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Capitol Briefing: September 16, 2007 - September 22, 2007

Reid's Road to 60: There's Always Next Year

In mid-July Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) kept the chamber in all night to debate a pivotal procedural vote setting a firm deadline for withdrawal from Iraq. Four Republicans sided with him then, but the motion failed. Fast forward to today: In the wake of last week's high-profile congressional...

By Paul Kane  |  September 21, 2007; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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MoveOn.org Takes Multiple Hits in the Senate

Today was MoveOn.org day in the Senate, with the chamber approving multiple resolutions condemning the liberal anti-war group's recent ad attacking General David Petraeus on the eve of last week's congressional testimony. The Senate, by a bipartisan 72-25 vote, passed a resolution that singled out the group for its now...

By Paul Kane  |  September 20, 2007; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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House Ethics Committee Opens Probe into Filner's Airport Altercation

Ethics panels on both ends of the Capitol now are conducting investigations into airport behavior by members of Congress. The House ethics committee announced today that it will investigate Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) for his alleged assault and battery of airline employees at Dulles International Airport on Aug. 19. Filner,...

By Paul Kane  |  September 19, 2007; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Craig's Return: From Legal Briefings to Ag Amendment Backgrounders

(This is a combined reporting effort of Capitol Briefing and The Sleuth.) Trying to behave as if nothing had happened, Larry Craig (R-Idaho) returned to the Capitol and went about his senatorial business today: He made every roll-call vote, chatted up his colleagues to get updates on issues he had...

By Paul Kane  |  September 18, 2007; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Craig returns to the Senate

Larry Craig (R-Idaho) just returned to the Senate floor for the first time since the disclosure of his airport restroom sex-sting plea agreement last month created a groundswell of calls for his resignation from fellow Republicans. Craig cast a vote shortly past noon today - an amendment offered by Sen....

By Paul Kane  |  September 18, 2007; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Senate conservatives know little about Mukasey

Less than a week ago Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) - the two conservative cornerstones of the Senate Judiciary Committee this decade - knew next to nothing about retired U.S. Judge Michael B. Mukasey. Cornyn said that he had heard the former chief judge of the federal...

By Paul Kane  |  September 17, 2007; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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