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Capitol Briefing: August 12, 2007 - August 18, 2007

Fla. County Says 'No Thanks' to $10 million Earmark

In a highly rare move, a local planning commission in Southwest Florida today overwhelmingly voted to reject a $10 million congressional earmark for a highway project, declaring that local officials never wanted the money in the first place. The Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization passed a resolution pleading for Congress...

By Paul Kane  |  August 17, 2007; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  House , Purse Strings  
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The House GOP Leaders' Precipitous Fall

The dissolution of a once proud House Republican leadership team is near complete. Dennis Hastert (Ill.), the affable wrestling-coach-turned-House-speaker, and Deborah Pryce (Ohio), the former head of the GOP Conference, both announced this week that they do not plan to stand for reelection next year, ending political careers that total...

By Paul Kane  |  August 17, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  House  
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How Rove Hopes to Avoid Capitol Hill

Now that Karl Rove has announced his plans to leave the White House, it's never too soon to look at the legal fallout from his decision. Rove, President Bush's top political adviser for more than 12 years, could be held in contempt of Congress for his refusal to appear before...

By Paul Kane  |  August 13, 2007; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch  
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