Capitol Hillbillies

Hillary holds fundraising lead

Senator Hillary Clinton has revealed that her campaign had raised 36 million dollars, which is the highest amount of money in the first quarter for any presidential candidate ever.

Campaign officials said late Sunday Clinton had by far the most cash on hand to spend in both primary and general elections of any candidate in the 2008 presidential field.

Deadlock continues between Bush, Congress

Deadlocked with Congress over Iraq, President Bush begins the week with a message that some good might come from sitting down with his Democratic adversaries. His vice president’s view is more antagonistic: Democrats will ultimately cave.

Leahy: White House lying about lost emails

041307leahy.jpgThe White House’s claim that e-mails sent on a Republican Party account might have been lost was challenged Thursday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (left), who quipped that even his teenage neighbor could find them.

“They say they have not been preserved. I don’t believe that!” Leahy shouted from the Senate floor as the dispute over the firing of federal prosecutors continued at a high pitch.

Dems turn up the heat on Gonzales

041107gonzales.jpgCongressional Democrats investigating the firings of eight U.S. attorneys are serving notice to Alberto Gonzales (right) and the White House that they had better come through with long-demanded documents that have been either withheld or heavily blacked out.

Congress wants answers on Tillman, Lynch

041107tillman.jpgA U.S. House committee announced Tuesday it would hold hearings on misleading military statements that followed the friendly fire death of Pat Tillman (left) in Afghanistan and the rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch in Iraq.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said an April 24 hearing would be part of its investigation into whether there was a strategy to mislead the public.

Ailing Senator can still raise money

Sen. Tim Johnson’s campaign raised more than $660,000 in the first three months of the year, all while the senator has been recovering from a brain hemorrhage.

According to Johnson’s office, about 30 senators have participated in fundraisers for the South Dakota senator, who is up for re-election in 2008, since he fell ill. Johnson has been in a private, undisclosed rehabilitation facility since February and has not announced whether he plans to run again.

Approval of Congress on the rise

041007congress.jpgPublic approval for Congress is at its highest level in a year as Democrats mark 100 days in power and step up their confrontation with President Bush over his handling of the Iraq War, the issue that overshadows all others.

Pelosi sends a mixed message

040907pelosi.jpgOne of our endearing traits as Americans is that on most issues we seldom speak with one voice. On the other hand the Constitution makes it pretty clear who is in charge of what. The last time anyone looked, foreign policy, with the advice and consent of the Congress on treaty matters and war, is the province of the White House. It is more often than not a tricky business that requires at least an appearance of national unity.