Friday, January 25, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2008 – 2:16 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush Urges House Republicans to Support Stimulus Package
  • State of the Union Sparring Signals Early End to Bipartisanship
  • Dodd Plans to Move Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Legislation
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 25
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday.

The Senate  has concluded its business for today and will reconvene at 2 p.m. Monday to continue consideration of a bill to rewrite the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act governing electronic surveillance.

The President returns to the White House after addressing the House Republican retreat at Greenbrier resort, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

In Washington, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein hosts an “American Conversation” with former First Lady Barbara Bush. 4 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, N.W.

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Top Stories

Bush Urges House Republicans to Support Stimulus Package

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — President Bush on Friday urged House Republicans to get behind his proposed economic stimulus measure.  [Read More]

State of the Union Sparring Signals Early End to Bipartisanship

Democratic leaders in Congress changed course Friday from the bipartisanship that has characterized efforts to stimulate the economy, outlining a legislative agenda that challenges President Bush and other Republicans on a broad front.  [Read More]

Dodd Plans to Move Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Legislation

Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, said Friday he plans to complete legislation this year to overhaul regulation of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 25

In what state did Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich have his best presidential race showing in 2004?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Peoria Journal Star reports that former television and radio reporter Colleen Callahan is asking Democrats to nominate her for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill. Democrats in the 18th District have been without a candidate since basketball coach and sportscaster Dick Versace dropped out in early December. Three Republicans are seeking the seat in the district, which has not elected a Democrat since 1916. Business executive Jim McConoughey, former Peoria City Councilman John Morris and state Rep. Aaron Schock are the three Republican candidates.

The Rocky Mountain News reports that the League of Conservation Voters is targeting Republican Bob Schaffer in Colorado’s Senate race. The announcement means the group is likely to “pour substantial money into the contest” on behalf of Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., the Democrat seeking to replace Republican Sen. Wayne Allard. The group said Schaffer, a former House member, “sided with polluters, developers and Big Oil and against the environment and the health and safety of Coloradans.” Schaffer’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2008 – 2:19 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Hill Leaders, White House Strike Deal on Stimulus Package
  • Mortgage Relief Added to Economic Stimulus Package
  • Senate Budget Panel Leaders Plan to Push Entitlement Commission
  • Senate Showdown Looms on Liability for Warrantless Surveillance
  • White House to Seek Partial War Funding in 2009 Budget Request
  • Senate Conservatives Unhappy With Alexander’s Direction
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 24
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; House Republicans begin their three-day retreat in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

The Senate  resumes consideration of bill to rewrite the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act governing electronic surveillance.

The President meets with Elsa Morejon, wife of Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Oscar Biscet.

In Washington, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond, the first woman to join the British House of Lords as a “Lord of Appeal in Ordinary,” will participate in a discussion on the British and U.S. legal systems. 3 p.m., Hart Auditorium of McDonough Hall, Georgetown Law campus, 600 New Jersey Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Hill Leaders, White House Strike Deal on Stimulus Package

Congressional leaders and the Bush administration announced Thursday a compromise economic stimulus package built around rebates for most taxpayers and incentives for business investment.  [Read More]

Mortgage Relief Added to Economic Stimulus Package

An overhaul of the Federal Housing Administration’s mortgage insurance program and an increase in the size of loans that mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may purchase will be part of the economic stimulus package, leaders said Thursday.  [Read More]

Senate Budget Panel Leaders Plan to Push Entitlement Commission

Senate Budget Committee leaders said Wednesday they will push for a vote this year on their proposal to create a task force to address the long-term budget problems tied largely to entitlement spending.  [Read More]

Senate Showdown Looms on Liability for Warrantless Surveillance

The Senate headed toward a showdown Thursday over whether to provide retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies that were sued for cooperating with the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  [Read More]

White House to Seek Partial War Funding in 2009 Budget Request

The White House has confirmed it will submit only part of its annual war funding request when it releases 2009 budget numbers next month.  [Read More]

Senate Conservatives Unhappy With Alexander’s Direction

A newly elected Senate Republican leader is facing a revolt from his conservative colleagues for planning an agenda aimed at working with majority Democrats.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 24

