Monday, April 07, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2008 – 2:12 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush To Defy Pelosi, Send Colombia Trade Pact to Congress
  • McCain, GOP Leaders Defend Iraq War Progress
  • China Blasts House Consideration of Tibet Resolution
  • Negotiators Start Talks on 911 Service for Internet Phone Companies
  • Political Trivia for April 7
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session; reconvenes at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, with legislative business at 2 p.m.

The Senate  continues to consider amendments to housing and mortgage legislation.

The President  announces he is sending Colombia trade deal to Congress; meets with small and medium-sized business owners on the economic stimulus package; holds photo opportunity and makes remarks to the 2007 NCAA football champions.

In Washington,  the Hudson Institute holds a discussion on the evolution of U.S. counterterrorism policy, with Michael Swetnam of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and Yonah Alexander of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies. 4 p.m., 1015 15th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Bush To Defy Pelosi, Send Colombia Trade Pact to Congress

President Bush said Monday he will send the pending Colombia free-trade agreement to Congress, setting up a showdown with Democrats who strongly oppose the pact.  [Read More]

McCain, GOP Leaders Defend Iraq War Progress

Led by their presumptive presidential nominee, Senate Republicans are lining up to defend President Bush’s strategy in Iraq as Congress prepares to hear the latest progress report from top U.S. military and diplomatic officials.  [Read More]

China Blasts House Consideration of Tibet Resolution

China reacted angrily Monday to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s proposed House resolution calling on Beijing to end its crackdown on dissent in Tibet and enter into negotiations with the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled leader.  [Read More]

Negotiators Start Talks on 911 Service for Internet Phone Companies

Informal negotiations designed to resolve differences between House and Senate bills to give Internet phone companies the legal tools to provide emergency 911 service are set to begin this week.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for April 7

Since the Civil War, how many times has Alabama’s 5th Congressional District been represented by a Republican?  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
HOUSTON: Airport Set for $1.2 Billion Overhaul
DETROIT: Electronic Tether Ordered for Mayora??s Ex-Aide
SAN FRANCISCO: Ad Campaign Reaches Out to Illegal Immigrants
WASHINGTON, D.C.: City Sues Owners of 71 Deteriorating Rental Buildings
SAN ANTONIO, Texas: Embattled Auditor Steps Down
TEXAS: Officials Enter Polygamist Sect's Temple

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Political Clippings

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that despite encouragement from Republican presidential candidate John McCain, “a Princeton father who founded his own biotech company to save two of his children from a rare disease, will not run for U.S. Senate.” John Crowley, a Navy reservist and president of Amicus Therapeutics of Cranbury, said “he ‘really wanted’ to run” but decided it was not in the best interest of his family and others “with rare diseases he hopes one day to cure.” Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., faces a primary challenge from Rep. Robert E. Andrews, while three Republicans also seek to challenge him: State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio, Ramapo College professor Murray Sabrin, and former Goya Foods executive Andy Unanue.

The Boston Globe reports that challengers in both parties are having a hard time gaining any traction against veteran Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., his party’s 2004 presidential candidate. Republicans Jeff Beatty and Jim Ogonowski, along with Democrat Ed O’Reilly, face a “Herculean task,” the paper said. Kerry, in his fourth term, “has not faced a serious challenge” since 1996 and his “$9.9 million war chest dwarfs his opponents.’”

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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 approves legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco.
AIDS: House approves legislation to reauthorize global AIDS funding program.
MEDICAID: Witnesses at a House hearing warn of problems ahead with Bush Administrationa??s proposed regulations. | Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links

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