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Capitol Briefing: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

Obama vs. Earmarks, Part II

By Ben Pershing Just how "clean" will the supplemental spending bill be? It's a question worth asking, one day after President Obama asked Congress to give him $83.4 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as selected foreign aid programs. When Obama signed the $410 billion omnibus...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 10, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agenda , Branch vs. Branch , Purse Strings  
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Jackson Jr. Says He's Cooperating With Ethics Probe

By Ben Pershing Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) acknowledged Wednesday that he is the subject of a preliminary ethics investigation into his relationship with indicted former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and his efforts to win appointment to the Senate seat vacated by President Obama. The Jackson probe is being handled...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 8, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Franken Increases Lead in Minnesota Senate Contest

By Perry Bacon Democrat Al Franken today increased his small lead over Republican Norm Coleman in the protracted Minnesota Senate race, but it remains unclear when the five-month-long recount and election contest will end. A Minnesota state court ordered more than 400 absentee ballots that had previously been excluded to...

By Paul Volpe  |  April 7, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Senate  
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Today on the Hill

Congress is not in session until Monday, April 20, following a two-week spring break....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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