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Capitol Briefing: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

Player of the Week: Dennis Kucinich

A little less than five months ago, Rep. Dennis Kucinich dropped out of the presidential race and went home to Ohio to find himself enmeshed in a tough Democratic primary fight for reelection to the House. His opponent charged that he was neglecting his district after becoming too enamored of...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 13, 2008; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Player of the Week  
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What's Next for Ron Paul (and His Money)?

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) officially suspended his presidential campaign Thursday night, having never won a GOP primary or caucus but nonetheless stirring up an impressive cadre of passionate supporters eager to follow his Libertarian-style lead. In the process, Paul proved himself to be a surprisingly strong fundraiser, bringing in $35...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 13, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Embezzlement Scandal Also Ensnares Senate Committee

The National Republican Congressional Committee said today that a forensic investigation of its books showed that a former treasurer, Christopher Ward, took an estimated $725,000 from the committee and its affiliated accounts from 2001 to 2007, and that the National Republican Senatorial Committee was also a victim in the scandal....

By Ben Pershing  |  June 12, 2008; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Ethics and Rules , GOP Leaders  
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Will Iraq Bill Be Signed by July 4th?

Nearly one month after the House passed its version of the supplemental spending bill to fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and three weeks after the Senate approved its plan, Democratic leaders are sounding dissonant notes on whether they can get a final package signed by President Bush before...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 12, 2008; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Iraq , Purse Strings  
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NRCC to Reveal Embezzlement Details

The National Republican Congressional Committee will reveal today the results of a pricey forensic audit of its books in the wake of a massive alleged embezzlement scheme by its former treasurer, Christopher Ward. The NRCC has been tight-lipped so far about how much Ward ultimately took and the results of...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 12, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Ethics and Rules , GOP Leaders  
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Kucinich Vows to Keep Up Impeachment Fight

The House voted today by a comfortable margin to refer 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush to the Judiciary Committee, as the measure's chief sponsor vowed to bring the issue up again if the panel does not agree to hold hearings. On a 251-166 vote, the chamber elected to...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 11, 2008; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch  
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Impeachment Vote Set for This Afternoon

The House is set to vote this afternoon on whether to refer articles of impeachment against President Bush to the Judiciary Committee, where they are unlikely to see any further action during this Congress. The impeachment resolution -- accusing Bush of manufacturing a case for war in Iraq, among other...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 11, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch  
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Democrats Join to Tout Obama, Bash McCain

With a long and divisive primary fight finally behind them, the bulk of the national Democratic leadership joined forces today to tout the candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and to bash Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- in noticeably strong terms. At the same time, Obama took a key step...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 10, 2008; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Kucinich Escalates Impeachment Fight

UPDATE 4 PM: Kucinich's re-election campaign issued a statement this afternoon saying that its Web site "was shut down this morning by a series of suspicious and fast-moving events several hours after Kucinich introduced 35 Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush." The site appears to be working fine...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 10, 2008; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch , Dem. Leaders  
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E-Mails to Congress on the Rise

Have you ever e-mailed a member of Congress? The odds are increasingly good that you have, according to a new study by the Congressional Management Foundation that found "almost half of adult Americans" -- roughly 100 million -- "contacted Congress in the last five years to support, oppose or learn...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 10, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Fact Checking Leslie Byrne

With apologies to Michael Dobbs, Capitol Briefing feels the sudden urge to do some fact checking after reading this Associated Press story about tomorrow's primary in Virginia's 11th congressional district, where Rep. Tom Davis (R) is retiring after seven terms. Former congresswoman Leslie Byrne is hoping for a return trip...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 9, 2008; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Dem. Leaders  
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The Week Ahead: Energy Bills on Tap

With gas prices again at record levels and air conditioners working overtime, energy is Topic A on Capitol Hill this week. The Senate plans to tackle a Democratic package of bills that includes measures to repeal tax incentives for oil and gas companies and crack down on alleged price gouging...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 9, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agenda  
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Fla. Sen. Nelson Pushes for Electoral Overhaul

Fresh off seeing his state once again enmeshed in political controversy, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) introduced a package of bills Friday designed to overhaul the entire electoral system. The centerpiece of Nelson's proposal (the full details are here) is a constitutional amendment to abolish the electoral college system and...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 9, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Senate  
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Sen. Kennedy Returns Home From Hospital

UPDATE 10:35 AM: Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.) office just released this update: "Senator Kennedy is returning to his home in Hyannis Port today. His doctors are pleased with his progress since surgery a week ago, and he will continue to recuperate at home before starting the next phase of his...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 9, 2008; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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