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May 4, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

* Sen. Jeff Sessions [R, AL] will be taking over Arlen Specter vacated position as ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. * There's a partisan SCOTUS fight a brewin'. * According to a new Quinnipiac poll, newly-minted Democrat Arlen Specter is only ahead by 3 percentage points against former Gov. Tom Ridge as the Republican candidate in 2010. * Another indication that Sen. Jim Bunning [R, KY] isn't looking to get re-elected: he was a no-show this weekend at the Kentucky Derby. * I...

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House Takes on the Subprime Mortgage Industry

May 4, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Following their action on the Credit Cardholder's Bill of Rights Act last week, the House is continuing this week to try and fix some of the regulatory lapses that contributed to the consumer debt explosion that is at the center of our current economic crisis. This week, the House will take up a bill to reform and regulate the subprime mortgage lending industry -- the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act.

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This week in Congress (May 4-8, 2008)

May 4, 2009 - by Avelino Maestas

We'll have more info on some of these items throughout the coming days (stay tuned for Donny's post on predatory lending this evening), but for now here's the schedule of votes in the House and Senate this week (as it stands today). Monday, May 4, 2009 On Monday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m. Suspensions (4 Bills) 1) H.Res. 230 - Recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican h...

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Congress Links

May 1, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

How Specter's switch makes it harder for Obama to replace Souter. A top Democrat speaks candidly on the bankers' influence in Congress. Support for auditing the Fed grows. More Obama nominees are blocked. And the supermajority paradox is in full effect in the Senate. That and more in today's link roundup of congressional news and analysis.

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Souter Retirement and the Senate

May 1, 2009 - by Avelino Maestas

In a surprise move, Associate Supreme Court Justice David Souter may announce today he will seek retirement following the current court session. President would then make his first appointment to the court just six months into his first term. It will also bring a possible confirmation fight to Congress as early as June or July.

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