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Grand New Party

Congress | Earmarks are out, ethics reform is in-but can the GOP remake its image by November?
by Mark Bergin
Posted 10/04/08, 12:00 am

During John McCain's speech at the Republican National Convention, he promised to veto the kind of me-first, country-second pork-barrel spending that many legislators have used to help keep themselves in office over the years. He vowed to make the names of such earmark gluttons famous-or infamous, as the case may be.

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The blame game

Congress | Democrats may point fingers at Republicans for the financial turmoil, but evidence shows that Democrats were reluctant to regulate
by Cal Thomas
Posted 10/02/08, 12:00 am

When Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to the floor of the House on Monday to blame Republicans for the financial turmoil and charge them with a laissez-fare attitude toward regulation, it seemed like a calculated effort to shift attention and accountability from what Democrats have done to create the current conditions. Fortunately, we have YouTube.

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Bailout bill defeated

Congress | Legislation to bail out the stressed financial industry was defeated in the House of Representatives by a vote of 228-205
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/29/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-The House of Representatives killed the bill to authorize a $700 billion bailout of the economy by a vote of 228-205, after impassioned pleas on both sides.

Plenty of members from both parties were unhappy about the unpopular legislation, especially on the eve of elections. Only 65 Republicans voted for the bill, and 140 Democrats. One congressman offered an all-too-vivid image during the floor debates.

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