Politics

Life after defeat

Politics | Republicans chart their own courses following November losses
by Becky Perry
Posted 2/10/07, 12:00 am

The opening session of the 110th Congress put 22 Republican representatives and six senators ousted in November midterm elections officially out of work.

So what's an unemployed former lawmaker to do?

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Street theater

Politics | A colorful march, a motivational homeless movie, and dubious news find audiences in the nation's capital
by Becky Perry
Posted 2/10/07, 12:00 am

Clad in shades of their signature color-fuchsia foam tiaras, rosy wigs, magenta feather boas-the women of CODEPINK gathered on the stone steps of the Navy Memorial to stage an Iraq war protest that assembled celebrities, lawmakers, and activists at the U.S. Capitol.

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Something fishy

Beltway buzz | Playing favorites and other tricks of the political trade in the 110th's first 100 hours
by Becky Perry
Posted 1/27/07, 12:00 am

True to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's 100-hour promise, the U.S. House passed legislation last week to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour.

The one exception? American Samoa, a Pacific outpost of the American tuna industry and the only U.S. territory currently exempt from the new federal minimum wage.

Non-voting Democrat Eni Faleomavaega, who represents the Pacific island territories, argued that a federal increase could "devastate the local economy," since Starkist and Chicken of the Sea together employ nearly 75 percent of the Samoan work force.

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