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Panel to set hearing date for attorney general nominee

October 3, 2007 Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Wednesday indicated he will schedule a hearing for attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey, despite continuing resistance from the White House to Leahy's demands for information about other matters the panel is investigating. "I look forward to scheduling and chairing the confirmation hearing on...

Talks under way on hearing for attorney general nominee

September 26, 2007 The White House and lawmakers are working together to try to lay the groundwork for a hearing on the nomination of Michael Mukasey to be attorney general. That is happening despite indications that the nomination might get tangled in a dispute over documents long sought from the White House by...

Bush, Dems spar as vote on stopgap spending bill nears

September 24, 2007 With Sunday's end of the fiscal year approaching, President Bush on Monday called on Congress to pass a clean continuing resolution and pledged to veto an omnibus spending bill if it contains pork-barrel projects. "The principle should be that there'd be no new spending -- no new policies, no new...

Acting USDA chief sees 'seamless transition'

September 20, 2007 Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner said he expects "a seamless transition" following Thursday morning's resignation of Secretary Mike Johanns because Johanns involved him in all key decisions since they came to the agency in 2005. "He really gave me the opportunity to be directly involved in every decision," Conner told...

Administration plays down report on Iraq benchmarks

September 14, 2007 The White House on Friday downplayed a report mandated by Congress showing the Iraqi government is making satisfactory progress on only half of 18 benchmarks established in January, saying some objectives are being achieved even if the benchmarks themselves technically are not. The ratings are nearly the same as in...

Administration, panel eye compromise in Tillman case

August 15, 2007 The White House and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee apparently have worked out a compromise that will allow congressional investigators to interview former White House aides as part of a probe to determine whether the White House misled the public about the friendly fire death in Afghanistan of...

Top political strategist to leave Bush administration

August 13, 2007 Karl Rove, whom President Bush called the architect of his political success but who also has been a lightning rod for criticism and controversy, resigned Monday as Bush's political adviser. He will leave the White House at the end of August. Before flying together to Texas, where Bush will begin...

Bush team, Dem Hill leaders still eager to work together

August 9, 2007 Though they increasingly unload vitriolic rhetoric on each other, Democratic congressional leaders and the White House are in closer contact than ever and remain quietly determined to work together, according to aides at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. The surprising spirit of cooperation does not preclude acrimonious conflict ahead over...

Senate leader says there are no guarantees for OMB nominee

August 1, 2007 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Wednesday indicated the Senate might not confirm former Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, to be Office of Management and Budget director. "We were very clear with the president. There's not a guarantee that we'll get him confirmed," Reid said after a meeting Wednesday between...

White House says Dems are trying to 'destroy' Gonzales

July 27, 2007 A frustrated White House on Friday attacked Senate Democrats for their treatment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, accusing them of waging a vengeful campaign designed to destroy him. "I think that when the committee relentlessly asked questions about a subject that they know that he is going to have difficulty...

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