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Capitol Briefing: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Murphy Eeks Out Win in NY-20 Special Election

By Paul Kane Four weeks after the ballots were cast, Democrat Scott Murphy finally declared victory today in an exceptionally close special election to represent upstate New York in the U.S. House, a race that had been turned into a referendum on President Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan. Republican Jim...

By Paul Volpe  |  April 24, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Capitol Evacuated Due to Airspace Violation

The Capitol building was evacuated at approximately 12:40 p.m. because of an unauthorized aircraft in the area, according to Capitol Police. Hundreds of aides, tourists and reporters waited outside and on the surrounding streets until the police give the all-clear sign at approximately 12:50 p.m. Such evacuations were frequent in...

By Paul Volpe  |  April 24, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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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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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 11 a.m. ET for morning business. The House is not scheduled to meet. Only two House hearings are scheduled for today: House Appropriations (9:30 a.m.): Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on the base posture and supplemental request. Gen. David Petraeus,...

By washingtonpost.com  |  April 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pelosi Denies Knowing Interrogation Techniques Were Used

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today said congressional leaders were never briefed about the use of an enhanced interrogation practice, rejecting GOP claims that leadership was aware of the controversial tactics by late 2002.

By Paul Volpe  |  April 23, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Pelosi, Harman Have Long History

File photos -- Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), left, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, April 2009. (Harman - Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images; Pelosi - David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News) By Ben Pershing In 1998, Jane Harman left the House and spent tens of millions of dollars on a failed bid for governor of California....

By Ben Pershing  |  April 23, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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Today on the Hill

The House and Senate are in session today. The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of S.386, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act. The House meets at 10 a.m. for a handful of suspended votes. The Special Inspector General of TARP testifies before the Joint Economic...

By washingtonpost.com  |  April 23, 2009; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pelosi Knew of Harman Wiretap

By Paul Kane House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today acknowledged that she was briefed "a few years ago" by Bush administration officials shortly after Rep. Jane Harman was ensnared in a wiretap. But Pelosi denied that the subsequent criminal review by the Justice Department or any pressure from Harman's pro-Israel...

By Paul Volpe  |  April 22, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Today on the Hill

Both the House and Senate are in session today. The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. ET. After morning business, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.386, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act. The House meets at 10 a.m., with last votes predicted to fall between 4 and 5...

By washingtonpost.com  |  April 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Harman Scheduled to Speak at AIPAC Conference

By Paul Kane The American Israel Public Affairs Committee had some awkward timing when it sent out invites this afternoon across Capitol Hill for its annual policy conference in Washington, which opens May 3. In the very first panel discussion, the committee will be hosting Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) to...

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 21, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Harman to Holder: Release the Tapes

By Garance Franke-Ruta California Democrat Jane Harman sent Attorney General Eric Holder a letter today expressing outrage over the wiretapping of conversations she had with a man described in a CQ report as a "suspected Israeli agent" and demanding that the full transcripts of the tapes be released in unredacted...

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 21, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Today on the Hill

The day begins with a joint economic hearing at 9:30 a.m. ET. The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Christopher Hill to be Ambassador to Iraq. The House meets at 2 p.m. for legislative business, and a swearing-in ceremony will take place this...

By washingtonpost.com  |  April 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate is back with a very busy schedule today after a two week vacation. The House remains out of session. At 2:00 p.m. ET to resume consideration of the motion to proceed on S.386, the "Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009." At around 5:30 p.m. ET, the Senate...

By washingtonpost.com  |  April 20, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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