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Capitol Briefing: October 21, 2007 - October 27, 2007

McCain Absent for Vote on Woodstock Earmark

John McCain wasn't at Woodstock, nor was he on hand in the Senate last week to help kill the $1 million earmark that Hillary Rodham Clinton wanted for a museum honoring the 1969 music festival. The Arizona senator's presidential campaign has been making political hay over earmark, hammering Clinton for...

By Paul Kane  |  October 26, 2007; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Purse Strings , Senate  
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What Has the Record-Setting House Achieved?

The House this week surpassed the 1,000-vote mark for the first time in a single year, a milestone hailed by the Democrats as a sign of the new majority's hard-working commitment to reshaping the domestic and foreign policy agenda. But House Republicans see it much differently, saying the record-setting roll...

By Paul Kane  |  October 26, 2007; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  House  
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Dems Still Short of GOP Votes for Veto-Proof SCHIP Majority

The third time was not the charm for House Democrats, as they failed today to grow their bipartisan majority for expanding a children's insurance program beyond the two-thirds majority needed to override President Bush's veto of the legislation. In forcing a vote on a re-tailored $35 billion expansion of the...

By Paul Kane  |  October 25, 2007; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  House  
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Facing Tough Polls, Reid Brings Back Key Aide

With his popularity at home taking a beating, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is bringing back one of his most trusted advisers, shoring up his internal political team three years before he faces re-election in the Silver State. Susan McCue, Reid's former chief of staff, is leaving as president...

By Paul Kane  |  October 24, 2007; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Senate  
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Aides to Republicans, Democrats Offered Up to Donors

Just a few blocks apart tonight, Senate Democrats and Republicans are hosting separate big-dollar fund-raising events but with the exact same drawing card: the guys (and gals) behind the guys (and gals). Both the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are holding fundraisers where the guests...

By Paul Kane  |  October 23, 2007; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fundraising Circuit  
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Alaska Democrats Try to 'Retire' Ted Stevens

Alaska Democrats have turned up the volume in their attacks on the leading Republicans in their state, showing their intention to wage aggressive campaigns next fall against Sen. Ted Stevens (R) and Rep. Don Young (R). Today the Alaska Democratic Party unveiled a new Web site, www.retireted.com, that chronicles the...

By Paul Kane  |  October 23, 2007; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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