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Capitol Briefing Archive: 2008 Campaign

Franken vs. Coleman to Stretch at Least Into June

By Ben Pershing The Senate will be short one member for at least five more weeks, as the Minnesota Supreme Court announced today that oral arguments in the state's contested election won't be held until June 1. The court is preparing to hear the latest legal salvo from former senator...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 24, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Senate  
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Sessions Elected NRCC Chair; Cantor Becomes Whip

By Ben Pershing and Paul Kane Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas) was elected today to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee for the 111th Congress, after current Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) unexpectedly dropped his bid for a second term at the campaign arm. "I am honored to be elected chairman of...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 19, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , GOP Leaders , House  
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How the Economy Is Helping Democrats Downballot

By Ben Pershing As Barack Obama has risen in the polls in recent weeks, we've heard much about how his ascent has been driven by bad economic news and the increasing belief among voters that Obama is better-prepared to deal with the crisis than John McCain is. But do voters...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 20, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Economy Watch  
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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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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)
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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)
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Obama, McCain at the Negotiating Table?, Ben Pershing , September 24, 2008
Young to Be Certified Winner of Alaska Primary, Ben Pershing , September 18, 2008
'Hollywood Liberals' vs. Senate GOP, Ben Pershing , September 17, 2008
Is Vito Not Finito?, Ben Pershing , September 15, 2008
'Independent' Lieberman to Eat Lunch Alone, Ben Pershing , September 9, 2008
Rep. Young Widens Lead in Alaska Primary, Ben Pershing , September 8, 2008
Will Palin Be 'The Tiebreaker' Next Year?, Ben Pershing , September 8, 2008
House Candidates Back on the Program, Ben Pershing , September 4, 2008
President? What President?, Ben Pershing , September 4, 2008
Louisiana Primary Delayed After Hurricane, Ben Pershing , September 3, 2008
Lieberman Backs McCain, Gave to Biden, Ben Pershing , September 2, 2008
GOP Candidate Speeches Scrapped, Ben Pershing , September 1, 2008
Louisiana Primary May Be Delayed By Gustav, Ben Pershing , August 31, 2008
Alaska Races, Post-Palin, Ben Pershing , August 29, 2008
Palin and McCain Share Enemies, Reformist Bent, Ben Pershing , August 29, 2008
Cantor Chosen for VP! (By a Blog), Ben Pershing , August 28, 2008
Tight Alaska Race Could Take Weeks To Settle, Ben Pershing , August 27, 2008
Florida Rep. Keller Gets Primary Scare, Ben Pershing , August 27, 2008
Stevens Wins Alaska Primary, Young in Dead Heat, Ben Pershing , August 27, 2008
Biden: Both a Rider and 'Champion' of Amtrak, Ben Pershing , August 26, 2008
Polls Favor Democrat in Colo. Senate Race, Ben Pershing , August 25, 2008
Another Biden in the Senate?, Ben Pershing , August 23, 2008
Senate GOP Panics Over Financial Woes, Ben Pershing , August 22, 2008
Bill Clinton Helps House Dems (and Obama), Ben Pershing , August 21, 2008
'Big Oil Bob' vs. Flip-Flopping Udall, Ben Pershing , August 19, 2008
A Land of Opportunity for Democrats, Ben Pershing , August 12, 2008
Heading for the (Syracuse) Campaign Trail, Ben Pershing , August 11, 2008
In Upset, Tenn. Incumbent Loses on Oil Issue, Ben Pershing , August 8, 2008
Good and Bad News for the Kilpatricks, Ben Pershing , August 7, 2008
Tennessee Primary Gets Nasty, Ben Pershing , August 7, 2008
'The Culture of Corruption,' Cont'd, Ben Pershing , July 31, 2008
Is Obama Really the 'Most Liberal' Senator?, Ben Pershing , July 30, 2008
Obama Huddles With House Democrats, Ben Pershing , July 29, 2008
