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June 13, 2005 | Ken Silverstein and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
When Congress passed the $417-billion Pentagon spending bill last year, Rep. John P. Murtha, the top Democrat on the House defense appropriations subcommittee, boasted about the money he secured to create jobs in his Pennsylvania district. But the bill Murtha helped write also benefited at least 10 companies represented by a lobbying firm where his brother, Robert "Kit" Murtha, is a senior partner, according to disclosure records, interviews and an analysis of the bill by The Times.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2010 | James Oliphant
John Murtha, the Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania and decorated former Marine whose fierce opposition to the Iraq war helped catalyze public sentiment against the conflict, died Monday. He was 77. Murtha died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., surrounded by his family, his office announced. He had been hospitalized with complications from gallbladder surgery. "With the passing of Jack Murtha, America lost a great patriot," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement about Murtha, who was an ally of the California congresswoman.
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NEWS
November 2, 1991 | Associated Press
The 33-year-old son of Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) was arrested in a drug sweep on charges of dealing crack cocaine. He already has a record for burglary and robbery. John Mark Murtha remained jailed Friday in lieu of $20,000 bond after his arraignment Thursday. Earlier in the day he had been arrested at his Greensburg home on charges of possessing and selling crack cocaine, officials said. A Dec. 8 hearing was set.
NATIONAL
May 12, 2009 | Washington Post
Robert Murtha for years has made a sizable living working with companies that rely on Pentagon contracts over which his uncle, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), holds considerable sway. He has maintained that his uncle played no role in his defense-related work, much of it secured without competition. Newly obtained documents, however, show Robert Murtha mentioning his influential family connection as leverage in his business dealings and holding unusual power in his dealings with the military.
NATIONAL
June 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. John P. Murtha, a 16-term Pennsylvania Democrat known for his close ties to the military and his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq, will run for House majority leader if Democrats win control of the chamber in November, he told Democratic colleagues. Murtha, 73, wrote them a letter saying he would seek the post "if we prevail, as I hope and know we will, and return to the majority this next Congress."
NEWS
May 7, 1989 | From The Washington Post
An official U.S. delegation of election observers, dispatched by President Bush to monitor Panama's elections today, landed at this U.S. air base Saturday and set the stage for a potential confrontation with the Panamanian government over their presence in the country. Rep. John Murtha, (D-Pa.), the head of the delegation, told reporters in a brief news conference on the air base tarmac that the 21-member group arrived with "the appropriate documents necessary to get into the country."
NATIONAL
November 14, 2006 | Janet Hook and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
Democrats returned to Capitol Hill on Monday to prepare for a transfer of power in Congress, but their postelection emphasis on unity quickly dissolved into power struggles and jockeying over the spoils of victory. Much of the squabbling stemmed from the decision over the weekend by presumed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to endorse a longtime loyalist to be her second-in-command. In backing Iraq war critic Rep. John P.
NEWS
February 12, 1990 | JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During the tense early hours of the failed December coup attempt against Philippine President Corazon Aquino, a call came into the Pentagon that still grates on Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. Rep. Stephen J. Solarz (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia, wanted to know if an Air Force plane could fly him to Manila so that he could monitor the still-unfolding coup and offer the Administration his unsolicited advice.
NATIONAL
May 12, 2009 | Washington Post
Robert Murtha for years has made a sizable living working with companies that rely on Pentagon contracts over which his uncle, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), holds considerable sway. He has maintained that his uncle played no role in his defense-related work, much of it secured without competition. Newly obtained documents, however, show Robert Murtha mentioning his influential family connection as leverage in his business dealings and holding unusual power in his dealings with the military.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2010 | James Oliphant
John Murtha, the Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania and decorated former Marine whose fierce opposition to the Iraq war helped catalyze public sentiment against the conflict, died Monday. He was 77. Murtha died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., surrounded by his family, his office announced. He had been hospitalized with complications from gallbladder surgery. "With the passing of Jack Murtha, America lost a great patriot," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement about Murtha, who was an ally of the California congresswoman.
