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Capitol Briefing: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Discord on Ethics Panel Over Rangel Probe

The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct appears set to move forward on a probe of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), even as the panel's top Republican is complaining that the process has been too slow. Acting Ethics Chairman Gene Green (D-Texas) released a statement today saying that he intends...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 18, 2008; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Young to Be Certified Winner of Alaska Primary

UPDATE 4 PM: Parnell has conceded the race, declining to ask for a recount. "If I thought there was anything wrong, inappropriate or unprofessional about the way this election tally was conducted, I would not only call for a recount, I would demand one. But that is not the case...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 18, 2008; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Ethics and Rules  
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'Hollywood Liberals' vs. Senate GOP

John McCain's campaign, predictably, has been having a ball with Barack Obama's Beverly Hills fundraiser last night, at which the Democrat dined with celebrities, listened to the vocal stylings of Barbra Streisand and generally conformed to every liberal stereotype Republicans so love to mock. Now the National Republican Senatorial Committee...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 17, 2008; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Rangel Keeping Gavel as Succession Question Looms

UPDATE: Rangel is not stepping down from his post as Ways and Means chairman, according to his attorney, Lanny Davis. The New York Daily News quotes Davis as saying Rangel "never even considered the possibility." ORIGINAL POST 12:34 PM: As of this writing, embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) remains the...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 16, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Ethics and Rules , House  
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Is Vito Not Finito?

Is Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) mounting a comeback? Regular readers of Capitol Briefing, the Sleuth and the New York tabloids will recall that the gentleman from Staten Island announced back in May that he would retire at the end of this year, after his arrest for drunk driving led to...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 15, 2008; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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On the Hill, Parties Trade Blame for Financial Crisis

The smoke hasn't cleared yet from this weekend's massive shakeup of the nation's financial landscape, but that hasn't stopped key members of Congress from doing what they do so well -- blame each other. Since the sound of the opening bell on Wall Street this morning, Democrats have been rushing...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 15, 2008; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Agenda , Dem. Leaders , GOP Leaders  
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