Friday, January 23, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009 – 1:58 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Leaders Vow To Speed Action on Stimulus After Meeting With Obama
  • Tax Portion of Senate’s Stimulus Proposal Unveiled
  • Rep. Gillibrand Picked to Fill Clinton’s Senate Seat
  • Rockefeller’s Rewrite of Digital TV Bill May Satisfy Republicans
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 23
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President holds meetings with congressional leaders, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy F. Geithner.

In Washington,  There will be a film screening to celebrate National Geographic Channel’s world premiere special, “On Board Air Force One,” ‘which features exclusive footage of Barack Obama’s first official flight. 5 p.m., National Geographic Headquarters, 1145 17th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Leaders Vow To Speed Action on Stimulus After Meeting With Obama

Congressional leaders who met Friday with President Obama renewed their pledge to pursue both speed and bipartisanship as they work to send him a massive economic stimulus package by mid-February.  [Read More]

Tax Portion of Senate’s Stimulus Proposal Unveiled

The Senate Finance Committee chairman on Friday unveiled a $275 billion tax-cut plan that largely tracks the priorities of President Obama and House Democratic leaders, attached to $180 billion in proposed spending for health, unemployment benefits and other programs.  [Read More]

Rep. Gillibrand Picked to Fill Clinton’s Senate Seat

Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday was appointed to succeed fellow Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next U.S. senator from New York.  [Read More]

Rockefeller’s Rewrite of Digital TV Bill May Satisfy Republicans

Senators seem to be nearing a compromise on delaying the Feb. 17 nationwide transition to digital television by four months.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 23

On what date in 1993 did President Bill Clinton make his first address to Congress?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Minnesota Post reports that former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman will be a “paid consultant and strategic adviser and will travel around the country fundraising and speaking to Jewish communities about current affairs for the Republican Jewish Coalition, a Washington organization that does outreach and lobbying and counts a number of GOP heavyweights among its board members,” the publication reports. “He will not, however, work as a lobbyist, in keeping with new ethics rules prohibiting senators from lobbying for at least two years after leaving office.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that GOP Rep. Roy Blunt is seriously considering a run to replace retiring GOP Sen. Christopher S. Bond, who will retire in 2010. Blunt said he was “looking at it very seriously. I’m making some calls and people are calling me.”

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE WEST: Study: Warming, Drought Killing Trees
RHODE ISLAND: State to Seek Bids for Some Medicaid Surgeries
PENNSYLVANIA: Court: Make Autopsy Reports Available to Public
TEXAS: State Moves to End Teaching of Evolution ‘Weaknesses’
LOS ANGELES: Controller Slams City over ‘Take-Home’ Cars
BOSTON: Police Union Deal Freezes Wages

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009 – 2:13 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Finance Approves Geithner Nomination
  • Senate Turns Back Challenge to Wage Bias Bill
  • Confirmation of EPA Administrator Delayed by Barrasso
  • Rep. Young: Send Detainees to Pelosi’s District
  • House Votes To Block Release of More Bailout Funds, But Gesture Is Hollow
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 22
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Today in Washington

The House passes a resolution designed to block the release of the second half of the $700 billion financial industry bailout fund.

The Senate considers legislation making it easier for workers to file suit in wage discrimination cases, rejecting the first major amendment offered.

The President meets with economic advisers and senior staff; issues executive orders on Guantanamo Bay and detainee interrogations; meets with retired military officers; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, National Security Adviser James Jones and deputy national security adviser Tom Donilon before addressing State Department employees with Clinton.

