Thursday, June 12, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2008 – 2:44 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Supreme Court Lets Guantánamo Detainees File Court Challenges
  • House Passes Extension of Unemployment Benefits
  • War Supplemental Could Be Sent to Bush Before July Recess
  • Extra Census Money Does Not Appear in Spending Bill
  • Committee Aide Fills Slate of FEC Nominees
  • Political Trivia for June 12
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Today in Washington

The House will make a second attempt at passing an extension of unemployment benefits, which narrowly failed Wednesday. It also will take up a NASA authorization bill.

The Senate considers a motion to proceed to a Medicare physician payment bill.

The President spends the day in Rome, Italy where he will participate in a roundtable on business exchanges, and meets with both Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

In Washington, NASA holds a teleconference on its Constellation spacesuit contract award. 4:30 p.m., U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Supreme Court Lets Guantánamo Detainees File Court Challenges

The Supreme Court dealt a severe blow to the Bush administration Thursday, ruling that suspected terrorists held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have a constitutional right to challenge their detentions in federal court.  [Read More]

House Passes Extension of Unemployment Benefits

The House Thursday passed an extension of unemployment insurance that has served as a platform for an election-year debate on the economy.  [Read More]

War Supplemental Could Be Sent to Bush Before July Recess

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats plan to clear a supplemental war spending bill for the president’s signature before the July Fourth recess.  [Read More]

Extra Census Money Does Not Appear in Spending Bill

The fiscal 2009 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill approved by a House panel does not include the extra $540 million requested at the last minute for the Census Bureau.  [Read More]

Committee Aide Fills Slate of FEC Nominees

The White House Thursday formally nominated Matthew S. Petersen for the Federal Election Commission, completing a full slate of members for Senate consideration.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for June 12

Percentage-wise, which state had the closest outcome in the 2004 presidential race?  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
COLORADO: 22,500 State Workers to Unionize
GEORGIA: Report: State Top Source for Crime Guns
MISSISSIPPI: State Farm Dropping Coverage on Coast
LITTLE SIOUX, Iowa: Tornado Kills Four Boy Scouts

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