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Capitol Briefing: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

Rangel Vows to Pay Back Taxes, Attacks GOP

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), seen here at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, admitted to "mistakes" but has no plans to step down from his Ways and Means chairmanship. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said at a press conference this morning that he would...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 10, 2008; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Ethics Panel to Get New Chair, Rangel Complaint

Three weeks after the death of Committee on Standards of Official Conduct Chairwoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio), the panel is set to get a new chairman and a fresh self-filed complaint against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.). Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) plans to name Rep. Gene Green (Tex.), now the most...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 9, 2008; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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'Independent' Lieberman to Eat Lunch Alone

Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman's (Conn.) increasingly likely divorce from the Senate Democratic caucus isn't finalized yet, but the two sides do appear to be separating. Lieberman, who had previously agreed not to attend party meetings where Iraq War strategy was discussed, will now not attend any of the Democrats' weekly...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 9, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Dem. Leaders , Senate  
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Rep. Young Widens Lead in Alaska Primary

With the regular, absentee and provisional ballots counted, Rep. Don Young now leads Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell in the Alaska House GOP primary by 239 votes. But the race isn't over quite yet, and Young faces a tough general election even if he does eventually beat Parnell. The primary contest...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 8, 2008; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Will Palin Be 'The Tiebreaker' Next Year?

In the wake of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's coming-out party at the Republican National Convention, GOP campaign strategists on the Hill are hoping to capitalize on the vice presidential nominee's newfound popularity with the party base to boost their coffers for November. On Saturday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 8, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Senate  
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