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Capitol Briefing: September 9, 2007 - September 15, 2007

Jack Reed: Key Democratic Player on Iraq

The man delivering the Democratic response to President Bush's speech on Iraq tonight is a behind-the-scenes force in Senate Democratic politics: Jack Reed (D-R.I.). Diminutive in stature and in political profile, the second-term, 57-year-old senator has become one of the most important voices on military policy in his party. He...

By Paul Kane  |  September 13, 2007; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Iraq  
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Freshmen 42: The Fight Over SCHIP

A handful of freshman House Democrats are at the center of a fight over whether to expand a children's insurance program. The five -- Michael Arcuri (N.Y.), Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Steve Kagen (Wisc.) and Tim Mahoney (Fla.) -- have already been hit by insurance industry ads attacking...

By Paul Kane  |  September 13, 2007; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  House  
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Ranking the Most Powerful in Congress

Who's got more power on Capitol Hill, Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi? Are young guns with political capital like Rahm Emanuel running the show, or is it better to have subpoena power like Henry Waxman? While there really are no official answers to questions like these, two recent power rankings...

By Paul Kane  |  September 12, 2007; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Craig Hearing Set for Sept. 26 Before Judge Accused of Bias

Larry Craig will have his day in court - Sept. 26 -- and it has been scheduled quickly enough that he might meet his self-imposed deadline for resolving his criminal fight so he can return to the Senate and complete his term. And just to add to the drama of...

By Paul Kane  |  September 11, 2007; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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