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Capitol Briefing: November 11, 2007 - November 17, 2007

Congressional Thanksgiving: So Much to Do, So Little Time

Casting a flurry of votes on both ends of the Capitol last night and this morning, the House and Senate have now adjourned for a two-week Thanksgiving recess that leaves them with an overwhelming amount of work left to finish. Lawmakers will return to Capitol Hill in early December for...

By Paul Kane  |  November 16, 2007; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , GOP Leaders , House , Senate  
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Hastert's Farewell: 'My Heart is Still Here'

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By Paul Kane  |  November 15, 2007; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , House  
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Reid a No-Show for Las Vegas Debate

Things have gotten so tense and chaotic on Capitol Hill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is reluctantly skipping tonight's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas after working tirelessly to turn his home state into a player in the early primary season. Just days after offering to hug Minority...

By Paul Kane  |  November 15, 2007; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Spending Battle Heats Up On Hill

With another veto Tuesday, President Bush and congressional Democrats headed deeper into their showdown over the trillions of dollars in annual spending it takes to keep the federal government running. And both the left and the right are taking steps to frame the debate to their political advantage in the...

By Paul Kane  |  November 13, 2007; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fallen in Iraq, Soldiers Honored with Post Offices in Their Name

Some day later this week the House will overwhelmingly pass H.R. 3974, a bill renaming a U.S. Post Office on Sam Bass Road in Round Rock, Texas. With a population of less than 90,000, the small city just north of Austin boasts of being the 13th safest city in the...

By Paul Kane  |  November 11, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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