Friday, October 17, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2008 – 2:04 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Wife ‘Got All the Bills and Paid All the Bills,’ Stevens Says
  • Trader Drove Up Price of McCain ‘Stock’ in Online Market
  • Political Trivia for Oct. 17
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President Speaks on the economy to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; makes a statement on the Visa Waiver Program; departs for Camp David.

In Washington, the National Archives will host a forum on technology, elections and electronic voting, with Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution; Tom Wilkey, Election Assistance Commission; Roy Saltman, author of “The History and Politics of Electronic Voting”; Patrick Merloe, Democratic Institute for International Affairs; and others. 7 p.m., Constitution Ave. and 7th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Wife ‘Got All the Bills and Paid All the Bills,’ Stevens Says

Sen. Ted Stevens downplayed his own involvement in a massive addition to his home in Girdwood, Alaska, when he returned to the witness stand Thursday in his own federal corruption trial.  [Read More]

Trader Drove Up Price of McCain ‘Stock’ in Online Market

An internal investigation by the popular online market Intrade has revealed that a single investor’s purchases prompted “unusual” price swings that significantly boosted the prediction that Sen. John McCain will become president.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Oct. 17

What was the increase in the total 2004 presidential vote over 2000?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., launched a scathing television ad against his opponent Democrat Bruce Lunsford, which accuses a health-care clinic Lunsford ran of killing a veteran by failing to diagnose his illness. In response, Lunsford ran an ad, in which he calls into question the truthfulness of the McConnell ad by citing a Courier-Journal editorial and a Lexington Herald-Leader news story, and asks: “Does McConnell have no shame?”

A Rasmussen Reports poll shows Oregon Republican Sen. Gordon H. Smith and Democratic challenger Jeff Merkley tied at 47 percent. “The poll was taken Tuesday night, 24 hours after the two candidates had faced off in the final of two televised debates this month,” Rasmussen reports. “Any incumbent polling under 50 [percent] is considered vulnerable, and Smith, like many of his fellow GOP incumbent senators nationwide, is clearly at risk. He is the only Republican in statewide office in Oregon, where, as in many states, Democrats have been registering a lot of new voters this year.”

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MESA, Ariz.: Deputies Hit City Hall in Illegal-Immigrant Raid
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.: County’s Home Sales Up 235 Percent
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.: Toll-Road Agency Seeks $1.1 Billion Federal Loan
BOSTON: Mayor Freezes City Hiring
THE NATION: Ads May Be on the Way for Highway-Alert Signs
PENNSYLVANIA: Lieutenant Governor Hospitalized for Cancer

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2008 – 2:07 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Stevens’ Wife Says She Managed Renovations and Paid Thousands
  • Political Trivia for Oct. 16
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate meets in pro forma session.

The President visits the State Department; signs legislation extending trade preferences to Andean countries.

In Washington, Freedom House holds a discussion on Zimbabwe’s political future, with U.S. Ambassador James D. McGee. 3 p.m., SEIU Building, 1800 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Stevens’ Wife Says She Managed Renovations and Paid Thousands

The wife of Sen. Ted Stevens told jurors Thursday at her husband’s federal corruption trial that she managed a massive renovation of the couple’s home in Girdwood, Alaska and wrote checks for thousands of dollars to cover costs associated with that addition.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Oct. 16

Which state won by Bill Clinton in 1996 gave George W. Bush his best percentage showing in 2004?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Palm Beach Post reports that Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Fla., facing an FBI investigation into whether he illegally used campaign funds to pay off a former lover who had threatened to sue him, offered documents showing the money came from a business he owned. Attorney Gary Isaacs acknowledged Wednesday that Mahoney had paid $121,903 to former congressional staffer Patricia Allen and her attorney, but insisted the money came from The Highlands Group, an investment firm Mahoney owns. Meanwhile, a source told the daily that Mahoney had been involved in at least one other illicit affair in the past two years, further complicating his efforts to win re-election over Republican Tom Rooney.

The Allentown Morning Call reports that Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-Pa., is gaining ground on GOP challenger Lou Barletta, but still trails in recent polls. An Oct. 8-12 Franklin & Marshall College survey showed Barletta leading Kanjorski 40 percent to 35 percent, with a 4 percentage-point margin of error, down from a 9-point lead in September. The daily said Kanjorski was “buoyed by an ailing economy and [Democratic presidential nominee] Barack Obama’s rising stock in northeastern Pennsylvania.”

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CALIFORNIA: State Forges Ahead with Greenhouse-Gas Plan
NEW YORK STATE: A.G. Demands Return of AIG Execs’ Bonuses
MISSOURI: Governor Agrees to Turn Over E-Mails
NEW YORK CITY: City Officials Mulling Income-Tax Hike
HOUSTON: City Offers Cash Prizes for Ideas on Ike Debris

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2008 – 1:59 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Stevens’ Defense Calls Final Character Witness
  • White House Says It May Ignore Parts of Defense Law
  • Political Trivia for Oct. 15
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President Meets with his Cabinet; participates in a video teleconference with Iraq Provincial Reconstruction team leaders and brigade commanders; departs the White House to meet with business leaders in Grand Rapids, Mich., and later attend a Congressional Trust 2008 reception in Ada, Mich.; returns to the White House.

