Monday, July 28, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, JULY 28, 2008 – 2:03 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Deficit Estimate Soars as Slump Takes Its Toll
  • Deal Reached on Consumer Product Safety Legislation
  • Inspector General Sees Political Meddling by Former Top Justice Aide
  • Political Trivia for July 28
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Today in Washington

The House holds pro forma session; reconvenes at noon Tuesday for legislative business, with no votes before 6:30 p.m.

The Senate reconvenes at 3 p.m. to resume consideration of a motion to proceed to an omnibus bill (S 3297) that combines nearly three dozen unrelated measures. A vote on limiting debate on the motion is set for 4 p.m.

The President meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Raza Gilani; participates in a photo-op with members of the Texas 4-H and Youth Development program.

In Washington, the World Affairs Council holds an evening discussion on current US-French relations featuring Ambassador of France Pierre Vimont. 6:30 p.m., French Ambassador’s Residence, 2221 Kalorama Road, N.W.

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Top Stories

Deficit Estimate Soars as Slump Takes Its Toll

The Bush administration Monday projected a budget deficit of $482 billion in fiscal 2009 — a record high in dollar terms.  [Read More]

Deal Reached on Consumer Product Safety Legislation

House and Senate conferees said Monday they have reached a deal on pivotal product safety legislation that could reach the floor in both chambers this week.  [Read More]

Inspector General Sees Political Meddling by Former Top Justice Aide

Monica Goodling, a former top Justice Department aide, improperly used political considerations in hiring career lawyers, according to a report released Monday by the Justice Department’s inspector general.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for July 28

Which other state’s biggest modern city was in the original Arizona territory?  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
DETROIT: Mayor Under Travel Limits, Drug-Testing Order
RUIDOSO, N.M.: 700 Evacuated, 2 Missing as River Floods
PHILADELPHIA: City, Union Reach One-Year, No-Raise Pact
TEXAS: Universities Eye $1 Billion from Selling Oil Rights
FLORIDA: Mortgage Regulator Under Fire over Licensing of Criminals
LOUISIANA: More Ships Moving Through Mississippi Spill Zone
VIRGINIA: Law Requires Reporting of Inmatesa?? Immigration Status
THE SOUTH: Report: AIDS Deaths Surging in South

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Political Clippings

The Macon Telegraph reports that early voting begins today in Georgia’s Democratic Senate primary runoff between DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones and former Georgia Department of Human Resources Commissioner Jim Martin. The two, who are competing to take on GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss in November, “beat out three other candidates in the primary this month, but neither topped 50 percent. Jones was the closest, with 40.4 percent.” There’s a twist to the runoff: “Any registered voter in Georgia who did not vote in the Republican primary can vote in the Democratic runoff,” the paper noted. Polling places will be open Aug. 5 for those who want to wait, “but advance voting runs Monday through Friday, during normal business hours.”

According to the New York Post, Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., was thinking ahead — far ahead — in 2006 when he bought the list of e-mail addresses compiled by his erstwhile rival for the 2005 Democratic nomination for mayor, Fernando Ferrer. Now Weiner is using that list to solicit support for his own 2009 bid for mayor of the Big Apple. In 2005, “the Brooklyn-Queens congressman opted out of a runoff against Ferrer, helping clear the way for the former Bronx Borough president to become the Democratic nominee.” But Ferrer lost the November election to incumbent Michael Bloomberg, who is now term-limited.

The Kansas City Star, in an editorial yesterday, endorsed state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins over former Rep. Jim Ryun in the Republican primary contest for the right to challenge freshman Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., who defeated Ryun two years ago. “She has been an energetic and capable officeholder, and speaks with enthusiasm about confronting national problems.”... Jenkins also has an ability to get along with politicians across the spectrum,” the paper said.

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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.
MEDICARE TRIGGER: Democrats managed to put a hold on a a??Medicare triggera?? process that would have forced Congress to consider a presidential proposal to trim spending by the program.
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: A House committee teed up legislation that would help put electronic health records in the hands of doctors.
TOBACCO REGULATION: The Housea??s bill to give the FDA broad new powers to regulate tobacco products is ready for floor action, after months of wrangling between powerful committee chairmen.
MENTAL HEALTH PARITY: After a decade of efforts, Congress looks closer than ever to guaranteeing that mental health conditions will get the same coverage under insurance as medical conditions.| Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links

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