Monday, January 28, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2008 – 2:11 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush To Target Earmarks in State of the Union
  • Pentagon Confirms Partial War Funding Request for Fiscal 2009
  • Kennedy Endorses Obama for President
  • New Dem Challenger in West Virginia Race
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 28
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Today in Washington

The House  takes up a 30-day extension of electronic surveillance legislation set to expire Feb. 1.

The Senate  continues work on an overhaul of electronic surveillance legislation.

The President  delivers his final State of the Union address at 9 p.m.

In Washington,  Reps. James L. Oberstar, D-Minn. and Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., will present a public service award from the Society on Social Implications of Technology to Michael DeKort, a former Lockheed Martin lead engineer who called attention to problems within the Coast Guard’s Deepwater program. 2:30 p.m., Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2253

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Top Stories

Bush To Target Earmarks in State of the Union

In a move likely to anger Democrats and disappoint fiscal conservatives, President Bush planned to issue an executive order Tuesday directing agencies to ignore future earmarks — but not ones in fiscal 2008 bills —- included in report language rather than legislative text.  [Read More]

Pentagon Confirms Partial War Funding Request for Fiscal 2009

The Pentagon confirmed Monday that the Bush administration’s fiscal 2009 budget request would only include $70 billion in emergency funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  [Read More]

Kennedy Endorses Obama for President

The liberal lion of the Democratic Party roared Monday for Barack Obama, giving the freshman Illinois senator a major boost in his campaign for the party’s presidential nomination.  [Read More]

New Dem Challenger in West Virginia Race

West Virginia Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will face a credible Democratic opponent in the state’s 2nd District this November — just not the Democrat she expected.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 28

How many states held Republican primaries before Florida in 2000?  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NORTHERN VIRGINIA: Airport Rail Plan Draws Investors' Interest
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich.: Pension Losses May Bring 'Draconian Measures'
COOK COUNTY, Ill.: Three Charged with Theft of $2 Million
HOUSTON: Five-Term Mayor Louie Welch Dies
NEW YORK CITY: Federal Judge Backs Out-of-State Gun Stings
ALASKA: Federal Plan Opens 3.4 Million Acres to Logging, Roads
THE NATION: Rising Costs Threaten Infrastructure Projects
ARIZONA: Governor Rejects Abstinence-Only Funding

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Political Clippings

The Sacramento Bee reports that Bill Durston, an emergency room doctor with virtually no political experience, announced that he will mount a second challenge to Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., as a Democrat. Durston acknowledged that he faces an uphill battle in trying to unseat Lungren, who beat Durston 59 percent to 38 percent in 2006 in the Republican-leaning district. As of Sept. 30, Lungren had more than $500,000 on hand to Durston’s $29,000, according to campaign finance reports.

The Courier News reported that local committeeman and former Warren, N.J., mayor Victor Sordillo, an insurance industry veteran, has entered the crowded field of Republican candidates seeking the House seat being vacated by Rep. Mike Ferguson, R-N.J. State Assemblywoman Linda Stender is expected to be the Democratic nominee.

The Des Moines Register reports that Republicans appear to be taking a pass at challenging Rep. Leonard L. Boswell, D-Iowa, this year. Observers say it’s a sign of how low the GOP has sunk even since election losses in 2006 — Boswell had faced stiff competition in each of his past three re-election bids. “We’ll be lucky with anything we get this year,” said Steve Roberts, a Republican National Committee member from Des Moines. “I don’t think there are a lot of people with high expectations this year. It’s a long road back for us this time.”

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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.
SCHIP: House fails in second override attempt of SCHIP veto.
MEDICARE: Governors push for more Medicaid funding as part of stimulus package.
ENTITLEMENTS: Senators seek entitlements task force. | Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links

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