Monday, August 20, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2007 – 2:22 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Note to Readers
  • White House Wants More Time On Surveillance Documents Subpoenas
  • Gen. Petraeus To Testify Sept. 11-12 on Iraq Status
  • Congress Likely to Extend Dormant Steel-Loan Program
  • Democrat Richardson Poised to Win Vacant California House Seat
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Today in Washington

The House is in summer recess; it will reconvene at 2 p.m. Sept. 4.

The Senate is in summer recess; it will reconvene at noon Sept. 4.

The President travels to Montebello, Canada, for summit meetings with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderón of Mexico.

In Washington,  the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants holds its annual governmental accounting and auditing update conference. Featured speakers include Sallyanne Harper, chief administrative officer of the Government Accountability Office, and Robert Reid, the Treasury Department’s deputy assistant secretary for accounting policy. All day. JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.

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Top Stories

Note to Readers

With Congress in recess, the next edition of the CQ Today Midday Update will be published Monday, Aug. 27.  [Read More]

White House Wants More Time On Surveillance Documents Subpoenas

The White House is again seeking more time to comply with subpoenas for documents related to the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program.  [Read More]

Gen. Petraeus To Testify Sept. 11-12 on Iraq Status

The White House announced Monday that Gen. David H. Petraeus, top military commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker will testify before Congress in open hearings ahead of the formal Sept. 15 deadline for a new progress report on the war.  [Read More]

Congress Likely to Extend Dormant Steel-Loan Program

Congress is on track to extend a loan-guarantee program for U.S. steelmakers, even though it hasn’t had a customer in four years.  [Read More]

Democrat Richardson Poised to Win Vacant California House Seat

Democratic state Rep. Laura Richardson is heavily favored to win a special election Tuesday in California’s 37th District to replace Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif., her former boss and political mentor.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun, reports that last week’s announcement by Rep. Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio, that she will not seek a ninth term “has renewed speculation” about possible retirements of two other Ohio Republicans: Reps. David L. Hobson and Ralph Regula. In a statement, Hobson said “‘as of now, I’m running,’ but added that he hasn’t completely gone through his decision-making process yet. Still, he’s raising money for 2008. Hobson, 70, had $887,894 in his campaign coffers as of June 30. . . . Regula, 82, who is in his 18th term representing his northeast Ohio district, has not committed to running or retiring. He had $163,579 in the bank as of June 30, but at this time period in the last election cycle, he only had $114,752 in the bank.”

According to the Dallas Morning News, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, re-elected to a third Senate last year, “is now contemplating her future. It could be serving out her six-year term and going into the private sector, where she could multiply her salary many times. But she is still drawn to a governor’s race. She played with the idea for months last time around but ultimately decided to avoid an anticipated bitter primary race against Gov. Rick Perry. Now she says that if she decides to run for governor in 2010, “nothing and no other candidate — even if Mr. Perry decides to run for a third full term — would hold her back. . . . ‘Whoever else is in the race is really not a factor,’ Ms. Hutchison said.”

The Lawrence, Kan., Journal-World reports, “Fundraising in the Republican Party primary for the 2nd Congressional District shows the classic conservative-moderate split in the Kansas GOP. Conservatives are opening their wallets to former U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, while State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins is getting moderates’ support. . . . Spokesmen for each campaign say their candidates are attracting support from both sides, but that is more the exception than the rule. Ryun and Jenkins are battling for the right to carry the Republican banner” next year against Democratic Rep. Nancy Boyda, who ousted Ryun last year.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MINNEAPOLIS: Governor Backs Light Rail for Rebuilt Bridge
HUNTINGTON, Utah: Miners' Families: Rescue Effort Botched
BLACKSBURG, Va.: Carbon Monoxide Sickens 23 near Virginia Tech
THE NATION: Police Coping with Ammo Shortage, Higher Prices
TEXAS: Global-Conspiracy Theorists Target Governor
CALIFORNIA: New Air Board Chief Holds Energy Stocks

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Political Trivia

Rep. James T. Walsh, R-N.Y., got a close view of politics at an early age. His father was mayor of Syracuse and served in the U.S. House. He attended Christian Brothers Academy and grew up surrounded by cousins and members of his extended family on Tipperary Hill, an Irish-American neighborhood known for its unusual traffic light — the green light is on top. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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