Friday, November 30, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2007 – 2:25 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Energy, Intelligence Bills on Next Week’s Congressional Agenda
  • Taxpayers Await End to Standoff Over AMT Fix
  • Democrats Take Aim at Young Voters in 2008
  • Political Trivia for Nov. 30
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session; will reconvene at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Senate  is not in session; returns to work Monday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

The President  participates in a meeting and makes a statement on World AIDS Day at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy, Md.

In Washington,  the Cato Institute holds a forum on “Market Bailouts and the ‘Fed Put,’ ” with William Poole, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. 4 p.m., Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Energy, Intelligence Bills on Next Week’s Congressional Agenda

The House next week is likely to consider a new energy package that would strengthen fuel economy standards for the first time in three decades.  [Read More]

Taxpayers Await End to Standoff Over AMT Fix

Millions of American taxpayers have a stake in decisions Congress must make in the next few weeks about maintaining various tax breaks that expire at the end of this year.  [Read More]

Democrats Take Aim at Young Voters in 2008

As Democratic presidential candidates took turns addressing the Democratic National Committee on Friday, Chairman Howard Dean characterized the Republican Party as aging and out of touch with young voters.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Nov. 30

Who did New Jersey’s Frank Lautenberg defeat in his first Senate win?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Savannah Morning News reports that “John Stone, once an aide to former U.S. Rep. Max Burns, is running for Burns’ old 12th Congressional District seat.” He joins a growing field of Republicans seeking to challenge two-term Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., including Savannah residents Ray McKinney and Chris Edenfield. Karen Bogans, a former aide to Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., is weighing a bid, and “Wayne Mosley of Vidalia and former Augusta Mayor Bob Young have been mentioned as possible candidates.” Stone, an aide to Burns and his campaign spokesman in 2004, later worked for Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., who died earlier this year.”

According to the Northwest Herald, Jonathan Farnick, a 39-year-old computer consultant from Woodstock, Ill., “said Thursday that he officially withdrew his bid for the 8th District Democratic nomination. Farnick, a write-in candidate in 2006, “revoked his candidacy after fellow Democrat Randi Scheurer challenged several signatures on his filing paperwork.” He said he had “made his bid as a way to make sure that Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean would have a primary challenger.” She will still face Scheurer, who said she “would welcome” Farnick’s help in her primary campaign. Those seeking the Republican nomination include “Long Grove resident Steve Greenberg, Gurnee’s Ken Arnold, and Kirk Morris, also of Gurnee.”

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TEXAS: Official Critical of Intelligent Design Ousted

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

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CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2007 – 2:04 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Former Rep. Henry Hyde Dead at 83
  • Sen. Boxer Tweaks Global Warming Bill in Search for Votes
  • Leahy Rejects Executive Privilege Claim in U.S. Attorneys Probe
  • Senate GOP Leadership Elections Set for Dec. 6
  • Political Trivia for Nov. 29
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session; will reconvene at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Senate  meets in pro forma session; returns to work Monday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

The President  meets with President Elias Antonio Saca Gonzalez of El Salvador at the White House; receives the women’s golf U.S. Solheim Cup Team at the White House; attends defense briefing and makes a statement at the Pentagon.

In Washington,  the Norwegian Embassy hosts a Christmas concert and tree-lighting ceremony, with polar explorer and environmentalist Will Steger, 6 p.m., Main Hall, Union Station.

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Top Stories

Former Rep. Henry Hyde Dead at 83

Former Rep. Henry J. Hyde, R-Ill., a leading congressional conservative for more than three decades and a hero of the anti-abortion movement, has died. He was 83.  [Read More]

Sen. Boxer Tweaks Global Warming Bill in Search for Votes

The head of the Senate Environment Committee has made changes to a global warming bill that could help build support for it in advance of a committee vote scheduled next week.  [Read More]

Leahy Rejects Executive Privilege Claim in U.S. Attorneys Probe

The Senate Judiciary Committee took another step Thursday toward holding White House officials in contempt regarding the panel’s investigation into the firings of U.S. attorneys last year.  [Read More]

Senate GOP Leadership Elections Set for Dec. 6

Senate Republicans will meet Dec. 6 to elect new leaders in the wake of Minority Whip Trent Lott’s decision to retire by the end of the year, a leadership aide said Thursday.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Nov. 29

Which New Jersey colleague did Rep. Mike Ferguson once run against?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Miami Herald reports that “Democrat Christine Jennings has withdrawn a lawsuit over her 369-vote loss in a 2006 congressional race,” citing the Government Accountability Office’s testing of electronic voting machines she claims malfunctioned last year. ‘“We achieved the goal of having Sarasota County’s voting machines independently tested,’ Jennings said in a statement Wednesday. . . . State testing previously failed to disclose problems with the touch-screen machines that could explain why they failed to register results from up to 18,000 voters in the 13th District race between Jennings and Republican Vern Buchanan,” who was declared the winner.

