |  July 31, 2007; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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Pelosi's Favorites

Between early May and late June House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) identified six candidates she considers to be the top Democratic challengers to GOP incumbents. She did so by giving them cash for their campaigns. Pelosi's largesse toward Democratic candidates is nothing out of the ordinary. Through her leadership political...

By Paul Kane  |  July 30, 2007; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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