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Capitol Briefing: January 18, 2009 - January 24, 2009

A Sudden Infusion of Youth in the Senate

By Sarah Lovenheim The turnover in the Senate in the past week has provided that venerable institution with a sudden infusion of youth. On Thursday, the Senate's newest member also carried the title of "the youngest." Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), 44, was sworn in, filling the seat vacated by Ken Salazar,...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 24, 2009; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Today on the Hill

The House convenes at noon for a Pro Forma session. The Senate is not in session. It will reconvene Monday at 2 p.m. and will consider the nomination of Timothy Geithner to serve as treasury secretary, with a vote expected on the Geithner nomination at 6 p.m....

By Washington Post editors  |  January 23, 2009; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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While in Limbo, Coleman Lands Consulting Job

By Sarah Lovenheim While Norm Coleman remains in a strange purgatory between senator and civilian, he's taking another job. Norm Coleman, center, along with his attorney Tony Trimble, left, his wife Laurie and supporters as he announced he would sue to challenge the results of the Senate recount in Minnesota,...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 22, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Today on the Hill

The House convenes at 10 a.m. and is expected to consider H. J. Res. 3 regarding the release of funds under the economic stimulus package. Among other resolutions is one (H. Res. 58) commending the Florida Gators football team on its recent national championship. The Senate will convene at 9:30...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Follow the Leaders

GOP Leaders to Obama: We Have a (Stimulus) Plan House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio), Whip Eric Cantor (Va.), Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.), Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), and Chief Deputy Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) sent a letter to President Obama today, requesting that he sit down with...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 21, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Follow the Leaders  
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Kennedy, Byrd the Latest Victims of Wikipedia Errors

Sen. Ted Kennedy's Wikipedia page was edited to include false information yesterday after he suffered a seizure at an inauguration luncheon in the Capitol. By Ben Pershing As if suffering a seizure during President Obama's post-inaugural luncheon wasn't bad enough, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) endured an additional ordeal Tuesday,...

By Ben Pershing  |  January 21, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Senate  
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UPDATE: Today on the Hill

Update -- The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed its vote on the nomination of Eric Holder to become attorney general until 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. Although the committee hearing was initially scheduled for this morning, as the Post's Carrie Johnson reports, lawmakers cited conflicting schedule issues linked to today's National...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rep. Lofgren Chosen to Chair Ethics Panel

By Sarah Lovenheim and Ben Pershing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) has picked fellow California Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D) to take over one of the most politically sensitive positions in Congress -- chairwoman of the House ethics committee. "Congresswoman Lofgren has demonstrated tremendous leadership in her 15 years of service...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 20, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Ethics and Rules , House  
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Sen. Kennedy Has Apparent Seizure

As Paul Kane and Shailagh Murray report on 44: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy collapsed during a post-inaugural luncheon with Congress and President Obama, and apparently suffered a seizure. Kennedy, who was diagnosed last year with brain cancer, was shaking and convulsing, according to Senate staff who were present at the...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 20, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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