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Capitol Briefing: February 17, 2008 - February 23, 2008

Rep. Renzi Indicted

Rep. Rick Renzi (R) was indicted today on multiple charges by a federal grand jury looking into a controversial land deal in his home state of Arizona. Here is a copy of the indictment. Will the indicted congressman resign? (AP File Photo) Under heavy pressure from House GOP leaders, Renzi...

By Ben Pershing  |  February 22, 2008; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Chat With Capitol Briefing

Just what you've always wanted -- a chance to talk politics with Capitol Briefing for a whole hour. If you've got questions, start sending them now and then log on at 11 a.m. EST for the Post Politics Hour live discussion....

By Ben Pershing  |  February 22, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Shadegg Reverses Course, Will Run for Reelection

Just 10 days after announcing he would not run for reelection in the fall, Arizona Rep. John Shadegg (R) reversed course today and said he would be on the November ballot after all. "I expected my decision would elicit little reaction here in Arizona, and less in Washington," Shadegg said...

By Ben Pershing  |  February 21, 2008; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , House  
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Rep. Jefferson's Trial Delayed

Spectators hoping to snag a seat at next week's trial of Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson (D) on bribery charges are going to have to wait a little longer, as the proceedings have now been delayed following a new appeal from the defense. Jury selection for the trial had been scheduled...

By Ben Pershing  |  February 21, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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McKinney Looking for Another Comeback

While Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) battle it out for the Democratic presidential nomination, another (former) Democratic lawmaker is working toward her own party's nod for the November ballot. Ex-Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney is running for the Green Party's nomination for president. She won the Statehood...

By Ben Pershing  |  February 21, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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FISA Fight Focuses on Trial Lawyers

Recess week has generally been quiet so far on Capitol Hill, except for the sound of press releases still whizzing back and forth on this past weekend's expiration of the terrorist surveillance law. While the releases have been hitting familiar notes -- Republicans say Democrats are putting our security in...

By Ben Pershing  |  February 20, 2008; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Agenda  
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Will McCain Quit the Senate?

On May 15, 1996, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole announced he was resigning from the chamber in order to focus on a presidential campaign that seemed to be slipping away from him. "My time to leave this office has come," he said, "and I will seek the presidency with nothing...

By Ben Pershing  |  February 19, 2008; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Senate  
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The Other FISA Debate

Amid the titanic fight last week over the expiration of the terrorist surveillance law, there was another, less intense debate brewing below the surface. This wasn't your standard Republican vs. Democrat debate. It cut across all lines, pitting executive branch agencies against each other, prompting disagreements among lawmakers of the...

By Ben Pershing  |  February 17, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Agenda , Branch vs. Branch  
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