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Capitol Briefing: September 23, 2007 - September 29, 2007

Local Officials Again Reject Alaskans' Earmarks

It was a long, hot summer for Alaska's two senior members of Congress -- Sen. Ted Stevens (R) and Rep. Don Young (R -- as both came under scrutiny in a burgeoning corruption investigation in their home state. And now even their earmarking power is losing some of its pop....

By Paul Kane  |  September 28, 2007; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Purse Strings  
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Craig: 'I Will Continue My Work'

EDINA, Minn. -- Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) just made it official that he will remain in the Senate, presumably until Judge Charles A. Porter issues a ruling here on the Idaho Republican's effort to withdraw his guilty plea to disorderly conduct in an airport men's restroom. Here's Craig's statement from...

By Paul Kane  |  September 26, 2007; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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Judge in Craig Case 'Doesn't Suffer Fools'

EDINA, Minn. -- The star of today's legal proceedings is not Sen. Larry Craig, the Idaho Republican who's trying desperately to rescue his political career. Instead, it's Judge Charles Porter, who effectively holds Craig's legal and political fate in his hands. While the two figures could not find themselves in...

By Paul Kane  |  September 26, 2007; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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The Narrow Stall at the Heart of Craig's Widening Legal Fight

MINNEAPOLIS -- Let's say this much for the infamous restroom in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: It's got some pretty narrow stalls, barely 32 inches wide. Capitol Briefing -- on the scene for Wednesday's hearing on Sen. Larry Craig's (R-Idaho) bid to withdraw his guilty plea for disorderly conduct in...

By Paul Kane  |  September 26, 2007; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
Categories:  Senate  
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S-CHIP Showdown Could Affect 2008 Races

The House is set to vote tonight on a key provision of the Democratic Party's domestic agenda -- expanding the federal-state Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). President Bush has threatened to veto the measure. But Democrats want Republicans to be thinking of Bailey, a little girl from Texas who, as...

By Paul Kane  |  September 25, 2007; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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McConnell Works to Turn Critics' Attacks Into Strengths

The 2008 Kentucky Senate race is providing a political lesson on the ancient Chinese military text, "The Art of War." And in this 21st century senatorial showdown, both sides are trying to turn the other's strengths into weaknesses. A screenshot of the e-mail McConnell sent to supporters. Minority Leader Mitch...

By Paul Kane  |  September 25, 2007; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Senate  
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