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Capitol Briefing: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

It's 3 a.m. and We're Tired of These Ads

In the beginning, there was this ad by Hillary Rodham Clinton: It's 3 a.m., and Barack Obama is naïve and inexperienced (does he even know how the White House phones work??). Then there was Obama's response : It's 3 a.m., and Clinton shouldn't answer the phone because she backed the...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 4, 2008; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Player of the Week: Christopher Dodd

Six months ago yesterday, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) attended a press conference on Capitol Hill with other big-name Democrats to call on the Bush administration to do more to deal with the growing housing crisis. Then Dodd left town to campaign for the presidency...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 4, 2008; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Player of the Week  
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Boehner Looks Ahead Through Rose-Colored Glasses

At a luncheon with reporters today organized by the Christian Science Monitor, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to echo the electoral pessimism voiced of late by many of his GOP colleagues. "I think this is going to be a far better Republican year than most people in this...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 3, 2008; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , GOP Leaders  
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Immigration Bills Show (Some) Signs of Life

The issue that was left for dead on Capitol Hill last year -- comprehensive immigration reform -- is showing some signs of life. Members of both parties are still all over the map on the immigration issue, and passing a major package in an election year remains a tall order....

By Ben Pershing  |  April 3, 2008; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Agenda  
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Housing Bill Still Has a Ways to Go

The announcement today that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have reached a basic agreement on the outline of a housing stimulus bill is certainly news. The two leaders don't agree often, and Republicans and Democrats have been attacking each other on this issue...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 2, 2008; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Agenda  
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On Death and Campaign Cash

Dealing with the estate of someone who dies without a will or clear wishes can be difficult for the survivors. Who gets the house? The car? The family heirlooms? And when members of Congress pass away, there's an additional question to answer: What happens to their campaign cash? Under current...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 2, 2008; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Fundraising Circuit  
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Hoyer's (Sort-of) Superdelegate Solution

As Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) continued to walk a fine line on the role superdelegates should play in deciding the Democratic presidential race, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) unveiled his own idea today for how the contest might be resolved. Hoyer's suggested way out of the current mess sounds...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 1, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Dem. Leaders  
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McDermott Owes Boehner $1 Million for Legal Fees

A U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) owes House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) more than $1 million in legal fees in their decade-long fight over an illegally taped cell phone call McDermott leaked to the media. Boehner sued McDermott in 1998 after the Washington...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 1, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Congress Will Battle Over Iraq, Economy

The House and Senate return to session today prepared to do battle simultaneously on two separate legislative fronts: the economy and Iraq. The Senate will reconsider this week a Democrat-backed housing stimulus measure that bogged down in February. Both chambers are also working to reach agreement on a bill retooling...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 31, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agenda , Iraq  
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