Friday, February 13, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, February 13, 2009 – 2:20 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Editors Note
  • Congress Moving Toward Final Votes on Stimulus Package
  • Lawmakers Blanch at Presidential Helicopter's Rising Cost
  • Conyers Summons Former White House Advisor Karl Rove, Again
  • Ginsburg Home, May Soon Be Back at Work
  • Political Trivia for Friday, February 13, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House votes on the final economic stimulus package.

The Senate is likely to vote on the final economic stimulus package.

The President addresses members of Business Council at the White House; lunches with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; departs Washington for Chicago, where he will remain for the weekend.

In Washington, former Sen. George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, addresses a National Press Club book event, "Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series, The 16th President, 1861-1865." 6:30 p.m., National Press Club, 14th and F Sts., N.W.

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Top Stories

Editors Note

Since Monday is a holiday, the next edition of the Midday Update will be Tuesday, Feb. 17. [Read More]

Congress Moving Toward Final Votes on Stimulus Package

The House and Senate are poised to vote Friday to send a $787.2 billion economic stimulus package to President Obama, completing an urgent legislative process that saw the massive measure go from concept to final votes in about six weeks. [Read More]

Lawmakers Blanch at Presidential Helicopter's Rising Cost

Senior defense appropriators and other lawmakers are souring on a program to build a new presidential helicopter because it could wind up costing nearly twice as much as originally advertised. [Read More]

Conyers Summons Former White House Advisor Karl Rove, Again

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers Jr. subpoenaed for Bush White House adviser Karl Rove to appear for a Feb. 23 deposition as part of the committee's ongoing probe into allegations of Justice Department politicization in the Bush administration. [Read More]

Ginsburg Home, May Soon Be Back at Work

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back home recuperating from surgery for pancreatic cancer and is expected to be in court Feb. 23 for an oral argument. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Friday, February 13, 2009

How many presidents since Lincoln were born outside the original 13 states? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CLARENCE CENTER, N.Y.: Air Crash Near Buffalo Kills 49
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Report on Lead in City Water Probed
WISCONSIN: Judge Voids State's 1939 Gas-Markup Mandate
WASHINGTON STATE: Court Backs Governor's Shelving of Union Contracts

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Political Clippings

The Oxford Press in Ohio reports that former Rep. Rob Portman is calling on Republicans to get "back to basics" as he campaigns for the Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican George V. Voinovich . Portman told local party activists at a dinner that the GOP needs to reshape itself to be successful in future elections, citing a lack of focus on ethics and fiscal responsibility. "People haven’t changed their views," Portman said. "People have changed their minds about us, and we need to reach out to them and remind them that we are good stewards."

The Dallas Morning News reports that Democrats see the Texas Senate race as a possible pickup opportunity next year. Sen. Robert Menendez , D-N.J., chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Republican retirements have given Democrats several opportunities to capture seats. "No place is a bridge too far for Democrats," Menedez said, though he noted that Texas, where GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is leaving to run for governor, was not on his list of top opportunities. "I didn't mention Texas because until we have an opening, we don’t have an opening," Menendez told reporters. "But I take Kay Bailey Hutchison at her word, which is that she intends to run for governor and that she intends to resign her seat. If that happens we will have a great candidate in Texas."

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