Thursday, July 03, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 – 2:03 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Republicans Offer New Deal on Tax Cut Extensions
  • Medicare Battle Will Resume Next Week
  • DHS Continues Threat Assessment Over Holiday
  • Political Trivia for July 3
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session. Reconvenes Tuesday, July 8, at 2 p.m.

The Senate is not in session. Reconvenes Monday, July 7, at 2 p.m.

The President makes remarks at ceremonial groundbreaking of Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

In Washington, open rehearsal is held for the annual Capitol Fourth of July concert, west lawn of the Capitol, through 5:30 p.m.

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Top Stories

Republicans Offer New Deal on Tax Cut Extensions

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered a new strategy Thursday for breaking a deadlock over a series of expired and expiring tax provisions.  [Read More]

Medicare Battle Will Resume Next Week

Senate Republican leaders on Friday called for a one-month hiatus in the partisan battle over Medicare physician payment rates, a bid that is likely to fall on deaf ears.  [Read More]

DHS Continues Threat Assessment Over Holiday

The Homeland Security Department reported Thursday it has received no credible threats so far to suggest a terrorist attack for the July Fourth holiday, but it is continuing to monitor for problems.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for July 3

Who was the last Republican VP nominee announced during convention week?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Staten Island Advance reports that former Assemblyman Robert Straniere “has begun gathering petitions” to qualify for a ballot spot in the race for the Republican nomination to succeed scandal-scarred Rep. Vito J. Fossella, R-N.Y., despite a “rocky relationship with GOP bigwigs on Staten Island.” Straniere faces a July 10 deadline to qualify for the ballot. Republicans have struggled to select a candidate since their preferred choice, Frank Powers, died of a heart attack in June. “Councilman Michael McMahon (D-North Shore) has been endorsed by the national and local Democratic parties, but the Staten Island GOP has been unable to decide on a replacement for the late Powers,” the paper noted. Straniere needs 1,250 valid signatures to get on the ballot.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, Jim King, “the Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite in the GOP primary, is suspending his campaign after being sidelined by a serious back injury.” King may drop out of the race “but won’t make that final determination until consulting with doctors next week.” His name will appear on the Aug. 26 ballot regardless, the paper said. “In past elections, Brown-Waite has easily defeated Democratic challengers but this is the first time she has faced competition from within her party.”

The Seattle Times reports that “supporters of a so-called ‘Death With Dignity’ initiative turned in an estimated 320,000 signatures Tuesday to the Secretary of State’s Office, virtually guaranteeing that Initiative 1000 will be on the November ballot.” The drive to make Washington the second state to allow physician-assisted suicide is being led by former Gov. Booth Gardner, “a Parkinson’s disease patient who filed the initiative in January,” although his condition would not “qualify him for aid in dying” under conditions set by the ballot proposition. Neighboring Oregon is the only state that currently allows physician-assisted suicide, the result of a voter initiative first adopted in 1994.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
SEATTLE/OKLAHOMA CITY: Deal Lets Sonics Leave Seattle
SAN FRANCISCO: Mayor: City Will Turn Over Convicted Juvenile Illegals
NEW YORK CITY: Comptroller: Child-Care Centers Misspent Public Funds
CALIFORNIA: Wildfires Rage in North and South
INDIANA: Flood-Damaged Farms to Get State Aid
FLORIDA: State Lottery to Join Powerball

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