Monday, August 04, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2008 – 3:14 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Republicans Return For More Empty-Floor Protests
  • Two-Year Extension Set for Mexican Truck Access Opposed by Congress
  • Democrats Seek Tougher Line on Drug Patent Rights
  • CQ Midday Update Hiatus
  • Political Trivia for Aug. 4
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Today in Washington

The House has adjourned for the August recess and will reconvene for legislative business at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept.. 8.

The Senate has adjourned for the August recess, but will convene in a number of pro forma sessions. Will reconvene for legislative business at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8.

The President speaks to troops at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska; travels to South Korea.

In Washington, the National Portrait Gallery continues its exhibit dedicated to actress Katharine Hepburn. “One Life: Kate: A Centennial Celebration,” features film clips, images, and artifacts from the Oscar-winner’s career. Museum is open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, 8th and F Streets N.W.

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Top Stories

House Republicans Return For More Empty-Floor Protests

A small group of House Republicans returned to the chamber Monday to resume their protest against Congress starting its August recess without first addressing high gas prices.  [Read More]

Two-Year Extension Set for Mexican Truck Access Opposed by Congress

The Bush administration announced Monday its plans to extend for two years an unpopular Mexican cross-border trucking project required by a trade treaty, setting up a bitter turf battle with Congress.  [Read More]

Democrats Seek Tougher Line on Drug Patent Rights

Congressional Democrats want U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab to take a tougher line on protecting the intellectual property rights of U.S. drugmakers.  [Read More]

CQ Midday Update Hiatus

Because of the congressional recess, the next CQ Midday Update will be published Monday, Aug. 11.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Aug. 4

Which lawmaker’s given last name is the same as Lucille Ball’s on “I Love Lucy?”  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

According to the Houston Chronicle, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, “is running as if his opponent is the national Democratic Party,” and not Democratic state Rep.. Rick Noriega of Houston. “Since late last year, Cornyn has avoided directly engaging Noriega as much as possible,” the newspaper reports.. “Any negative critiques of Noriega and his politics come from Cornyn’s campaign manager and campaign spokesman.” Because Cornyn is favored to retain his seat — and has $9 million in his campaign account, compared to Noriega’s $900,000 — the senator can focus on “moving up in the Senate Republican leadership next year and perhaps take over as the head of the GOP senators’ fundraising arm, the National Republican Senatorial Committee,” according to the Chronicle. Last week he donated $250,000 of his re-election money to the committee.

The Detroit Free Press reports that independent Jack Kevorkian told audience members at a town-hall meeting Friday that they were “sheep-like” and “enslaved..” “You don’t want to admit it because you’re walking around free, eating good dinners,” Kevorkian told the crowd in Birmingham, Mich. “As long as you’re comfortable, you’re controllable.” The assisted-suicide advocate says he is running for Michigan’s 9th District House seat because he wants to educate and inform the public. His top campaign issue, according to the newspaper, is pushing the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution. Eight-term incumbent Republican Joe Knollenberg and Democrat Gary Peters are the top-tier candidates in the race.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
SANTA CRUZ, Calif.: Firebombs Target University Biologists
DETROIT: Layoffs Coming, Unions Are Told
BERWYN HEIGHTS, Md.: Mayor May Have Been Unwitting Recipient of Pot
THE WEST: Report: Wyoming Wind Could Help Power Southwest
THE GREAT LAKES Region: Senate OKs Eight-State Water Compact

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