Friday, April 06, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2007 – 2:01 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Veto Threat Shadows War Funding Bill Conference
  • Senate Prepares to Challenge Bush on Stem Cell Research
  • Democrats Request Unedited U.S. Attorney Documents
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Today in Washington

The House is in spring recess.

The Senate is in spring recess.

The President is at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and has no public events scheduled.

In Washington, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and American University’s School of International Service hold a two-day conference on the scope of China’s expanding involvement in Africa. Friday’s events at Kennedy Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Saturday’s events at Ward Circle 3, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Veto Threat Shadows War Funding Bill Conference

As the rhetorical battle between President Bush and congressional Democrats escalate, lawmakers next week will begin hammering out the final version of an Iraq war funding bill that calls for a withdrawal of most U.S. troops by a date certain.  [Read More]

Senate Prepares to Challenge Bush on Stem Cell Research

The Senate is planning a fresh policy challenge to President Bush next week, this time on a popular domestic issue.  [Read More]

Democrats Request Unedited U.S. Attorney Documents

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats today sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales demanding that the Justice Department hand over complete, unedited versions of all documents related to the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.  [Read More]

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TheCapitol.Net: Defense Focus

This TheCapitol.Net workshop features an intensive 3-day overview of Congress and the legislative process while highlighting the forces that influence decision making in Congress.
This Capitol Hill Workshop will be of interest to Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Army personnel, as well as those employed in the defense industry.
WHERE: Hall of the States, 444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. (1 1/2 blocks from the Union Station Metro stop)
WHEN: April 18-20, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day
Registration Fee: $1295
Full program description and online registration, or call our registrar at 202-678-1600.
This training conference is sponsored by TheCapitol.Net, exclusive provider of Congressional Quarterly Executive Conferences.

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, whose mother is of Mexican heritage, has not yet connected with Hispanic voters. The former House member, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Energy secretary and two-term governor trails well behind the Democratic presidential front-runner, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Part of that may be due to his Anglo last name. Only 37 percent of 1,000 Hispanic registered voters surveyed were aware that there is a Hispanic running for president, and only 25 percent of them could identify that person as Richardson, according to a recent survey .

According to the Idaho Press-Tribune, former Democratic Rep. Larry LaRocco “will run for Larry Craig’s U.S. Senate seat in 2008. It could be a rematch of LaRocco’s first campaign for Congress in 1982, which he lost to Craig. Craig has not said whether he will run for re-election in 2008. Former Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez has announced he will run for the Republican nomination for the position. LaRocco lost a bid for lieutenant governor last November.” LaRocco, the last Idaho Democrat to serve in Congress, was ousted in 1994 after a single term. He plans to formally announce his candidacy next week, the paper said.

The Manchester Union Leader reports that “three anti-war activist groups say they have spent $100,000 to air a television ad criticizing Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., for his support of the Bush administration's Iraq policy. The ad, which began today and will air through next week, is being paid for by Americans United for Change, a group funded by activist and labor groups including AFSCME.” Democrats see Sununu as vulnerable in 2008. The GOP senator countered the attack ads by saying that it is wrong to hold up funding for troops in Iraq and, “even worse, it is being done to score partisan political points.”

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The 4th Annual World Health Care Congress

April 22 - 24, 2007 | Washington Convention Center | Washington, DC
The 4th Annual World Health Care Congress, co-sponsored by The Wall Street Journal - The conference will convene over 1,800 CEOs, senior executives and government officials from the nation's largest employers, hospitals, health systems, health plans, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and leading government agencies.
Register today by phone at 800-817-8601 or by e-mail at wcreg@worldcongress.com.

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Political Trivia

Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey, D-N.Y., grew up in a working-class home, joined the Navy out of high school, worked in a local cement plant for five years and then paid his way through college by working nights collecting tolls on the New York State Thruway. In the House, he is noticed for his silver hair, pin-striped suits and elegant silk ties. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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