Tuesday, January 13, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2009 – 1:58 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama Heads to Hill to Sell Plans for Bailout Money
  • Clinton Sets Out New Direction for U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Chu Stresses Change of Focus at Energy Department
  • Duncan Vows Focus on Early Childhood Education, Innovation
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 13
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Today in Washington

The House considers a resolution that would reauthorize the Judiciary Committee to investigate whether to impeach U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Eastern Louisiana.

The Senate continues debate of a procedural motion on an omnibus public lands bill, as five committees hold confirmation hearings on President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet choices and White House budget director.

President Bush meets with his Cabinet; meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderon; with Mrs. Bush, participates in a ceremony for the 2009 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President-Elect Barack Obama attends the weekly lunch of Democratic senators at the Capitol for his final visit to the Senate before he is sworn in next week.

In Washington,  the Woodrow Wilson Center hosts a book launch of “Wealth Into Power: The Communist Party’s Embrace of China’s Private Sector,” with author Bruce J. Dickson of George Washington University. 4 p.m., Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Obama Heads to Hill to Sell Plans for Bailout Money

President-elect Barack Obama is stepping up his lobbying blitz with Senate Democrats to win release of the second half of the $700 billion financial industry bailout fund.  [Read More]

Clinton Sets Out New Direction for U.S. Foreign Policy

Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton laid out a sweeping vision for a new U.S. foreign policy at her confirmation hearing Tuesday that was long on generalizations and short on details.  [Read More]

Chu Stresses Change of Focus at Energy Department

Physicist Steven Chu, President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee to be Energy secretary, Tuesday said his leadership would focus on tackling climate change and encouraging renewable energy technologies.  [Read More]

Duncan Vows Focus on Early Childhood Education, Innovation

Arne Duncan, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick for Education secretary, promised a new emphasis on early childhood education at his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 13

In what setting did President Eisenhower warn about “the military-industrial complex?”  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Chicago Tribune reports that “state Reps. John Fritchey and Sara Feigenholtz were among four Chicago Democrats who formally joined the race to replace Rahm Emanuel in Congress. Monday was the first day of the weeklong filing period for the March 3 special primary in the 5th Congressional District.” University of Chicago lecturer Charles Wheelan and Justin Oberman, son of former Alderman Marty Oberman also filed for the open seat.

The Mobile Press-Register reports that Alabama GOP Sen. Richard C. Shelby will seek a fifth term in 2010. As of the end of September, Shelby had almost $13.3 million stockpiled in his campaign account, according to his most recent Federal Election Commission report. Four other GOP U.S. senators have decided not to seek reelection in 2010.

The New York Daily News reports that “Gov. David A. Paterson said Caroline Kennedy ‘impressed’ him in her interview for the U.S. Senate seat, but he’s not ready to declare the front-runner just yet.” Paterson said he has interviewed 15 people for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s soon-to-be-vacated senate seat. “She didn’t eliminate herself in the meeting,” he said.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that a Research 2000 poll found Sen. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., leading North Carolina Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper 45 percent to 43 percent in favorability ratings, with 12 percent undecided. The poll of 600 North Carolina registered voters had a variance of plus or minus 4 percent. The poll also showed Burr leading former North Carolina Treasurer Richard Moore 46 percent to 40 percent. Cooper and Moore are potential opponents for Burr in 2010.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEW YORK STATE: A.G. Orders Overhaul of Insurance Payment Database
NEW JERSEY: Court: Governor’s E-Mails Private
TOPEKA, Kan.: University Wins $450 Million DHS Bioterror Lab
DETROIT: New Device to Draw Energy from Slow-Moving River

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