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Capitol Briefing: October 14, 2007 - October 20, 2007

Speaker Rebukes Rep. Stark Over Comments During SCHIP Debate

In what has become something of a routine move, Democratic leaders attempted to distance themselves from controversial remarks made by 18-term Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) late Friday issued a statement condemning Stark's controversial language during the debate before Thursday's failed vote to override President Bush's...

By Paul Kane  |  October 19, 2007; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , House  
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Obama: DOJ Official Must Be Fired

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) today called on the Justice Department to fire a top official over controversial comments the official made about minorities. John K. Tanner, chief of the voting rights section in the Justice Department's civil rights division, recently told a Latino group in Los Angeles that "minorities don't...

By Paul Kane  |  October 19, 2007; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch , Senate  
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Mukasey, Leahy Have 'Meat Locker' Hearing

So much for the warm feelings that abounded throughout yesterday's confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey. About 90 minutes into this morning's tense round of questioning, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) looked around at his staff and complained the room felt like a "meat locker."...

By Paul Kane  |  October 18, 2007; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hearing Watch  
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Mukasey Hearing Getting Good Karma

Maybe it's the karma in the air from the Dalai Lama's visit to the Capitol, but everything is so peaceful this time around in 216 Hart, the room where Michael B. Mukasey is undergoing his confirmation hearing for attorney general. In the same room, almost six months ago to the...

By Paul Kane  |  October 17, 2007; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hearing Watch , Senate  
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Jefferson, Doolittle Face Major Cash Crunch

The two House members facing the most difficult legal challenges have almost hit political bankruptcy, with neither lawmaker raising much money last quarter and both sitting on large debts. Reps. William Jefferson (D-La.), indicted last spring on dozens of counts of corruption and influence peddling, and John Doolittle (D-Calif.), facing...

By Paul Kane  |  October 17, 2007; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Lieberman, Schumer Will Introduce Mukasey

Former U.S. District Court judge and attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey's Wednesday confirmation hearing is expected to be one of the most bipartisan nominations of the entire Bush administration. Democrats are already signaling that confirmation is likely. The current plan calls for Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen....

By Paul Kane  |  October 16, 2007; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hearing Watch  
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Pelosi Hands Out Cash to Favorite House Candidates

The FEC's quarterly fund-raising deadline is today, providing us with a glimpse into the thinking of which races are getting the most attention from congressional leaders. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) political operation is increasingly focused expanding the playing field for Democratic challengers trying unseat GOP incumbents or those candidates...

By Paul Kane  |  October 15, 2007; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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