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Capitol Briefing: October 28, 2007 - November 3, 2007

Mukasey's Prospects Uncertain as Reid Criticizes His Stand on Torture

Making confirmation prospects even more uncertain, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today denounced Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey's refusal to comment on the legality of harsh CIA interrogation techniques while Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) announced his opposition to the nomination. Reid said he was withholding his official...

By Paul Kane  |  November 1, 2007; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Senate  
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Kennedy, Back From Surgery, Hits Ground Running

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) is back in the chamber today after a 2 1/2-week recuperation from a blocked artery surgery, and boy does he want everyone to know he's back. In the span of a few hours, Kennedy joined with House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) in...

By Paul Kane  |  October 30, 2007; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Senate Ethics Approves Multiple Airline Tickets

The Senate Ethics Committee has officially ruled that senators can book multiple flights for the same trip and just use one ticket without breaking the chamber's new zero-tolerance gift ban. As Capitol Briefing has previously reported, an airline industry legal opinion last month created havoc among Senate staff whose job...

By Paul Kane  |  October 29, 2007; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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