Immigration Debate Disappears From Presidential Race

WASHINGTON — The clamor over immigration reform has softened to a whisper along the presidential campaign trail.  Last year, Congress was immersed in a bruising battle over fixing the nation’s immigration system.  In that fight, John McCain was joined by fellow GOP Senator Mel Martinez of Florida and eight other senators in unsuccessfully advocating a …

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Financial Crisis Puts Dole’s Tenure on Banking Committee in Spotlight

WASHINGTON-When Bush administration officials came to Capitol Hill earlier this week to make the case for a buyout of bad mortgage debt, Sen. Elizabeth Dole said she was skeptical of the plan. Then she looked backwards.  In 2003, Dole began sponsoring legislation to beef up weak government oversight of two key players in the housing …

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