Report: Sen. Stevens Has Been Indicted, Ben Pershing , July 29, 2008
Slavery Measure Could Figure in Tenn. Primary, Ben Pershing , July 29, 2008
Is Rep. Young a Taxpayer 'Hero'?, Ben Pershing , July 25, 2008
Dems Expect to Gain a 'Whole Bunch of Seats', Ben Pershing , July 23, 2008
Blunt Bullish on GOP Electoral Prospects, Ben Pershing , July 22, 2008
Meet Chairman McCarthy, Ben Pershing , July 21, 2008
Bloomberg Huddles With Senate Democrats, Ben Pershing , July 17, 2008
'Missed Votes' Charge Could Backfire, Ben Pershing , July 14, 2008
Keeping Up With Gen. Jones, Ben Pershing , July 9, 2008
Ventura Complicates Minn. Senate Race, Ben Pershing , July 9, 2008
Webb Takes Himself Out of VP Race, Ben Pershing , July 7, 2008
More House Races Shifting Toward Democrats, Ben Pershing , July 3, 2008
The Myth That Keeps Giving, Ben Pershing , July 2, 2008
Don Young Brings Out the Big Guns, Ben Pershing , July 1, 2008
CREW Files Complaint Against Sen. Coleman, Ben Pershing , July 1, 2008
No Solution Yet for GOP's Fossella Problem, Ben Pershing , July 1, 2008
Gen. Clark a Big Fundraiser, Small Donor, Ben Pershing , June 30, 2008
Player of the Week: Paul Hodes, Ben Pershing , June 27, 2008
Trouble Ahead for Sen. Coleman, Ben Pershing , June 27, 2008
'Millionaire' Decision Leaves Races in Limbo, Ben Pershing , June 26, 2008
Rep. Cannon Ousted in Utah GOP Primary, Ben Pershing , June 25, 2008
From Bad to Worse in Staten Island, Ben Pershing , June 23, 2008
Public Financing Reform Languishes, Ben Pershing , June 19, 2008
Can Rep. Jefferson Win a 10th Term?, Ben Pershing , June 18, 2008
Rep. Jefferson Running for Re-election, Ben Pershing , June 17, 2008
Democrats' 'Generic' Lead, Ben Pershing , June 17, 2008
McCain Echoes Hill GOP Message, Ben Pershing , June 17, 2008
How to Boil a Bullfrog, Ben Pershing , June 16, 2008
What's Next for Ron Paul (and His Money)?, Ben Pershing , June 13, 2008
NRCC to Reveal Embezzlement Details, Ben Pershing , June 12, 2008
Democrats Join to Tout Obama, Bash McCain, Ben Pershing , June 10, 2008
Fact Checking Leslie Byrne, Ben Pershing , June 9, 2008
GOP to Launch Joint Fundraising Effort, Ben Pershing , June 6, 2008
Don Young Picks Up Another Opponent, Ben Pershing , June 6, 2008
Obama Boosts Outreach to Hispanic Caucus, Ben Pershing , June 6, 2008
Pelosi: Obama/Clinton Ticket Still Unlikely, Ben Pershing , June 5, 2008
Eight Senators Back Obama, Call for Unity, Ben Pershing , June 4, 2008
Hoyer: Race Is 'Presumably' Over, Ben Pershing , June 4, 2008
Lautenberg Easily Wins N.J. Primary, Ben Pershing , June 3, 2008
GOP Divide on Display in New Mexico, Ben Pershing , June 3, 2008
The 'Age Issue' in the Senate, Ben Pershing , June 3, 2008
Undecided Senators to Huddle Today, Ben Pershing , June 2, 2008
Targeting McConnell, Ben Pershing , May 30, 2008
Dole on the Air in N.C., Ben Pershing , May 29, 2008
Chafee Puts Cash Behind Obama Endorsement, Ben Pershing , May 29, 2008
Follow the GOP Leaders (Out the Door), Ben Pershing , May 28, 2008
Stretching the Facts on Iraq?, Ben Pershing , May 27, 2008
McCain Leads! (In Missed Votes), Ben Pershing , May 23, 2008
Van Hollen: Don't Pop the Champagne Yet, Ben Pershing , May 22, 2008
Friendly Skies for Clinton, Ben Pershing , May 21, 2008
Changes Afoot at the NRCC, Ben Pershing , May 21, 2008
Fossella Will Retire, Not Resign, Ben Pershing , May 20, 2008
Boehner, Cole Both 'Staying', Ben Pershing , May 19, 2008
For Obama, Byrd in Hand, Ben Pershing , May 19, 2008
Controversial FEC Nominee Withdraws, Ben Pershing , May 16, 2008
Player of the Week: Chris Van Hollen, Ben Pershing , May 16, 2008
Pelosi Slams Bush for Israel Speech, Ben Pershing , May 15, 2008
Tom Cole Watch, Day 1, Ben Pershing , May 14, 2008
What Does It Mean?: Miss. Special Election, Ben Pershing , May 13, 2008
Pelosi and Her 'San Francisco Values', Ben Pershing , May 13, 2008
Barr Has Been Spending Freely, Ben Pershing , May 12, 2008
Player of the Week: Vito Fossella, Ben Pershing , May 9, 2008
Burning Cash in Mississippi, Ben Pershing , May 9, 2008
Player of the Week: Don Cazayoux, Ben Pershing , April 25, 2008
A Reid-Pelosi-Dean Endorsement?, Ben Pershing , April 24, 2008
Another Victim in GOP Embezzlement Scandal, Ben Pershing , April 23, 2008
Hoyer: Electability Key to Democratic Choice, Ben Pershing , April 23, 2008
Miss. House Special Heads to Runoff, Ben Pershing , April 23, 2008