Which Democratic mayor of New York City used the Florida primary to try to launch a presidential bid?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that former Hamilton County commissioner Phil Heimlich has dropped his primary challenge to Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio. The decision clears a major roadblock for Schmidt’s re-election bid and follows the decision by the Hamilton County Republican Party committee to endorse her over Heimlich. Schmidt still faces a primary challenge from state Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr. and Nathan Bailey. Three Democrats are vying for the chance to challenge her in November.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that developer Chris Thieneman said he will seek the GOP nomination to challenge Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky. The daily notes that Thieneman, who ran unsuccessfully for Jefferson County clerk as a Democrat in 2002 and is a former University of Louisville football player, “led last year’s campaign to defeat the proposed library tax in Jefferson County,” and has positioned himself as a populist in the race. Former Rep. Anne Northup, R-Ky., who lost to Yarmuth in 2006, is also considering a run for her old seat.

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
PHILADELPHIA: Study: Pension, Health Costs Threaten City Services
WATERBURY, Conn.: Convicted Governor in Line for City Job
CALIFORNIA: Judge Fires Prison Health-Care Receiver

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2008 – 2:26 P.M.

In This Issue

  • CBO Projects Growing Deficit This Year
  • House Fails Again at SCHIP Veto Override
  • Dodd Proposes Buying Distressed Mortgages to Aid Homeowners
  • House Leaders Discuss Stimulus With Paulson
  • Lawmakers Demand Say in U.S.-Iraq Deal
  • Lawmakers Rap NATO for Lagging on Afghan Commitments
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 23
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Today in Washington

The House failed 260-152 to override President Bush’s second veto of a children’s health insurance bill; considers several measures under suspension of the rules.

The Senate  continues work on an American Indian health care bill.

The President postponed a scheduled statement on the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s prescription drug abuse prevention television advertisement.

In Washington, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Republican Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona, Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Policy Committee Chairman Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, Conference Vice Chairman John Cornyn of Texas, and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Ensign of Nevada participate in a Senate Republican leadership media event. 4:15 p.m., Senate Radio-TV Gallery

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Top Stories

CBO Projects Growing Deficit This Year

The federal government’s annual budget deficit will increase by at least 34 percent this year as a result of a worsening economic outlook, the Congressional Budget Office predicted Wednesday.  [Read More]

House Fails Again at SCHIP Veto Override

The House failed Wednesday to override President Bush’s second veto of a children’s health insurance bill, again confounding Democrats’ plans to expand government-sponsored health coverage to include an additional four million low-income kids.  [Read More]

Dodd Proposes Buying Distressed Mortgages to Aid Homeowners

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Christopher J. Dodd on Wednesday proposed setting up a new federally-backed corporation to buy distressed mortgages and help struggling borrowers stay in their homes.  [Read More]

House Leaders Discuss Stimulus With Paulson

House leaders met Wednesday with Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. seeking agreement on a package to shore up the ailing U.S. economy that could go to President Bush within a month.  [Read More]

Lawmakers Demand Say in U.S.-Iraq Deal

Several House members strongly urged the Bush administration Wednesday to seek congressional approval for any agreement with Iraq defining the two nations’ political, economic and security relationship in the years ahead.  [Read More]

Lawmakers Rap NATO for Lagging on Afghan Commitments

Senior lawmakers criticized NATO allies Wednesday for failing to fully commit resources to the war in Afghanistan and threatened to withhold U.S. defense contracts from those countries.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 23

Who won the first Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Courier News reports that New Jersey state Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi said he would not seek the House seat being vacated by Rep. Mike Ferguson, R-N.J. But two other Republicans are preparing to jump into the race: State Sen. Leonard Lance, who planned a Wednesday announcement of his candidacy, and Tom Roughneen an Army defense lawyer and former prosecutor, who planned to announce his candidacy Saturday. Assemblywoman Linda Stender has emerged as the likely Democratic nominee for the seat.

The Grand Island Independent reports that Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., is running for re-election to a second term. Smith defeated Democrat Scott Kleeb in 2006 to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Tom Osborne, R-Neb., who unsuccessfully ran for governor. “I think, obviously, that there is a lot more work to do,” he said. “I hope that I’m doing my part in changing the tone in Washington and reaching across the aisle. I want to continue that.”

