Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, February 18, 2009 – 2:25 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama Unveils Plan to Stem Homeowner Foreclosures
  • Burris Statements Under Scrutiny in Illinois and Washington
  • Abortion a Topic During Pelosi Visit with Pope
  • Government Reviews Automakers' Request of $14 Billion
  • Political Trivia for Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President delivers remarks about providing relief for responsible homeowners in Mesa, Ariz.; returns to Washington.

In Washington, University of Maryland professor and National Academy of Sciences member Rita Colwell delivers a lecture titled: "Climate, Oceans, and Human Health: The Saga of a Cholera-Chaser," which focuses on how recent studies have incorporated satellite technology, ground measurements, and other analyses to predict conditions conducive to cholera outbreaks in Bangladesh, India, and East Africa. 5:30 p.m., National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Obama Unveils Plan to Stem Homeowner Foreclosures

The Obama administration Wednesday laid out a multi-billion dollar effort to stem the rushing tide of foreclosures on millions of at-risk homeowners and even those who have already gone through foreclosure. [Read More]

Burris Statements Under Scrutiny in Illinois and Washington

Illinois Democratic Sen. Roland W. Burris welcomed state and federal investigations of his sworn statements, which appeared contradictory, about his appointment by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. [Read More]

Abortion a Topic During Pelosi Visit with Pope

Speaker Nancy Pelosi , a Catholic who attends Mass at least weekly and also supports abortion rights, was lectured in Rome Wednesday by Pope Benedict XVI about the need for Catholic political leaders to oppose abortion. [Read More]

Government Reviews Automakers' Request of $14 Billion

General Motors and Chrysler LLC., two of Detroit's "Big Three" automakers, presented the Obama administration with extensive restructuring plans last night, requesting more government aid and outlining drastic cuts to jobs and manufacturing over the next few years. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Who was the first future president born after George Washington died? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CHICAGO: Former Alderman Sentenced for Corruption
NEW YORK CITY: City Must Prepare for Global Warming, Mayor's Panel Says
THE SEATTLE AREA: Transit Agency Faces $100 Million Shortfall, Service Cuts
ANAHEIM, Calif.: Online Travel Sites Ordered to Pay City $21 Million

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Political Clippings

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher will both seek the Democratic Senate nomination next year, setting up a primary that has party leaders across the state scrambling to pick the right side. Gov. Ted Strickland has already decided to back Fisher, while Brunner said she has been receiving guidance from Washington-based Emily's List, which helps elect Democratic women who support abortion rights. The primary winner will face former GOP Rep. Rob Portman in the race to succeed Sen. George V. Voinovich , who is not seeking re-election.

St. Petersburg Times columnist Adam C. Smith explores the pros and cons of a Senate run next year by Democratic Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. On the "should run" side, Smith says, among other things, that Iorio's Tampa Bay roots are valuable, as the area is "home to nearly one in four votes in both the Democratic primary and the general election." Smith also says the contest currently "features no political giant in either party," and that Iorio is "smart, funny and exudes competence. And she's a woman." On the negative side, Smith says, among other things, that Iorio has "no network," lacks a record of high-profile accomplishments, and "is by nature a chief executive, not a legislator. The my-way-or-the-highway mayor who has exercised a heavy hand over City Council members seems an odd fit for the collegial give-and-take of the U.S. Senate."

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