Monday, March 17, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2008 – 2:16 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Democrats Want More Aid for Housing Market
  • Democrats Eye Budget Process to Move Medicare Changes
  • Irish Leader Celebrates Bipartisan St. Patrick’s Day
  • Political Trivia for March 17
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session; reconvenes Monday, March 31.

The Senate  is not in session.

The President  meets with Irish leaders and speaks at a St. Patricks Day reception at the White House; attends a St. Patricks Day luncheon at the Capitol; meets with financial markets advisers at the White House; and greets a group of Children’s Miracle Network Champions.

In Washington,  the Center for Strategic and International Studies hold an event, “Social Entrepreneurship: Global Challenges, American innovation, with founder Jonathan Greenblatt of Ethos Water. 3:30 p.m., B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Democrats Want More Aid for Housing Market

Democratic lawmakers called Monday for the government to do more to help the ailing housing market following bold steps by the Federal Reserve over the weekend to stem a wider financial crisis,  [Read More]

Democrats Eye Budget Process to Move Medicare Changes

Frustrated by Senate Republicans’ success in blocking Democratic legislative priorities, Democrats may seek to employ the budget process to advance Medicare legislation this year.  [Read More]

Irish Leader Celebrates Bipartisan St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern walked a political middle ground Monday as he made the rounds of Washington to mark the feast day of his nation’s patron saint.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for March 17

What Irish county is the ancestral home of the Kennedy political family?  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
SOUTH CAROLINA: Ex-Treasurer Gets Prison on Cocaine Charge
NEW YORK STATE: For New Governor, the 'Jerry Ford Effect'
THE ATLANTA REGION: Cleanup Begins in Tornado-Hit Downtown
LOS ANGELES: Hospital Firing 13 for Spears Record-Snooping
OKLAHOMA CITY/SEATTLE: Arena Deal Aims to Woo Sonics

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Political Clippings

The Denver Post reports that Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., “made a pivotal political move just before he started his three-year campaign for the U.S. Senate” by joining the House Armed Services Committee. The panel’s former chairman said his motivation seemed clear. “Part of it was planning for a Senate race,” said former Rep. Joel Hefley, R-Colo. “Defense is a big thing for the state of Colorado. I think he felt a deficit there.” Udall said he joined the committee for “a seat at the table” as the Iraq war dragged on. “I looked at what was happening in Iraq,” he said, and thought about “where can I really make a difference here? It was obvious to me it was the Armed Services Committee.”

The Billings Gazette reports that Republican state Rep. Michael Lange filed papers Friday as a Senate candidate. Lange, a former Republican leader in the state House, announced in June that he would seek the GOP nomination in June. He faces two other candidates in the June primary election: engineering consultant Kirk Bushman, a political newcomer, and truck driver Anton Pearson. The nominee will challenge five-term incumbent Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who has a $9 million campaign war chest.

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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.
TOBACCO: House panel passes legislation to permit federal regulation of tobacco.
MEDICAL RESEARCH: Researchers tell lawmakers that shortfalls in medical research funding will hurt medical innovation.
AIDS: Senate panel approves reauthorization of global AIDS legislation.
BUDGET RESOLUTION: House and Senate budget resolutions include health care provisions. | Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links

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