Friday, June 12, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, June 12, 2009 – 2:15 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Sends Tobacco Regulation Bill to President Obama
  • Signal Problems? Don't Call Me, Call the FCC
  • Patrick Kennedy Checks Into Treatment Facility
  • House Democrats Pressed to Back War Supplemental
  • House Panels Seek Restraints on Army, Navy Programs Seen as Wasteful
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Today in Washington

The House clears for President Obama's signature legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the production, advertising and sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 1:45 p.m. Monday.

The President receives daily briefings from senior advisers; meets separately with Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; meets with Prime Minister Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe.

In Washington, the Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion with Melissa Hathaway, National Security Council cybersecurity chief, on the conclusions of the White House 60-day review of cyberspace policy and cybersecurity policy moving forward. 3 p.m., B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. N.W.

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Top Stories

House Sends Tobacco Regulation Bill to President Obama

The bill authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco represents the strongest government action in years to crack down on smoking, which health authorities have repeatedly identified as the No. 1 preventable cause of death in America. [Read More]

Signal Problems? Don't Call Me, Call the FCC

There will be no congressional reprieve this time around. Come the end of the day, people still relying on an analog signal for their TV viewing will be out of luck. [Read More]

Patrick Kennedy Checks Into Treatment Facility

Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy , who has struggled with alcoholism and addiction, announced Friday that he has checked himself into a medical facility for treatment. [Read More]

House Democrats Pressed to Back War Supplemental

Despite deals cut late Thursday to wrap up the fiscal 2009 war supplemental, some House Democrats say they do not yet have enough support to pass the final bill. [Read More]

House Panels Seek Restraints on Army, Navy Programs Seen as Wasteful

Two House subcommittees voted Friday to put new restraints on the Army's Future Combat System and a Navy program to produce coastal patrol ships. [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
SAN FRANCISCO: Hundreds of Transit Stops Could Be Cut
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.: Protests Stop Parking-Meter Plan
MICHIGAN/TENNESSEE/WISCONSIN: States Vying for Restarted GM Plant
NEW JERSEY: Tougher Standards Sought for Carcinogen
ARIZONA: State Handing Out $121 Million to Spark Home-Buying

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Political Clippings

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that "hours before the biggest Missouri Republican Party fundraiser of the year . . . Washington University law professor Thomas Schweich announced that he would not run for U.S. Senate. 'I have chosen not to run for U.S. Senate. I believe that we should unite behind Rep. Roy Blunt,' said Schweich in a statement."

The Deseret News reports that Cherilyn Eagar entered the Utah Senate race accusing other GOP members in the races of being "counterfeit conservatives." Eagar was a professional singer and actress, and since 2007 has co-owned a real estate Internet marketing company, the newspaper reports. She has been active in a number of GOP women's groups and political campaigns, but has never sought public office herself. She hopes to unseat incumbent Robert F. Bennett.

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