In Washington, the Filipino Family Fund and the Culture of Life Foundation hold a “Champions for Family” award reception, honoring Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., Dr. Rene Bullecer, and Rev. Jerome Magat. With Reps. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.; Trent Franks, R-Ariz.; Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb.; Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan.; Vellie Dietrich-Hall, White House Commissioner; others. 4:45 p.m., Phoenix Hotel, 520 N. Capitol St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Finance Approves Geithner Nomination

The Senate Finance Committee has approved Timothy F. Geithner’s nomination to be Treasury secretary, pushing aside questions about the nominee’s tax problems and concerns over the government’s financial bailout program.  [Read More]

Senate Turns Back Challenge to Wage Bias Bill

By a comfortable margin, the Senate on Thursday rejected the first and most comprehensive challenge to a bill aimed at making it easier for victims of wage discrimination to seek redress in court.  [Read More]

Confirmation of EPA Administrator Delayed by Barrasso

A Republican senator has delayed confirmation of a new EPA administrator because he wants more information about the role of a new “energy czar” in the White House.  [Read More]

Rep. Young: Send Detainees to Pelosi’s District

A senior House Republican has suggested a secure location for the detainees now held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba — Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco.  [Read More]

House Votes To Block Release of More Bailout Funds, But Gesture Is Hollow

The House passed a resolution of disapproval Thursday designed to block release of the second half of the $700 billion financial bailout fund. But the vote will have no substantive impact.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 22

President Clinton in January 1996 declared the end of what era?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that “Joe Trippi, a veteran Democratic political consultant who served as campaign manager for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential bid, has joined Brian Moran’s [Virginia] gubernatorial campaign.” Moran served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1996 to 2008, and is the brother of U.S. Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va. The newspaper reports, “Moran is battling former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe” and state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds in a June primary for the nomination. Attorney General Bob McDonnell is the likely Republican nominee for governor, according to the newspaper.

The Chattanoogan reports that Tennessee GOP Chairman Robin Smith “confirmed ... she has an interest in the” race for Tennessee’s 3rd District seat being vacated by Republican Zach Wamp, who is running for governor. Smith could make a decision at the end of March.

The New York Daily News reports that some were speculating that Caroline Kennedy withdrew herself from consideration to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York because she was informed Gov. David A. Paterson would not select her for the seat once held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy. “This has face-saving written all over it,” said one congressional Democrat.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009 – 2:03 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House GOP Seeks Thursday Meeting With Obama on Economic Stimulus
  • Holder Nomination Likely To Be Delayed
  • Army Scrutinizing Future Combat Systems Program, General Says
  • Sen. Burris is Moving Up — Fast
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 21
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Today in Washington

The House considers a bill that would overhaul the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.

The Senate holds a vote on the nomination of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., to be secretary of State; considers a wage discrimination bill.

The President with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the Obama and Biden families, attends the National Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral; places phone calls to President Mubarak of Egypt, Prime Minister Olmert of Israel, King Abdullah of Jordan, and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority; attends swearing of White House staff; meets with economic team; receives briefing on Iraq from his military team, including Gens. David Petraeus and Ray Odierno.

In Washington, peace activists hold a peace movement launch party, “Bring the Guard Home.” 6 p.m., Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Sts., N.W.

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Top Stories

House GOP Seeks Thursday Meeting With Obama on Economic Stimulus

House Republican leaders are seeking a face-to-face meeting with President Obama Thursday to discuss their proposals to stimulate the nation’s economy.  [Read More]

Holder Nomination Likely To Be Delayed

Senate Judiciary Republicans are likely to request a delay in a vote on the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. to be attorney general when the committee meets Wednesday afternoon.  [Read More]

Army Scrutinizing Future Combat Systems Program, General Says

The Army is in the middle of a “top to bottom” review of its weapons investments, a senior officer said Wednesday, and the focus is on a program that President Obama criticized during the campaign.  [Read More]

Sen. Burris is Moving Up — Fast

Democrat Roland W. Burris of Illinois won’t be the Senate’s most junior member much longer.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 21

On what date did George W. Bush make his first address to Congress after becoming president in 2001?  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
ARIZONA: Governor Resigns to Head DHS
THE OHIO RIVER REGION: Six States, EPA Probe River Bacteria
RACINE, Wis.: Facing Child Sex Charges, Mayor Resigns
CHICAGO: City to Close Several Mental Health Centers

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Political Clippings

The Palm Beach Post reports that Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., said he’ll stay on the sidelines until Republican Gov. Charlie Crist formally takes himself out of the running for the U.S. Senate seat of Republican Mel Martinez, who will retire in 2010. Mack said, “Charlie Crist hasn’t ruled out that he may run for Senate. I know that he’s being courted right now to do so. So it’s way too early to make any decisions like that.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “the court fight over filling Minnesota’s vacant U.S. Senate seat begins in earnest [Wednesday] when Al Franken asks a three-judge panel to dismiss Norm Coleman’s lawsuit challenging a recount that left him trailing Franken by 225 votes.” Franken, a Democrat, is trying to block an attempt by Coleman, a Republican, to press in court claims of voter irregularities.

