Friday, June 22, 2007

CORRECTED CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007 – 4:34 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Correction:
  • Capitol to Become ‘Greener’ as House Passes Legislative Branch Spending Bill
  • House Panel Approves Aviation Research Measure as Part of FAA Reauthorization
  • Barrasso is Wyoming’s New Senator
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Today in Washington

The House considers the fiscal 2008 Legislative Branch spending bill (HR 2771).

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. for a pro forma session; no votes are expected.

The President meets with President Nguyen Minh Triet of Vietnam; speaks at a celebration of Black Music Month.

In Washington,  the Young America Foundation holds its 10th annual Gratia Houghton Reinhart National High School Leadership Conference with 110 participants from 29 states, June 20-22, 4-H National Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.

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Top Stories

Correction:

CQ Midday corrects the Chicago Tribune clipping to refer to Sen. Barack Obama. CQ regrets the error.  [Read More]

Capitol to Become ‘Greener’ as House Passes Legislative Branch Spending Bill

Funding for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s initiative to reduce the Capitol complex’s carbon footprint cleared a key hurdle today when the House passed the $3.1 billion legislative branch spending bill.  [Read More]

House Panel Approves Aviation Research Measure as Part of FAA Reauthorization

A House panel today approved a measure to bolster aviation research and development and to help lawmakers keep closer tabs on the transition to a new air traffic control system.  [Read More]

Barrasso is Wyoming’s New Senator

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal today appointed Republican state Sen. John Barrasso to the Senate seat vacated by the June 4 death of Craig Thomas.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Wilkes Barre Times-Leader reports that U.S. Attorney Thomas Marino has told the National Republican Congressional Committee that he will not challenge Rep. Christopher Carney, D-Pa. Marino had been considered to be the top GOP hope to run against Carney, but NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said “there certainly isn’t a shortage of top-tier candidates out there who can beat Chris Carney.” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Carrie James claimed Marino came under “intense pressure” from the NRCC to run. Marino did not comment.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is “quick to blame his staff” when his campaign gets into trouble — three times since February. The daily said Obama is trying to portray himself as someone capable of changing the tone of the nation’s political debate even as he surrounds himself with veteran political operatives skilled in the art of political backstabbing. “As Obama and his handlers well know, it is a tricky balance between staying above the fray and proving to Democratic activists that you are tough enough to take on the Republican nominee.”

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NEW YORK CITY: City: Smokers' Ranks Down 19% in 5 Years
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: State Moves to Close Troubled County Hospital
DURHAM COUNTY, N.C.: Former D.A. Replaces Lacrosse Prosecutor
THE GREAT LAKES REGION: Suit Vowed over Ocean Ships' Lake Pollution
CALIFORNIA: 'Early Action' Greenhouse Gas Rules OKd
VIRGINIA: State Ups Road Spending by 41 Percent
ARIZONA: Technical Problems Delay Virtual Border Fence

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Political Trivia

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, did not earn an undergraduate degree but eventually gained a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. “I like to remind people that if Al Green — without a bachelor’s degree, who barely made it through law school — can make it, I would hope that would inspire others to believe that they can make it too.” (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007 – 2:23 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Capitol to Become ‘Greener’ as House Passes Legislative Branch Spending Bill
  • House Panel Approves Aviation Research Measure as Part of FAA Reauthorization
  • Barrasso is Wyoming’s New Senator
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Today in Washington

The House considers the fiscal 2008 Legislative Branch spending bill (HR 2771).

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. for a pro forma session; no votes are expected.

The President meets with President Nguyen Minh Triet of Vietnam; speaks at a celebration of Black Music Month.

In Washington,  the Young America Foundation holds its 10th annual Gratia Houghton Reinhart National High School Leadership Conference with 110 participants from 29 states, June 20-22, 4-H National Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.

