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

Young Out in GOP Housecleaning

By Ben Pershing Amid the intense focus on two Democrats with ethics problems, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Rep. Charles Rangel (N.Y.), the GOP took a quiet step toward putting its own house in order Wednesday by pushing Rep. Don Young (Alaska) out of a key committee post. Rep Don...

By Ben Pershing  |  December 11, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , GOP Leaders , House  
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Towns To Lead House Oversight Committee

By Ed O'Keefe House Democrats tapped Rep. Edolphus "Ed" Towns (D-N.Y.) to lead the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Wednesday night, following the GOP's selection of Darrell Issa (Calif.) as ranking member earlier in the day. Rep. Edolphus Towns listens to testimony from former Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae...

By Paul Volpe  |  December 11, 2008; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  House  
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Is Illinois the Most Corrupt State?

By Ben Pershing and Paul Kane During Tuesday's press conference to announce the indictment and arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Robert Grant, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Chicago field office, made a bold statement about his adopted home state: "I got here four years ago. A...

By Ben Pershing  |  December 10, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Blagojevich , Ethics and Rules  
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Craig Loses Appeal in Bathroom Sting Case

By Ben Pershing A Minnesota appeals court today rejected Sen. Larry Craig's (R-Idaho) latest effort to withdraw his guilty plea, 18 months after he was arrested in a Minneapolis airport bathroom during an undercover sex sting. Since pleading guilty in August 2007 to disorderly conduct charges, Craig has tried to...

By Ben Pershing  |  December 9, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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Fossella Gets Five-Day Jail Sentence

By Ben Pershing Seven months after the drunk-driving arrest that effectively ended his congressional career, Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y) was sentenced today to serve five days in jail, a ruling his attorneys immediately vowed to appeal. Alexandria General District Court Judge Becky Moore gave the retiring lawmaker the sentence after...

By Ben Pershing  |  December 8, 2008; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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