Monday, July 27, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, July 27, 2009 – 2:00 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Sessions Will Vote No on Sotomayor
  • 2010 House Outlook: Democrats Look Secure
  • Who Will Be The First To Retire?
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Today in Washington

The House considers a number of bills involving veterans' benefits, flood insurance and housing.

The Senate begins consideration of the fiscal 2010 energy and water development spending bill.

The President attends the opening session of the U.S-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner; meets with FIFA President Joseph S. "Sepp" Blatter to discuss the U.S. bid to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups; welcomes WNBA champions the Detroit Shock to the White House; with first lady Michelle Obama, hosts a reception for ambassadors.

In Washington, the Heritage Foundation hosts an event entitled "Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America's Slide Into Socialism" with Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., 5:30 p.m., Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave, N.E

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Top Stories

Sessions Will Vote No on Sotomayor

Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced he will vote against the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, in an op-ed in USA Today. [Read More]

2010 House Outlook: Democrats Look Secure

As they gear up for the 2010 midterm elections, Democrats appear secure in their House majority they won with a big gain in 2006 and reinforced with another advance in 2008. [Read More]

Who Will Be The First To Retire?

In the political world, the approach of August signals crunch time for lawmakers who are wavering and haven't yet decided whether to run again in 2010 or announce their retirement. [Read More]
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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
FLORIDA: State Air Service Won't Be Privatized
CALIFORNIA: Energy Firms Bankroll Regulators' Trips Abroad
MASSACHUSETTS: Turnpike Gets Reprieve on $67 Million Debt Payment
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: Leaks in Jackson Death Investigation Probed

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Political Clippings

The Chicago Sun Times reports that "with plentiful references to his 'friend, mentor and inspiration,' President Barack Obama, State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias...declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat once held by Obama," and currently held by Democratic Sen. Roland W. Burris.

The New York Daily News reports that "as [Democratic District 14] Rep. Carolyn [B.] Maloney prepares to announce her primary challenge this week against the appointed [Democratic] Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, longtime observers are already bemoaning the twosome as not ready for prime time."

The Palm Beach Post (FL) reports that "Democratic St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Craft says he's 'leaning' toward entering the race" against District 16 Republican Rep. Tom Rooney. "The National Republican Congressional Committee recently added Rooney to its Patriot Program, which includes 25 GOP House members likely to face serious challenges from Democrats in 2010," the newspaper says.

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