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Top Stories

Capitol to Become ‘Greener’ as House Passes Legislative Branch Spending Bill

Funding for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s initiative to reduce the Capitol complex’s carbon footprint cleared a key hurdle today when the House passed the $3.1 billion legislative branch spending bill.  [Read More]

House Panel Approves Aviation Research Measure as Part of FAA Reauthorization

A House panel today approved a measure to bolster aviation research and development and to help lawmakers keep closer tabs on the transition to a new air traffic control system.  [Read More]

Barrasso is Wyoming’s New Senator

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal today appointed Republican state Sen. John Barrasso to the Senate seat vacated by the June 4 death of Craig Thomas.  [Read More]

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TheCapitol.Net: How to Research and Compile Legislative Histories

This TheCapitol.Net full-day course is for you if your work requires that you locate, compile and analyze legislative histories of federal laws.
WHERE: Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.
WHEN: June 29, 2007, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration Fee: $595
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

The Wilkes Barre Times-Leader reports that U.S. Attorney Thomas Marino has told the National Republican Congressional Committee that he will not challenge Rep. Christopher Carney, D-Pa. Marino had been considered to be the top GOP hope to run against Carney, but NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said “there certainly isn’t a shortage of top-tier candidates out there who can beat Chris Carney.” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Carrie James claimed Marino came under “intense pressure” from the NRCC to run. Marino did not comment.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Sen. Barack Osama, D-Ill., is “quick to blame his staff” when his campaign gets into trouble — three times since February. The daily said Obama is trying to portray himself as someone capable of changing the tone of the nation’s political debate even as he surrounds himself with veteran political operatives skilled in the art of political backstabbing. “As Obama and his handlers well know, it is a tricky balance between staying above the fray and proving to Democratic activists that you are tough enough to take on the Republican nominee.”

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEW YORK CITY: City: Smokers' Ranks Down 19% in 5 Years
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: State Moves to Close Troubled County Hospital
DURHAM COUNTY, N.C.: Former D.A. Replaces Lacrosse Prosecutor
THE GREAT LAKES REGION: Suit Vowed over Ocean Ships' Lake Pollution
CALIFORNIA: 'Early Action' Greenhouse Gas Rules OKd
VIRGINIA: State Ups Road Spending by 41 Percent
ARIZONA: Technical Problems Delay Virtual Border Fence

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Political Trivia

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, did not earn an undergraduate degree but eventually gained a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. “I like to remind people that if Al Green — without a bachelor’s degree, who barely made it through law school — can make it, I would hope that would inspire others to believe that they can make it too.” (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2007 – 2:52 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Energy Legislation Advances as Tax Package Stalls
  • House Appropriations Approves Financial Services Bill Amended With Earmarks
  • House Appropriators Add $119 Million in Earmarks to Interior Bill
  • Senate Panel Authorizes Subpoenas for Documents on NSA Surveillance Program
  • Judiciary Puts Off Substantive Action On Patent Overhaul
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Today in Washington

The House considers the fiscal 2008 State-Foreign Operations spending bill (HR 2764).

The Senate continues debate on an energy bill (HR 6) requiring investment in clean, renewable and alternative energy resources.

The President tours Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Ala., and makes remarks on energy initiatives; speaks at a fundraising reception in Mobile for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

In Washington,  the Division of United States Studies and the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosts a discussion, “Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans,” with author Jean Pfaelzer, professor of American Studies and English at the University of Delaware, 3-5 p.m., 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., fifth floor conference room.

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Top Stories

Senate Energy Legislation Advances as Tax Package Stalls

A comprehensive Senate energy bill suffered a blow today when the chamber refused to limit debate on a $32.1 billion tax package proposed by the Finance Committee.  [Read More]

House Appropriations Approves Financial Services Bill Amended With Earmarks

The House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill for federal financial entities for the second time today after adding $33.7 million in earmarks sought by lawmakers and the Bush administration.  [Read More]

House Appropriators Add $119 Million in Earmarks to Interior Bill

House appropriators approved hundreds of earmarks today for historic preservation, water and sewer infrastructure and natural resources programs under the fiscal 2008 Interior-Environment bill.  [Read More]

Senate Panel Authorizes Subpoenas for Documents on NSA Surveillance Program

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved a motion authorizing subpoenas of the Justice Department for information related to the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program.  [Read More]

Judiciary Puts Off Substantive Action On Patent Overhaul

The Senate Judiciary Committee took the procedural step today of adopting a substitute amendment to patent overhaul legislation, but put off further debate on the measure most likely until after the Fourth of July recess.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that the runoff in Georgia’s 10th District race is shaping up to be an all-Republican affair, though the leading Democrat is not yet giving up. James Marlow still can request a recount because of Republican Paul Broun’s slim 187-vote lead in the race for second place. “Once all of the votes are in, we will make an assessment about whether further action is appropriate,” Marlow said. If Broun’s lead holds, he will face former GOP state Sen. Jim Whitehead in the July 17 runoff for the seat vacated by the Feb. 13 death of Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga.

