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May 20, 2004 | From Associated Press
Growing tension between House and Senate Republicans over the war in Iraq, abuse of Iraqi prisoners, tax cuts and the budget deficit erupted Wednesday with House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert lecturing former POW and Arizona Sen. John McCain about sacrifice and war. McCain, who spent five years in a North Vietnamese prison, excoriated fellow Republicans on Tuesday for pushing more tax cuts while U.S. troops are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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June 9, 1999 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), moving to quell a rebellion in GOP ranks that has hogtied the House, announced Tuesday that his party will stick to strict spending limits that could force deep cuts in several domestic programs next year. His move pleased disgruntled conservatives but set the stage for a long, hot summer of budget battles with President Clinton--and among Republicans themselves.
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November 6, 1999 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tomatoes at the processing plant were stacked in neat boxes, colorfully accentuating President Clinton's message Friday: Private industry, the government and struggling communities, aligning themselves in just such a balance, can flush out the remaining pockets of poverty as the nation revels in an economic expansion. Yet, as the president and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.
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October 13, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Under ordinary circumstances, there would have been nothing remarkable about President Bush's praise Thursday for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert at a political fundraiser. But this is not an ordinary year. Hastert is struggling to cope with the fallout from how his office handled reports that former Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley dispatched inappropriate electronic messages to a former congressional page.
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February 26, 2004 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said Wednesday that he would block legislation to extend the deadline for a commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks -- a serious setback to the panel, which also on Wednesday expressed disappointment over limits on its access to President Bush and other administration officials. Hastert refused to allow a bill extending the commission's deadline to be introduced in the House, angering Democrats on Capitol Hill.
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October 8, 2006 | Ronald Brownstein
If there was an Olympic competition in closing ranks, surely the Republican Party would take the gold. Prominent conservatives and House Republican leaders tumbled over one another early last week to complain about the way House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) handled the sex scandal that forced the abrupt resignation of Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.).
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May 28, 2006 | Janet Hook and Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writers
When House Republican leaders gathered for a news conference on the steps of the Capitol last week, it was supposed to be a Memorial Day salute to veterans. But the event quickly deteriorated as reporters crowded around a beleaguered House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). They shouted questions about whether he was under investigation as part of a lobbying scandal and whether he would sue the television network that had reported he was.
NEWS
July 23, 1999 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House Republicans closed ranks Thursday and muscled through a bill to cut taxes by $792 billion over the next decade, the crown jewel of an agenda they hope will help the party maintain its fragile congressional majority in next year's elections. The proposal, however, faces a veto threat from President Clinton and a rough road in the Senate.
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June 8, 1999 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As House Republicans have brawled among themselves this spring over the budget, the Balkans and other divisive issues, many have looked to Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) to play peacemaker. But conservatives, moderates and the new speaker's own headstrong lieutenants repeatedly have forced Hastert to shelve legislation that he had hoped to pass before Congress' Memorial Day recess.
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July 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert (R-Ill.) who has been vague about whether he would give up the reins at the end of this Congress, told a group of supporters that he planned to run again and serve as speaker for the rest of President Bush's second term. Ron Bonjean, Hastert's communications director, said the speaker told an audience of about 80 at a fundraiser last week at the Chicago Club that he would run again "at the urging of his constituents and the president."
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