Friday, May 08, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, May 08, 2009 – 2:00 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Records Indicate Pelosi Was Briefed on Interrogations
  • LaHood: 'Perfection' Is Goal for Overhaul of Highway Trust Fund
  • The Week Ahead: Supplemental Spending, Credit Card Bills Up Next Week
  • Political Trivia for Friday, May 08, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President meets with senior advisers; speaks on job creation and job training; meets with Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.

In Washington, Director Barry Levinson's film "Poliwood" premieres in Washington at a screening and reception co-hosted by The Creative Coalition and Capitol File magazine. The documentary film focuses on the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, 6:30 p.m., Naval Heritage Museum, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Records Indicate Pelosi Was Briefed on Interrogations

Records provided to Congress by the nation's spy chief contradict House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that she was never briefed on the use of harsh interrogation methods. [Read More]

LaHood: 'Perfection' Is Goal for Overhaul of Highway Trust Fund

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday that as a member of Congress he believed the funding formula used to distribute federal highway money to states was unfair. [Read More]

The Week Ahead: Supplemental Spending, Credit Card Bills Up Next Week

The House next week plans to consider a $96.7 billion supplemental spending bill, while the Senate is expected to focus on credit card legislation. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Friday, May 08, 2009

How many states entered the Union in the month of May? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEW JERSEY: Court: Towns Can't Restrict Where Sex Offenders Live
NEW YORK CITY: Transit Chief's Resignation Follows State Bailout
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.: Firefighters Make Progress as 18,000 Are Evacuated
The NATION: Army National Guard to Trim Its Ranks
MASSACHUSETTS: Governor to Seek Union Pay-Raise Givebacks

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Political Clippings

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Democrat Paula Flowers is seeking the House seat held by Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn. Flowers, state commissioner of commerce and insurance from 2003 to 2007, is the second Democrat to enter the race, following computer systems analyst Brent Benedict. On the GOP side, Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble has announced his candidacy. Wamp is running for governor in 2010.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that Greene County, Mo., prosecutor Darrell Moore is seeking the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Moore, whose platform includes a spending freeze for the federal government, joins three other Republicans in the race. Blunt is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo.

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CQ Politics' Live Online with Jonathan Allen: Can the new Democratic members win in 2010?

Call them the Oboomers. A small set of new House Democrats won in 2008 with the help of an upsurge in black turnout in their districts with President Obama at the top of the ticket. We'll discuss what these new members will have to do to win without Obama in the 2010 midterm. Join the chat now!
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