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Democrat Dan Seals said Wednesday he’ll seek a rematch against Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, R-Ill. But Seals, who got 47 percent of the vote against Kirk in 2006, must first defeat primary opponent Jay Footlik, a former Clinton administration aide. Kirk, for his part, has ramped up his fundraising and moved to broaden his appeal to moderates with votes for bills to expand research on stem cells and boost the minimum wage. Kirk also was among the GOP moderates who recently met with President Bush over Iraq policy.

The Seattle Times reports that two Democratic state legislators are considering challenging Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., next year, joining former Microsoft manager Darcy Burner, who lost to Reichert in 2006 and is seeking a rematch. State Sen. Rodney Tom, a recent party switcher, “has talked to Burner about it and continues to talk to other Democrats.” Tom has “also talked with state Rep. Christopher Hurst,” and says Hurst also is considering a run.

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE NEW ORLEANS REGION: Flood Maps Detail Hurricane Risk
GREEN BAY, Wis.: Hispanic Panel Severs Ties with Mayor
MICHIGAN: Court Backs Cities on Hunting Rules
TEXAS: State Education Chief Forced Out

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Political Trivia

A wrestler in high school and college, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, majored in journalism at Trinity University. He was eventually turned off by reporters’ low salaries and waited tables at a Steak and Ale restaurant while earning his real estate license. When that career faltered in a sagging economy, Cornyn went to law school. He later practiced law in San Antonio, specializing in defending doctors against medical malpractice lawsuits. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2007 – 2:05 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush Vetoes Embryonic Stem Cell Legislation Again
  • Bid to Repeal Ethanol Tariff Fails in Senate
  • Two Georgia Republican Senators Say They Will Oppose Cloture on Immigration Bill
  • House Passes Bill to Examine Unsolved Civil Rights Cases
  • HELP Committee Approves Pair of Bills Designed to Overhaul Financial Aid System
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Today in Washington

The House continues consideration of the fiscal 2008 Energy-Water spending bill (HR 2641); considers the fiscal 2008 spending bill for foreign operations (HR 2764) and a bill (HR 923) authorizing the Justice Department to hire special investigators for unsolved crimes from the civil rights era.

The Senate continues debate on an energy bill (HR 6) requiring investment in clean, renewable and alternative energy resources.

The President meets with Caribbean Community leaders at the State Department; speaks on embryonic stem cell research and the expected veto of a bill (S 5) to expand federal funding of stem cell research; meets with House Republicans.

In Washington,  director Michael Moore and producer Harvey Weinstein debut his new film about the U.S. health care industry, “Sicko,” 6:15 p.m., AMC Loews Uptown Theatre, 3426 Connecticut Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Bush Vetoes Embryonic Stem Cell Legislation Again

President Bush today vetoed a bill to expand federally backed embryonic stem cell research.  [Read More]

Bid to Repeal Ethanol Tariff Fails in Senate

The Senate today rejected an amendment to repeal the 54-cent-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol.  [Read More]

Two Georgia Republican Senators Say They Will Oppose Cloture on Immigration Bill

Georgia Republicans Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss will vote against moving the Senate’s immigration overhaul measure forward, the senators said today.  [Read More]

House Passes Bill to Examine Unsolved Civil Rights Cases

More than five decades after his murder, a small measure of justice came to Emmett Till when the House passed legislation today to authorize funding to examine unsolved cases from the civil rights era.  [Read More]

HELP Committee Approves Pair of Bills Designed to Overhaul Financial Aid System

A Senate panel approved a pair of bills today intended to boost financial aid for college students while requiring student lenders and university financial aid offices to change the way they do business.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that Republican Jim Whitehead, a former state senator, led the field with 44 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s special House election in Georgia’s 10th District but still must face a runoff election on July 17 with the second-place finisher. Republican Paul Broun, a physician, held a slender, 115-vote lead over Democrat James Marlow, a former Yahoo! Inc., executive, for second place, according to the Associated Press, with both candidates registering slightly more than 20 percent of the total.

The News & Observer reports that Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., may have trouble raising the millions he needs if he decides to take on Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., next year, according to his former campaign treasurer. Marilyn Forbes says the gubernatorial campaigns of Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and state Treasurer Richard Moore, and the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, have been sucking up the political money from North Carolina Democrats.