The Middletown Times Herald-Record reports that “Hudson Valley Republican icon Howard Mills is considering a run against freshman Rep. John Hall,” D-N.Y., in the 19th Congressional District. Mills, who stepped down last year as superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department, “has deep roots in the region,” having served on the Wallkill Town Board and three terms in the state Assembly, “followed by a disastrous run for the U.S. Senate. Mills was his party’s sacrificial lamb in 2004, losing to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer in the largest trouncing in state history.” Republicans “are shopping for” a strong candidate after “multimillionaire Andrew Saul, vice chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, bowed out abruptly last week.”

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
OAKLAND, Calif.: Audit Slams City over Payments to Employees
MASSACHUSETTS: Trump Scours State for Casino Locations

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2007 – 2:22 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Deal Near on Energy Bill to Boost Fuel Economy, Use of Alternative Fuels
  • Sen. Dodd Drafting Bankruptcy Legislation
  • State, Local Police Review Intelligence-Sharing Plan
  • Draft Plan for House Ethics Commission Draws Mixed Reviews
  • Political Trivia for Nov. 28
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session; will reconvene at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Senate  is not in session; meets in pro forma session Thursday at 9:30 a.m.; returns to work Monday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

The President  meets separately at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

In Washington,  The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion on the Mideast with National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. 6 p.m., auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Deal Near on Energy Bill to Boost Fuel Economy, Use of Alternative Fuels

House and Senate negotiators are poised to seal a deal on an energy bill that would strengthen fuel economy standards for the first time in three decades.  [Read More]

Sen. Dodd Drafting Bankruptcy Legislation

Senate Banking Chairman Christopher J. Dodd said Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation soon that would rewrite portions of the bankruptcy code.  [Read More]

State, Local Police Review Intelligence-Sharing Plan

State and local law enforcement authorities are spending two days this week reviewing a White House plan to improve information sharing and making recommendations for implementing it.  [Read More]

Draft Plan for House Ethics Commission Draws Mixed Reviews

A long overdue House proposal to create an independent ethics commission is nearly complete and may be formally unveiled as soon as next week. But the final product will almost certainly be less far-reaching than some watchdog groups had hoped.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Nov. 28

What item was Lamar Alexander’s trademark when he ran for president in 1996?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Newark Star-Ledger reports, “There will be a rematch between Democrat Tom Wyka and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen in 2008 in the race for Congress in the 11th District. “ Wyka, who took only 27 percent of the vote against the GOP incumbent in 2006, “announced his candidacy yesterday via a video on YouTube that included his motto, ‘Take Back Your Government,’ and a message that proclaimed him as the candidate of the middle class in a district that includes all of Morris and parts of Essex, Somerset, Sussex and Passaic counties.” Frelinghuysen, 61, said he would announce his re-election bid “at the appropriate time.”

The Las Cruces Sun-News/AP reports that New Mexico State Sen. Joe Carraro “plans to formally announce Thursday that he will run for Congress. The Albuquerque Republican is seeking the GOP nomination for the Albuquerque-area congressional district held by Republican incumbent Heather A. Wilson. Wilson is giving up the seat to run for the U.S. Senate. Carraro will face Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White for the GOP nomination in June. Albuquerque City Councilor Martin Heinrich, former state Health Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque attorney Jon Adams of Albuquerque are vying for the Democratic nomination.”

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md.: County Faces $401 Million Budget Gap
ANAHEIM, Calif.: Housing Project Near Disneyland Rejected
WASHINGTON STATE: Ruling: Power Plants Must Limit Greenhouse Gases
CALIFORNIA: Governor Pushes Public-Private Partnerships

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2007 – 2:12 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Advocates Pushing for Short-Term Children’s Health Extension
  • Israelis, Palestinians Agree to Resume Talks at U.S.-Sponsored Meeting
  • Rep. Filner Enters Plea, Pays Fine in Airport Incident
  • Pro-Clinton PAC Says You Go (to the Iowa Caucuses), Girl
  • Political Trivia for Nov. 27
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session; will reconvene at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Senate  meets in pro forma sessions at 9 a.m. today and Nov. 29 at 9:30 a.m.; returns to work Monday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

The President  meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and makes remarks at the peace conference in Annapolis.

In Washington,  there will be a screening of the film “The Gate of Heavenly Peace,” a documentary about the 1989 democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing and the subsequent crackdown. 6-8 p.m., George Mason University, Arlington Campus Original Building, Room 329, 3401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va.

