Friday, November 14, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 2008 – 1:53 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Plans Auto Industry Bailout Debate
  • Stung by AIG Collapse, Transit Agencies Seek Legislative Protection
  • Lawmakers Critique Treasury Department’s Handling of Bailout
  • FDIC Chairwoman Pushes Foreclosure Mitigation
  • Senate Finance To Consider Nomination of Bailout Watchdog
  • Political Clippings
  • Political Trivia for Nov. 14
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President greets world leaders at the G20 Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy; hosts dinner with summit participants.

In Washington, the National Partnership for Women & Families will host a post-election discussion with experts on politics, work/family issues, health and reproductive health. 3 p.m., Economic Policy Institute, Suite 300, 1333 H St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Plans Auto Industry Bailout Debate

Senate Democratic leaders plan Monday to take up legislation providing $25 billion in assistance to the struggling domestic auto industry, a spokeswoman said Friday.  [Read More]

Stung by AIG Collapse, Transit Agencies Seek Legislative Protection

Executives of public transit agencies facing imminent default on billions of dollars in financing deals say they may ask Congress to include language protecting them in any economic stimulus legislation.  [Read More]

Lawmakers Critique Treasury Department’s Handling of Bailout

Lawmakers continued Friday to lash the Treasury Department for abandoning a centerpiece of the bailout plan it pitched to Congress and for failing to rein in lavish executive pay at AIG and other corporate beneficiaries of federal aid.  [Read More]

FDIC Chairwoman Pushes Foreclosure Mitigation

After weeks of little movement, the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took the surprising step of announcing foreclosure mitigation proposals Friday without the blessing of the Bush administration, but with the encouragement of prominent members of Congress.  [Read More]

Senate Finance To Consider Nomination of Bailout Watchdog

As the administration changes its plans for using the money authorized under the financial bailout program, the Senate Finance Committee is turning its attention to oversight.  [Read More]

Political Clippings

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Administrative Law Judge Barbara Neilson on Thursday “dismissed the remaining portion of a complaint that Sen. Norm Coleman’s campaign filed against Al Franken in the waning days of their U.S. Senate race, ruling that a questionable statement in two Franken ads was ‘substantially accurate.’” The newspaper reports that “Coleman’s campaign had charged that Franken violated state law by airing two alleged falsehoods in ads: that the senator lives in a Washington, D.C., apartment “almost rent free” and that a watchdog group with liberal ties had named him “the fourth most corrupt senator in Washington.”  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Nov. 14

How many women are assured of U.S. Senate seats in the upcoming 111th Congress?  [Read More]

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2008 – 2:12 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Dodd: Financial Industry Must Make Progress or Face More Legislation
  • Outgoing U.S. Trade Official Warns Obama on Protectionism
  • Political Trivia for Nov. 13
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President visits New York where he will speak at the United Nations High Level Debate on Interfaith Dialogue; meets with the King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia; speaks on financial markets and the world economy at Federal Hall National Memorial; returns to Washington.

In Washington, the New America Foundation holds a discussion on what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are doing to stem the tide of foreclosures, with Gregory Baer of Bank of America, Federal Housing Administrator James Lockhart, Maya MacGuineas and Ellen Seidman of the foundation, and Barry Zigas of the Consumer Federation of America. 3:30 p.m., 1630 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Dodd: Financial Industry Must Make Progress or Face More Legislation

Another top lawmaker expressed impatience Thursday with the financial sector’s response to the economic crisis following an infusion of federal funds, suggesting companies have been slow to act in several areas that could improve the situation.  [Read More]

Outgoing U.S. Trade Official Warns Obama on Protectionism

A key Bush administration trade official predicted Thursday that President-elect Barack Obama will face “unprecedented” anti-trade pressures in the coming years.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Nov. 13

How many presidents were born in the month of November?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

According to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, “It’s possible the decision about who will be the next U.S. senator from Minnesota could come down to five people.” The newspaper adds: “They’re the Minnesota General Election Canvassing Board, and, after a hand recount of 2.92 million ballots, they will scrutinize some fraction of those ballots in an attempt to focus — amid the circus of mass media scrutiny and political maneuvering, and through the scribble of errant pen strokes on bubble forms — whether each voter wanted to re-elect Republican Sen. Norm Coleman or to replace him with Democrat Al Franken.” The canvassing board will have two state Supreme Court justices, two district judges and the secretary of state.

The Chico Enterprise Record reports that in the race for California’s 4th District seat, Republican Tom McClintock still leads Democrat Charlie Brown, “though tens of thousands of votes remain to be tallied before a winner is officially announced.” On Wednesday, the California secretary of state’s Web site showed McClintock with a 928-vote lead over his Democrat opponent Brown, with 320,334 total votes cast.

