Friday, September 28, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2007 – 2:03 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Nears Final Action on Defense Bill After Amendment Barrage
  • Bush Sends Peru Trade Deal to Congress
  • Baucus Drafts Offsets for Farm Bill Tax Credits
  • Pelosi Calls on Bush to Sign Children’s Health Expansion
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Today in Washington

The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday for legislative business.

The Senate recessed after further debating the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill (HR 1585); reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday.

The President speaks about climate change at the State Department; attends the 2007 National Book Festival Gala performance and dinner at the Library of Congress with first lady Laura Bush.

In Washington,  the Veterans and Military Families for Progress organization holds its annual conference. Sept. 28-30, Sheraton-National Hotel, Columbia Pike and Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.

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Top Stories

Senate Nears Final Action on Defense Bill After Amendment Barrage

The Senate on Friday began wrapping up work on the fiscal 2008 Defense authorization bill after adopting a slew of amendments that would establish new policies and allot billions more dollars for equipment to protect U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  [Read More]

Bush Sends Peru Trade Deal to Congress

President Bush has sent Congress legislation to implement a free trade agreement with Peru, starting the clock for its consideration under now-expired “fast-track” rules that limit lawmakers to an up-or-down vote on the measure.  [Read More]

Baucus Drafts Offsets for Farm Bill Tax Credits

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., may seek to require some foreigners working in the United States to pay Social Security taxes and to pare back the ethanol tax credit to help offset the cost of proposed new tax credits for farmers.  [Read More]

Pelosi Calls on Bush to Sign Children’s Health Expansion

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., personally appealed to President Bush Friday to sign a $35 billion expansion of a children’s health insurance program, rather than carrying through on his veto threat.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that John Edwards has become the first Democratic presidential candidate to accept public financing. Republicans Sen. John McCain and Rep. Tom Tancredo have already qualified for federal matching funds. Edwards’ campaign sought to pre-empt any notion that he has struggled to raise funds, though he has raised just $23.2 million compared with Sen. Barack Obama’s $58.9 million and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s $63.1 million. Obama has said he would accept public funds in the general election if his Republican opponent agreed to do the same.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Hal Daub, a former GOP House member and Omaha mayor, withdrew today from the race for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. Daub said he realized he could not raise the money needed to run in a competitive four-way GOP primary battle that would include Mike Johanns, the former Nebraska governor and Agriculture secretary who is widely expected to enter the race soon and is the favorite of the party establishment.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that an e-mail with Sen. Tim Johnson’s signature has been sent out seeking donations for a potential Senate re-election bid. “I am more determined than ever to run for re-election and continue serving the people of South Dakota,” the solicitation says. The South Dakota Democrat, who suffered a life-threatening brain hemorrhage Dec. 13, has not set a date for formally announcing his plans, spokeswoman Julianne Fisher told the daily. William Richardson, a University of South Dakota political science professor, suggested that postponing such an announcement might tie down potential rivals.

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Political Trivia

Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., says he has always been a political junkie and adds that as a boy he memorized the names of all 100 senators then serving. He attended New York City public schools, where he later worked as a teacher and guidance counselor. He was elected to the state Assembly in 1977, when he defeated the candidate endorsed by the Democratic Party. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2007 – 2:16 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Moves Toward Final Action on Children’s Health Bill
  • Democrats Plan To Test Bush Veto Threat on Spending Bills
  • Senate Attaches Hate Crimes Measure to Defense Bill
  • Flood Insurance Debate Turns Heated
  • Bush Signs Student Aid Overhaul
  • Senate Moves Toward Final Action on Children’s Health Bill
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Today in Washington

The House considers a bill (HR 3567) to increase small-business investment opportunities and legislation (HR 3121) to overhaul the national flood insurance program.

The Senate continues consideration of the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill (HR 1585) and is expected to clear a bill (HR 976) expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The President participates in a photo opportunity with the Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year; signs the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (HR 2669); meets with Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters and the Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Bobby Sturgell on aviation congestion, followed by an off-camera press briefing.

