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Capitol Briefing: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

Another Biden in the Senate?

It has long been assumed in the Delaware political world that Sen. Joe Biden (D) wanted his son, Beau Biden, to succeed him in the Senate. The speculation increased when the younger Biden was elected state attorney general in 2006, giving him an attractive resume; and some needed experience for...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 23, 2008; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Senate  
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Senate GOP Panics Over Financial Woes

It's not uncommon, in the heat of a campaign season, for party leaders to challenge or even criticize their own members for their lack of commitment to helping the team. Usually, those exchanges stay private, but National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Ensign (Nev.) took the highly unusual step this...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 22, 2008; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , GOP Leaders  
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What's Next for House Ethics Panel?

The tragic death Wednesday of Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) leaves the House ethics committee -- which currently has relatively little work on its plate -- temporarily without a chairman as the chamber prepares to return to session for the last few weeks of the 110th Congress. Under House rules,...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 22, 2008; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Ethics and Rules , House  
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Tubbs Jones Memorial Expected Between Conventions

A memorial service for Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio), who died yesterday after suffering a brain hemorrhage, is expected to be held in Cleveland the weekend after the Democratic National Convention, according to a report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Plans are still being made, but the Aug. 30 date...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 21, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  House  
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Bill Clinton Helps House Dems (and Obama)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is bringing Bill Clinton off the bench to help the party's House candidates and, by extension, potential future President Barack Obama. Clinton has penned a fundraising missive for the DCCC, obtained by Capitol Briefing, that urges donors to pony up "your urgent contribution before our...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 21, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Rep. Tubbs Jones Dies After Brain Hemorrhage

Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) died in a Cleveland hospital this evening after having suffered a brain hemorrhage Tuesday night, according to The Associated Press and a statement issued by Huron Hospital and her family. "Throughout the course of the day and into this evening, Congresswoman Tubbs Jones' medical condition...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 20, 2008; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  House  
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Confusion Over Tubbs Jones's Condition

An already sad story on the serious medical condition of Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) was made embarrassingly worse today by Capitol Briefing and other news outlets, as conflicting information prompted several erroneous reports that the lawmaker had died. As of this writing, she remains in critical condition in a...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 20, 2008; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Rep. Tubbs Jones In Critical Condition

UPDATE 2:40 PM: The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, which had also reported that Tubbs Jones had died, now says she is in critical condition and that "reports shortly after noon had reported her death, but those were denied at a 2:30 p.m. news conference." The Associated Press reported minutes ago that Tubbs...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 20, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Rep. Tubbs Jones Hospitalized

Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones. UPDATE 12:35 PM: Tubbs Jones' office has released a statement saying that she suffered an aneurysm while driving last night. "At the present time Rep. Tubbs Jones condition has stabilized and she is receiving the best care available," the statement says. Local news reports say...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 20, 2008; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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'Big Oil Bob' vs. Flip-Flopping Udall

Every day seems to bring another neat campaign trail microcosm of how the energy issue is playing out nationally. Today's Exhibit A is the Colorado Senate race, where Rep. Mark Udall (D) and ex-Rep. Bob Schaffer (R) are battling it out to replace retiring Sen. Wayne Allard (R). Each side...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 19, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Political Terrain Shifts on Drilling Issue

Republicans begin their third week of unseen and unheard House floor protests today on the energy issue, and the political terrain appears to have shifted significantly since they began Aug. 1. When the GOP started using the floor of the House, which is in recess, to demand votes on opening...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 18, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Agenda , Dem. Leaders  
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