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Capitol Briefing: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

Today on the Hill

The Senate is in session but has no votes scheduled for today. The House is in session and meets at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Noteworthy Senate Hearings Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of Robert Groves to be director of the...

By washingtonpost.com  |  May 15, 2009; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pelosi Accuses CIA of 'Misleading' Her on Interrogations

By Paul Kane House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today accused the CIA of "misleading" her on the use of harsh interrogation techniques in the fall of 2002, acknowledging for the first time publicly she knew alleged terrorist detainees were subjected to waterboarding more than six years ago. Pelosi called for...

By Paul Volpe  |  May 14, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (688)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R.627, the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights. A few key witnesses on the Hill today include: Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair testifying at a closed hearing before the Defense Subcommittee; Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair testifies...

By washingtonpost.com  |  May 14, 2009; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Citing 'Tropical Breezes,' Sessions Defends Keeping Guantanamo Open

By Paul Kane Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) today defended the continued detention of al-Qaeda prisoners at the military facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, calling it a "logical" site that also provides inmates with "tropical breezes." Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, supports the bipartisan effort to withhold...

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 13, 2009; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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GOP Staffs Up on Senate Judiciary Committee

By Carrie Johnson Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican who ascended to ranking member of the Judiciary Committee after the recent defection of Arlen Specter (Pa.) to the Democrats, this afternoon announced members of his senior staff. Already the GOP is gearing up for a frenzy of activity on a...

By Paul Volpe  |  May 13, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Senate Republicans Block Obama Nominee for Interior Post

On a party-line vote, Senate Republicans blocked President Obama's nominee to be deputy Interior secretary amid a fight over the agency's new rules on oil and gas drilling, the first administration appointee to be turned back on a floor vote.

By Paul Volpe  |  May 13, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET to debate and vote on the nomination of David Hayes to be deputy secretary of the Interior Department. The body will then resume consideration of H.R. 627, the Credit Cardholder Bill of Rights. The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m....

By washingtonpost.com  |  May 13, 2009; 6:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R.627, the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights. The House is in session and meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. The body will then move to consider 14 suspended bills. Noteworthy...

By washingtonpost.com  |  May 12, 2009; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R.627, the Credit Card Holder's Bill of Rights, around 3:00 p.m. No roll call votes are scheduled. The House meets at 2:00 p.m....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 11, 2009; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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