Friday, March 21, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008 – 1:57 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Lawmakers Demand Answers in Passport File Breach
  • Senate Chairmen Call for HUD Secretary’s Resignation
  • Obama Draws Backing from Ex-Rival Richardson
  • Senators Wary of USDA Move to Ease Ban on Beef Imports From Argentina
  • Political Trivia for March 21
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Today in Washington

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

The Senate  holds a pro forma session; reconvenes for business at 2 p.m. March 31.

The President  is at Camp David for the weekend.

In Washington,  American University’s Department of Anthropology and the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Council host two days of panel discussions on various aspects of “Represention, Power and Social Justice.” Folk poet Alix Olson holds a poetry slam at 6:3 0 p.m., Ward 2 of Ward Circle Building, Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Lawmakers Demand Answers in Passport File Breach

The State Department reached out Friday to assure Capitol Hill that breaches of passport records for the three presidential candidates had been handled appropriately.  [Read More]

Senate Chairmen Call for HUD Secretary’s Resignation

Two key senators called Friday for Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson to resign for refusing to answer their questions on allegations of wrongdoing in public housing contracts.  [Read More]

Obama Draws Backing from Ex-Rival Richardson

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama on Friday picked up the support of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who began the year as a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.  [Read More]

Senators Wary of USDA Move to Ease Ban on Beef Imports From Argentina

A pending Agriculture Department rule that would open U.S. markets to some Argentine beef imports is forcing prairie state lawmakers to juggle their support for free trade with their advocacy of American ranchers.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for March 21

What was the last election year in which a party had a double-digit net gain of Senate seats?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

In his Sioux Falls Argus Leader column, David Kranz writes that state Rep. Joel Dykstra appears to be the candidate best positioned to win the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D. Dykstra emerged as the leading candidate to challenge Johnson once former Lt. Gov. Steve Kirby — the choice of national GOP leaders — decided not to run. Observers think his chances of unseating Johnson are slim, but Dykstra is confident of his position in the race.

The York Weekly reports that Peter Bearse “author of ‘We the People,’ a book that predicted average citizens would rise up to exert more influence on the outcome of American elections, and showed them how, has announced his independent candidacy for the 1st Congressional District seat currently held by” Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H. “He says he’s the only candidate in the race with the knowledge and experience to deal with both the economic and international problems plaguing the nation.” Bearse is a local coordinator for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and is a former economic adviser to two New Jersey governors.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
FLORIDA: State Moves to Lease 78-Mile Interstate
CONNECTICUT/NEW YORK STATE: Feds OK Floating Natural-Gas Plant
COLORADO: Officials Backing Off from Costly Time-Off Change
CALIFORNIA: Governor Drops Brother-in-Law, Eastwood from Parks Panel
KING COUNTY, Wash.: TB Cases at 30-Year High
ST. CLOUD, Minn.: State Closes Mississippi River Bridge
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Towns Calling for State Tax Reforms

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