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August 27, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

Bush Steps Up to Congress

>Justice Department lawyers said Wednesday that they will soon ask a federal appeals court not to force the president’s top advisers to comply with congressional subpoenas next month. President Bush argues Congress doesn’t have the authority to demand information from his aides. Link

Encouraging Clean Energy

>For all the speeches in Denver touting clean energy as the key to saving America’s economy and the future of the planet, there’s still one unmoveable object standing in the way: Congress. Despite more than a half-dozen efforts, Congress has yet to renew the clean-energy tax credits which make or break the industry. Link

Obama, Biden’s Son Linked by Earmarks

>Sen. Barack Obama sought more than $3.4 million in congressional earmarks for clients of the lobbyist son of his Democratic running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, records show. Obama succeeded in getting $192,000 for one of the clients, St. Xavier University in suburban Chicago. Link

Indicted Senator Survives

>Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska won the Republican primary in his home state on Tuesday, soundly defeating six Republican challengers less than a month after he was indicted by a federal grand jury for concealing more than $250,000 in gifts from an oil services company. Link

So Does an Ethically-Challenged Rep.

>It looks like longtime Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) may have narrowly won his primary last night, but the race is not officially over yet. But it looks like Young, a 36-year veteran of the House, may have pulled off the victory despite being linked to the VECO corruption scandal. Thus, the DCCC may have gotten its best possible scenario — a weakened Don Young facing off against Democrat Ethan Berkowitz, a former state representative. Link

A Minor Farm Bill Provision

>Grocery bills, already surging because of higher commodities costs, will almost certainly rise as costs are passed along for implementing a new country-of-origin food-labeling law, the supermarket industry says. Link – more on the Farm Bill here.

The Best & Worst of Congress

>Every election year, we survey 1,700 of them — administrative assistants, press secretaries, legislative directors, and chiefs of committee staffs — to get their take on the best and worst members of Congress. Who’s smart? Who’s not? And who looks good in a swimsuit? Link

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