WHO-TV of Des Moines, Iowa, is already working on a list of potential Republican gubernatorial candidates for 2010. The station says six names have surfaced: Rep. Steve King; Ambassador to Latvia Charles W. “Chuck” Larson Jr.; former Iowa Republican chairman Mike Mahaffey; Hawkeye Energy Holdings chief executive Bruce Rastetter; state Rep. Christopher Rants; and former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats.

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ALASKA: North Slope Holds Huge Natural Gas Deposit
MASSACHUSETTS: Study: Smoking Ban Cutting Heart Attacks
THE NATION: Road Salt Prices, Shortage Pinching States, Localities
THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: Study: 20 Percent of Homes ‘Under Water’

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2008 – 1:51 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Automakers Don’t Belong Under Bailout Plan, Paulson Says
  • House Lame-Duck Session In Doubt
  • Waxman’s Contributions Could Help Win Energy Panel Chairmanship
  • Issa Pushing To Lead GOP on House Oversight Panel
  • Political Trivia for Nov. 12
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President speaks to the 2008 NCAA Sports Champions; speaks at the 2008 Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner. Washington Hilton.

In Washington, the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts a speech with Mark Dybul, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on how the financial crisis will influence U.S. efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. 3 p.m., 1800 K St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Automakers Don’t Belong Under Bailout Plan, Paulson Says

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. on Wednesday reiterated the Bush administration’s reluctance to expand a financial bailout to the ailing auto industry and also said purchasing troubled assets from banks and other financial institutions “is not the most effective way to use” funds under the program.  [Read More]

House Lame-Duck Session In Doubt

Plans next week for a House lame-duck session are still up in the air, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House members Wednesday.  [Read More]

Waxman’s Contributions Could Help Win Energy Panel Chairmanship

Henry A. Waxman, who last week launched a bid to unseat veteran House Energy and Commerce Chairman John D. Dingell, made unusually large campaign contributions to several freshman Democrats whose votes could prove key in determining which man takes the gavel of one of Congress’ most powerful panels.  [Read More]

Issa Pushing To Lead GOP on House Oversight Panel

Californian Darrell Issa appears intent on locking down the ranking Republican slot on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after his leading rival for that post, Christopher Shays of Connecticut, lost his re-election bid last week.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Nov. 12

What was the highest vote percentage this year for a U.S. Senate candidate?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that former GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain will campaign for Sen. Saxby Chambliss as the Georgia Republican fights to keep his seat in a Dec. 2 runoff. Democrat Jim Martin has asked President-elect Barack Obama to come and campaign for him but has not yet received a response. The runoff has gained national attention as Democrats seek a 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Mariannette Miller-Meeks is already being encouraged to seek a 2010 rematch with Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack in Iowa’s 2nd District. Miller-Meeks, a Republican who lost 57 percent to 39 percent to Loebsack, said she wouldn’t rule out running again. “Even my husband wants me to run again,” the 53-year-old Army veteran said.

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ALASKA: North Slope Holds Huge Natural Gas Deposit
MASSACHUSETTS: Study: Smoking Ban Cutting Heart Attacks
THE NATION: Road Salt Prices, Shortage Pinching States, Localities
THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: Study: 20 Percent of Homes ‘Under Water’

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2008 – 2:39 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Stalled U.S.-Colombia Trade Pact Seen as Early Test of Obama’s Approach
  • Terrorism Detainees Pose Tough Choices for Obama
  • New Crib-Safety Law Presents Possible Problem for eBay, Other Sites
  • Political Trivia for Nov. 11
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President and Mrs. Bush visit Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan; makes remarks at the rededication ceremony of the museum.

In Washington, American University hosts “Politics and Pundits -- The Promises of the New Presidency and the Press,” a panel discussion featuring Dotty Lynch, executive in residence, American University’s School of Communication and political consultant, CBS News; Gebe Martinez, regular contributing columnist for Politico; Tony Romm, political editor, the Eagle; Tom Rosenstiel, director, Pew Research Centers Project for Excellence in Journalism; Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation and chief Washington correspondent. 7 p.m., Ward Circle Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Stalled U.S.-Colombia Trade Pact Seen as Early Test of Obama’s Approach

With global financial markets in turmoil and several trade deals on ice, labor unions and business groups are trying to decipher how President-elect Barack Obama and an expanded Democratic majority in Congress will approach international trade policy, and are eyeing the U.S.-Colombia trade pact as an early indicator.  [Read More]

Terrorism Detainees Pose Tough Choices for Obama

President-elect Barack Obama faces tough legal and political questions as his advisers seek to develop a new policy for handling detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  [Read More]