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
LOS ANGELES: Schools Scale Back $20 Billion Building Program
SEATTLE: Port Moves to Slash Air Pollution
NEW YORK CITY: City Tries Again on Restaurant Calorie Posting
TEXAS: Judge Disbands Grand Jury that Indicted Justice
CALIFORNIA: Audit Slams Purchasing by Highway Patrol
ILLINOIS: Toymaker Relents, Recalls Tainted Dolls

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2008 – 2:21 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Hill Leaders, Bush Meet as Fed Acts to Calm Financial Markets
  • GOP Conservatives Plot Strategy to Curb Earmarks
  • Senate Set to Clear New Defense Policy Bill
  • Senate Takes Up Indian Health Care Measure Under Veto Threat
  • Once Again, With Ceremony, Wicker Sworn In as Senator
  • Primaries Set March 8 for Two Louisiana House Seats
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 22
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Today in Washington

The House considers several measures under suspension of the rules, including a bill (HR 409) on highway tunnel inspections.

The Senate  begins consideration of a bill (S 1200) to reauthorize the American Indian health care program.

The President meets with members of Congress at the White House to discuss the details of an economic stimulus package; announces the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.

In Washington, anti-abortion groups hold their annual March for Life to protest the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide, with the annual Rose Dinner afterward at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, 500 New Jersey Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Hill Leaders, Bush Meet as Fed Acts to Calm Financial Markets

Lawmakers pressed ahead Tuesday with plans to kickstart the ailing U.S. economy, as the Federal Reserve Board stepped in with a big interest rate cut aimed at spurring growth and stabilizing a battered stock market.  [Read More]

GOP Conservatives Plot Strategy to Curb Earmarks

A trio of conservative lawmakers will ask House Republicans at a party retreat this week to agree to a one-year moratorium on earmarks.  [Read More]

Senate Set to Clear New Defense Policy Bill

The Senate on Tuesday was set to clear a new defense policy bill despite lingering unhappiness among Democrats about White House insistence on immunizing Iraq’s government from litigation stemming from Saddam Hussein’s regime.  [Read More]

Senate Takes Up Indian Health Care Measure Under Veto Threat

The Senate began its 2008 session Tuesday with legislation to reauthorize health care services for American Indians as the White House threatened a veto of the measure.  [Read More]

Once Again, With Ceremony, Wicker Sworn In as Senator

Senators from both sides of the aisle on Tuesday welcomed their newest colleague, Mississippi Republican Roger Wicker.  [Read More]

Primaries Set March 8 for Two Louisiana House Seats

Louisiana voters will head to the polls March 8 to choose nominees to fill the House seats of two Republicans who are starting other careers this year: Gov. Bobby Jindal and Rep. Richard H. Baker.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 22

Which past presidential hopeful attracted black voters after expressing concern about the jailing of Dr. Martin Luther King?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Fayetteville Observer reports that podiatrist Howard A. Staley has become the latest Democrat seeking a chance to take on Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C. Staley said he is running because he’s concerned the United States “is no longer a nation of unlimited opportunity.” He said: “We need to encourage pride in a United States of America that rewards its citizens with a guarantee of their basic needs — specifically good jobs, affordable housing, unadulterated food and water, and worry-less health care.” Other Democratic candidates are Duskin Lassiter of Lexington and Jim Neal of Chapel Hill.

The Keene Sentinel reports that Democrat Jay C. Buckey faces an uphill primary battle against former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen for the right to challenge GOP Sen. John E. Sununu. But the doctor and former astronaut isn’t following the lead of two other Democrats who backed out of the race to clear Shaheen’s path. State Rep. Daniel A. Eaton said Buckey is providing Democratic voters with a choice and energizing the party’s base. Bill Hyers, Shaheen’s campaign manager, agreed. “A good, healthy primary, being positive and talking about issues, does engage voters and lets them be confident in making a choice,” Hyers said. “As long as everyone keeps the focus on the main goal of beating John Sununu.”

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that former Rep. Mike Sodrel, R-Ind., has hired a former aide to Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., as campaign manager in his fourth matchup with Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind. Ryan Reger’s experience “will be enormously valuable as we work to build a strong, winning team,” Sodrel’s campaign said in a statement. Hill unseated Sodrel in 2006 after losing to him in 2004.

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