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Time for recess

Congress | While Congress is away, congressional staff will ...
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/09/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Staffers stroll the hall in jeans, take lunch breaks, and read constituent letters that didn't get read during the race to finish the economic legislation last week.

It's recess at the United States Capitol.

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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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