Monday, August 27, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, AUG. 27, 2007 – 1:59 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Attorney General Gonzales Resigns
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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 Albuquerque to attend a fundraising reception for Sen. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M.; travels to Seattle to attend a Washington State Republican Party fundraiser for Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash.; stays overnight at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev.

In Washington,  master distillers from leading liquor companies produce George Washington’s colonial-style whiskey on authentic copper post stills, according to Washington’s actual recipe. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway.

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Top Stories

Attorney General Gonzales Resigns

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced Monday he will resign, bowing to a firestorm of criticism from Capitol Hill over his stewardship of the Justice Department.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that the political fight over the scheduling of presidential nominating contests escalated considerably Saturday as a rulemaking body of the Democratic National Committee made official the threat by national party leaders to strip Florida Democrats of all of their delegates at the 2008 national convention next summer, unless they pull back from the Jan. 29 primary date. The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee gave Florida Democrats 30 days to implement a delegate selection system in compliance with party rule — or penalties will be invoked that would effectively deprive the nation’s fourth most-populous state of representation at the 2008 Democratic national convention in Denver.

The Mobile Press-Register reports that Democratic Alabama state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures is challenging Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Figures said she would be a progressive alternative to Sessions, one of the Senate’s most conservative members. “The pundits are once again saying that I cannot win, because I am a woman, because I am African-American, and because I live in Alabama,” Figures said during her announcement Saturday. A spokesman for Sessions, Stephen Boyd, declined to comment on Figures’ announcement.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that former Democratic Rep. Larry LaRocco will run for the Senate seat currently held by GOP Sen. Larry E. Craig, who has not decided whether to seek re-election. LaRocco, ousted in 1994, was the last Democrat in Idaho’s now-all-GOP congressional delegation. He lost his first bid for Congress to Craig in 1982. Republican Robert Vasquez has announced he will seek his party’s nomination for the seat.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE ATLANTA REGION: Transit System Ousting Top Manager
HUNTINGTON, Utah: Robotic Camera Looks for Miners
BOSTON: A.G.: No More Indictments in Big Dig Collapse
SAN FRANCISCO: Golden Gate Corporate Sponsorship Plan on Track
ARIZONA: Fearing Hiring Law, Immigrants Leaving State
WISCONSIN: State: Wal-Mart Owes Millions in Back Taxes

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Political Trivia

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., shares a strong bond with her female colleagues in the Senate. But unlike most of her female colleagues, Landrieu still has two children at home. Both are adopted, and Landrieu has fought tirelessly to increase the adoption tax credit, reform the foster care system and ease international adoptions. She co-chairs the Congressional Adoption Coalition. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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