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Capitol Briefing: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

Biden To Resign from Senate on Thursday

By Garance Franke-Ruta Vice President-elect and senior Delaware Sen. Joe Biden will step down from the Senate on Thursday Jan. 15th at 5 p.m., according to a letter to the Senate read into the record by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today. "Mr. President, what a sad but happy...

By Paul Volpe  |  January 9, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Today on the Hill

The House and Senate are in session. Debate began on the following bills at 10:33 a.m. H.R. 11 - Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) , Education and Labor H.R. 12 - Paycheck Fairness Act -- Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Education and Labor Noteworthy Committee Hearings...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 9, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Today on the Hill

The House convened at 10 a.m. ET to review minutes and recessed shortly after. Counting Electoral Votes The House and Senate convene at 1 p.m. to count the electoral ballots for President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden. No votes are expected today. Bills Up For Review At 9:45...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 8, 2009; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Craig Won't Appeal Ruling in Sex Sting Case

By Ben Pershing After repeated attempts to clear his name, ex-Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) is finally giving up on his effort to withdraw his guilty plea stemming from his 2007 arrest in a Minneapolis airport bathroom. A month ago, a Minnesota appeals court rejected his motion to overturn a lower...

By Ben Pershing  |  January 8, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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MIssouri Sen. Kit Bond To Retire

Chris Cillizza reports on The Fix that Missouri Sen. Kit Bond (R) will retire in 2010, according to a Republican source in Washington, a decision that hands Democrats a prime pickup opportunity in a state where the party has made strides in recent years. Continue reading on The Fix »...

By Paul Volpe  |  January 8, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Campaign  
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Jones Renews Effort To Rename Dept. of Navy

By Ed O'Keefe What's in a name? In Washington, almost everything. This town is obsessed with names, ranks, titles, organizational flow charts and preserving one's turf. And now there's a renewed effort by Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) to rename the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy...

By Ben Pershing  |  January 8, 2009; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch , House  
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Today on the Hill

The House convened at 10 a.m. ET and will consider three bills under suspension of the rules: • H.R. 35 - Presidential Records Act (Rep. Towns - Oversight and Government Reform) • H.R. 36 - Presidential Library Donation Reform Act (Rep. Towns - Oversight and Government Reform) • S.J. Res....

By Paul Volpe  |  January 7, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Geoghegan Joins Crowded Field for Emanuel's Seat

Perhaps hoping to follow the recent example of a certain Chicago community activist now set to lead the nation, crusading labor lawyer, author and pundit Tom Geoghegan today entered the race for Rahm Emanuel's recently vacated Congressional seat. Geoghegan joins a crowded, colorful and well-connected field of up to 20...

By Paul Volpe  |  January 6, 2009; 8:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Campaign  
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Lott Now Free to Lobby the Senate

By Shailagh Murray After the Senate's swearing-in ceremony this morning, as relatives, friends and former members milled about the corridor outside the chamber, a smooth and unmistakable voice boomed through the crowd. "I'm free!" announced former Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi. "My year is up!" Special interests politics are apparently...

By Eric Pianin  |  January 6, 2009; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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New Members of the 111th Congress

The 111th Congress convened today and new members (Roland Burris and Al Franken not among them) were sworn in to the House and Senate. Capitol Briefing provides you a quick guide to the new members below. SENATE Alaska Mark Begich (D) Colorado - Mark Udall (D) Idaho - Jim Risch...

By Paul Volpe  |  January 6, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Burris Will Press To Be Seated in Senate

by Perry Bacon, Jr. Roland Burris, the man pick by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to take Barack Obama's Senate seat, is signaling a defiant tone as the Senate puts up more roadblocks to his appointment. A few hours after the Senate declined to formally approve the certificate of appointment...

By Paul Volpe  |  January 5, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Blagojevich , Senate  
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