Obama Doesn't Need Colleagues' Cash, Ben Pershing , April 21, 2008
Former Obama Foe Aids Clinton, Ben Pershing , April 21, 2008
NRCC Still Lagging in Cash Race, Ben Pershing , April 18, 2008
Player of the Week: Don Young, Ben Pershing , April 18, 2008
Specter: Mukasey Is 'Still Wearing His Robe', Ben Pershing , April 17, 2008
Citizen McCain Measure on the Move, Ben Pershing , April 17, 2008
A Dubious Milestone for Rep. Young, Ben Pershing , April 16, 2008
McCain Has Plan to Help House Republicans, Ben Pershing , April 15, 2008
'Bitter' Fight Goes Downballot, Ben Pershing , April 15, 2008
Abramoff Story Lives On, Ben Pershing , April 14, 2008
Citizen McCain, Cont'd, Ben Pershing , April 11, 2008
Meet the House's Newest Member, Ben Pershing , April 9, 2008
No Comeback for Rep. Sekula GIbbs, Ben Pershing , April 9, 2008
It's 3 a.m. and We're Tired of These Ads, Ben Pershing , April 4, 2008
Immigration Bills Show (Some) Signs of Life, Ben Pershing , April 3, 2008
Hoyer's (Sort-of) Superdelegate Solution, Ben Pershing , April 1, 2008
Rep. Wynn to Resign, Ben Pershing , March 27, 2008
John Edwards: Democratic Pitchman, Ben Pershing , March 24, 2008
Can McCain Save Sen. Sununu?, Ben Pershing , March 21, 2008
The Rise and Fall of Tom Reynolds, Ben Pershing , March 20, 2008
2008 Ground Zero: New Mexico, Ben Pershing , March 19, 2008
Final Week Yields Plenty of Campaign Fodder, Ben Pershing , March 17, 2008
Cramer Move Gives GOP a Ray of Hope, Ben Pershing , March 14, 2008
NRCC Scandal: How Did It Happen?, Ben Pershing , March 14, 2008
On the Hill, Stunned Silence on Spitzer, Ben Pershing , March 10, 2008
A Proxy War in Illinois, Ben Pershing , March 6, 2008
Pelosi and Superdelegates, Cont'd, Ben Pershing , March 5, 2008
Hoyer, Pelosi Split on Superdelegates, Ben Pershing , March 5, 2008
Clinton, Obama Agree: McCain Can Be President, Ben Pershing , March 5, 2008
Money Pours Into Special Election Races, Ben Pershing , March 3, 2008
George Miller's (Un)official Web Site, Ben Pershing , February 29, 2008
Romney for Congress?, Ben Pershing , February 26, 2008
Renzi Move a Mixed Blessing for GOP, Ben Pershing , February 26, 2008
Shadegg Reverses Course, Will Run for Reelection, Ben Pershing , February 21, 2008
McKinney Looking for Another Comeback, Ben Pershing , February 21, 2008
Will McCain Quit the Senate?, Ben Pershing , February 19, 2008
House Leaders Endorse McCain, washingtonpost.com Editors , February 13, 2008
Web Activism Defeats Gilchrest and Wynn, Ben Pershing , February 13, 2008
Dean's Brother Pushing to Unseat Rep. Wynn, Ben Pershing , February 12, 2008
Few Colleagues Giving to Wynn, Gilchrest, Ben Pershing , February 12, 2008
Rep. Shadegg to Retire, Ben Pershing , February 11, 2008
Hill Conservatives (Slowly) Moving to McCain, Ben Pershing , February 11, 2008
McCain to Cornyn: &$%# You Very Much!, Ben Pershing , February 7, 2008
A Rare Democratic Retirement in the House, Ben Pershing , February 7, 2008
Romney Meets Reid, Quits Race, Ben Pershing , February 7, 2008
Candidates Sneak Back to Work in the Senate, Ben Pershing , February 6, 2008
Norton Excited D.C. Will Be 'In the Game', Ben Pershing , February 6, 2008
Downballot Races (Nearly) Set in Illinois, Ben Pershing , February 6, 2008
Lieberman's 'Independent' Expenditures, Ben Pershing , February 5, 2008
Clinton Still Finds Time to Legislate, Ben Pershing , February 5, 2008
House Democrats Feel Wind at Their Backs, Ben Pershing , January 31, 2008
Economy Takes Center Stage at Democratic Retreat, Ben Pershing , January 31, 2008
Tom Davis and the 'Dying Breed' of Moderates, Ben Pershing , January 30, 2008
Obama-Kennedy Move Will Reverberate in the Senate, Ben Pershing , January 28, 2008
Republicans Look Ahead to November, Ben Pershing , January 25, 2008
Events Move Forward as GOP 'Retreats', Ben Pershing , January 24, 2008
Getaway Day for the GOP, Ben Pershing , January 24, 2008
On the Hill, a Presidential Campaign Preview, Ben Pershing , January 23, 2008
Clyburn Says Focus on Race Issues 'A Shame', Ben Pershing , January 15, 2008
In Michigan, a Lonely Hunter, Ben Pershing , January 12, 2008
Are Congressional Endorsements 'Overrated'?, Ben Pershing , January 9, 2008
A Regional Primary System?, Paul Kane , June 19, 2007
All Aboard the Climate Change Express, Paul Kane , May 8, 2007
Thune Endorses McCain, Paul Kane , February 18, 2007
 
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