Monday, October 26, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, October 26, 2009 –

In This Issue

  • Reid Plans Announcement on 'Public Option'
  • Billy Carter Service Station to Be Added to Historic Site
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Today in Washington

The House takes up a number of measures, including a bill on domestic violence awareness.

The Senate is in session, but no roll call votes are expected.

The President met with senior advisers and with national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan; speaking this afternoon to servicemen and women in Florida; attending Miami fundraisers this evening for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In Washington, Comedian-actor Bill Cosby will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Jerry Seinfeld will be joined by Chris Rock, "Cosby Show" co-stars Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and others. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center

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Top Stories

Reid Plans Announcement on 'Public Option'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will announce later this afternoon whether the Senate's health care overhaul will include a government-run "public option," according to his office. [Read More]

Billy Carter Service Station to Be Added to Historic Site

The House is slated this afternoon to consider a bill that would roughly double the size of a National Park Service site honoring President Jimmy Carter in part by extending it to include a service station that was run by his younger brother, Billy, who died in 1988. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

The Iowa Politics Insider blog of the Des Moines Register reports that former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack will not be running for the Senate in 2010. Vilsack had been mentioned as a potential challenger to five-term Republican Charles E. Grassley. Vilsack recently "said publicly she was well-qualified, but she stopped short of expressing interest," according to the newspaper. Tom Vilsack, who was Iowa's governor from 1999 to 2007, is now Secretary of Agriculture.

According to KARK-TV, "Drew Pritt, a political activist and small business owner, has decided to provide a 'progressive' primary challenge to incumbent U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas." The Arkansas television station's news site quotes Pritt, a Democrat, as saying: "The fact remains we are at a historic moment in our country's history. So it's very upsetting, when we see a Democratic U.S. senator who doesn't support a public option for health care reform. It's very upsetting when we see a Democratic U.S. senator who doesn't support the Employee Free Choice Act. It's very upsetting when we see a Democratic U.S. senator who waivers and waffles on basic civil rights. And the only explanation that is given is, she is a senator from the deep South." Pritt labels himself as a "Bible Belt liberal" and says he's jumping into the race because no prominent Democrats have lined up to challenge Lincoln, who won the 2004 general election with nearly 56 percent of the vote.

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