In Washington,  the American Association for the Advancement of Science holds a panel discussion on preventing biocrimes, with Barry Kellman of DePaul University, Kristine Beardsley of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Nancy Connell of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. 4 p.m., Room 100, Keck Center, 500 5th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Moves Toward Final Action on Children’s Health Bill

The Senate voted to limit debate Thursday on legislation to expand children’s health insurance, paving the way for a final vote to clear the bill and send it to President Bush.  [Read More]

Democrats Plan To Test Bush Veto Threat on Spending Bills

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday that Democrats hope to send the president three fiscal 2008 spending bills within weeks to “see what he does with them.”  [Read More]

Senate Attaches Hate Crimes Measure to Defense Bill

The Senate adopted an amendment to the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill Thursday that would create federal penalties for an array of hate crimes, defying warnings that the move would draw a presidential veto.  [Read More]

Flood Insurance Debate Turns Heated

A Rules Committee decision to bar all GOP amendments to flood insurance legislation headed for the House floor Thursday provoked strong criticism, including a rebuke from the Democratic chairman of the committee that wrote the bill.  [Read More]

Bush Signs Student Aid Overhaul

President Bush on Thursday signed into law the most sweeping changes to federal student aid programs in more than a decade.  [Read More]

Senate Moves Toward Final Action on Children’s Health Bill

The Senate voted to limit debate Thursday on legislation to expand children’s health insurance, paving the way for a final vote to clear the bill and send it to President Bush.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

TheLincoln Journal Star reports that former Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns, who resigned last week as President Bush’s secretary of Agriculture, is busily “constructing his Senate campaign craft and rounding up its crew. He’ll set sail into choppy 2008 election waters in about two weeks.” In the meantime, the paper said, “Johanns had to be buoyed by the results of a GOP Senate primary poll taken in Nebraska last week by the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The results: Johanns, 58 percent; Attorney General Jon Bruning, 16 percent; former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub, 12 percent.” Johanns is running for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel. Former two-term Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey is “pondering a return to Nebraska to seek the Democratic nomination,” but has made no announcement of his plans.

The Waynesville (N.C.) Smokey Mountain News reports, “With no word yet from former U.S. House Rep. Charles Taylor on his decision to run for re-election, one Republican candidate — Asheville city councilman Dr. Carl Mumpower — has stepped up to announce his bid for the seat,” which Democrat Heath Shuler captured last year. “Mumpower is the first candidate in the 11th Congressional District to officially declare his bid for office. Mumpower, a psychologist, is a six-year veteran of the Asheville City Council. He stands out as a staunch Republican in liberal territory, and doesn’t waver from his stance on issues.”

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Political Trivia

A Harvard Law School graduate, Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., worked for five presidents, starting as a consumer affairs aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson. She served as a member of the Federal Trade Commission under Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter, as secretary of Transportation under President Ronald Reagan and secretary of Labor under President George H.W. Bush. Originally a Democrat, she switched party affiliation when she married former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2007 – 2:12 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill After Condemning Moveon.Org Ad
  • Senate Recommends Partition of Iraq, Challenge to Iran
  • House Panel Seeks to Bolster State Homeowner Insurance Programs
  • FEC Nominees Advance Without Recommendation
  • Democrats May Increase House Edge Next Year, Analysis Shows
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Today in Washington

The House considers the fiscal 2008 continuing resolution (H J Res 52) and a bill (HR 2693) regulating a chemical in artificial butter flavoring used in microwave popcorn and other products.

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

The President in New York City, meets with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel; greets employees of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations; meets with the Chancellor of the New York City Education Department; makes statement on the Nation’s Report Card; and speaks to a Republican National Committee reception at a private residence.

In Washington,  the George Washington University College Republicans sponsor a discussion with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. R-Texas, 8 p.m., Room 113, 1957 E St. N.W.

