Friday, October 10, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, OCT. 10, 2008 – 2:16 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Note to Readers
  • Defense Offers Evidence Stevens Paid for Renovations
  • Judge in Jefferson Case Refuses to Reveal Contents of Secret Meeting
  • Political Trivia for Oct. 10
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session.

The Senate was in pro forma morning session.

The President attends a reception and meets with Cuban-American community leaders in Florida; greets 2008 Little League Softball World Series champions and attends a reception in South Carolina.

In Washington, finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of Seven (G7) countries — the international forum of the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Italy, France and Canada — to discuss the economic crisis. The group will meet with President Bush on Saturday.

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Top Stories

Note to Readers

Because of the Columbus Day holiday, the CQ Midday Update will publish next on Tuesday, Oct. 14.  [Read More]

Defense Offers Evidence Stevens Paid for Renovations

The owners of a construction company and a dirt excavation business testified Friday that Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and his wife paid them thousands of dollars for services associated with a massive renovation to Stevens’ Girdwood, Alaska, home.  [Read More]

Judge in Jefferson Case Refuses to Reveal Contents of Secret Meeting

Secret communications between the judge and prosecutors in the corruption case against Rep. William J. Jefferson will remain secret.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Oct. 10

In which census did California surpass New York as the nation’s most populous state?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Massilon Independent reports that Democrat John Boccieri is doing well in polls over Republican Kirk Schuring in the race for Ohio’s open 16th District House seat. A recent Research 2000 poll conducted for the liberal blog Daily Kos found Boccieri with a lead of 10 percentage points, and a poll conducted in late September by SurveyUSA showed an 8-point lead. Anthony Conchel, a spokesman for Schuring, said the Research 2000 poll was conducted “before our media campaign was in full rotation,” according to the newspaper. Incumbent Republican Ralph Regula is retiring after more than three decades in the House.

According to the Cinncinnati Enquirer, “Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and Republican Anne Northup won’t have a third-party opponent in the Nov. 4 election after the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled a Libertarian candidate ineligible to receive votes.” The court ruled Thursday that Ed Martin could not run in the 3rd District congressional race because he is a registered Republican. “Martin, who owns a supply business, is a registered Republican and voted in the GOP primary in May,” the newspaper reports. “But disillusioned with the Bush administration and unhappy with Northup as the Republican nominee, he sought the Libertarian Party’s backing.” Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Brad Cummings had filed suit against Martin.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
GEORGIA: State Merging Technical Colleges to Save Millions
COLORADO: Critics Slam Plan for Roadless-Area Development
PHOENIX: City Sets Sharpest Budget Cuts in Its History
GULF COAST: Debate in Coastal Towns: Defend or Retreat?
NEW YORK CITY REGION: Rules Set to Auction Airport Flight Slots

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 2008 – 1:56 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Stevens Jury Hears From Surprise Prosecution Witness
  • Political Trivia for Oct. 9
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President meets with Slovak Republic President Ivan Gasparovic; speaks at a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

In Washington, the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University hosts a talk titled, “The Geopolitics of Energy: Achieving a Just and Sustainable Energy Distribution by 2040.” 5:30 p.m., Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Stevens Jury Hears From Surprise Prosecution Witness

Federal prosecutors have rested their case against Sen. Ted Stevens’ following testimony Thursday from a last-minute witness: a construction worker for an oil-services company who allegedly helped manage a major addition to the Alaska Republican’s home in Girdwood, Alaska.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Oct. 9

What was the first state not of the original 13 to produce a U.S. Supreme Court justice?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that a few short weeks before election day Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy has handed a cudgel to incumbent Democratic Senator Mary L. Landrieu with which she can beat him. Kennedy last week sided with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who derailed a bill sponsored by Landrieu that would provide $1.1 billion in disaster aid to farmers in Louisiana and other states affected by recent natural disasters. “Kennedy now says he favors the legislation, which died last week but could be resurrected next month if, as expected, Congress convenes for a post-election lame duck session,” the newspaper reports. “Louisiana’s communities need a senator who won’t abandon them in their times of need,” Landrieu spokesman Scott Schneider said. He noted that Coburn’s political action committee had given Kennedy’s campaign $10,000. “We can’t afford a senator who will stand with campaign backers over Louisianians.”

A Rasmussen Reports automated poll finds Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., leading Democratic challenger Jim Martin 50 percent to 44 percent. “Chambliss, who is seeking his second term in the Senate, has held a solid lead all year, but the race tightened when Martin, a former state representative, won his party’s primary to be the Senate nominee in early August,” Rasmussen states. The poll has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
COOK COUNTY, ILL.: Sheriff: Deputies Won't Aid in Evictions
ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA.: County Gets No Bids for Gas-Drilling at Airports
NEW YORK CITY: City's Environmental Chief Resigns
TEXAS: State Denying Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants
CALIFORNIA: Judge: Get Moving on $8 Billion Prison Health Plan

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2008 – 2:09 P.M.

