Wednesday, March 19, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2008 – 2:02 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Protests and Positioning Mark Iraq Invasion Anniversary
  • Firefighting Burns Through Forest Service Budget
  • Political Trivia for March 19
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m., Monday, March 31.

The Senate  is not in session; reconvenes for business at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31.

The President  speaks on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War; later meets with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

In Washington,  groups opposed to the Iraq War are staging protests across the city throughout the day.

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Top Stories

Protests and Positioning Mark Iraq Invasion Anniversary

The fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq brought anti-war protests Wednesday and efforts by lawmakers and presidential candidates to frame the issue on their own terms.  [Read More]

Firefighting Burns Through Forest Service Budget

This year’s wildfire season is about to begin, and Congress is scrambling to figure out how to stop it from consuming the U.S. Forest Service’s budget.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for March 19

How many of the nation’s capital cities have schools playing the NCCA men’s basketball tournament?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports that industrialist Jack Davis is close to deciding whether to try to challenge Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-N.Y., for a third time. Davis, a Democrat, said the results of telephone polling this week will guide his decision. Davis, the Democratic nominee in 2004 and 2006, faces two other candidates in the party’s primary this year: Iraq war veteran Jonathan Powers and Buffalo attorney Alice Kryzan.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that former state Rep. Terry Marquardt has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination in New Mexico’s 2nd District. His withdrawal leaves five candidates on the June primary ballot: Aubrey Dunn Jr., Ed Tinsley, Greg Sowards, Monty Newman and Earl Greer. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., is running for Senate.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Republican leader in the Illinois state House is warning the party’s battling interests to stop the infighting, citing the loss of a GOP House seat once held by former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert as a “big wake-up call.” Rep. Tom Cross, a Hastert protege, said he hopes the rift caused by dairy magnate Jim Oberweis’ primary victory over state Rep. Chris Lauzen can be healed by November, though he has no plans to mediate the dispute. Oberweis lost a March 8 special election to Democratic Rep. Bill Foster, and many fear the same will happen in November.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
ARKANSAS: A.G. Orders All Payday Lenders to Shut Down
THE NATION: Harvard Law Slashes Tuition for Public-Sector-Bound
NEW JERSEY: Troubled Medical School Re-Accredited
THE NORTHEAST: 10 States Set CO2 Cap-and-Trade Auction
MICHIGAN: Judge: Affirmative-Action Ban Constitutional
SAN FRANCISCO: Report: Zoo Was Unprepared for Tiger Attack
MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZ.: $360 Million Court-Expansion Project OKd
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF.: County Tries to Recover $80 Million Investment
PHILADELPHIA: 1-95 Column's 'Poor' Condition Known for Months

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