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Top Stories

House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill After Condemning Moveon.Org Ad

The House passed legislation Wednesday that would fund the federal government through Nov. 16, after adopting an amendment condemning a controversial antiwar advertisement by the liberal group Moveon.org.  [Read More]

Senate Recommends Partition of Iraq, Challenge to Iran

The Senate adopted a pair of nonbinding amendments Wednesday recommending a partition of Iraq and declaring that U.S. policy is to “combat, contain and roll back” Iran and its surrogates in Iraq.  [Read More]

House Panel Seeks to Bolster State Homeowner Insurance Programs

Legislation aimed at shoring up state homeowners’ insurance funds in the event of natural disasters was approved Wednesday by the House Financial Services Committee.  [Read More]

FEC Nominees Advance Without Recommendation

A Senate panel sent four nominees to the Federal Election Commission to the floor Wednesday without recommendations, as one contentious appointee threatened to derail the bunch.  [Read More]

Democrats May Increase House Edge Next Year, Analysis Shows

Barring a tidal shift over the next 13 months, Republicans appear highly unlikely to achieve their goal next year of reclaiming the House majority that they held for a dozen years prior to the 2006 elections.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

WMUR-TV Manchester reports that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., has widened her lead over Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in the New Hampshire primary contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. In a WMUR-CNN Granite State Poll released Tuesday, “Clinton is the choice of 43 percent of likely Democratic voters, compared to 20 percent for Obama. When the same poll was conducted in July, Clinton had 36 percent support compared with 27 percent support for Obama.” Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., was third, with 12 percent, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was fourth, with 6 percent. “That’s a slight improvement for Edwards but a drop for Richardson, who had 10 percent support in July.”

According to the Bismarck Tribune, North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven, a Republican, will seek an unprecedented third term next year. Jamie Selzler, executive director of the North Dakota Democratic Party, conceded that any incumbent makes a strong candidate. But he questioned whether Hoeven would “stick it out,” adding, “ ‘There is lots of speculation that he would like to go to Washington, D.C.’ That would mean a Hoeven challenge to a member of the Democratic congressional delegation, probably Sen. Byron Dorgan or Rep. Earl Pomeroy, whose terms are up in 2010. ... Hoeven said Tuesday he would not speculate on the future.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that one day after it was formed, a mysterious Missouri company “has made the first public donation to date — $175,000 — to a proposed California initiative” that would replace the state’s winner-take-all system for awarding Electoral College votes to one that awards electoral votes based on winners in each congressional district. “Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for the ballot measure, said he was not sure who was behind the donation.” The proposed June ballot measure has alarmed Democrats nationwide, because “they assume the Democratic nominee must capture all of California’s 55 electoral votes in order to win the presidency.”

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Political Trivia

Born in the small town of Shirkieville, Ind., Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., moved to Washington at age 7, after his father, Birch Bayh, was elected to the Senate. While he was attending St. Albans School, one of his babysitters was Lynda Bird Johnson, the president’s older daughter. Bayh met his wife, Susan, while she was a summer intern for the House Ways and Means Committee. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2007 – 2:18 P.M.

In This Issue

  • GOP Leaders Confident Heading Into House SCHIP Vote
  • House to Consider Stopgap Spending Bill on Wednesday
  • House Passes Tougher Iran Sanctions Measure
  • Lawmakers Finally See Progress on Capitol Visitor Center
  • House Panel Seeks Tighter Oversight of Coast Guard Contractors
  • Peru Trade Pact Receives New Boost in ‘Mock’ House Markup
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Today in Washington

The House considers measures under suspension of the rules, including Iran sanctions (HR 1400) and an extension of the trade adjustment assistance program (HR 3375); considers a bill to expand and reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (HR 976).

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

The President addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York City; meets with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki; participates in a roundtable discussion on democracy; participates in a U.N. Security Council meeting on Africa; attends a dinner hosted by Ban.

