Thursday, August 14, 2008

Register Now: CQ Bruncheons at the Conventions!

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Join CQ at the
Democratic National Convention
for great food and political talk

Zengo
Riverfront Park
1610 Little Raven Street
Denver, Colorado 80202

11:00 am to 1:00 pm


Tuesday, August 26
CQ Bruncheon — Trade and Globalization
Featuring Stuart Townsend, Charlize Theron, James Hoffa and Leo Gerard
And special preview of the upcoming film:
Battle in Seattle
Sponsored by Redwood Palms Productions

Wednesday, August 27
CQ Bruncheon — Bridging Health Disparities
Sponsored by Together Rx Access

Thursday, August 28
CQ Bruncheon — Education in the First Five Years:
How and Why Early Investment in Children Produces the Highest Returns
Sponsored by The First Five Years Fund

To register, visit www.cq.com/conventions.

Join CQ at the
Republican National Convention
for great food and political talk

Meritage
In the historic Hamm Building
410 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102

11:00 am to 1:00 pm


Wednesday, September 3
CQ Bruncheon — Strategies for Giving
Uninsured Americans Access
Sponsored by Together Rx Access


Thursday, September 4
CQ Bruncheon — Education in the First Five Years:
How and Why Early Investment in Children Produces the Highest Returns
Sponsored by The First Five Years Fund


To register, visit www.cq.com/conventions.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2008 – 2:09 P.M.

In This Issue

  • McCain Wants U.N. Denouncement of Russian Actions in Georgia
  • IRS Praised for Handling of Stimulus Payments
  • Political Trivia for Aug. 11
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Today in Washington

The House has adjourned for the August recess, but Republicans are expected to continue their unofficial floor sessions on energy policy. The chamber reconvenes for legislative business Sept. 8.

The Senate has adjourned for the recess. Reconvenes Sept. 8.

The President and first lady Laura Bush return to the White House after attending the Summer Olympics in Beijing..

In Washington, journalist Dick Meyer discuss his book, “Why We Hate Us,” an examination of why Americans are so critical of their own nation. 7 p.m., Politics and Prose bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

McCain Wants U.N. Denouncement of Russian Actions in Georgia

As Russia escalated its military action against the former Soviet state of Georgia, presidential hopeful John McCain stepped up his criticism of Russia and urged more U.S. action.  [Read More]

IRS Praised for Handling of Stimulus Payments

The IRS has received generally high marks from auditors for its handing of the rebate checks provided by the economic stimulus package President Bush signed in February.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Aug. 11

How much did Colorado’s population grow between 1970 and 2006?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Sioux Falls, S.D., Argus Leader reports that “Sen. Tim Johnson plans to have an active campaign this year, despite his decision not to face opponent Joel Dykstra in any debates.” Johnson, a Democrat, suffered a brain hemorrhage a little more than a year ago, and his verbal skills have not yet fully recovered. “I have not yet reached a point in my rehab where my participation in a debate would accurately reflect my capabilities,” Johnson said last week. Dykstra, a Republican state representative, said Johnson’s decision not to participate in debates “makes it more difficult for voters to evaluate the two candidates, weigh them against each other in a common forum,” according to the newspaper. Johnson is solidly outpolling Dykstra so far. CQ Politics ranks the race as Safe Democrat.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has qualified for a November showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Sheehan’s campaign initially had trouble collecting the 10,198 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot; last week, election officials found that more than 40 percent of the people on her original petition weren’t registered in California’s 8th District. “Sheehan’s supporters redoubled their efforts to collect enough signatures,” the newspaper reports, “ultimately turning in more than 17,000 signatures to ensure that she qualified.” Sheehan, who is running as an independent, is considered a longshot against Pelosi.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
DETROIT: A.G.: Mayor May Have Violated Bond Again
WASHINGTON, D.C..: Youth Jobs Program Sees $31 Million Overrun
SHERMAN, Texas: Safety Violations Eyed in Bus Crash that Killed 17
NEW YORK CITY: Utility to Pay $24 Million in Steam-Pipe Blast
BERWYN HEIGHTS, Md.: Police Clear Mayor in Marijuana Raid
CALIFORNIA: Court Reverses Itself, Backs Home Schooling
THE PUGET SOUND Region: New Stormwater-Runoff Rules Ordered
MASSACHUSETTS: State, Feds at Odds over Medicaid Funds
CALIFORNIA: Benefits Unclear from Costly Sex-Offender Law

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