Friday, June 01, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2007 – 2:11 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush Renews Plea for Passage of Immigration Bill
  • House Will Send Stem Cell Bill to Bush Next Week, Defying Veto Threat
  • White House Vows Tough Line on Fiscal 2008 Spending Bills
  • Pelosi: House Will Act on Global Warming This Year
  • Travel Incident Involving TB Patient Spurs Capitol Hill Hearings
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 4.

The President meets with his Homeland Security Council on hurricane readiness; makes remarks at a briefing on comprehensive immigration reform; meets with National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley to discuss next week’s trip to Europe and the G8 Summit.

In Washington, Grammy winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and American Idol finalist Katharine McPhee will perform at a fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at Club 44. Other guests include former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and poet Maya Angelou. Actress and comedian Caroline Rhea will serve as emcee. 5 p.m., City Center Lot, 11th & H streets, N.W.

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Top Stories

Bush Renews Plea for Passage of Immigration Bill

As the Senate prepares to resume work next week on a comprehensive immigration overhaul, President Bush on Friday again urged wavering lawmakers in both parties to support the compromise legislation.  [Read More]

House Will Send Stem Cell Bill to Bush Next Week, Defying Veto Threat

The House plans to trigger a new veto showdown with President Bush next week by clearing legislation to expand federally funded embryonic stem cell research.  [Read More]

White House Vows Tough Line on Fiscal 2008 Spending Bills

Democrats begin work in earnest this month on the fiscal 2008 appropriations bills, and the White House is making clear that President Bush will challenge the new congressional majority on spending.  [Read More]

Pelosi: House Will Act on Global Warming This Year

Speaker Nancy Pelosi today promised action this year on far-reaching global warming legislation that would mandate limits on greenhouse gas emissions while creating an incentive system for polluters to trade carbon credits.  [Read More]

Travel Incident Involving TB Patient Spurs Capitol Hill Hearings

The apparent ease with which an Atlanta lawyer suffering from extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis was able to board multiple flights and return to the United States this week without being stopped is sparking new congressional concern about border security.  [Read More]

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TheCapitol.Net: Capitol Hill Workshop

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that although retiring Rep. Duncan Hunter’s namesake son is hoping to claim the House seat his father has held for 14 terms, he may have to compete with a slew of other GOP hopefuls for the nomination next year in California’s heavily Republican 52nd District. The senior Hunter is seeking the 2008 GOP presidential nod, although he ranks near the bottom in the polls. His son, Duncan D. Hunter, is a political novice who serves in the Marine Corps and is presently in Afghanistan. He plans to appear on the June 2008 primary ballot as “Duncan Hunter,” dropping his middle initial that distinguishes him from his father. Still, at least 10 Republicans are considered as possible candidates for the seat.

According to the Anchorage Daily News , Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, a senior appropriator and longest-serving GOP senator, is piling up cash for his 2008 re-election bid. “But even as he rapidly stockpiles money for his re-election campaign, potential opponents are wondering: Is 2008 the year Uncle Ted is actually vulnerable? Stevens is an Alaska icon and one-man state industry, bringing huge amounts of federal dollars. . . . But he is 83 years old and now in the Senate minority. . . . ‘He's not as popular as he was in years past, and each day that goes by he gets a little bit softer,’ said Ivan Moore, an Anchorage pollster who often works for Democrats. Still, no heavyweight opponents are clamoring to take Stevens on. At least not yet.”

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY: County Goes After Travel Web Site Taxes
DETROIT: City Weighs Tunnel Lease Bid
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Regulators Target Wood-Burning Fireplaces
BOSTON: City, Police Reach Contract Deal
NEW JERSEY: SEC Probing State's Pension Contributions
OHIO: Secretary of State Wants Bonuses Returned
WISCONSIN: A.G.: Ban on Abortion Procedure Unenforceable
PENNSYLVANIA: Court: Jurors' Names Are Public

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2007 – 1:55 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Critics Say Bush’s Global Warming Plan Falls Short
  • Senate Democrats in Good Shape Heading Into 2008
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 4.

The President speaks on global warming in a morning speech at Ronald Reagan building, meets this afternoon with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani at the White House.

In Washington, National Spelling Bee finals are held, 8 p.m., Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Critics Say Bush’s Global Warming Plan Falls Short

President Bush today called on major industrial nations to set a non-binding “long-term global goal” for reducing greenhouse gases, while allowing individual nations to determine how to get there.  [Read More]

Senate Democrats in Good Shape Heading Into 2008

Democrats will be defending 12 Senate seats next year, to 21 for Republicans, and in half of those races, the Democratic incumbents are overwhelmingly favored.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., now an all-but-announced candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, amassed a decidedly but not exclusively conservative voting record during his eight-year Senate tenure (1994-2003). His record on key votes did not differ greatly from those of other GOP senators in the mix — Sam Brownback of Kansas and John McCain of Arizona, who are announced candidates, and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, who is still considering a presidential bid, possibly as an independent. Thompson and McCain voted the same way on 83 of 102 CQ-defined “key votes” (81.4 percent) during the eight years the two men served together. Thompson agreed with Brownback on 57 of 70 votes (81.4 percent) and with Hagel on 57 of 71 votes (80.3 percent).

