Friday, March 14, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2008 – 2:36 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Defies Bush on Revised Surveillance Legislation
  • Bush Warns Congress Against Overreacting to Credit Crunch
  • Democrats Use Budget to Underscore Policy Differences With Bush and GOP
  • Bush Sets Deadline for Farm Bill Agreement: One Month
  • Senate Confirms IRS Commissioner
  • Political Trivia for March 14
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Today in Washington

The House  considers electronic surveillance legislation.

The Senate  is not in session; will conduct pro forma sessions during the next two weeks and reconvene for business March 31.

The President  addresses the Economic Club of New York and later attends a Republican National Committee luncheon at a private residence in New York City.

In Washington,  Michael Werner, chief scientist for astronomy and physics at The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, lectures on “The Spitzer Space Telescope: Exploring the Infrared Universe.” 4 p.m., Hannan Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. N.E.

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Top Stories

House Defies Bush on Revised Surveillance Legislation

The House on Friday ignored President Bush’s objections and passed a revised electronic surveillance bill, the last item on the chamber’s agenda before departing for Easter recess.  [Read More]

Bush Warns Congress Against Overreacting to Credit Crunch

President George W. Bush on Friday blasted several cornerstone Democratic proposals for helping the moribund housing market and combating an expanding credit crunch, saying they would do more harm than good.  [Read More]

Democrats Use Budget to Underscore Policy Differences With Bush and GOP

Congressional Democrats, determined to contrast their priorities with those of Republicans in this election year, are using the fiscal 2009 budget resolution to outline their views on spending, taxes and domestic policy.  [Read More]

Bush Sets Deadline for Farm Bill Agreement: One Month

President Bush says he’ll ask Congress to pass a one-year extension of the farm bill if lawmakers cannot negotiate a new law by April 18.  [Read More]

Senate Confirms IRS Commissioner

The Senate on Friday confirmed Douglas H. Shulman as the new commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for March 14

How often in the past 10 elections has Florida backed the winning presidential nominee?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that Republican Randy Wolken has dropped out of the race for the open 25th District House seat in New York, and endorsed Peter Cappuccilli in an effort to unite the GOP behind a single candidate. Wolken said his decision was prompted by Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll’s decision not to challenge former congressional staffer Dan Maffei in the Democratic primary. Rep. James T. Walsh, R-N.Y., is retiring at the end of his current term.

The Laconia Citizen reports that Manchester (N.H.) Mayor Frank Guinta appears to be moving toward a run for the Republican nomination for governor. Guinta Thursday addressed the Belknap County Republicans at their monthly meeting, outlining his accomplishments in his two terms as mayor. He said he is considering running, but has not made a formal decision. Democratic Gov. John Lynch is seeking re-election.

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