Monday, January 12, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2009 – 1:51 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush Seeks Final $350 Billion in Bailout Fund
  • Ohio’s Voinovich Fourth GOP Senator To Announce Retirement Plans
  • Senators, Obama Team Discuss Doubling Energy Tax Credits in Stimulus
  • Sen. Feinstein’s Actions on Blagojevich Appointee Could Help Her Later
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 12
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate considers an omnibus public lands bill.

President Bush holds final news conference of his presidency.

President-Elect Barack Obama meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

In Washington,  Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen receives an award and speaks at the Nixon Center Distinguished Service Awards dinner. 7 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Bush Seeks Final $350 Billion in Bailout Fund

President Bush asked Congress Monday for the second half of the controversial $700 billion financial bailout fund after President-elect Barack Obama asked him to do so, the White House said.  [Read More]

Ohio’s Voinovich Fourth GOP Senator To Announce Retirement Plans

Ohio Republican Sen. George V. Voinovich, whose political career has spanned more than four decades, Monday became the fourth GOP senator to announce he will not seek re-election in 2010.  [Read More]

Senators, Obama Team Discuss Doubling Energy Tax Credits in Stimulus

Democratic senators said after meeting with President-elect Barack Obama’s advisers that progress is being made on an economic recovery bill, with lawmakers’ ideas in such areas as energy tax credits gaining traction.  [Read More]

Sen. Feinstein’s Actions on Blagojevich Appointee Could Help Her Later

For all the political losers in the Roland W. Burris imbroglio, there is at least one clear winner: California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 12

When did Illinois last have a vacant Senate seat?  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MASSACHUSETTS: Swiss Bank Demands $397 Million from Turnpike Agency
CALIFORNIA: State Probing Giant HMO’s Call Centers
PHOENIX: City’s Population Boom May Be Over
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md.: Once-Scorned Deer Hunters Now Welcomed
DURANGO, Colo.: D.A. Dies after Mountain-Bike Accident

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Political Clippings

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that the four GOP frontrunners for the seat of Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., who is retiring after this two-year Congress, worked the hallways at a weekend event to elect a new state Republican chairman. “In the hallways outside, in discreet corners around the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and at the cocktail receptions, the jockeying for a suddenly wide-open Senate race became the show stealer,” the newspaper reports. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, and U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan and Connie Mack all were present. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist “refused to say whether he has any interest in running for the seat, although speculation that he might consider running generated the most buzz.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman “has begun pressing some Minnesota counties for documents on hundreds of thousands of ballots that were not previously disputed” in a race to hold onto to his old seat. The newspaper reports that “the lawsuit that Coleman filed last week to erase ...[Democrat] Al Franken’s 225-vote lead cites a few dozen specific ballot errors that he says favored Franken. But Coleman’s camp is also now casting a much wider net for other mistakes that could cost Franken votes.”

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This Week in Health Policy on the Hill

Health on the Hill with kaisernetwork.org and CQ are weekly audio updates from CQ reporters highlighting the latest health policy developments on Capitol Hill. A podcast of the report is also available.
SCHIP: House floor action expected on reauthorization of State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
STIMULUS: Additional Medicaid funding for states among health-related items that may be included in economic stimulus package.
HHS SECRETARY: At a Senate confirmation hearing, former senator Tom Daschle, the Obama administration’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, said the Obama administration will seek bipartisan cooperation on health care reform.
Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links

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