In Washington,  the Cato Institute hosts a policy forum, “Thriving or Threatened? Perspectives on the State of U.S. Manufacturing in a Global Economy.” Participants include Bill Lane of Caterpillar Inc.; Lloyd Wood of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition; Robert Scott of the Economic Policy Institute and Dan Ikenson of the Cato Institute. 4 p.m., 1000 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

GOP Leaders Confident Heading Into House SCHIP Vote

House leaders in both parties were working furiously Tuesday to line up votes for and against a proposed $35 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that was headed to a floor vote late in the day.  [Read More]

House to Consider Stopgap Spending Bill on Wednesday

The House is expected to pass a stop-gap spending bill Wednesday that would keep federal funds flowing after the start of fiscal 2008, including for U.S. troops in Iraq, air traffic controllers and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.  [Read More]

House Passes Tougher Iran Sanctions Measure

The House on Tuesday passed a measure to impose tough new sanctions on Iran, including a ban on all imports and an expansion of curbs on exports to that country.  [Read More]

Lawmakers Finally See Progress on Capitol Visitor Center

News that an agreement has been reached on an opening date and final projected cost for the beleaguered Capitol Visitor Center was greeted with cautious applause by a House panel Tuesday.  [Read More]

House Panel Seeks Tighter Oversight of Coast Guard Contractors

Seeking to rein in the Coast Guard’s troubled Deepwater program, a House panel on Tuesday approved a bill that would require significantly more oversight of the program’s contractors.  [Read More]

Peru Trade Pact Receives New Boost in ‘Mock’ House Markup

The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday swiftly approved by voice vote draft legislation implementing a free trade agreement with Peru.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that lawyer Donna Edwards, who last year came within 3 percentage points of ousting Rep. Albert R. Wynn, D-Md., in the Democratic primary election, no longer has the advantage of surprise in her rematch against the eight-term 4th District lawmaker, whose district takes in parts of the Washington suburbs of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Wynn said in a recent interview that in 2007 he has tripled the number of town hall meetings he has held in Montgomery County, where Edwards outran him in 2006. A third candidate, real estate broker George E. Mitchell, could affect the outcome. Last year, a third primary contender, George Edwards McDermott, took just under 4 percent of the vote, which was more than Wynn’s victory margin over Edwards,

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Democrat Mike McWherter, 51, son of former two-term Gov. Ned McWherter, “announced Monday he is forming an exploratory committee to consider” a bid to oust GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander next year. McWherter, a beer distributor who is also vice chairman of First State Bank in Union City, Tenn., “said he will spend the next few weeks traveling Tennessee to meet with supporters and talk to voters.” No other Democrat has entered the field against Alexander, 66, a former two-term governor who is in his first Senate term. “McWherter is a West Tennessee native and practiced law in Nashville before opening his Anheuser-Busch distributor in Jackson. His father, in addition to serving as governor, also was speaker of the Tennessee House for 14 years.”

The Florida Times-Union reports that the state’s “Democratic congressional delegation would support a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee if it strips the state of its convention delegates, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown said Monday. Brown’s comments came at a news conference . . . in which the chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party and other local Democratic officials affirmed their support for the Jan. 29 presidential primary against the wishes of the national committee. . . . The Democratic National Committee has warned it will take away Florida’s 210 delegates to the 2008 convention in Denver if the primary is held before Feb. 5. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., “asked the DNC to lift those sanctions to ‘avoid a legal challenge.’”

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Political Trivia

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., didn’t start out as a Republican, or even a Nebraskan. Born and raised in Louisiana, he changed both his residence and his party affiliation as an adult. But he never lost the interest in politics and foreign affairs he developed as a child. He was in the fifth grade when he wrote a letter to President Richard Nixon about Nixon’s historic 1972 trip to China. He now serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Monday, September 24, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2007 – 2:28 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush Warns Omnibus Spending Bills Won’t Avert Vetoes
  • House Poised to Pass Three-Month FAA Extension
  • Treasury Department Seeks to Pinpoint Common Ground on Social Security
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Today in Washington

The House convenes at 12:30 p.m. to consider measures under suspension of the rules, including three-month extension (HR 3540) of FAA operating authority.