The Casper Star Tribune reports that Wyoming Republicans yesterday chose former assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Sansonetti, state Sen. John Barrasso and former state treasurer Cynthia Lummis as potential successors to GOP Sen. Craig Thomas, who died June 4 of leukemia. Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal now has five days to select from among the three. His choice will serve until a special election next year.

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
LOS ANGELES: Police Chief Wins Second Term.
CHARLESTON, S.C.: Firefighter Death Toll Worst Since 9/11 \
THE WASHINGTON D.C., REGION: Rail Car Shortage Hobbles Transit System
SOUTH CAROLINA: Treasurer Indicted on Cocaine Charges
CALIFORNIA: Panel: Stop Jailing Low-Risk Parole Violators
FLORIDA: Governor Creates Open-Government Commission

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Political Trivia

After graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in music education and secondary education, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., taught music for a couple of years at his hometown elementary school. While attending church one day, he spotted a pretty young woman named Sharla. He joined the church youth group to spend more time with her and let her strike him out at a softball game. That apparently was a winning move; they’ve been married since 1978. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2007 – 2:21 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Portman to Leave White House Budget Post
  • Senate Finance Panel Approves Energy Tax Package
  • Senate Panel Approves Interior-Environment Spending
  • NOAA Bill Wins Panel’s Approval
  • Army’s Problems Dominate Hearing on Secretary Nominee
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Today in Washington

The House considers the fiscal 2008 Energy-Water appropriations bill (HR 2641) under a rule.

The Senate continues debate on an energy bill (HR 6) requiring investment in clean, renewable and alternative energy resource with no votes expected.

The President meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert; attends congressional picnic.

In Washington,  Congress presents the Congressional Award Gold Medal, its highest honor for youth accomplishment, to 278 people, 2:30 p.m., Cannon Caucus Room.

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Top Stories

Portman to Leave White House Budget Post

White House Budget Director Rob Portman is leaving his position and will be replaced by former House Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, officials said today.  [Read More]

Senate Finance Panel Approves Energy Tax Package

The Senate Finance Committee today approved, 14-6, a $29 billion package of tax incentives, rewarding alternative energy sources and penalizing the oil and gas industry.  [Read More]

Senate Panel Approves Interior-Environment Spending

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee today approved a $27.2 billion draft bill for Interior-Environment spending that contains significantly less for clean water grants than the House version.  [Read More]

NOAA Bill Wins Panel’s Approval

A House subcommittee today approved a measure to authorize oceanic and coastal research programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  [Read More]

Army’s Problems Dominate Hearing on Secretary Nominee

A bipartisan chorus on the Senate Armed Services Committee today warmly welcomed President Bush’s nominee for Army secretary, Pete Geren, but expressed deep worries about the toll that more than five years of war has taken on soldiers and their families.  [Read More]

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
DURHAM COUNTY, N.C.: Judge to Suspend Lacrosse-Case D.A.
NEW YORK CITY: Schools to Offer Cash for Good Marks
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas: Health Regs Tightened for Mobile Food Vendors
COOK COUNTY, Ill.: County Board Chief Has Cancer Surgery
KENTUCKY: Current Workers' Pensions to Get Review
CALIFORNIA: State Officials Get Pay Hikes
NEW JERSEY: Court: Retardation Showing Can Block Execution
LOUISIANA: Audit: Storm Repair Program Overpaid Travel Expenses
WISCONSIN: Gypsy Moth Outbreak Closes State Park

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that Republican Jim Whitehead is a strong favorite to finish first in today’s special election in Georgia’s 10th District, which Republican Charlie Norwood represented for a dozen years until his death from lung cancer in February. But it is not certain that Whitehead, a former state senator, will win a majority of votes needed for an outright victory in a field that includes five other Republicans, three Democrats and one Libertarian. If he does not, Whitehead and the second-place finisher will participate in a July 17 runoff election. Local Democratic officials are hopeful that James Marlow, a former Yahoo! Inc. executive, can qualify for the second spot in the runoff election.

The Boston Globe reports that former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen will decide in September whether to challenge Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., her husband, Billy, said. The daily said this is the first time either Shaheen had given such a firm deadline for a decision. If Shaheen were to win the Democratic nomination, she would face a rematch with Sununu, who defeated her in 2002.

