Tuesday, November 25, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2008 – 1:44 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama Vows To Impose Budget Discipline
  • Paulson Could Yet Tap Remainder of Bailout Fund
  • House Leaders Back Renzi on Wiretaps
  • Schumer To Step Down from DSCC; Menendez To Take Over
  • Political Trivia for Nov. 25
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Today in Washington

The House is in recess, subject to the call of the chair.

The Senate in recess but will hold pro forma sessions until end of the year.

The President speaks at Fort Campbell, Ky., and has lunch with military personnel there; returns to the White House.

In Washington, the Open Society Institute sponsors “Behind the Cycle: A National Summit to Advance an Integrative Approach to Justice Reform,” aimed at uniting the social justice and criminal justice reform communities to address the underlying risk factors that contribute to entry into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. All day, Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Rd., Bethesda, Md.

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Top Stories

Obama Vows To Impose Budget Discipline

President-elect Barack Obama said Tuesday that spending restraint and a federal budget overhaul are necessary in the long term, even as he called for a deficit-exploding economic recovery bill at the start of his term.  [Read More]

Paulson Could Yet Tap Remainder of Bailout Fund

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. on Tuesday left open the possibility that the Bush administration could tap the second half of the $700 billion bailout fund, although he said he had no immediate plans to do so.  [Read More]

House Leaders Back Renzi on Wiretaps

A bipartisan group of House leaders has filed a brief supporting retiring Rep. Rick Renzi’s bid to bar prosecutors from introducing wiretapped phone conversations and other evidence at the congressman’s upcoming federal corruption trial, arguing that the materials are constitutionally protected.  [Read More]

Schumer To Step Down from DSCC; Menendez To Take Over

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the architect of consecutive Democratic election gains in the Senate, will step down as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and hand the reins to New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Nov. 25

Which GOP senator up for election in 2010 has the most campaign cash?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Waynesboro News Virginian reports that Terry McAuliffe is not a declared candidate for Virginia’s gubernatorial race in 2009, “but he sure sounded like it” during an appearance Monday night at a pancake house in Waynesboro, Va. “The stop was part of a 60-day tour that will end in early January when McAuliffe decides whether to oppose fellow Democrats, Sen. Creigh Deeds and Del. Brian Moran, for the party’s nomination for governor in next June’s primary,” the newspaper reported. “If I do this I will offer big, bold ideas,” said the 51-year-old millionaire businessman, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and head of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman’s advantage over Democrat Al Franken stood at 210 votes on Monday night, according to a compilation of results reported to the secretary of state and gathered by the newspaper. Before the recount, Coleman led Franken by 215 votes out of about 2.9 million cast, a margin that has fluctuated over the past week. “Each candidate’s vote total has fallen by more than 1,100 since the recount began, and the bulk of the drop apparently is the result of ballot challenges by the other side, which may or may not be upheld by the state Canvassing Board next month,” the Star Tribune reported. “Each campaign has challenged more than 1,500 ballots.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that “President-elect Barack Obama has become even more involved in Georgia’s bitter U.S. Senate runoff, recording a so-called ‘robo call’ urging voters to elect Democrat Jim Martin in his Dec. 2 runoff battle with incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.” According to the newspaper, “The recorded calls were being placed to Georgia voters on Monday, but Martin’s campaign declined to specify when they started or how many calls were being made.” The runoff is set for Dec. 2.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE NATION: New Orleans Tops Crime-Rate Rankings
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.: County Freezes Hiring, Moves to Cut $60 Million
NEVADA: Lieutenant Governor Says He’s Indictment Target
CALIFORNIA: Court Limits Access to Medical Marijuana

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