December 19, 1998 |
With the House poised to impeach President Clinton and send the case to a trial in the Senate, renewed interest is sure to focus on a Republican senator from Kansas who changed history's course 130 years ago by breaking party ranks and casting the vote that saved President Andrew Johnson from conviction. Historians to this day debate why Edmund G. Ross cast his vote the way he did in the nation's only presidential impeachment trial. But no one disputes what happened to Ross afterward.
July 29, 1999 |
James E. Rogan has wedged his 6-foot-1 frame into a phone booth between the men's room and a kitchenette in a House office building. The air stinks of stale cigar smoke and there's no place to sit. But who cares? His 20 minutes in this cramped closet will be rewarded handsomely. On the other end of the line is radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy, broadcasting live to a syndicated audience of hard-right Clinton haters.
September 8, 2009
Returning from their summer recess, congressional lawmakers are facing a climatic showdown to the yearlong struggle over healthcare. At issue are scores of competing provisions scattered through half a dozen bills. And no final decisions have been made on any of them. In the House, Democratic leaders are synthesizing the proposals of three committees, but floor debate has not begun. In the Senate, a bill close to the expected House blueprint has been approved by the health committee formerly headed by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.
December 20, 1998 |
The House of Representatives impeached President Clinton on Saturday, tarnishing his legacy by making him only the second president in the nation's history ordered to stand trial in the Senate. In approving two articles of impeachment largely along party lines, the Republican-controlled House alleged that Clinton perjured himself before a federal grand jury and obstructed justice as he sought to conceal his extramarital affair with Monica S. Lewinsky, a former White House intern.
July 19, 2003 |
A committee deliberation exploded into a near-brawl in the House of Representatives on Friday, as epithets and insults like "wimp" and "fruitcake" filled the air and Capitol police were summoned to the scene. At the center of the extraordinary maelstrom were two Californians, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Bakersfield), a conservative who does not suffer political opponents lightly, and Rep. Pete Stark (D-Hayward), who is regarded as a liberal firebrand with a short fuse.
November 21, 2006 |
When Jane Harman left Congress in 1998 to run for governor of California, her colleague Nancy Pelosi threw her a party -- a chocolate-fudge sundae "social" in the House members' dining room. Two years later, Harman hosted a fundraiser in Los Angeles for Pelosi when she was running for minority whip, raising $400,000. These days the two rarely talk, much less throw parties for each other.