Monday, January 05, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009 – 2:07 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama Meeting With Hill Leaders on Economic Recovery Package
  • Congress Will Move Other Bills Before Jan. 20
  • Senate Democrats May Try To Seat Franken
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 5
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; convenes at noon tomorrow.

The Senate is not in session; convenes at noon tomorrow.

President Bush meets with leaders of Sudan.

President-Elect Barack Obama is meeting with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill to discuss an economic recovery package.

In Washington, Americans for Tax Reform holds a debate among candidates for chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. 1 p.m., National Press Club, 14th and F Sts., N.W.

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Top Stories

Obama Meeting With Hill Leaders on Economic Recovery Package

Democratic leaders are expanding their tax cut plans for a planned economic stimulus package — and slowing their timetable — as they prepare to usher in the 111th Congress on Tuesday.  [Read More]

Congress Will Move Other Bills Before Jan. 20

With President-elect Barack Obama at her side, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Congress will have legislation ready for Obama to sign right after he takes the oath of office at noon Jan.20.  [Read More]

Senate Democrats May Try To Seat Franken

Senate Democrats may try to seat Al Franken this week, assuming he is declared the winner of his hotly contested election battle with GOP Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 5

Which U.S. House incumbent lost by the closest percentage margin in 2008?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Tennessean reports that former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday he will not seek the GOP nomination for governor in 2010. “After significant reflection and conversations with loved ones, I have decided to remain a private citizen for the foreseeable future,” Frist said in a statement. “I will, however, continue serving the people of Tennessee.” The daily notes that though several other potential GOP candidates, including Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Rep. Zach Wamp, have been waiting for Frist’s decision, Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons already has made his candidacy official.

Former President George H.W. Bush on “Fox News Sunday” encouraged his son Jeb Bush to seek the Florida Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez in 2010. “He’d be an outstanding senator. Here’s a guy that really has a feel for people, the issues in Florida and nationally, and his political days ought not to be over. ... I’d like to see him run. I’d like to see him be president some day. ... Or maybe senator,” the elder Bush said. “I think he’s as qualified and able as anyone I know on the political scene.” Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor, has said he is considering seeking the GOP nomination.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CALIFORNIA: Energy Efficiency Rules Planned for Flat-Screen TVs
MASSACHUSETTS: Police Balking at Enforcing New Marijuana Law
WISCONSIN: Pipeline Owner to Pay $1.1 Million for Environmental Violations
CALIFORNIA: State Controller Suffered Mild Heart Attack
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga.: New Sheriff Fires 14 Deputies
ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa.: Judge: Excess Tax Take Must Go to Mass Transit

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