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Capitol Briefing: March 23, 2008 - March 29, 2008

Dem. Hopefuls Call For Complete Withdrawal From Iraq

More than 40 Democratic House and Senate candidates have endorsed a document stating that "there is no military solution in Iraq" and calling for an end to the war and the removal of all U.S. troops from the country, though not according to any specific timeline. The strategy document, titled...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 27, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Iraq  
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Rep. Wynn to Resign

Maryland Rep. Al Wynn (D) plans to announce as early as today that he will resign from the House to take a job at the D.C.-based law firm Dickstein Shapiro, according to sources. Wynn's move, which was first reported on rollcall.com, comes less than two months after he was defeated...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 27, 2008; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , House  
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Congress Plays the Field

Sometimes Congress can be a lot like kindergarten. There are recesses, though they lack jungle gyms and hopscotch, and there are field trips, though not to the zoo or the local science museum. Actually, members of Congress don't call them field trips, but rather "field hearings," and they are a...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 27, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Hearing Watch  
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Indictment: Hussein Funded Lawmakers' Trip

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused a Michigan nonprofit executive of funnelling money from Saddam Hussein to pay for a 2002 trip to Iraq by three House Democratic lawmakers, according to the Associated Press. The AP says the dates of the 2002 Iraq trip correspond to those of an infamous visit...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 26, 2008; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House , Iraq  
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About That New Ethics Office...

Capitol Briefing's alma mater, Roll Call, had a good story Monday (subscription req'd) about some questionable behavior by a House aide that would make fine fodder for the newly formed Office of Congressional Ethics' first investigation. The story reported that Jerry Hurckes -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski's (D-Ill.) top district aide...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 25, 2008; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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John Edwards: Democratic Pitchman

If you visit the Web site of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee this week, you'll be greeted by the large smiling face of a man who is neither a senator nor a candidate for office -- John Edwards. Of course, Edwards is a former senator from North Carolina and, more...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 24, 2008; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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