Monday, April 16, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2007 – 2:06 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush, Democrats Dig in on War Spending
  • Gonzales Says He Has ‘Nothing to Hide’ About Prosecutor Firings
  • Senators Demand Fairness on Farm Subsidies
  • House Scraps Monday Votes
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Today in Washington

The House cancels votes scheduled for 6:30 p.m. because of the strong storms affecting the Northeast.

The Senate considers legislation (S 372) to authorize fiscal 2007 intelligence funding, and legislation (S 3) to allow the federal government to negotiate lower medication prices for the Medicare prescription drug program.

The President speaks on the Iraq war supplemental bill.

In Washington, James Carville, Democratic political strategist, joins John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and George Stephanopoulos, ABC News chief Washington correspondent, to participate in a roundtable discussion and answer questions as part of the Kennedy Political Unions 2006-07 “Power of Voice” lecture series, 8:15 p.m., Bender Arena, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Bush, Democrats Dig in on War Spending

President Bush and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid head to a Wednesday meeting at the White House with uncompromising stances on a war spending measure that includes Iraq withdrawal language.  [Read More]

Gonzales Says He Has ‘Nothing to Hide’ About Prosecutor Firings

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has told the Senate Judiciary Committee he did not fire any U.S. attorneys for partisan political reasons and has “no basis to believe” anyone sought to have a federal prosecutor fired for “improper” reasons.  [Read More]

Senators Demand Fairness on Farm Subsidies

A bipartisan group of senators have written the Bush administration demanding that any new international trade agreement be fair to American farmers.  [Read More]

House Scraps Monday Votes

As a strong spring storm battered the Northeast, the House called off votes that had been scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. today, leadership aides said.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that former Louisiana Sen. John B. Breaux said Friday he will not run for governor as planned this year, citing ongoing questions about his eligibility. Breaux, who has lived in Maryland since he retired from the Senate at the end of 2004, pulled out of the governor’s race after Louisiana Democratic Attorney General Charles C. Foti Jr. declined to issue a legal opinion on whether Breaux was a state “citizen” for the preceding five years, as required by the state constitution. Louisiana Republicans said Breaux was clearly ineligible to serve as governor, since he is registered to vote in Maryland.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Florida freshman Democratic Reps. Tim Mahoney and Ron Klein rank near the top of all Democratic freshmen in fundraising as they try to fed off being targeted for defeat by Republicans in 2008. According to campaign finance reports filed Sunday, Mahoney has collected $547,067 so far for his 2008 reelection campaign, versus $471,723 for his three Republican opponents combined. Meanwhile, Klein reported raising $611,446 during the first quarter of 2007.

The Des Moines Register reported that ex-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani warned GOP activists in Iowa that they faced defeat at the polls in 2008 if they insist on a presidential nominee who always agrees with them on social issues. “Our party is going to grow, and we are going to win in 2008 if we are a party characterized by what we’re for, not if we’re a party that’s known for what we’re against,” Giuliani said. Republicans can win if they nominate a candidate committed to the fight against terrorism and high taxes, rather than a pure social conservative, he said.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CHICAGO: City Wins Race to Bid for Olympics
LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH: Ports Push to Cut Diesel Pollution 80%
DENVER: Outsourcing Revives Airport Maglev Train Idea
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Amtrak Courts City CFO
DURHAM COUNTY, N.C.: Misconduct Charge Stands Against D.A.
CALIFORNIA: State Creates Vast Marine Reserve
NEW JERSEY: Injured Governor May Come Off Ventilator
TEXAS: Governor Seeks Conservator for Troubled College

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Political Trivia

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the youngest of nine children of Rose Fitzgerald, a congressman’s daughter, and Joseph P. Kennedy, an ambassador to Britain and the first chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, was first elected in 1962, at age 30, to fill the remaining two years of President John F. Kennedy’s Senate term. The president had arranged for family friend Benjamin A. Smith to be appointed until his youngest brother was old enough under the Constitution to serve. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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