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Capitol Briefing: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

Town Hall Talk: Oklahoma Lawmakers Crisscross State

By Emily Kotecki Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) zig-zagged across the state on Thursday holding a combined total of six town halls. Neither Lucas nor Coburn were met with much push-back, although Rep. Lucas told NewsOk that "the numbers of people attending his town hall meetings...

By washingtonpost.com  |  August 21, 2009; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Town Hall Talk: Protesters Sidelined at DeMint Meeting

Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) town hall meeting in Myrtle Beach, S.C., drew at least 500 people from the right and left. Several town hall meetings held recently across the country have been disrupted by protesters but according to the South Carolina Sun's Claudia Lauer, this one "stayed civil."

By Washington Post editors  |  August 20, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Ailing Kennedy Asks for Speedy Replacement Process

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who is suffering from brain cancer and has been absent from the Senate for most of this year, has sent a letter (PDF) to Massachusetts electoral leaders asking for a change in state law to allow his replacement to be put in place more rapidly if his seat becomes vacant.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 20, 2009; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (282)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Senate  
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House Democrats Increase Pressure on Health Insurers

Reps. Henry Waxman (right) and Bart Stupak want a host of financial data from health-insurance companies. (The Washington Post/Bloomberg News) By Ben Pershing Two senior House Democrats are seeking a raft of financial figures from health-insurance companies, upping the ante as President Obama and his allies push to make the...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 19, 2009; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Health Reform , House  
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Frank Blasts Nazi Comparisons From LaRouche Backers

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was greeted with shouts and boos at a town hall meeting on health care at a senior center in Dartmouth, Mass., Tuesday night, an event that was targeted by supporters of perennial independent political candidate Lyndon LaRouche. But the combative House Financial Services Committee chairman met fire with fire.

By Garance Franke-Ruta and Sarah Lovenheim  |  August 19, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (158)
Categories:  Health Reform  | Tags: Barney Frank, Health Care  
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Congress Discovers Another Forged Advocacy Letter

By David A. Fahrenthold A Congressional committee's inquiry has turned up a 13th forged letter criticizing a climate-change bill, this time in the name of a Charlottesville senior center, and sent to a lawmaker by a Washington lobbying firm. The letter to U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) was released Tuesday...

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 18, 2009; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Health-Care Issue Surfaces in Calif. Special Election

By Ben Pershing With a Sept. 1 special election looming, a leading candidate for California's 10th District House seat has turned his campaign's focus to the issue currently preoccupying Washington: health-care reform. Current Lt. Gov. John Garamendi (D) is one of more than a dozen candidates competing to succeed...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 18, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Campaign , Health Reform  
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Town Hall Talk: Peaceful Protests in the Palmetto State

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Republican Reps. Bob Inglis and Rep. Joe Wilson (S.C.) all held town hall meetings on health-care reform in South Carolina yesterday. Unlike other town halls of late, these three lacked reports of intense backlash. Opponents of DeMint's position on health-care reform held signs of protest...

By Washington Post editors  |  August 18, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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McConnell Gets a Voice in Court Hearing on Campaign Finance

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) will be represented in next month's Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of campaign finance restrictions.

By Robert Barnes  |  August 17, 2009; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , Senate , Supreme Court  
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Specter: Protesters Don't Represent America

By John Amick Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), one member of Congress that took a lot of heat last week at town halls from opponents of health-care reform, said the, at times, fiery community meetings should not control the discourse on the national health-care debate. "I think people are very nervous...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 16, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Conrad Sees Little Chance for Public Option

By John Amick A crucial Democratic member of the Finance Committee, the panel devising what is considered to be the prime vehicle for health-care reform legislation in the Senate, said on Sunday that hope for a government-run public option to be included in a final reform bill is all but...

By Post Editor  |  August 16, 2009; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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