According to the Boston Globe, “Democratic presidential candidates are drawing bigger crowds, more donors, and more energy from the New Hampshire electorate than Republican hopefuls are, a sign to officials in both parties of a lack of enthusiasm for the current GOP field and a tired state Republican Party still reeling from a historic defeat in November. New Hampshire Republicans . . . are showing only moderate interest in the 10 GOP presidential candidates who have trooped to their state.” But Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois “have had to actively limit attendance for certain meet-and-greet sessions, spokesmen for the two campaigns said.”

The Boca Raton News reports that freshman Rep. Ron Klein, D-Fla.,” already has two announced opponents for the 2008 election campaign,” Democrat Marc Flagg, a “former Navy pilot and now a flight engineer for United Parcel Service,” and Lt. Col. Allen West, a Republican and career Army officer, who “said that his campaign would highlight the ‘national security understanding of this war that we’re in — and coming up with viable solutions.’ . . . Another well-known area politician had been giving serious thought to running for Klein’s District 22 seat. But Boca Raton Mayor Steven Abrams, whose term expires at the end of March 2008, said he will not be a candidate because the time needed to run would take him away from his family.”

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MASSACHUSETTS: Job Offers to End Minority-Hiring Suits
NEW YORK CITY: City Mandates Fixes for Worst Buildings
DENVER: Mayor's Panel Pushes Record Bond Vote
WASHINGTON, D.C.: City Shuts Down Six Funeral Homes
SOUTH FLORIDA: Drought Leaves Lake at Record Low
MINNESOTA: Typo Produces $2.5 Million Check Error

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Political Trivia

The son of a congressman, Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, D-W.Va., remembers attending the swearing-in ceremony for his father, Robert H. Mollohan. Age 9 at the time, he was on the House floor and, as he told the Charleston Daily Mail, “I remember it like yesterday. I think it was kind of a biological imprinting on my brain. I said, ‘This is what I want to do.’ That’s when I knew.” (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2007 – 2:02 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush Asks Congress to Double Funds for AIDS Relief Program
  • Democrats Will Seek to Reverse Court Decision on Wage Discrimination
  • Foreign Lobbying Database Up and Running
  • Choice of Zoellick to Lead World Bank Draws Praise in Congress
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 4.

The President announces selection of Robert B. Zoellick to succeed Paul D. Wolfowitz as president of the World Bank; makes an announcement on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; travels to Edison, N.J., to make remarks at a New Jersey Republican State Committee Reception.

In Washington, Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, discusses his views on the intersection of science and religion, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 6 p.m., AAAS auditorium, 1200 New York Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Bush Asks Congress to Double Funds for AIDS Relief Program

President Bush today asked Congress to extend for five more years a program that provides funding for international AIDS relief and double the authorized spending.  [Read More]

Democrats Will Seek to Reverse Court Decision on Wage Discrimination

Congressional Democrats are vowing to move legislation responding to yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that workers cannot sue under a core civil rights law for wage discrimination that happened years earlier.  [Read More]

Foreign Lobbying Database Up and Running

Tracking the efforts of foreign countries and organizations to lobby the U.S. government became easier this week.  [Read More]

Choice of Zoellick to Lead World Bank Draws Praise in Congress

President Bush today made it official, announcing his choice of Robert B. Zoellick to lead the World Bank. The selection pleased members of Congress on both sides of the aisle following the tumultuous tenure of Paul D. Wolfowitz.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that Republicans face a daunting challenge in their bid to recapture control of the Senate next year, defending 21 seats to just 12 for the Democrats. CQ currently rates only two contests for Democratic-held seats as highly competitive: Louisiana, where Mary L. Landrieu is up for a third term, and South Dakota, where Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson is still recovering from life-threatening brain surgery. No one has yet stepped forward to challenge either senator, and both of the incumbents have been stockpiling cash for re-election bids. Landrieu had $1.9 million in her campaign account as of March 31, while Johnson — helped by fellow senators as he recuperates — had $1.2 million in his coffers.

According to WTVM-TV in Columbus, Ga., Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., “has put to rest any reports that is going to make a run for the U.S. Senate. In a statement Tuesday, the Democrat says he plans to run for re-election next year to another term in the U.S. House. There had been reports circulating that Bishop would try to unseat Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss next year. Bishop says now that Democrats control congress, he is in a better position as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to serve members of his district.”

