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Capitol Briefing: November 4, 2007 - November 10, 2007

The '08 Battle For the Hill: Clinton vs. Bush

The more you listen to lawmakers on both ends of the Capitol, the more you understand that next year's congressional races may become a proxy in the long-running feud between this era's political version of the Hatfields and McCoys. For voters who have grown tired of the Bush-Clinton wars since...

By Paul Kane  |  November 9, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Senate Narrowly Confirms Mukasey as Attorney General

The Senate reluctantly confirmed the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey to become the 81st attorney general late Thursday night despite widespread displeasure over his answers about the constitutionality of a brutal interrogation tactic used on terrorism suspects. The 53 to 40 vote to confirm President Bush's choice to replace Alberto...

By Eric Pianin  |  November 8, 2007; 11:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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UPDATE: Hoyer: 'Impeachment ... Not on Our Agenda'

After the vote on the impeachment resolution, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) unequivocally said he expects no action taken by the Judiciary Committee to consider the Kucinich articles of impeachment against Vice President Cheney. "The speaker and I have both said impeachment, either of the president or the vice...

By Paul Kane  |  November 6, 2007; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch , House  
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Cheney Impeachment Resolution Sent to House Committee

The House voted today to send a resolution considering the impeachment of Vice President Cheney to the Judiciary Committee, a move that embarrassed Democratic leaders who were forced into the parliamentary tactic to avoid a floor debate on impeachment. Led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the long-shot anti-war candidate for the...

By Paul Kane  |  November 6, 2007; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (388)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch , House  
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AG Nomination Drama Wanes in Senate, Perks Up in House

All the suspense is gone as the Senate Judiciary Committee meets today to approve the nomination of Judge Michael B. Mukasey to succeed Alberto Gonzales as attorney general. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) assured that President Bush would get his choice confirmed by announcing their support for...

By Paul Kane  |  November 6, 2007; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Senate  
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Is Feinstein the Democrats' Next Lieberman?

For the second time in recent months, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) on Friday confirmed that she will break ranks with a majority of her Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, in this case to confirm President Bush's nominee for attorney general. Sen. Feinstein's support for the Mukasey nomination is a...

By Paul Kane  |  November 4, 2007; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
Categories:  Senate  
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