New Crib-Safety Law Presents Possible Problem for eBay, Other Sites

EBay Inc. has been teaming up with regulators to remove online auctions of potentially unsafe cribs, but eBay itself could become a target if the government proceeds with rules to hold online markets liable for sales of outlawed cribs.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Nov. 11

In what year was the name of the Armistice Day commemoration changed to Veterans Day?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe has set up a campaign committee for a possible run for governor of Virginia in 2009. McAuliffe on Monday also announced a 60-day tour to “every nook and cranny of the state.” He said he will formally disclose his intentions in January. Del. Brian J. Moran of Alexandria and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath County, who ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2005, are also in the race. The Republican candidate is Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the husband of Lynn Jenkins, who beat Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., on Nov. 4, filed for divorce right after the election, raising questions about how long the couple have had marital problems. Scott and Lynn Jenkins have been married for 25 years. Pat Leopold, Jenkins’ campaign manager, called it a “personal family matter,” and state Democratic leaders echoed that sentiment. Bob Beatty, a political science professor at Washburn University, said Jenkins’ marital problems probably would not have mattered if known before the election, which Jenkins won 51 percent to 46 percent. “I just don’t see it as being huge,” Beatty said. “I think there is a great understanding for marital difficulties.”

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THE NEW YORK CITY REGION: Transit Agency Faces $1.2 Billion Budget Gap
FLORIDA: $1.75 Billion Everglades Purchase Deal Scaled Back

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Monday, November 10, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2008 – 1:59 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Van Hollen Reverses Course, Will Remain at DCCC Helm
  • Political Trivia for Nov. 10
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate meets in pro forma session.

The President visits National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; returns to the White House to welcome President-elect Obama and Mrs. Obama; meets with President-elect Obama in the Oval Office.

In Washington, the Kennedy Center will posthumously award The Mark Twain Prize to the late George Carlin at the eleventh annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The evening will recognize the life and achievements of Carlin, and feature entertainers Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Garry Shandling, Lily Tomlin, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, Lewis Black, Richard Belzer, and Margaret Cho. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Van Hollen Reverses Course, Will Remain at DCCC Helm

Chris Van Hollen will remain chairman of the House Democrats’ candidate-recruitment and fundraising arm for a second term — reversing an earlier decision to step down — according to Democratic sources.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Nov. 10

Which state gave Barack Obama his smallest percentage in last week’s election?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Sacramento Bee reports that “Republican Tom McClintock and Democrat Charlie Brown are hiring lawyers and rounding up observers to monitor the vote counting” in their race for California’s 4th District. “The efforts by both sides underscore high tensions and vigilance as election officials in nine counties sift through tens of thousands of uncounted absentee and provisional ballots,” the newspaper said. “As of Sunday night, McClintock had an 889-vote lead over Brown. With McClintock leading Brown by less than one-half of 1 percent, the close race also has triggered a mandatory state recount of 10 percent of voter precincts.”

According to the Anchorage Daily News, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and Democratic challenger Mark Begich “are going back to their supporters seeking new donations as their contest goes to post-election overtime and the possibility looms that it will be decided by contested ballots.” Stevens led by 3,257 votes after the last of the election day ballots were tallied. But election officials reported that as of Nov. 7, “they had 81,224 uncounted ballots on hand, about a third more than those counted so far,” the newspaper reported. “Absentee ballots mailed from U.S. locations with an Election Day postmark can continue to arrive until next Friday to be counted, and from overseas and military bases until Nov. 19.” Both campaigns say they can win, citing earlier trends and voter registration records.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that voter turnout is likely to be low for the Senate runoff in Georgia. Neither incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss nor Democratic challenger Jim Martin got a majority of the votes on Nov. 4, so they will face off again on Dec. 2. The newspaper points to a 1992 runoff as a harbinger of low turnout: “Republican challenger Paul Coverdell defeated Democratic U.S. Sen. Wyche Fowler after a costly and heated extended- election cycle. The Coverdell-Fowler runoff cost more than their general election fight, but barely over half of the voters who cast ballots in the general election went back to the polls for the runoff.” John McCain has said he will campaign for Chambliss; Martin has invited Barack Obama to do the same.

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ILLINOIS: State Can Reject ‘Choose Life’ Plates, Court Rules
PHILADELPHIA: Mayor’s Rescue Plan Addresses ‘Incredible’; Fiscal Crisis
NEW YORK CITY.: Judge: City Broke Law to Build School on Brownfield
FULTON COUNTY, Ga.: Courthouse Killer Found Guilty
WILLACY COUNTY, Texas: Corruption Charges Against D.A. Dismissed

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