McClatchy Newspapers reports that GOP activists in South Carolina — angered over his support for a comprehensive immigration overhaul — are actively seeking a primary challenger to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Furious Republican loyalists “lobby online for someone — anyone — to step forward and challenge Graham in the 2008 primary when he seeks re-election.” Graham “said he’s ready for any opponent, Republican or Democrat,” but added “I had rather lose my job as a senator than to pass the buck and not deal with the hard problems.”

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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.
DRUG SAFETY: Markup rescheduled after Republicans object to provisions in House Democrats’ FDA bill.
VA CARE: Senate panel approves more than White House sought for veterans’ health care.
MEDICARE: Medicare officials and insurers enter into voluntary agreement on marketing of private fee-for-service plans. | Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links

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Political Trivia

Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., has a family name that is well-known in Arizona GOP circles. His late father, Stephen, was a longtime political adviser to Barry Goldwater, the five-term Arizona senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee. The younger Shadegg developed his own political connections, working in the state attorney general’s office and then serving as counsel to the House Republican Caucus in the Arizona Legislature. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Monday, June 18, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2007 – 2:03 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Set to Adopt Deal on Earmarks
  • Pelosi, Dingell May Announce Deal on Energy Bill
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Today in Washington

The House convenes at 2 p.m. to consider measures under suspension of the rules, including a bill (HR 885) to establish an international nuclear fuel bank.

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. to resume debate on an energy bill (HR 6) requiring investment in clean, renewable and alternative energy resource with no votes expected.

The President attends a Republican National Committee luncheon; signs the Native American Home Ownership Opportunity Act of 2007 (HR 1676); speaks to NCAA championship teams.

In Washington,  The National Academy of Sciences presents a lecture and book signing by Walter Isaacson, author of “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” a biography based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, 6 p.m., National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St., N.W.

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Top Stories

House Set to Adopt Deal on Earmarks

The House today was expected to adopt a joint leadership unanimous consent agreement that would clear the way to resume work on fiscal 2008 spending bills.  [Read More]

Pelosi, Dingell May Announce Deal on Energy Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Energy and Commerce Chairman John D. Dingell may announce this week a compromise on major energy legislation, senior Democratic leadership aides said.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that 31 Wyoming Republicans have applied for appointment to the Senate seat left vacant by the June 4 death of Republican Craig Thomas. Wyoming GOP officials will meet Tuesday to select three candidates for Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who has five days to choose one of the three as a successor to serve through a November 2008 special election. The roster includes state Rep. Colin M. Simpson, son of former GOP Sen. Alan K. Simpson (1979-97), and Matt Mead, who recently resigned as the top federal prosecutor for Wyoming.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that each of the top two candidates to succeed Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald in the 37th Congressional District have released polls claiming to lead the race. The poll released by Democratic Assemblywoman Laura Richardson’s campaign gave her a 9-percentage-point lead over state Sen. Jenny Oropeza, also a Democrat. Meanwhile, Oropeza’s poll showed her with a 3-percentage-point advantage over Richardson — a statistical tie, given the 4.9-percentage-point margin of error. The election is June 26.

The Billings Gazette reports that Montana Republicans are still searching for a challenger to popular Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as they meet this week to elect new leaders and try to revive the party from last year’s election losses and a bitter internal split. Craig Wilson, a political scientist from Montana State University-Billings, said the ongoing ideological divisions in the party are weakening the GOP’s election chances. “If the party doesn’t get it back together and there’s still this feuding going on, I think there’s some chance of fratricide in the next election. They will go after each other in the primary,” he said.

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BOSTON/MEMPHIS: Two Cities Woo Much-Praised Schools Chief
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PITTSBURGH: Mayor Asks 10 Officials to Resign
THE HOUSTON REGION: Nine-Year Reprieve Sought on Smog
RIVERSIDE, Calif.: Firebombs Bring Ex-Studenta??s Arrest
NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY: Governors: End Secrecy at Port Authority
MINNESOTA: State Suppressed Research on Miners' Cancer
GEORGIA: FBI Probed Governor in '46 Lynching

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Political Trivia

Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., grew up in Wilson, N.C. His great-grandfather was a white slave owner who conceived a child with one of his slaves. The child, Butterfield’s grandfather, was born in the final days of slavery and became a minister. Butterfield’s mother was a schoolteacher. His father, George Kenneth Butterfield, for whom Butterfield is named, was a native of Bermuda who came to the United States at age 16. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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