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  • Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) reconsidered his decision to resign after receiving legal counsel. (The Hill story)
  • Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) condemned Senate GOP leaders for the treatment of Sen. Larry Craig. (The Hill story)
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)Pelosi and Boehner disagreement disagreed on the appropriate actions needed to be taken in the 'stolen vote' dilemma.(The Hill story)
  • Lie detector test revealed that the extramarital relations with a New Orleans prostitute that David Vitter (R-LA) once denied actually appears to be true.
  • (The Hill story)
  • Rudolph W. Giuliani said that he is asking The New York Times for the “same heavily discounted rate they gave” for his campaign to run an ad in the paper.

(The Hill story)

  • Former CEO Bill Allen admitted that although there was not a lot of material, the labor used in Ted Stevens's (R-AK) home renovation came from Veco employees. (TPM Muckraker story)
  • Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho)made an unexpected return to the Capitol 12 days before his likely resignation. (The Hill story)
  • Sen. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.) officially confirmed his retirement on September 21, 2007 and claimed that spending time with his family is his first priority. The Hill story)
  • Prosecutors' subpoena for Sen. John Doolittle (R-Ca) demanding 11 years-worth of records raised constitutional issues on the separation of powers. (TPMmuckraker story)
  • Due to a 1981 court ruling stating that the Senate Ethics Committee investigators fall within the legal definition of federal law enforcement agencies, it is clear that the panel had access to legally obtain wiretap evidence against Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK).

(Rollcall story)

  • Sen.Tom Coburn(R-Okla.) blocked a new widely-accepted firearms law, which he believed to be a costly bill that could potentially put individual's Second Amendment rights in danger.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (R-N.Y.) attempted to reintroduce repeatedly rejected legislation to temporarily lift the portfolio caps on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • On October 15, 2007, Rep. David Hobson (R-Ohio) became the third Ohio Republican to announce he would not seek reelection at the end of his current term.
  • Although, the House failed on October 17, 2007, to override President Bush’s veto of legislation that would have expanded the State Children Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a letter was sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asking her to reintroduce legislation with a few alterations.
  • On October 24, 2007, Democrats, still keeping their “10 million children” goal in mind, planned to finally pass the State Children Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) legislation by addressing effective talking points raised by President Bush and House Republicans.
  • Sen. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), who is seeking the presidential bid, announced his decision to retire at the end of the 110th Congress after the Colorado Rockies' lost the World Series last night.
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)pushed $25 million in earmarked federal funds for a British defense contractor that is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for bribery.
  • With his $10,000 donation, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) was one of four members of Congress to show support and give money to Rep. John Doolittle’s (R-Calif.) legal defense fund.
  • Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced on November 2, 2007, that they have decided to side with the White House in voting to send the nomination of Michael Mukasey as attorney general to the Senate floor.
  • The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes funding for a variety of projects, including beach restoration, clean water and flood control programs, passed both chambers of Congress, but was vetoed by President Bush. However, Democratic leaders promised to quickly override this veto.
  • With the approval of six democrats, one independent, and a united Republican caucus, the senate confirmed Michael Mukasey as attorney general with a 53-40 vote.
  • President Bush marked the sixth veto of his presidency by rejecting the health-labor bill.
  • The 55 to 42 vote fell short of the 60-vote majority needed for the Democrats to break the Senate deadlock which put the five-year $286 billion farm bill at a standstill.