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Capitol Briefing: April 20, 2008 - April 26, 2008

A Blissful Break

Capitol Briefing is getting married this weekend, and no, he's not stressed or concerned about it. ALL IS WELL. After the nuptials, he will be going on his honeymoon and (to borrow The Fix's parlance) he suspects the soon-to-be Mrs. Briefing would not appreciate it if he blogged while at...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 25, 2008; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Player of the Week: Don Cazayoux

Don Cazayoux isn't in Congress yet. But the Louisiana state House member is trying his best to get here, running as the Democratic nominee in the May 3 contest to succeed resigned Rep. Richard Baker (R) in the Bayou State's 6th district. The race between Cazayoux and ex-state Rep. Woody...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Player of the Week  
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A Reid-Pelosi-Dean Endorsement?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reiterated today a point he has made before: That the Democratic presidential nomination will be decided well before the party's August convention. "Sometime in June or no later than the 1st of July. I still believe that's the case," Reid told reporters. But Reid...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 24, 2008; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Pelosi Meets the Press (and Their Kids)

Regular grown-up reporters, Capitol Briefing included, often have trouble extracting newsworthy answers from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her weekly press conferences. So today the media tried a different tack -- letting their kids ask the questions. To commemorate Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Pelosi invited reporters...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 24, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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On Iraq Bill, More Questions Than Answers

What will likely be the last major showdown over Iraq between the Bush administration and the Democratic Congress is nearly upon us, and the shape of the battle to come remains decidedly unclear. Next week or the week after, Democratic leaders hope to bring to the House floor a supplemental...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch , Dem. Leaders , Iraq  
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Another Victim in GOP Embezzlement Scandal

Add retiring Rep. James Walsh (N.Y.) to the list of Republican lawmakers who now believe they were ripped off by Christopher Ward, the former treasurer of multiple GOP campaigns who is under federal investigation for allegedly embezzling funds from the National Republican Congressional Committee. On April 14, Walsh's political action...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 23, 2008; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Ethics and Rules , Fundraising Circuit  
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Hoyer: Electability Key to Democratic Choice

"Electability." That has been the fundamental premise of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) presidential campaign for months now, as she makes the case that, even if Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) leads in delegates or the popular vote, she should be the Democratic nominee because she has the best chance in...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 23, 2008; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Dem. Leaders  
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Miss. House Special Heads to Runoff

The race to fill Mississippi's vacant 1st District House seat is headed to a May 13 runoff after Democrats tonight came within inches of stealing a heavily Republican seat. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to AP, Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers (D) led Southaven Mayor Greg Davis...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 23, 2008; 12:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , House  
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A Tree Grows on Capitol Hill

Earlier this afternoon, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) helped plant a tree on the East Front of the Capitol to commemorate Earth Day. Before amazed onlookers, the tree immediately grew to a towering height and gobbled up tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, lowering the Earth's temperature and saving untold...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 22, 2008; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agenda  
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Downballot Races Could Affect Make Up of Congress

It's pretty quiet here in the Capitol today, as most of the political world is focused on Pennsylvania's Democratic presidential primary. But there are a handful of important congressional primaries happening today in the Keystone State, as well as another potential bellwether special election 1,000 miles to the south and...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 22, 2008; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Obama Doesn't Need Colleagues' Cash

Is Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) even trying to raise money from his fellow members of Congress? That question arises after a look at Obama's latest fundraising report -- the one that showed he raised nearly $43 million in March alone. And how much of that cash haul came from the...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 21, 2008; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Former Obama Foe Aids Clinton

Most Illinois Democrats have fallen in line behind their home-state presidential contender, Sen. Barack Obama. But there's at least one prominent Democrat from the Land of Lincoln who appears to prefer Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- Blair Hull. Connoisseurs of scandal will recall that Hull, a wealthy Chicago financier, ran...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 21, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Week Ahead: Fights Over Farm, Iraq Cash

Another week, another congressional schedule light on floor activity but heavy on backroom dealing. The existing Farm Bill is set to expire Friday, with President Bush having signed a one-week extension of the law after House and Senate negotiators were unable to agree on a new version of the measure...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 21, 2008; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agenda  
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