In Washington, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivers remarks at the Endowment for the U.S. Institute of Peace Gala. 8:15 p.m., Washington Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Stevens’ Defense Calls Final Character Witness

Sen. Ted Stevens’ lawyers called their final character witness to the stand Wednesday — an Olympic Gold medalist and former sportscaster who testified about the Alaska Republican’s contributions to Olympic sports over three decades.  [Read More]

White House Says It May Ignore Parts of Defense Law

President Bush, in signing the defense policy bill Tuesday, issued a statement indicating he reserves the right to heed or disregard four of its provisions as he sees fit.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Oct. 15

Since 1944, what year marked Republicans’ biggest electoral vote gain over two elections?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the candidates in Nevada’s 3rd District “appear to be planning a rush of late spending before Election Day.” The campaign of Rep. Jon Porter, R-Nev., says it will have more than $800,000 available for buying television ads and other needs, according to the newspaper. And Democratic challenger Dina Titus raised “more than $600,000” between July and the end of September, spokesman Andrew Stoddard told the Review-Journal. CQ Politics rates the race as “No Clear Favorite.”

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the “gloves came off” in Tuesday night’s debate between candidates for New Jersey’s open 7th District seat. The race between Republican state Sen. Leonard Lance and Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Stender “has become increasingly shrill in recent weeks,” the newspaper reports. At the debate, Stender “repeatedly accused Lance of misrepresenting his record in the Legislature on women’s rights and finance issues,” the Star-Ledger says, “while Lance charged Stender, albeit indirectly, with being ‘a double dipper and pension padder.’” CQ Politics rates the race as “No Clear Favorite.”

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CHICAGO: Mayor to Shut Down City Services for Six Days
SAN FRANCISCO: Judge Upholds ID Cards for Immigrants
STARR COUNTY, Texas: Sheriff Arrested, Accused of Aiding Drug Smugglers
THE LOS ANGELES REGION: Calmer Winds Slow Wildfires
CALIFORNIA: Individual Investors Flock to State's IOUs
TEXAS: Governor Ends Oversight of Youth-Prison Agency

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CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2008 – 2:06 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Lawmakers Welcome Latest Market Intervention
  • Witnesses Say Stevens Paid for Renovations of Home
  • Rep. Mahoney Says He Broke No Laws
  • Political Trivia for Oct. 14
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate meets in pro forma session.

The President meets with the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets; makes a statement on the economy; signs the fiscal 2009 defense authorization bill; participates in a Department of Defense briefing; appears with the Detroit Red Wings.

In Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security hold a forum on the importance of integrating cybersecurity into businesses’ enterprise risk management, with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Barbara Fasat of Boeing, Chad Renfro of Bank of America and others. 3 p.m., 1615 H St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Lawmakers Welcome Latest Market Intervention

Lawmakers who approved a broad financial bailout less than two weeks ago welcomed the latest twist on the plan Tuesday: a move to inject $250 billion worth of federal money directly into the nation’s banks.  [Read More]

Witnesses Say Stevens Paid for Renovations of Home

The owner of an Alaska construction business testified Tuesday that Sen. Ted Stevens’ wife paid him thousands of dollars towards a renovation of the senator’s home in Girdwood, Alaska.  [Read More]

Rep. Mahoney Says He Broke No Laws

Rep. Tim Mahoney, facing allegations that he paid off a former mistress, said Tuesday that he broke no laws, and he apologized for the “embarrassment and heartache” that the situation has caused his family.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Oct. 14

Since 1932, the Democrats’ biggest electoral vote gain from one election to the next occurred in what year?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the Louisiana Republican Party is considering ways to discipline the more than two dozen GOP officials who have endorsed Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in her race against Republican John Kennedy. When high-profile elected Republicans endorse Democrats, it “sends the message that we are not united,” state GOP Chairman Roger Villere said. “It confuses the Republican message. . . . We are not looking to punish people, but we don’t want this to develop into a trend.”

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, “Sen. Mitch McConnell said his vote for a $700 billion bailout of the nation’s financial system shouldn’t be considered a political liability even as the issue has become a major theme of his re-election race.” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and the Senate’s minority leader, has seen his race against Democrat Bruce Lunsford tighten. Even McConnell’s own polls have shown his lead in the single digits. “It’s not fair to paint this as some kind of fatal vote when you’ve got such a huge bipartisan majority voting for it,” McConnell said, according to the newspaper.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Democratic Senate candidate Kay Hagan went on the attack against incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., while speaking at a convention of municipal officials. Dole, who spoke minutes later at the same event, did not mention Hagan in her own speech. Hagan called Dole “an ineffective lawmaker who’s more concerned with lobbyists than North Carolinians.” Dole was not in the room for Hagan’s remarks, the newspaper said. In her speech, Dole focused on her own record, but commented later that Hagan has been “tearing me down” throughout the campaign. Hagan also repeated a charge that Dole, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said nothing over the course of dozens of committee meetings. “Rest assured I will not be silent,” Hagan said.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE LOS ANGELES REGION: Wildfires Scorch 10,000 Acres
WASILLA, Alaska: As Mayor, Palin Pursued Property-Rights Agenda
INDIANAPOLIS: City to Create Wetlands to Ease Sewer Overhaul
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.: County Exec: Cut Spending by One-Third
TEXAS: Cost for Ike’s Damage to Parks Could Hit $150 Million

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