Tuesday, February 10, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, February 10, 2009 – 2:20 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Passes Stimulus, Setting Up Tough Conference With House
  • Congress Expected to Watch New Treasury Bailout Plan Closely
  • Path Seems Clear for Solicitor General Nominee, Other Top Justice Pick
  • Political Trivia for Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House considers a number of measures under suspension of the rules.

The Senate passes by 61-37 its version of the economic stimulus package; also is expected to confirm the nomination of William Lynn as deputy Defense secretary.

The President visits Fort Myers, Fla. to rally support for the stimulus.

In Washington, The Center for Strategic & International Studies co-sponsors a discussion on "Supporting Democracy Abroad: Congress and the New Administration." Participants include Reps. David E. Price , D-N.C. and David Dreier , R-Calif.; Lorne W. Craner, President of the International Republican Institute; Kenneth Wollack, President, National Democratic Institute; and Alexander T.J. Lennon, editor in chief, The Washington Quarterly and senior fellow, CSIS International Security Program. 3 p.m., 1800 K St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Passes Stimulus, Setting Up Tough Conference With House

The Senate has passed a $838 billion package of tax cuts and federal spending &emdash; its version of the jolt for the nation's economy that President Obama wants Congress to finish by week's end. [Read More]

Congress Expected to Watch New Treasury Bailout Plan Closely

While generally welcoming the plan, Democratic lawmakers said the Treasury Department's plan to stabilize the banking system lacks specificity in several areas. Republicans questioned whether the plan really changes the department's widely criticized approach to the crisis [Read More]

Path Seems Clear for Solicitor General Nominee, Other Top Justice Pick

The nominees for two top Justice Department jobs sailed through a Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing Tuesday, despite having drawn fire from socially conservative activists. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Who was president when Abraham Lincoln was born? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CALIFORNIA: Court May Order Release of 57,000 Inmates
NEW JERSEY: Utility Plans Major Solar Power Project
JACKSON, Miss.: Mayor Accused of Witness Tampering
DETROIT: Development Agency Records Were Subpoenaed in Probe

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Political Clippings

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that television host Joe Scarborough "has a new radio show and is feeling good about the influence he's having on politics. But the former congressman from Pensacola said he may run for office again, maybe even the U.S. Senate in 2010." The MSNBC host represented Florida's 1st District in the House from 1995-2001. "I haven't closed it off," Scarborough told columnist Jeremy Wallace about the 2010 race. "I've been getting some calls from some fundraisers in Florida." Scarborough said one of his concerns is that being a senator might not give him as much national influence as his "Morning Joe" program already does.

According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, "Porn star and Baton Rouge native Stormy Daniels said Monday that she wants to give voters a voice by starting a 'listening tour' in Louisiana. However, Daniels said she doubts she will actually seek public office despite an Internet drive aimed at persuading her to run against first-term Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter next year." Daniels noted that her current career pays better than politics would. "I don't think I'm willing to take the pay decrease," Daniels said. The organizers of the "Draft Stormy" campaign say the effort is not a stunt, and is a legitimate attempt to challenge Vitter. The senator apologized - but was not charged - after his phone number showed up in connection with the "D.C. Madam" investigation in 2007. Daniels criticized Vitter's muted response to the case. "I might be a slut and a whore," Daniels said Monday. ". . . but I'm not a criminal, and I've never been a hypocrite."

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