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. to consider the conference report on the Water Resources Development Act (HR 1495), which would authorize about $21 billion for more than 900 Army Corps of Engineers projects for flood control, navigation and environmental restoration; vote expected at 5:45 p.m.

The President makes a statement on the budget; meets with President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Palestinian Authority at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City; meets with the Quartet Representative, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; participates in a Leaders Dinner on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

In Washington,  Allen Weinstein, the Archivist of the United States, hosts an “American Conversation” with House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Lonnie Bunch, director of the National Museum on African American History and Culture, will moderate the discussion of the Caucus’ past, present and future. 7 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, N.W.

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Top Stories

Bush Warns Omnibus Spending Bills Won’t Avert Vetoes

President Bush on Monday warned Congress he would not sign a catch-all “omnibus” spending package later this year that provides more funding than he has requested for the upcoming fiscal year.  [Read More]

House Poised to Pass Three-Month FAA Extension

The House on Monday was expected to pass legislation that would keep the Federal Aviation Administration operating for three months, while lawmakers finish work on a four-year reauthorization bill.  [Read More]

Treasury Department Seeks to Pinpoint Common Ground on Social Security

The Bush administration on Monday sought to define some common ground in the debate over Social Security, in an effort to lay the basis for future congressional action to assure the long-term solvency of the huge entitlement program.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that despite a barrage of negative ads targeting his support for the Iraq war, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., continues to enjoy solid approval ratings back home. The newspaper’s latest Bluegrass Poll shows McConnell’s approval rating “was 54 percent — unchanged from the last time the Bluegrass Poll asked about McConnell, in February — while 28 percent disapproved and 17 percent had no opinion. Forty-four percent said McConnell should oppose President Bush’s policies in Iraq, while 42 percent said he should back the president and 14 percent were undecided. . . . Billy Piper, McConnell’s chief of staff, said the new numbers show that the GOP Senate leader is looking strong for his re-election bid next year.” No Democrat has emerged yet to challenge McConnell.

According to the Billings Gazette, “It’s not just liberal Democrats who are taking issue with Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus’s early support for the Iraqi War. Baucus’ lone Republican challenger, state Rep. Mike Lange of Billings, also faults the senior senator for being part of a Congress that was too willing to rubber-stamp President Bush’s war designs. ‘I absolutely would not have voted to go to Iraq,’ said Lange in a recent interview with the Gazette State Bureau.” Baucus, who voted in 2002 to give Bush the authority to invade Iraq, now says the war was a mistake based on false pretenses and faulty information. “Earlier this month, Baucus visited Iraq and is again calling for soldiers to come home and asking that diplomats broker a peace in Iraq.”

The Chicago Tribune, reports, “The Gurnee father of a Marine killed in Iraq is entering the Republican primary for the northwest suburban 8th Congressional District seat, making him the third GOP candidate seeking to challenge sophomore U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) in next year’s election. Kirk Morris, 49, who backs the war, said Friday that his campaign is a way for him to honor his 19-year-old son, Pfc. Geoffrey Morris, who was killed in battle in April 2004. . . . Long Grove businessman Steve Greenberg and second-time candidate Ken Arnold of Gurnee announced bids in the Feb. 5 GOP primary. On the Democratic side, Bean is expected to be challenged by anti-war activist Randi Scheurer of Lindenhurst.”

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NEW YORK STATE: Governor OKs Licenses for Illegal Immigrants
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ALASKA: State Abandons 'Bridge to Nowhere'

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Political Trivia

Elected to the House in a December special election at age 29, Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., inherited both his seat and his political philosophy from his father, a New Deal Democrat who represented the Detroit-area district for 22 years. The younger Dingell grew up in Washington, was a congressional page and graduated from Georgetown Law School. He was an assistant county prosecutor in Dearborn, Mich., when his father unexpectedly died in office. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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