OPINION
May 23, 2007
WITH DEMOCRATS like Rep. John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't need Republicans. After Pelosi promised that Democrats would preside over "the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress," Murtha, whom Pelosi unsuccessfully pushed for majority leader, described a Democratic lobbying reform proposal as "total crap." (He graciously added, however, that he'd support the legislation because "that's what Nancy wants."
NATIONAL
November 14, 2006 | Janet Hook and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
Democrats returned to Capitol Hill on Monday to prepare for a transfer of power in Congress, but their postelection emphasis on unity quickly dissolved into power struggles and jockeying over the spoils of victory. Much of the squabbling stemmed from the decision over the weekend by presumed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to endorse a longtime loyalist to be her second-in-command. In backing Iraq war critic Rep. John P.
WORLD
August 3, 2006 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), a Vietnam veteran who has emerged as a leading critic of the war in Iraq, defended himself Wednesday against accusations that he had defamed Marines under investigation in the slayings of 24 civilians in Haditha, saying he publicized the incident to illustrate the pressures soldiers face in Iraq. Murtha was sued Wednesday in federal court by Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, the senior enlisted man on the scene of the Nov.
NATIONAL
June 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. John P. Murtha, a 16-term Pennsylvania Democrat known for his close ties to the military and his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq, will run for House majority leader if Democrats win control of the chamber in November, he told Democratic colleagues. Murtha, 73, wrote them a letter saying he would seek the post "if we prevail, as I hope and know we will, and return to the majority this next Congress."
NATIONAL
June 13, 2005 | Ken Silverstein and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
When Congress passed the $417-billion Pentagon spending bill last year, Rep. John P. Murtha, the top Democrat on the House defense appropriations subcommittee, boasted about the money he secured to create jobs in his Pennsylvania district. But the bill Murtha helped write also benefited at least 10 companies represented by a lobbying firm where his brother, Robert "Kit" Murtha, is a senior partner, according to disclosure records, interviews and an analysis of the bill by The Times.
NEWS
November 2, 1991 | Associated Press
The 33-year-old son of Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) was arrested in a drug sweep on charges of dealing crack cocaine. He already has a record for burglary and robbery. John Mark Murtha remained jailed Friday in lieu of $20,000 bond after his arraignment Thursday. Earlier in the day he had been arrested at his Greensburg home on charges of possessing and selling crack cocaine, officials said. A Dec. 8 hearing was set.
OPINION
May 23, 2007
WITH DEMOCRATS like Rep. John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't need Republicans. After Pelosi promised that Democrats would preside over "the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress," Murtha, whom Pelosi unsuccessfully pushed for majority leader, described a Democratic lobbying reform proposal as "total crap." (He graciously added, however, that he'd support the legislation because "that's what Nancy wants."
WORLD
August 3, 2006 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), a Vietnam veteran who has emerged as a leading critic of the war in Iraq, defended himself Wednesday against accusations that he had defamed Marines under investigation in the slayings of 24 civilians in Haditha, saying he publicized the incident to illustrate the pressures soldiers face in Iraq. Murtha was sued Wednesday in federal court by Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, the senior enlisted man on the scene of the Nov.
NEWS
February 12, 1990 | JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During the tense early hours of the failed December coup attempt against Philippine President Corazon Aquino, a call came into the Pentagon that still grates on Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. Rep. Stephen J. Solarz (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia, wanted to know if an Air Force plane could fly him to Manila so that he could monitor the still-unfolding coup and offer the Administration his unsolicited advice.
NEWS
May 7, 1989 | From The Washington Post
An official U.S. delegation of election observers, dispatched by President Bush to monitor Panama's elections today, landed at this U.S. air base Saturday and set the stage for a potential confrontation with the Panamanian government over their presence in the country. Rep. John Murtha, (D-Pa.), the head of the delegation, told reporters in a brief news conference on the air base tarmac that the 21-member group arrived with "the appropriate documents necessary to get into the country."
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