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Capitol Briefing: June 1, 2008 - June 7, 2008

GOP to Launch Joint Fundraising Effort

With the National Republican Congressional Committee badly trailing its Democratic counterpart on the financial front, the NRCC and the Republican National Committee are set to create a new joint fundraising committee to bring in cash for House races, according to GOP sources. The two GOP committees will file paperwork with...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 6, 2008; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , GOP Leaders  
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Player of the Week: Joe Lieberman

Is Joe Lieberman a Democrat? That's been a tough question to answer since 2006, when he lost the Democratic primary as he sought a fourth term. How do you solve a problem like Lieberman? The Independent Democrat's embrace of GOP nominee John McCain has angered some of his Senate colleagues....

By Ben Pershing  |  June 6, 2008; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Iraq , Player of the Week , Senate  
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Don Young Picks Up Another Opponent

Embattled Rep. Don Young already faced a steep climb in Alaska's GOP primary, as he battles a challenge from popular Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. Now Young has another key opponent -- Club for Growth. The fiscally conservative group is now officially backing Parnell over Young, who is under federal investigation...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 6, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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On Climate Bill, Wait 'Till Next Year

A sweeping climate change bill that has roiled the Senate for three days died on the chamber floor this morning, after Republicans refused to cut off debate and proceed to final passage on the measure. The bill, which would have mandated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, was felled on a...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 6, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Agenda , Senate  
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Obama Boosts Outreach to Hispanic Caucus

Just two days after effectively securing the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill) has already begun working to shore up one of the most glaring holes in his campaign so far -- his lack of support from Hispanic voters. And the presumptive nominee is starting his push on Capitol...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 6, 2008; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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With Budget Votes, Democrats Clear Key Hurdle

When Democrats took control of the House and Senate in January 2007, there was one major question they faced after 12 years in the minority: Could they govern? The jury is still out on that one, but Democrats did clear a key hurdle today with the House's passage of a...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 5, 2008; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agenda , House , Purse Strings , Senate  
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Pelosi: Obama/Clinton Ticket Still Unlikely

Back in March, when Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) were at each other's throats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was highly dismissive of the idea that the two could end up on a ticket together. "I think that the Clinton [campaign] has fairly ruled that out by...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 5, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Dem. Leaders  
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Byrd Released From Hospital

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has been released from Inova Fairfax hospital, three days after being admitted with a fever. He is now resting at home, though it remains unclear when he will be able to return to the Senate. "Senator Byrd will complete the course of his antibiotic treatment as...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 5, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Senate  
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Eight Senators Back Obama, Call for Unity

Eight previously undecided Democratic senators -- Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Tom Carper (Del.), Ken Salazar (Colo.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) -- today issued a collective statement pledging their support for Barack Obama's presidential bid and calling for party unity...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 4, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Clinton, McCain No-Shows as Obama Returns to Senate

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) returned to the Senate floor today and got a hearty welcome from his colleagues before casting a "yea" vote for the fiscal 2009 budget resolution conference report. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) didn't show up for the vote, nor did Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), even though...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 4, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Senate  
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Be a 'Budget Hero'

Earlier today, the Senate passed the fiscal 2009 budget conference report, a blueprint laying out where $1 trillion in federal spending should go in the coming year. The House is expected to follow suit tomorrow. Was the budget too big? Too small? Should taxes be lower or higher? Unless you're...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 4, 2008; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Purse Strings  
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Hoyer: Race Is 'Presumably' Over

Is the Democratic presidential nomination race really "over"? That's the semantic question of the day, and the always-cautious House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) gamely tried to answer it this morning. Hoyer kicked off his weekly press briefing by saying, "It is an historic morning in many ways. We have...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 4, 2008; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Dem. Leaders  
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Pearce Win Over Wilson in N.M. Headlines June 3 Primaries

Rep. Steve Pearce eked out a narrow victory Tuesday over Rep. Heather Wilson to claim the Republican nomination in the race to succeed New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici (R), capping off a heated campaign on a day crowded with congressional primary contests. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Pearce had...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 4, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lautenberg Easily Wins N.J. Primary

UPDATE 10:55 PM: Zimmer has been declared the winner in the GOP primary, and will face Lautenberg in the fall as a decided underdog. ORIGINAL POST: Sen. Frank Lautenberg easily fended off a challenge from Rep. Rob Andrews today in New Jersey's Democratic Senate primary, after a heated campaign in...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 3, 2008; 10:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GOP Divide on Display in New Mexico

For all the attention focused on how the Obama-Clinton fight has split the Democratic party and on how Republicans have unified behind Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) as their nominee, there remains a significant split between moderates and conservatives on the GOP side of the aisle. And it's on display today...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 3, 2008; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Byrd to Remain in Hospital

Sen. Robert Byrd's (D) office just announced that the West Virginian will remain at Inova Fairfax hospital for "several more days" for "monitoring and antibiotic treatment for a mild infection." Sen. Robert Byrd, Sept., 2007 (Photo -- The Associated Press) "Byrd is alert, talking with staff and in good spirits...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 3, 2008; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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The 'Age Issue' in the Senate

Capitol Briefing alumnus Paul Kane writes in this morning's Post that just as Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) age has already become an issue in the presidential campaign, so too has age become a key topic in today's New Jersey Democratic Senate primary, where 84-year-old Sen. Frank Lautenberg is trying to...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 3, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Week Ahead: Top Hill Aides Weigh In

With climate change legislation, the budget and the Iraq supplemental all on tap (not to mention several key congressional primaries across the country), it will be a busy first week back from the Memorial Day recess on Capitol Hill. Beginning today, Capitol Briefing is starting a new feature: Each week...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 2, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agenda  
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Abramoff Probe Takes a New Turn

While most connoisseurs of the Jack Abramoff scandal have been wondering if or when the federal probe into the disgraced lobbyist would ensnare any more current lawmakers or ex-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), the investigation veered in a different direction today with the filing of charges against John Albaugh, the former...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 2, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Undecided Senators to Huddle Today

The remaining Democratic senators who have yet to pick a side in the party's presidential nomination fight will meet this afternoon at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's headquarters on Capitol Hill to plot strategy for the coming days, according to Democratic sources. The gathering was put together by Sens. Ken...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 2, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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