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Capitol Briefing: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

More House Races Shifting Toward Democrats

Hunting for evidence that a Democratic wave may be building in congressional races? Look no further than the latest edition of the Cook Political Report (sub req'd), the nonpartisan newsletter that tracks House and Senate contests. In its issue released last week, CPR shifted its competitiveness ratings for 28 House...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 3, 2008; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Jobs Report Keeps Congress Busy During Break

The Department of Labor announced today that the U.S. economy lost 62,000 jobs in June, and the fact that the House and Senate are in recess this week hasn't stopped lawmakers from both parties from weighing in on what Congress should do about it. An employment report like today's is...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 3, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Support Grows for More Oil Drilling

Capitol Briefing seems to have oil drilling on the brain today, perhaps because he filled up his car this morning (no, he doesn't drive a hybrid, but it's not an SUV either). Members of Congress, of course, have been focused on the topic of high gas prices for weeks now,...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 2, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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The Myth That Keeps Giving

Amid the heated debate over whether to open more U.S. territory for energy exploration, a handful of congressional Republicans continue to repeat a "fact" that has been thoroughly disproven -- that China is drilling for oil just off the coast of Florida. The survival of the China drilling factoid is...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 2, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Agenda  
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Don Young Brings Out the Big Guns

His reelection bid may be in trouble, but Rep. Don Young (R) isn't going down without a fight. In the last 24 hours, the embattled Alaskan's campaign has announced two big endorsements: one from the National Rifle Association and one from Huck PAC, the political action committee of former presidential...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 1, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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CREW Files Complaint Against Sen. Coleman

Here's why you should always heed betting advice from Capitol Briefing. As predicted in this space, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee against Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) over his unusual D.C. housing arrangement. As was first reported...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 1, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Ethics and Rules  
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No Solution Yet for GOP's Fossella Problem

It's been six weeks since scandal-plagued Rep. Vito Fossella announced that he would not run for reelection in the only congressional district Republicans hold in New York City, and a week since the GOP's chosen candidate to replace him, Frank Powers, died of a heart attack. The situation hasn't gotten...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 1, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gen. Clark a Big Fundraiser, Small Donor

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark may not have helped his case to be Barack Obama's vice presidential pick with his comments Sunday that he doesn't think John McCain's "riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president." But even if that comment, which McCain's campaign...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 30, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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