Va. Justice Agee Clears Hurdle for Federal Post

WASHINGTON-Virginia Supreme Court Justice G. Steven Agee won unanimous approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday on his way to becoming a federal appeals judge.  Agee, 55, now awaits approval from the Senate before joining the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Republican Sen. John Warner and Democratic Sen. Jim Webb recommended Agee to President …

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Once a Powerful Lawmaker, Bob Dole Transitions into Top Lobby

WASHINGTON — Dennis Morgan had a problem with Washington. His company needed Environmental Protection Agency approval to sell a controversial lumber treatment chemical, but the EPA had delayed acting on his request. Then he hired Bob Dole. Suddenly, the EPA started moving. “They were ignoring us,” Morgan, president of Oregon-based Forest Products Research Laboratory, said …

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We Have Overcome

Neil Simon reports from near the Capitol: Holding a “We Have Overcome” banner that he waved in Chicago’s Grant Park on Election Night, Patrick Kennedy of La Porte, Ind., let a stream of people pose with him to mark the inauguration of Barack Obama as America’s first black president.  “This isn’t a black victory or …

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Senate Battle Over Cuba Provisions Heating Up

WASHINGTON — Senators sympathetic to Florida Republican Mel Martinez’ hard-line positions on Cuba signaled Monday they will join him in trying to block efforts to let Cuban-Americans visit relatives on the island more frequently and ease some trade restrictions with Cuba.  But it remained uncertain today whether the group will have the numbers to succeed …

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Congressional colleagues were frequent targets of McCai

Part two of a three-part series WASHINGTON — Questions about John McCain’s temperament arose during his presidential bid in 2000, in which he was defeated for the GOP nomination by then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush.  A page one story in The New York Times on Oct. 25, 1999, first turned McCain’s temper into a campaign issue, according …

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