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Capitol Briefing: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

How the Rescue Bill Politics Did (and Didn't) Change

By Ben Pershing The second time was the charm for the House of Representatives, which began the week by sending the stock market into the tank with its defeat of the financial rescue bill, and has ended the week by approving a modified version of the measure by a comfortable...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 3, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Agenda , Economy Watch , House  
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Explainer: How the Senate Rescue Bill Is Different

By Ben Pershing Two days after the House failed to pass a financial rescue bill, sending the stock market into free fall, the Senate will take its own shot tonight by voting on a measure with extra sweeteners designed to attract additional votes. The Senate bill encompasses the entire House...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 1, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (176)
Categories:  Agenda , Economy Watch , Senate  
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The Morning After, Plenty of Blame to Go Around

We're now less than 24 hours removed from one of the most colossal legislative failures in recent memory, and the first rough draft of history has not been kind to any of the key players. A recent poll says that more than twice as many of those surveyed blamed the...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 30, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Agenda , Dem. Leaders , Economy Watch , GOP Leaders , House  
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Why the Bailout Bill Failed

So how could a major bill described by the president and both parties' leaders as critical to the well-being of the nation's -- and the world's -- economy go down to defeat? There are no easy answers here, as the House's stunning defeat moments ago of the financial bailout legislation...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 29, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1035)
Categories:  Agenda , Dem. Leaders , Economy Watch , GOP Leaders , House  
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