The Dayton Daily News reports that a new poll indicates that former GOP Rep. Rob Portman [1993-2005] led Ohio Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in a hypothetical race for the seat of Republican Sen. George V. Voinovich 41 percent to 39 percent. Voinovich plans to retire in 2010.

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This Week in Health Policy on the Hill

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SCHIP: House passes legislation to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
STIMULUS: House economic stimulus package includes billions for Medicaid, health information technology and other health-related areas.
HEALTH COSTS: Office of Management and Budget nominee sees “massive” opportunities to cut health costs.
Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009 – 1:58 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama Sworn In as 44th President, Calls on Nation To Remake America
  • Senate To Start Confirming Obama’s Nominees
  • Pelosi Picks Lofgren To Chair Ethics Committee
  • Intelligence Agencies Analyzing ‘Potential Threat’
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 20, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House  convenes at 10 a.m. for the inauguration of Barack Obama; no votes are expected.

The Senate convenes at 3 p.m., confirms the first of President Obama’s nominations by voice vote.

President Obama is inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States; attends a congressional luncheon, watches the Inaugural parade, and later visits various Inaugural balls.

In Washington, Hundreds of thousands jam the streets and the national Mall for the Inaugural ceremony and parade.

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Top Stories

Obama Sworn In as 44th President, Calls on Nation To Remake America

Barack Obama concluded a historic and remarkable journey Tuesday when he was sworn in as the nation’s 44th president and its first African-American commander-in-chief in a ceremony filled with grandeur and calls for personal sacrifice.  [Read More]

Senate To Start Confirming Obama’s Nominees

The Senate was preparing Tuesday to confirm the first of President Obama’s Cabinet nominees, although some of his most important picks will not be on the list.  [Read More]

Pelosi Picks Lofgren To Chair Ethics Committee

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has chosen Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., as the new chairwoman of the House ethics committee.  [Read More]

Intelligence Agencies Analyzing ‘Potential Threat’

As the crowds gathered on the National Mall and inauguration parade route Tuesday, the intelligence community analyzed a threat of “limited specificity and uncertain credibility” that members of a terrorist organization might try to strike at the festivities.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 20, 2009

Whose presidential inauguration was the first to be televised?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that former Sen. Mark Dayton (2001-2007) has filed papers to run for Minnesota governor in 2010. Dayton joins several other Democrats who have submitted paperwork for the race. “Sen. John Marty of Roseville; Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook; Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner; Rep. Paul Thissen of Minneapolis, and frequent candidate Ole Savior” are the five who have made it official, according to the newspaper.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Alex Sink — Florida’s chief financial officer and the only Democrat in the state Cabinet — says she will not run for the Senate in 2010. According to the newspaper, Sink “apparently also ruled out a challenge to Gov. Charlie Crist” and said “she plans to seek re-election to her Cabinet post.” “Over the past several weeks, I have given serious and careful thought to my own future and, more importantly, to the future of our state and I am extremely grateful for the support and advice so many friends and fellow Floridians have shared,” Sink said in a statement issued through the Florida Democratic Party. The current holder of the Senate seat, Republican Mel Martinez, has announced he will not run in 2010. Democratic Rep. Kendrick B. Meek has announced his candidacy.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
VIRGINIA: State Pension Fund Loses a Quarter of Its Value
MICHIGAN: Report Cites Racial Bias in Foster-Care System
BOSTON: Police Show No Gains in Solving Homicides
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Obama’s Rise Renews D.C. Statehood Hopes
PORTLAND, Ore.: Gay Mayor Admits Sex with 18-Year-Old Intern

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