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Capitol Briefing: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

Byrd Surrenders Senate Approps Gavel

Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., presides over a committee hearing on Sept. 26, 2007 (AP) By Ben Pershing Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) announced today that he would voluntarily give up the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee after 20 years as the panel's top Democrat. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) will take...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 7, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Purse Strings , Senate  
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Blunt Steps Down After Mixed Decade in Leadership

By Ben Pershing In late January 1999, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (Texas) -- at the time, arguably the most powerful Republican in Congress -- selected as his chief deputy a former history teacher and university president with no national profile: Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt. Today, after the party's second...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 6, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  GOP Leaders  
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Maneuvering Begins for House GOP Leaders

By Ben Pershing Within hours of the polls closing on an Election Day that put them deeper into the minority, House Republicans began plotting for their future and for a slate of potential leadership races later this month. The likely result will be stability in the party's top job but...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 5, 2008; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , House  
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