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Capitol Briefing: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

House Will Investigate CIA's Handling of Canceled Program

Updated 3:55 p.m. By Paul Kane The House intelligence committee decided today to launch an investigation into allegations that the CIA broke the law by not informing Congress about a program launched in late 2001 to capture or assassinate al-Qaeda leadership. "The committee must be kept fully and currently informed...

By Post Editor  |  July 17, 2009; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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McConnell Says He'll Vote No on Sotomayor

By Paul Kane Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced today his opposition to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. McConnell has signaled for the past seven weeks that he had serious concerns about speeches in which Sotomayor said a "wise Latina" would more often than not come up with better rulings...

By Post Editor  |  July 17, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate will be in sesson today. There will be no roll call votes. The House will meet at 9 a.m. ET and will consider H.R. 1018, the Restore Our American Mustangs Act. Visit Today in Congress for more information on the House and Senate, including today's committee hearing schedules,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 17, 2009; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET to resume consideration of S.1390, the Department of Defense Authorization Act. There will be a possible cloture vote on a hate crimes amendment introduced by Majority Leader Harry Reid. The House meets a 10:00 a.m. to take up complete consideration of H.R. 3183,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 16, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Microphone Problems Put Rookie Franken in the Chairman's Chair

By Paul Kane A string of technical malfunctions have disrupted today's Supreme Court confirmation hearing, leading to a series of jokes among senators and a number of short breaks in the proceedings. Electric connections inside the Hart Senate Office Building hearing room have undergone mishaps all day, starting with the...

By Post Editor  |  July 15, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of S.1390, the Department of Defense Authorization bill. The House is in session and meets at 10:00 a.m. for morning business. The House will focus on H.R. 3183, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 15, 2009; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reid Supports Amendment Suspending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) threw his support behind an effort to legislatively suspend the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" executive policy regarding gays in the military. The move could lead to a vote on the issue as soon as this week.

By Post Editor  |  July 14, 2009; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of S.1390, the Department of Defense Authorization bill. The House is in session and meets at 10:30 a.m. for morning hour debate and noon for legislative business. Last votes are expected between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. The Senate Judiciary...

By washingtonpost.com  |  July 14, 2009; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today's Questioning Marks a Passing of the Torch

When senators begin today their questioning of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, it will mark the first time in more than a generation that a Supreme Court nominee has not undergone a cross-examination by either Edward Kennedy or Joe Biden.

By Post Editor  |  July 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 11:00 a.m. ET and will begin consideration of S.1390, Department of Defense Appropriations bill. At 4:30 p.m., the Senate will hold an Executive Session to consider the nomination of Robert M. Groves to be Director of the Census. The House meets at 2:00 for legislative business....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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