Friday, March 13, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Friday, March 13, 2009 – 2:16 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama Adviser: Too Soon To Judge Stimulus Impact
  • Annual Budget Process Ramps Up With Many Questions Unanswered
  • Political Trivia for Friday, March 13, 2009

Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President meets with Economic Recovery Advisory Board Chairman Paul Volcker; delivers brief remarks with his economic advisers; has lunch with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

In Washington, the seventh international Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference takes place to discuss the impact of climate change on poverty and migration. March 13 - 16, Hilton Alexandria at Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Rd., Alexandria.


Top Stories

Obama Adviser: Too Soon To Judge Stimulus Impact

National Economic Council Director Lawrence H. Summers said it was too early to assess how well the recently enacted stimulus law is working, and that it's impossible to know when the crisis will end. [Read More]

Annual Budget Process Ramps Up With Many Questions Unanswered

House and Senate leaders say they want to adopt their respective Budget resolutions before the spring recess, which begins April 4. That means the Budget committees will likely mark up their blueprints the week of March 23. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Friday, March 13, 2009

McCain topped 60 percent in how many districts won by House Democrats? [Read More]


Today on

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CALIFORNIA | Court Backs Governor's Furlough Power
THE SOUTHWEST | Border Violence to Bring Bolstered U.S. Forces
OAKLAND, Calif. | City Sues Banks, Brokers over Evictions
DETROIT | Struggling Schools to Probe Financial Wrongdoing


Political Clippings

A new poll out from Rasmussen Reports says "Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer leads two potential Republican challengers in an early look at California's 2010 race for the U.S. Senate." Boxer leads California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger 50 percent to 34 percent. She also leads former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina 47 percent to 38 percent.

The South Florida Times reports that State Sen. Frederica Wilson said she will seek the District 17 seat that Democratic Rep. Kendrick B. Meek is vacating to run for the U.S. Senate. "Wilson said in a prepared statement that she succeeded Meek in the Florida House of Representatives and then the Florida Senate, and now hopes to succeed him in Congress," the newspaper reports.

The Lynchburg News and Advance reports that former Virginia District 5 GOP Congressman Virgil Goode has filed a statement of candidacy form with the Federal Election Commission. Goode, who served five-terms, lost his seat last year to Democrat Tom Perriello. The move means Goode is keeping his options open for a run in the 2010 election. "It enables one to look at the situation and to raise money and spend money. But I haven't decided whether I'll run," Goode said.


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