Tuesday, July 10, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2007 – 1:52 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Democratic Leaders Seek April 2008 Deadline for Iraq Redeployment
  • Senate Finance Nears Deal on Expansion of Children’s Health Care Program
  • McCain Loses Top Campaign Staffers

Today in Washington

The House considers measures under suspension of the rules, including a bill (HR 556) that would overhaul foreign investment regulations.

The Senate resumes consideration of the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill (HR 1585).

The President meets with Freedom Corps volunteer Jeraldine Farris in Cleveland, Ohio; visits GrafTech International, a graphite and carbon products manufacturer; lunches with community leaders; visits the Cleveland Clinic hospital; speaks to the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

In Washington,  The Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships for the 2007-2008 school year to 44 surviving children and spouses of firefighters, police and others in the public sector who died in the line of duty. Keynote address by U.S. Fire Administrator Gregory B. Cade, 6 p.m., Columbus Club, Union Station.


Top Stories

Senate Democratic Leaders Seek April 2008 Deadline for Iraq Redeployment

Brushing aside Republican pleas for more time to assess the effectiveness of the Bush administration’s “surge” in Iraq, Senate Democrats will try to force a reduction and redeployment of U.S. troops by April 30, 2008.  [Read More]

Senate Finance Nears Deal on Expansion of Children’s Health Care Program

Members of the Senate Finance Committee said today they have reached agreement on the framework for an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.  [Read More]

McCain Loses Top Campaign Staffers

The campaign manager and chief strategist of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign quit Tuesday, dealing a blow to his struggling campaign.  [Read More]


Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.: Bus Drivers' Strike Strands 225,000
CALIFORNIA: State Projects Population of 60 Million
NEW YORK STATE: Governor: Rethink Comptroller's Pension Oversight
TEXAS: Former Chief Justice Dies


Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that House Democrats have shown strong unity over the six months since the party took control of Congress, largely by sticking to issues popular with the electorate. But, as always, there have been defectors, led by Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor, who broke with the Democratic position on nearly a third of House votes that fell mainly along partisan lines. Of the 10 Democrats registering the lowest party unity scores so far this year, six — including Taylor — are from the South, while another is from the GOP stronghold of Utah. Five of the 10 are freshmen who last year captured seats previously held by Republicans.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Democratic “environmental activist and self-described ‘pragmatic Progressive’ Jim Cohen will announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Wednesday, joining a field that includes humorist Al Franken, attorney Mike Ciresi, lawyer Bob Olson and frequent candidate Dick Franson. They all are seeking to unseat GOP Sen. Norm Coleman. An attorney, Cohen has worked for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund and the Environmental Task Force and is a founding member of the Will Steger Foundation on global warming.”

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet reports that the “district represented by former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), expected to announce in a few weeks if he will run again, is seen by a political newcomer as promising for a Democrat, so much so that he is poised to put $1 million in his primary race. A poll taken for Democratic House hopeful Bill Foster, 51, a Geneva businessman and scientist,” shows Hastert would start out ahead — “55 percent according to the poll and with a 63 percent approval rating — decent, but not a landslide.” But the poll also showed that in a “generic” matchup of a nameless Republican vs. a nameless Democrat, “Democrats trump Republicans 40 percent to 30 percent.”


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Political Trivia

As a young man, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, flew C-46 transports throughout China during World War II and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he got a law degree and worked as a federal prosecutor for three years. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)



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