Tuesday, July 08, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2008 – 2:22 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Panel Approves Energy-Water Spending
  • House Panel Threatens Attorney General With Contempt
  • Amendments To Electronic Spying Bill Doomed, But Senate Debate Continues
  • Commission Proposes Formal Role for Congress in War Decisions
  • Political Clippings
  • Political Trivia for July 8
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Today in Washington

The House takes up a number of bills under suspension of the rules, including one to prohibit harvesting of shark fins and a measure addressing air pollution from oceangoing vessels.

The Senate resumes consideration of an electronic surveillance bill, with three amendments slated for debate.

The President  participates in the Group of Eight summit in Japan.

In Washington, former Secretary of State, retired Army Gen. Colin L. Powell, addresses a Next America Project, “A New Vision for America’s Future: Young Leaders Shaping an International Agenda.” 5 p.m., 1800 K St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Panel Approves Energy-Water Spending

Senate appropriators aligned with the House Tuesday in rejecting proposed cuts by President Bush and boosting spending for renewable-energy and energy efficiency programs in their 2009 draft spending bill for energy and water programs.  [Read More]

House Panel Threatens Attorney General With Contempt

A House panel Tuesday threatened Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey with contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena demanding FBI reports of an interview of Vice President Dick Cheney regarding the disclosure of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s covert status.  [Read More]

Amendments To Electronic Spying Bill Doomed, But Senate Debate Continues

The Senate Tuesday resumed consideration of a rewrite of electronic surveillance guidelines and began debate on several apparently doomed amendments.  [Read More]

Commission Proposes Formal Role for Congress in War Decisions

Two former secretaries of State unveiled a plan Tuesday to require better consultation between Congress and the president over sending U.S. troops into war.  [Read More]

Political Clippings

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., raised more than $2.1 million for his U.S. Senate campaign during the last three months. A spokesman for the GOP candidate, Rep. Steve Pearce, said that his campaign would disclose its fundraising on July 15, the deadline for submitting campaign finance reports. The newspaper says Pearce “has been at a major financial disadvantage since the outset of the Senate campaign.” Unlike Udall, Pearce faced “a hard-fought and close primary battle.” Udall has raised about $5 million for his Senate bid. Pearce, as of May 14, had reported raising more than $1.8 million.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for July 8

How many times have the Democrats and Republicans held their conventions in the same city?  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
SAN FRANCISCO: Mayor: Speed Up Seismic Retrofits
MICHIGAN: Court: State May Owe Schools Millions for Data Reporting
CALIFORNIA: Firefighters Still Gaining on Two Blazes

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