Thursday, July 05, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2007 – 2:18 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Takes Break From Appropriations Bills Next Week
  • House Oversight Panel to Focus on Iraq Embassy
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m., Monday, July 9, when it will begin debate on the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill (HR 1585).

The President has no public events scheduled.

In Washington,  the Smithsonian hosts the second session of the 41st annual Folklife Festival, July 4-8. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., National Mall.

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Top Stories

House Takes Break From Appropriations Bills Next Week

When Congress returns to work next week, House members will get a short break from the long days that have characterized consideration of the appropriations bills this year.  [Read More]

House Oversight Panel to Focus on Iraq Embassy

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has announced a July 26 hearing on construction delays and other problems plaguing the new U.S. embassy in Baghdad.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., has announced that she raised $1.2 million for her re-election campaign during the second quarter this year, her “second consecutive million-dollar quarter.” She reported $2.8 million on hand. “Despite the financial showing, Landrieu is not likely to scare off opposition. Running for her third six-year term, Landrieu’s seat has been called the most vulnerable in the Senate due to her two previous close elections and the exodus of much of her African-American base in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina.” Possible GOP contenders include Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, Rep. Richard H. Baker, and state Treasurer John Kennedy, a Democrat who is being wooed to switch parties.

According to the San Antonio Express, “Republican Lyle Larson remains coy about whether he’ll seek his party’s nomination” in the 23rd Congressional District, now held by Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez, D-Texas. “But he’s clear about this: He won’t run for another term as county commissioner in 2008.” That decision “is the strongest sign yet that he’ll run” in the March congressional primary. “Francisco ‘Quico’ Canseco, a San Antonio attorney, is already chasing the Republican nomination . . . Larson expects to announce his intentions later this summer.”

The Idaho Press Tribune reports that Iraq War veteran Matt Salisbury “announced his intention Wednesday to seek Idaho’s 1st Congressional District seat” in next year’s GOP primary against freshman Rep. Bill Sali. “Salisbury’s statement comes on the heels of” an announcement earlier this week that Democrat Larry Grant, who lost to Sali in 2006, will seek a rematch in 2008. “In his announcement Wednesday, Salisbury described himself as a lifelong Republican, with both ‘local and national experience.’” He “has held management positions in the technology, heavy-duty automotive and import industries,” and “is an account manager for Phillips Industries, responsible for major OEM accounts throughout the United States and Mexico.”

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MINNEAPOLIS: City Urged to Privatize Parking Lots
CHICAGO: Once-Banned Firm Raking in City Contracts
MIAMI: Housing Chief Suspended, Offered Lesser Post
CALIFORNIA: Court Rejects Bonds to Fund Pensions
THE SOUTHEAST: Severe Drought Wilting Region

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Political Trivia

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.,was deeply affected at age 10 by the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and inspired by the civil rights movement he led. “It hit me, the whole idea of social justice and fighting for equality. I decided I was going to become a lawyer,” she recalls. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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