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Top Stories

Advocates Pushing for Short-Term Children’s Health Extension

States and child advocates are pressing Congress to abandon its troubled efforts to reauthorize children’s health insurance and instead focus on a short-term extension of the program, out of concern that money is running short.  [Read More]

Israelis, Palestinians Agree to Resume Talks at U.S.-Sponsored Meeting

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — In his first foray into Middle East peacemaking, President Bush announced Tuesday that Israel and the Palestinians would resume formal peace talks for the first time in seven years, with the aim of reaching a final agreement and creating a new Palestinian state by the end of 2008.  [Read More]

Rep. Filner Enters Plea, Pays Fine in Airport Incident

Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., has paid $166 in fines and fees to resolve allegations that he pushed a United Airlines baggage employee at Dulles International Airport in August — a move that could jump start a House ethics probe into the incident.  [Read More]

Pro-Clinton PAC Says You Go (to the Iowa Caucuses), Girl

The feminist political action committee EMILY’s List is making its first foray into presidential politics, backing New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 bid.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Nov. 27

When was Mississippi’s last Senate vacancy?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that “Kate Whitman, daughter of former Gov. Christie Whitman, is poised to run for Congress just a week after Rep. Mike Ferguson, a fellow Republican, abruptly announced he would not seek re-election in the 7th District.” Whitman, 30, could face a primary; State Senate Minority Leader Leonard Lance is one of several Republicans eyeing a bid, and Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks “has announced his intention to run.” Whitman this year lost “a primary bid to become a freeholder in Somerset County. She works as executive director of the Republican Leadership Council, of which her mother is chairwoman. The group was founded in 1993 as a counterweight to right-wing influence in the GOP.”

The Savannah Morning News reports that Karen Bogans, a former aide to Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., “is considering running for the 12th Congressional District seat held by Savannah Democrat John Barrow.” Bogans, who is African-American, “said she’s aware that about 40 percent of the district’s voters are black. ‘I believe that the African-American community is a lot more conservative than people give them credit for,’ she said. Barrow won last year by only 864 votes, so even a slightly larger GOP share of the black electorate in the 12th could make a difference.”

FoxCarolina.com reports that Lexington orthodontist Buddy Witherspoon, 69, a member of the Republican National Committee, has decided to challenge Sen. Lindsey Graham in next year’s GOP primary. “Witherspoon said Graham compromises too much with Democrats and faults the senator for his role in pushing President George W. Bush’s failed immigration proposal.” He joins at least two other Republicans who have announced plans to run against Graham in the primary.

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
Atlanta: Troubled Public Hospital Hands over Reins
Florida: State May Lease Toll Roads, Bridges
California: Sex-Offender Tracking Plan in Doubt

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Monday, November 26, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2007 – 2:13 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Minority Whip Lott to Resign from Senate
  • Lott Resignation Will Force Special Election
  • Senate Leaders Near Deal to Limit Farm Bill Amendments
  • Rep. Carson, Battling Lung Cancer, Will Not Seek Re-election
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session; will reconvene at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Senate  is not in session; meets in pro forma sessions Nov. 27 at 9 a.m. and Nov. 29 at 9:30 a.m.; returns to work Monday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

The President  meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the White House; greets recipients of the 2007 Nobel Prizes at the White House; attends the secretary of State’s dinner with Annapolis peace conference participants at the State Department.

In Washington,  journalists David Gregory, Dan Rather, David Sanger and Helen Thomas discuss the role of the media and the presidency, as part of the continuing Kalb Report series. 8 p.m., National Press Club, 529 14th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Minority Whip Lott to Resign from Senate

Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., who considered retirement before the 2006 election but instead returned for a fourth Senate term, said Monday he will resign by the end of this year.  [Read More]

Lott Resignation Will Force Special Election

The impending resignation of Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott will trigger at least one and quite possibly two special elections in Mississippi next year.  [Read More]

Senate Leaders Near Deal to Limit Farm Bill Amendments

Senate leaders are zeroing in on a deal to limit amendments to the 2007 farm bill, meaning the measure could be back on the floor as early as next week, aides said Monday.  [Read More]

Rep. Carson, Battling Lung Cancer, Will Not Seek Re-election

Rep. Julia Carson, D-Ind., who revealed over the weekend that she has terminal lung cancer, will not seek re-election next year.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Westchester Journal News reports that 31-year-old Iraq War veteran Kieran Michael Lalor announced Sunday that he will challenge Rep. John Hall, D-N.Y. Lalor, a Republican, “described himself as a follower of ‘Ronald Reagan’s School of Conservatism’ and said Hall has no relationship with the traditionally Republican district.” He also said he would make national security a top priority in his campaign. The national GOP has made Hall a top target, but has had trouble finding a strong challenger. The first-term incumbent already has topped $1 million in fundraising.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that three Seattle-based fishing companies benefited from a provision slipped into an overhaul of U.S. fisheries law enacted last year. The earmark inserted by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, allows the companies to swap their existing crab fishery shares into those letting them catch as well as process crab aboard boats equipped to do both jobs — a significant potential cost savings. All three companies — Yardarm Knot, Blue Dutch and Trident Seafoods — are headed by people who have made substantial political contributions to Young. The congressman declined comment when contacted by the daily.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: Quick Response Credited in Containing Fire
HENNEPIN COUNTY, Minn.: Violent Crime Plunges after Years of Increases
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Study Documents HIV Epidemic
CARMEL, Ind.: City Offers Employees Adoption Aid
BALTIMORE: Derailed Rail Cars Carried Hazmats
FLORIDA: Leaders of Gambling-Rich Tribe Have Helped Themselves
CONNECTICUT: Former Governor O'Neill Dies
MASSACHUSETTS: Ex-Governor Calls for Judge He Named to Resign

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