Friday, February 22, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2008 – 1:55 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Arizona Rep. Renzi Indicted in Land Swap Investigation
  • House Panel Subpoenas Owners of Utah Mine
  • Justice Department Says Its Probe Will Address Waterboarding Advice
  • Senate to Take Test Votes on Bills to Change Iraq Policy
  • Political Trivia for Feb. 22
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes for legislative business at 4 p.m. Monday.

The Senate  meets in pro forma session; reconvenes at 3 p.m. Monday to resume consideration of an Indian health care bill.

The President  has no public events scheduled.

In Washington,  The George Washington University community celebrates the birthday of the nation’s first president and university namesake, with music and a cherry pie-eating contest. 6:30 p.m., Continental Ballroom, third floor of the Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, N.W.

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Top Stories

Arizona Rep. Renzi Indicted in Land Swap Investigation

A federal grand jury in Arizona has indicted Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., on conspiracy, fraud, extortion, and money laundering charges after an investigation lasting more than a year.  [Read More]

House Panel Subpoenas Owners of Utah Mine

A House committee issued two subpoenas Friday in its ongoing investigation of a deadly 2007 Utah mine collapse.  [Read More]

Justice Department Says Its Probe Will Address Waterboarding Advice

The Department of Justice has informed two Democratic senators that concerns they raised about departmental advice on harsh interrogation techniques are part of an internal investigation.  [Read More]

Senate to Take Test Votes on Bills to Change Iraq Policy

The Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to limit debate on Democrats’ efforts to call up two measures intended to force changes in U.S. Iraq policy, but the primary attempt is unlikely to succeed.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Feb. 22

How many states cast electoral votes for George Washington in his first election for president?  [Read More]

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The Defense Budget

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Political Clippings

The Lake County News-Sun reports that the national Democratic Party” is flexing its muscles behind” candidate Dan Seals in Illinois’ 10th District, “something that didn’t occur in 2006 when Seals lost a fairly close election to incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk,” drawing 47 percent of the vote to 53 percent for Kirk. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, joined Seals at a rally Thursday, and said “the national party will support Seals financially, and said it has already paid for ads and is participating in fund-raising events” with Seals.

According to the Raleigh News and Observer, Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., may face “an old nemesis in the fall. Former state Sen. Hugh Webster told the N.C. Republican Roundtable that he intends to file next week to run as a Republican in the 13th Congressional District.” Miller, who first must surmount a primary challenge by Derald Hafner of Franklinton, jousted often with Webster when the two served in the state Senate. “Webster’s beef: Miller was a smarty-pants. Miller’s gripe: Webster asked ridiculous questions.”

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports that the contest for the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 1st District “is now a three-man race,” with Air Force veteran Jim Forsythe joining the fray. Forsythe chairs “the Strafford Taxpayers Coalition and founded New Hampshire Parents for Educational Freedom, a school-choice advocacy group that’s gotten him familiar with the Statehouse. He also volunteered for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, where he met people now helping him set up an online fundraising network.” Former GOP Rep. Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro and John Stephen, a former state Health and Human Services commissioner, are also vying for the nomination to take on Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., in November.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
Miami-Dade County: Marlins Win New Ballpark
Los Angeles: Gang Mayhem Shuts Down Part of City
Milwaukee: Consultant: Redeploy Police, Employ Civilians
San Francisco: Justice Backs Health-Plan Employer Payments
Durham, N.C.: Lacrosse Players Sue over Rape Prosecution
Idaho/Montana/Wyoming: Gray Wolves Coming Off Endangered List

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