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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Rangel Leaves His Own Ethics Hearing

Making a move that, while certainly bold, may not help his case much in the end, Rep. Charles Rangel decided to peace out of a House ethics committee meeting as members deliberated over charges of ethics violations against Rangel himself.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Afghanistan to Get Worse Before It Gets Better

At the same time that Afghan President Hamid Karzai organizes a nationwide council to try to broker peace with Taliban insurgents, the U.K.‘s senior military commander forecasts that violence in Afghanistan will get worse before it gets better.

Posted on Sep 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Sandy Levin Tapped to Replace Rangel as Ways and Means Chair

Following Rep. Charles Rangel’s announcement Wednesday that he’d no longer head up the House Ways and Means Committee, naturally the nation awaited the revelation of his successor with bated breath ... or not. But either way, Rep. Sander Levin has been picked to take over. Levin’s a Democrat from Michigan, and as The Christian Science Monitor notes ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Center for American Progress Action Fund

Dems Dump Detroit’s Man on the Hill

House Democrats are serious about going green. To prove it, they just ousted auto hawk John Dingell from his perch as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Henry Waxman, a California liberal and occasional Dingell foe, supplied the boot.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE


Lieberman

Lieberman: ‘Reconciliation, Not Retribution’

Sen. Joe Lieberman is back in the Democratic fold—sort of. Sen. Harry Reid explained the outcome of his party’s huddle on Lieberman’s future role, and Lieberman expressed his relief, in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


Richard Fuld Jr.
World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

Lehman Bros. Paid Execs Millions as Company Tanked

On Monday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee took a look into the collapse of Lehman Brothers as part of a larger review of the factors leading to the current economic crisis, and it wasn’t a pretty sight. Judging by the committee’s account, leaders at Lehman Bros. disregarded key warnings of impending trouble and cut hefty checks for their fellow executives even as the firm teetered on the brink of disaster.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / LM Otero

McCain Fundraiser Under Scrutiny for Ralph Reed Connection

John McCain managed to pull in over $1.75 million for the GOP during an Atlanta fundraiser on Monday, but the event also attracted attention for its potential ties to erstwhile Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed. Barack Obama’s camp, among others, is raising questions about Reed’s connection to the event.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE


Bill O'Reilly and Karl Rove

O’Reilly to Rove: House Panel ‘Just a Dog and Pony Show’

In this clip from “The O’Reilly Factor,” Karl Rove briefly defends his decision to ignore a House subcommittee subpoena before Bill O’Reilly seizes the opportunity to suggest that the left-wing media hate him because his show is entertaining and successful.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


Obama on Capitol Hill
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Obama Pulls Ahead in Superdelegate Count

The aftereffects of Tuesday’s Democratic primaries in North Carolina and Indiana are registering in the ongoing contest for superdelegate supporters: By late Friday, Barack Obama’s “super” group was just 166 short of the 2,025 delegates he needs to win the nomination.

Posted on May 9, 2008 READ MORE


Mukasey and Bush
nytimes.com

Bush: You Get Mukasey or No One at All

President Bush issued an ultimatum of sorts on Thursday over his embattled nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey, who refuses to say whether he considers waterboarding a form of torture. Bush said if the Democrats block the nomination, it “would guarantee that America would have no attorney general during this time of war.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Rice Takes a Licking in Congress

Typically cool as a cucumber, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice struggled to hold it together Thursday as members of the House Oversight Committee let her have it on everything from the enormous, expensive and incomplete U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to Blackwater’s killing spree.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


State Dept. Silent on Iraqi Corruption

Asked to what extent the State Department had covered up corruption in the government of Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the department’s top Mideast official told the House Oversight Committee that information that could “damage” the U.S. relationship with Iraq is considered “confidential.” That didn’t go over well with committee Chairman Henry Waxman, who then threw down the gauntlet.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE


cheney
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Cheney a ‘Big Fan’ of Gonzales

Although Alberto Gonzales’ critics might say otherwise about the attorney general, Vice President Dick Cheney (pictured) thinks Gonzales is a real standup guy.  In an interview with CBS, Cheney insisted that Gonzales has been telling the truth in his face-offs with the Senate Judiciary Committee and said he’s a “big fan” of the beleaguered attorney general.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


House Panel Demands Records About Tillman

House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and his Republican committee colleague Rep. Tom Davis are putting pressure on the White House and the Defense Department to hand over records about the death of Pat Tillman.  The administration has been keeping the documents secret, citing its executive confidentiality prerogative.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


senate vote
cnn.com

Republicans’ Senate Fail-Safe

GOP senators may take a page from the Democrats’ playbook and filibuster the normally routine procedural vote that determines committee chairmanships. The tactic is meant to protect against the possibility, as it did for the Dems after the 2000 election, that Republicans might regain a majority in the Senate.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


Pelosi
house.gov

Democrats to Boost Intelligence Oversight

Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that the Democrats plan to form a new House intelligence committee based on recommendations of the 9/11 commission. The panel would combine elements of the current intelligence and appropriations committees with the aim of achieving better oversight.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Hastert Testifies Before a Committee of His Own Design

Dennis Hastert testified for roughly two hours and 40 minutes today before a closed session of the House Ethics Committee.  The objectivity of the committee’s investigation into the Foley affair has been in doubt, especially in light of the fact that last year Hastert removed its then-chairman, Joel Hefley, for admonishing Tom DeLay.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Ken Mehlman and Jon Stewart

Ken Mehlman Holds His Own Against Jon Stewart

The chairman of the Republican National Committee did a surprisingly good job ducking and parrying the jabs that the “Daily Show” host launched at him over the Bush administration’s record of lies and deceit. (Stewart got in a few zingers, but Mehlman is as good as they come.)

Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


Republicans Have No Shame; They Award DeLay a Cushy Seat

The indicted congressman lands a coveted appointment to the Appropriations Committee. | story
Having DeLay act as a fiscal watchdog makes about as much sense as electing Libya chairman of the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


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