Monday, March 24, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2008 – 1:53 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Report Likely to Spotlight Medicare’s Fiscal Woes
  • Trustees’ Report Lacks Independent Input
  • Detroit Mayor Indicted on Perjury Charges
  • Political Trivia for March 24

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. March 31.

The President  welcomes families to the annual White House Easter egg roll; participates in State Department briefings.

In Washington,  George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs’ Distinguished Women in International Affairs series will host a discussion on “The Art of Conflict Mediation” with Betty Bigombe, Ugandan peace activist and distinguished fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies’ Africa Program. 6:30 p.m., 7th floor, 1957 E St. N.W.


Top Stories

Report Likely to Spotlight Medicare’s Fiscal Woes

A new report on the fiscal health of the nation’s giant retirement programs is expected to force the next president to propose major legislation to overhaul Medicare.  [Read More]

Trustees’ Report Lacks Independent Input

For the first time since 1990, the annual report on the financial status of Social Security and Medicare will come from a board of trustees composed entirely of administration officials.  [Read More]

Detroit Mayor Indicted on Perjury Charges

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, son of six-term Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., was charged Monday with perjury, obstruction of justice and official misconduct, the Associated Press reported.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for March 24

How many pairs of siblings currently serve in Congress?  [Read More]


Political Clippings

The Star-Ledger reports that Bergen County, N.J., businessman Andy Unanue appears to be seeking the Senate seat held by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J. A letter under Unanue’s name addressed to state GOP Chairman Tom Wilson was posted Sunday on The letter argued “that Unanue’s experience as the former chief operating officer of Secaucus-based Goya Foods Inc. uniquely prepares him to take on New Jersey’s challenges.” Two Republicans already are in the race for the party’s nomination: state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio and college professor Murray Sabrin.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that University of Wyoming professor Christopher Rothfuss announced he will run as a Democrat for the Senate seat of Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo. Rothfuss, a chemical engineer, said he wants to bring a scientist’s perspective to a body dominated by lawyers. “We need skilled professionals with a diversity of backgrounds that are better suited for the challenges of the 21st century,” Rothfuss said. “There are currently zero scientists in the Senate. Zero PhDs. One engineering degree. And 60 lawyers.”


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