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Rough Sketch: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

(Not an) Impeachment Hearing

"It looks like we are hosting an anger management class," Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) told his colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee this morning. He had a point. House Democrats had called the session, given the anodyne title "Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations," to allow the left wing to...

By Dana Milbank  | July 25, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Capitol Hill Gets Exercised

Congress, its support at 14 percent in the latest Gallup poll, is having some self-esteem issues. Yesterday, lawmakers happened upon a novel solution. The solution wore a red spandex tank top with glitter and stars. It had striped 1970s short shorts and leg warmers. And it stood on the...

By Dana Milbank  | July 25, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Sorry We Asked

Don't ask, don't tell. And, whatever you do, don't ask Elaine Donnelly to tell you what she thinks about gays in the military. The House Armed Services personnel subcommittee made just such a miscalculation yesterday. Holding the first hearing in 15 years on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, lawmakers...

By Dana Milbank  | July 24, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Oops! We Did It Again

The generals were nervous. Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson moved his index finger across the page as he read his statement with a halting delivery. Maj. Gen. David Rubenstein, holding a discolored washcloth under the witness table to dry his perspiration, accidentally dropped the cloth and felt for it with his...

By Dana Milbank  | July 23, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Irreverent Reverends

John McCain's pastors have gone to ground. It's been a rough year for the Republican presidential candidate's prominent evangelical supporters. The Rev. John Hagee got in hot water for suggesting that God was behind the Holocaust and that the Roman Catholic Church is a "great whore." The Rev. Rod Parsley...

By Dana Milbank  | July 22, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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