Wikileaks: The Hearing


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Thursday, December 16, 2010 HANK STERN

Non-Wonk Edition: Three Tidbits to Know As Congress Opens Today


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The 112th Congress opens today with Republicans now controlling the House and a diminished Democratic majority running the Senate. If you're not a wonk and don't pay much attention to politics, here are at least three quick Oregon- and Washington-centric things to know: 1) Efforts by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and other Democrats to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn't get tied up ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 HANK STERN

Senate Reform: Wyden Takes up Merkley's Fight, Targets Secret Holds


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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has put forth a resolution in the newly convened Congress seeking to help reform one of the most stagnant and counterproductive institutions in U.S. politics—Wyden's very own U.S. Senate. Wyden is targeting secret holds—a rule whereby a single senator, acting in secret, can hold up virtually any bill, resolution or nomination. Critics maintain that secret ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Congress Goes Ape for Blumenauer's Monkey-Business Bill


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Perhaps aping his many animal-loving constituents, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is leading the troop in Congress to throw a monkey wrench into the primate trade. Following last week's attack by a pet chimpanzee in Connecticut, the House today passed a bill sponsored by Blumenauer that prohibits transport of primates across state lines. The bill is aimed at stopping monkeys being used in ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

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