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Capitol Briefing: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Why House Republicans Balked

The political and economic worlds were updended Thursday by what would normally be the least-powerful constituency in Washington -- the House minority. For all the happy talk early in the day that a deal on Wall Street bailout legislation was at hand, House Republicans were never on board with the...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 26, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Agenda , GOP Leaders , House  
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Ethics Panel Launches Rangel Probe

As expected, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct voted today to form an investigative subcommittee to probe multiple allegations of impropriety against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.). The subcommittee will be run by the same two members who run the full committee: Acting Chairman Gene Green (D-Texas) and ranking...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 24, 2008; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Obama, McCain at the Negotiating Table?

The news that John McCain plans to suspend his campaign and return to Washington to work on economic bailout legislation is only a few minutes old, but it's already raised the specter of a highly unusual election-year negotiating session on Capitol Hill. "I'm calling on the president to convene a...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 24, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Agenda , Senate  
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For GOP, a Quiet Win on Energy

Congressional Democrats bowed to political reality Tuesday and agreed not to include an extention of the offshore oil drilling ban in the upcoming continuing resolution to fund the government, meaning that the ban will be lifted as of Oct. 1 and there won't be a big showdown -- or a...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 24, 2008; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Agenda , House  
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