In This Issue

  • FCC To Probe Pentagon-Funded Information Campaign
  • Prosecution Details Stevens’ Involvement in Renovations
  • Pelosi Concerned About Conflicts in Bailout Program
  • Political Trivia for Oct. 8
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President meets with Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas; signs legislation to implement a U.S.-India nuclear agreement

In Washington, The Asian American Justice Center presents its 12th annual American Courage Awards to recognize Americans who exemplify community service to Asian American and other minority communities. Hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba. 6 p.m., National Press Club, 14th and F Sts. N.W.

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Top Stories

FCC To Probe Pentagon-Funded Information Campaign

The Federal Communications Commission confirmed it has launched a probe to address congressional questions about a Pentagon program viewed by some lawmakers as propaganda.  [Read More]

Prosecution Details Stevens’ Involvement in Renovations

Federal prosecutors Wednesday attempted to deliver a knockout punch in their corruption case against Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens by demonstrating that the veteran Republican was intimately involved in keeping tabs on a 2000 renovation to his Girdwood, Alaska home.  [Read More]

Pelosi Concerned About Conflicts in Bailout Program

Interim management guidelines for the Treasury Department’s program to buy up to $700 billion in troubled financial assets “appear to permit financial institutions with a clear conflict of interest to participate in the management,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Oct. 8

What was the latest date for a televised presidential candidate debate?  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MICHIGAN: Monitor to Oversee Foster Care
TEXAS: Tired Games Blamed for Slumping Lottery Revenues
NEW JERSEY: New Plan Seeks Smaller Toll Hikes
SAN FRANCISCO: Study: Traffic Noise Hazardous to Health
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY: Medicare Suspends Payments in Fraud Probe
NEW YORK CITY REGION: Broader Probe Sought for Railroad Disability Claims

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2008 – 2:28 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Editor’s Note: CQ Midday Update
  • Chief Executives Profited From Excessive Risk
  • Stevens’ Lawyers Question Motives of Key Witness
  • House Panel Unveils Climate Change Proposal
  • Political Trivia for Oct. 7
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate convenes in pro-forma session.

The President makes remarks to members of the 2008 United States Summer Olympic and Paralympic teams; gives speech on the economic stabilization bill at Guernsey Office Products in Chantilly, Va.

In Washington, the School of Advanced International Studies holds a forum on presidential energy policies, with Kenneth Berlin of Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign and R. James Woolsey of Sen. John McCain’s campaign. 5:30 p.m., Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Editor’s Note: CQ Midday Update

CQ Midday Update did not publish yesterday because of technical difficulties.  [Read More]

Chief Executives Profited From Excessive Risk

For the second consecutive day Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform chairman questioned the motives and business sense of executives from a major failed banking institution.  [Read More]

Stevens’ Lawyers Question Motives of Key Witness

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens’ lawyers Tuesday questioned the motives of the government’s star witness during the veteran Republican’s federal corruption trial in an attempt to disparage the former businessman’s credibility in the minds of jurors.  [Read More]

House Panel Unveils Climate Change Proposal

Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have released their long-awaited draft legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Oct. 7

How many presidents were elected while serving as vice president?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that neither Republican Leonard Lance nor Democrat Linda Stender “has a clear lead going into the final four weeks of the campaign” for New Jersey’s 7th District House seat. A Monmouth/Gannett New Jersey poll found that “registered voters preferred Lance over Stender 41 percent to 37 percent,” the paper reports. That gap of 4 percentage points is within the poll’s margin of error. An estimated 14 percent of voters are still undecided, according to the Star-Ledger. Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said the race may ultimately come down to which party does a better job of getting people out to the polls. “There has been so much attention to the presidential race that significant numbers of voters are unfamiliar with both candidates,” Murray told the newspaper.

The Bradenton Herald reports that Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., has a comfortable lead over Democratic challenger Christine Jennings in their race for Florida’s 13th District seat. A poll by SurveyUSA gave Buchanan a 49 percent to 33 percent lead over Jennings. Buchanan’s strongest support “is from whites, men and independents,” according to the newspaper, while Jennings’ base “is blacks, women and Democrats.” Independent candidate Jan Schneider had 9 percent in the poll, mostly from strong Hispanic support, the Herald reports.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Democrat Tom Udall “so far has a big lead” over Republican Steve Pearce in their race to claim the seat of retiring Sen. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M. “Udall, the Democratic incumbent in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, had the backing of 51 percent of likely voters statewide. Pearce, a Republican who currently represents the state’s 2nd Congressional District, was supported by 36 percent,” the newspaper reports. The Journal’s poll found that 13 percent of the state’s voters are undecided. “Pearce’s strong conservative message helped him win the primary — a contest in which hard-core party activists are particularly influential,” according to the paper. “But Journal pollster Brian Sanderoff, president of Albuquerque’s Research & Polling Inc., said Pearce’s conservative political message has so far not had the same traction in the lead-up to the Nov. 4 general election.”

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MENTAL HEALTH PARITY: Financial bailout package including mental health parity legislation approved in the House and Senate.
CONTINUING RESOLUTION: President Bush signs stopgap bill to keep government running.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE: Sweeping package of veterans’ bills includes measures to improve veterans health care.
Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links

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