Stateline.org reports that 11 governors have lined up behind 2008 presidential candidates, “providing ground troops and political donors.” Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and John McCain, R-Ariz., lead with three endorsements each. For Clinton: Democratic Govs. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, Jon Corzine of New Jersey and Eliot Spitzer of New York. For McCain: Republican Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Jon Huntsman of Utah. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is backed by Democratic Govs. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Rod Blagojevich of Illinois. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the endorsement of Republican Govs. Matt Blunt of Missouri and Don Carcieri of Rhode Island, while South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds backs former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a fellow Republican.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: County Faces $20.3 Billion in Retiree Health Costs
LOUISIANA: Hurricane-Rebuilding Program Shutting Down
NEW YORK STATE: Governor Seeks Higher-Ed Overhaul

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Political Trivia

Born in Pittsburgh, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, grew up in poverty. His family lost their home during the Depression, so Hatch’s father, a lather, borrowed $100 to buy an acre of land in the hills above Pittsburgh, where he built a home of blackened lumber salvaged from a fire. A Meadow Gold Dairy sign constituted one wall of the house, which lacked indoor plumbing. The family grew their own food; Hatch tended the chickens and sold their eggs. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2007 – 1:52 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush Imposes Sanctions on Sudan Over Darfur
  • Bush Cites Border Effort in Urging Passage of Immigration Bill
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 4.

The President makes a statement on Darfur; flies to Brunswick, Ga., to receive briefing on the Georgia and Florida wildfires; makes remarks on comprehensive immigration reform and tours a federal law enforcement training center in Glynco, Ga.; returns to White House for a photo opportunity with the 2006 Major League Soccer champion Houston Dynamo; meets with Vietnamese democracy and human rights activists.

In Washington, former Vice President Al Gore participates in a talk and signing for his book, “The Assault on Reason,” sponsored by Politics and Prose Bookstore, 7 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets, N.W.

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Top Stories

Bush Imposes Sanctions on Sudan Over Darfur

President Bush today ordered immediate implementation of economic sanctions against Sudan, saying the government of President Omar al-Bashir has continued to obstruct efforts to end genocide in Darfur.  [Read More]

Bush Cites Border Effort in Urging Passage of Immigration Bill

President Bush today stressed the gains made in securing the U.S. border with Mexico as he pleaded for enactment of a comprehensive immigration overhaul now before the Senate.  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CHICAGO: Drug-Resistant Bacteria Spreading Among Poor
SAN JOSE, Calif.: Seismic Fears Threaten Transit-Station Plan
MILWAUKEE: Alderman Arrested in Corruption Probe
PENNSYLVANIA: Retirement Surge Coming for State Workers

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that even as Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Democrat Steve Beshear, a former lieutenant governor, gear up for their election battle this fall, some candidates are preparing for next year’s congressional elections in Kentucky. One of the latest is Republican lawyer Erwin Roberts, who is vying to challenge freshman Democratic Rep. John A. Yarmuth in the Louisville-centered 3rd District.Roberts is a former federal prosecutor who served in Fletcher’s administration as Kentucky’s first homeland security director. Roberts, who is African-American, is seeking a seat in a chamber that presently has no black Republicans.

According to the Atlanta Joural-Constitution, the issues of immigration and Iraq could compete for dominance in east Georgia, where 10 candidates are competing in a June 19 special election to fill the 10th District seat of GOP Rep. Charlie Norwood, who died Feb. 13. Former state Sen. Jim Whitehead, who “was riding comfortably at the head of the pack” of six Republicans in the race, is suddenly under attack as insufficiently hostile to illegal immigration. Other Republicans “could peel off enough disaffected Republicans to push Whitehead into a July 17 run-off.” Meanwhile, James Marlow “has been able to consolidate most Democrats around his candidacy by focusing on one issue: Iraq.” He is likely to win the other spot in the runoff.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that Rep. Nick Lampson, D-Texas, “is letting it be known he’s not running next year for the U.S. Senate seat held by John Cornyn,” a Republican. Mustafa Tameez of Houston, a political consultant to Lampson, said that Lampson, who last year captured the seat vacated by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, “intends to seek re-election instead—fully knowing that his district historically leans Republican. A Senate bid is ‘not going to happen,’ Tameez said.” Other Democrats mentioned as possible contenders include “former State Comptroller John Sharp, state Rep. Rick Noriega of Houston and Mikal Watts, a San Antonio trial lawyer.”

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This Week in Health Policy on the Hill

Health on the Hill with kaisernetwork.org and CQ are weekly audio updates from CQ reporters highlighting the latest health policy developments on Capitol Hill. A podcast of the report is also available.
MEDICARE: Report finds abusive marketing practices with some Medicare private fee-for-service plans.
SCHIP: Fiscal 2008 budget resolution includes up to $50 billion in new spending for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
MEDICAL DEVICES: House panel weights reauthorization of medical device user fee act. | Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links

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Political Trivia

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., caught the politics bug in college, when he was an intern for Democratic Sen. Paul Douglas, whose Senate seat he now holds. He walked the hallways with legendary senators such as Robert F. Kennedy and held long conversations with Douglas, who used to tell Durbin stories as the young intern handed him letters to sign. One of Durbin’s sons is named after Douglas. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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