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2006-08-07 10:32:11

By Andrea Hopkins CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Republican Rep. Bob Ney, dogged by a corruption scandal involving disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, dropped out of the U.S. mid-term election race on Monday in a move that analysts said could dampen Democratic hopes to gain ground in the November ballot. The decision by Ney to quit the race deprives Democrats of a favorite poster-boy for the bribery investigation that has plagued Congress, and analysts said it puts his central Ohio...

2006-08-07 07:59:47

CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Republican Rep. Bob Ney, dogged by a corruption scandal involving disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, will not seek re-election in the November mid-term election, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said on Monday. "Bob Ney was forced out of this race by the reality of an electorate demanding change from the culture of corruption in Washington and a Congress that compulsively puts special interests first at every opportunity," the DCCC,...

2006-06-08 20:39:56

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Democrats will decide next week whether to remove Rep. William Jefferson from a powerful committee pending the outcome of a federal investigation of the Louisiana Democrat on possible bribery charges. "We will take it up next Thursday," said Rep. James Clyburn, the South Carolina Democrat who chairs the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives. House Democrats huddled behind closed doors late Thursday following a rare meeting by...

2006-06-08 17:56:29

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fallen Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas left the U.S. House of Representatives he once led on Thursday with a ringing defense of conservatism and his no-holds barred brand of partisanship. "Partisanship ... properly understood is not a symptom of a democracy's weakness but of its health and strength, especially from the perspective of a political conservative," said the former Republican leader, who has been indicted on campaign finance...

2006-05-26 16:21:35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former aide to Rep. William Jefferson has been sentenced to eight years in prison for helping the Louisiana Democrat solicit bribes in an African telecommunications venture, the Justice Department said on Friday. Brett Pfeffer, 37, was also fined $24,000 for his role in a bribery scandal that created a standoff between Congress and the Bush administration for much of the past week. The FBI has not brought charges against Jefferson, but revealed last weekend...

2006-05-26 16:17:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former aide to Rep. William Jefferson has been sentenced to eight years in prison for helping the Louisiana Democrat solicit bribes in an African telecommunications venture, the Justice Department said on Friday. Brett Pfeffer, 37, was also fined $24,000 for his role in a bribery scandal that created a standoff between Congress and the Bush administration for much of the past week. The FBI has not brought charges against Jefferson, but revealed last weekend...

2006-04-04 17:30:24

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, the House of Representatives' fallen majority leader, withdrew on Tuesday from a re-election race he was in danger of losing due to scandals and said he would quit Congress by mid-June. "It's time for me to go do something else," DeLay, who again denied any wrongdoing, told Fox News in a round of interviews a day after he privately advised President George W. Bush and House Republican leaders of his...

2006-04-04 07:12:50

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, the House of Representatives' fallen majority leader, is calling it quits in face of mounting legal problems and a tough re-election campaign that may have been unwinnable. Twelve years after helping Republicans capture control of the House, DeLay, nicknamed "The Hammer" for his hardball political tactics, is ending his bid for a 12th term and will leave Congress as early as next month, party aides said....

2006-04-04 01:30:59

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, one of the most powerful members of Congress, is now ready to call it quits in the face of mounting legal problems and a tough reelection campaign. Twelve years after helping Republicans win control of the House of Representatives, the former majority leader, long called "The Hammer" for his hardball political tactics, intends on Tuesday to announce he is ending his bid for a 12th term and will leave...

2006-03-06 15:55:00

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate began consideration of legislation on Monday that would require lobbyists to disclose more about their activities and ban gifts by lobbyists to members of Congress and staff. The measure, which has strong bipartisan support in the wake of scandals that rocked the Republican-led Congress, would also impose stiff fines for violation of lobbying curbs. The Senate hopes to complete action after voting on a long list of possible amendments...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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