Thursday, February 21, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2008 – 2:05 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Democrats Will Try to Move Housing Stimulus Package
  • White House Shares Surveillance Documents With House Judiciary
  • Appeal May Delay Start of Rep. Jefferson’s Trial
  • Political Trivia for Feb. 21
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Today in Washington

The House meets in pro forma session; reconvenes for legislative business at 2 p.m., Feb. 25.

The Senate  meets in pro forma session; reconvenes for legislative business at 3 p.m., Feb. 25.

The President  and First Lady Laura Bush spend the day in Monrovia, Liberia, meeting with President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and participating in various activities, including greeting embassy staff, reviewing Liberian troops and participating in a roundtable discussion about teacher training at the University of Liberia.

In Washington,  The Independent Institute hosts a forum on efforts to end world poverty titled “The Secret to Making Poor Nations Rich.” With Benjamin Powell and Alvaro Varga Llosa from The Independent Institute, and George Ayittey of American University. 6 p.m., The Independent Institute, 1319 18th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Democrats Will Try to Move Housing Stimulus Package

Senate Democratic leaders will try to move housing-focused stimulus legislation early next week that contains a controversial change to bankruptcy law and tax breaks for businesses.  [Read More]

White House Shares Surveillance Documents With House Judiciary

The Bush administration agreed this week to show the full House Judiciary Committee legal documents related to its post-Sept. 11 warrantless surveillance program.  [Read More]

Appeal May Delay Start of Rep. Jefferson’s Trial

The trial of Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La., on federal bribery and corruption charges — slated to begin Feb. 25 — is likely to be postponed because he intends to appeal a judge’s decision permitting the case to go forward.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Feb. 21

What kind of business did former President George Washington establish at his Mount Vernon estate?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, in its politics blog, reports that the campaign of Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, D-Ohio, has acknowledged in a news release that he faces the toughest re-election fight of his congressional career in the March 4 Democratic primary. The daily also endorsed Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman, his leading opponent, saying “voters should retire the show horse and hitch up a workhorse,” even though Cimperman lives just outside the boundaries of the 10th District.

The Cape Cod Times reports that retired Air Force officer James Ogonowski, who surprised observers with his strong showing before losing to Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., in a special House election last year, is bringing his “citizen legislator” campaign to the Senate. Ogonowski, whose brother piloted one of the four hijacked aircraft in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is one of two Republicans seeking to challenge Democratic Sen. John Kerry. The other, Jeffrey Beatty, announced last week that he would run. A third, Kevin Scott, a former Wakefield selectman, dropped out of the race and endorsed Ogonowski, but his name remains on the September primary ballot.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a new poll showing that New Jersey residents believe Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., is too old (Sen. Lautenberg is 84) to effectively serve another six-year term, by 58 percent to 36 percent, but prefer him to a generic Republican challenger, 37 percent to 30 percent. The Quinnipiac University survey of 1,803 voters conducted February 13-18 had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
JERSEY CITY, N.J.: 'All Would Die' Note Triggers Campus Lockdown
DETROIT: State Withholds $26 Million over Late Audit
HOUSTON: City Offers $12,000 Police Signing Bonuses
GEORGIA: State Drops Office Depot over Overcharges
ARIZONA: Solar Plant to Supply 1.1 Million Customers
COLORADO: Report: 2 Million Acres of Forest at Risk

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