Friday, February 20, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, February 20, 2009 – 2:05 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Ethics Panel Could Act on Burris Without Waiting for Criminal Investigation
  • Agriculture Secretary to Issue New Meat Labeling Guidelines
  • Political Trivia for Friday, February 20, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., addresses U.S. mayors to discuss the implementation of the economic stimulus package; meets with senior advisers; has lunch with Biden; holds meetings and works on his address to the joint session of Congress next week.

In Washington, the School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, "Water and International Development," with Aaron Salzberg, head of the Interagency Working Group on Water at the Department of State, and Geoff Dabelko, director of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 12:30 p.m., Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Ethics Panel Could Act on Burris Without Waiting for Criminal Investigation

Because Sen. Roland W. Burris, an Illinois Democrat, has offered multiple explanations about how he was appointed, the committee could focus on how he was seated rather than results of a potential criminal charge of perjury. [Read More]

Agriculture Secretary to Issue New Meat Labeling Guidelines

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is preparing to enforce a food-labeling mandate that farm state lawmakers and livestock producers say the Bush administration allowed meatpackers to circumvent. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Friday, February 20, 2009

How tall was George Washington? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
FLORIDA: Business Lobby Backs Releasing Nonviolent Inmates
MASSACHUSETTS: Turnpike Ordered to Pay Union Workers $3 Million
SAN FRANCISCO: Parks to Lay Off Workers, Raise Fees
CLEVELAND: Ruling May Bring Challenges to Traffic-Camera Tickets

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Political Clippings

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Walt Minnick , D-Idaho, is a prime target for national Republicans seeking to win back control of Congress. "Walt Minnick can try to disguise his party affiliation as much as he wants, but at the end of the day he is a Democrat in solid Republican territory," said Paul Lindsay, a GOP spokesman. Minnick, 66, is a former corporate executive who won a close victory by campaigning as a pro-gun, anti-tax, small-government conservative in a Republican district. Democrats appear to be willing to give him room to fulfill that promise, which experts say is just what he needs to win re-election. "What the Democrats don't want to do is make the same mistake the Republicans made, and this is to listen too much to the extreme of the party," said Boise State University political scientist Gary Moncrief.

The New York Post reports that former New York Gov. George Pataki is considering a bid for the GOP Senate nomination next year. The daily said a Pataki spokesman confirmed that he met Tuesday with Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who is currently scouting challengers to Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. But some national Republicans view the prospect as remote. A longtime Pataki associate told the daily the Senate talk was likely designed to draw business for his private law practice.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, February 19, 2009 – 2:18 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Burris' Lobbying Disclosures Don't Add Up
  • Firm with Murtha Ties Got Earmarks From Nearly One-Fourth of House
  • Rep. Blunt's Entry Sets Up Key Senate Race in Missouri
  • Political Trivia for Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President visits Ottawa, Canada to meet with Governor General of Canada Michaelle Jean and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper; meets with the leader of the official opposition Michael Ignatieff; meets with U.S. Embassy employees and family members; and returns to Washington.

In Washington, the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation hosts a panel discussion on the Japanese American experience during World War II. The event is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Program, and commemorates the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942, which led to the imprisonment of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry. Speakers for the panel include three writers who have written about the Japanese American experience during the war: Shirley Castelnuovo, David Mura and Kiyo Sato. 6:30 p.m., Rasmuson Theater at the Smithsonian, 4th St. and Independence.

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Top Stories

Burris' Lobbying Disclosures Don't Add Up

The names of lobbying clients that Sen. Roland W. Burris declared to a state legislative panel do not match those on records he filed over the last decade with Illinois and Chicago agencies, a CQ analysis of the records has found. [Read More]

Firm with Murtha Ties Got Earmarks From Nearly One-Fourth of House

More than 100 House members secured earmarks for clients of The PMA Group, known for its ties to John P. Murtha, the congressman in charge of Pentagon appropriations. [Read More]

Rep. Blunt's Entry Sets Up Key Senate Race in Missouri

Roy Blunt's run for the Senate was widely expected, and it virtually ensures that Missouri — one of the nation's premier partisan battlegrounds — will host one of the most closely watched contests in the upcoming midterm elections. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Thursday, February 19, 2009

The first political action committees were created in what decade? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE NATION: With Crisis As Catalyst, Governors Push Big Changes
ALASKA: Palin Now Owes Taxes on Per Diem
CALIFORNIA: Report: State's Renewable Energy Goals Feasible
FLORIDA: Governor Opposes Pipeline Off Fort Lauderdale

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Political Clippings

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that "Former state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman is still deciding whether to run for Senate and face U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt in what would surely be a divisive Republican primary." Both Blunt and Steelman have expressed interest in the seat of Sen. Christopher S. Bond since the day he announced his plans to retire in 2010. Blunt will announce his candidacy Thursday. "Sources close to Blunt said ... that the two big-name GOP candidates have had several conversations," the newspaper reports. "Blunt has been methodically clearing the field."

The Miami Herald reports that a recent poll shows "Gov. Charlie Crist continues to command the Republican field" in the race to fill the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Mel Martinez , who will retire in 2010. The poll also found that "among Democrats, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, who has not declared her candidacy, is tied with U.S. Rep. Kendrick B. Meek ," D-Fla., who has announced he'll seek the office.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, February 18, 2009 – 2:25 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama Unveils Plan to Stem Homeowner Foreclosures
  • Burris Statements Under Scrutiny in Illinois and Washington
  • Abortion a Topic During Pelosi Visit with Pope
  • Government Reviews Automakers' Request of $14 Billion
  • Political Trivia for Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President delivers remarks about providing relief for responsible homeowners in Mesa, Ariz.; returns to Washington.

In Washington, University of Maryland professor and National Academy of Sciences member Rita Colwell delivers a lecture titled: "Climate, Oceans, and Human Health: The Saga of a Cholera-Chaser," which focuses on how recent studies have incorporated satellite technology, ground measurements, and other analyses to predict conditions conducive to cholera outbreaks in Bangladesh, India, and East Africa. 5:30 p.m., National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Obama Unveils Plan to Stem Homeowner Foreclosures

The Obama administration Wednesday laid out a multi-billion dollar effort to stem the rushing tide of foreclosures on millions of at-risk homeowners and even those who have already gone through foreclosure. [Read More]

Burris Statements Under Scrutiny in Illinois and Washington

Illinois Democratic Sen. Roland W. Burris welcomed state and federal investigations of his sworn statements, which appeared contradictory, about his appointment by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. [Read More]

Abortion a Topic During Pelosi Visit with Pope

Speaker Nancy Pelosi , a Catholic who attends Mass at least weekly and also supports abortion rights, was lectured in Rome Wednesday by Pope Benedict XVI about the need for Catholic political leaders to oppose abortion. [Read More]

Government Reviews Automakers' Request of $14 Billion

General Motors and Chrysler LLC., two of Detroit's "Big Three" automakers, presented the Obama administration with extensive restructuring plans last night, requesting more government aid and outlining drastic cuts to jobs and manufacturing over the next few years. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Who was the first future president born after George Washington died? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CHICAGO: Former Alderman Sentenced for Corruption
NEW YORK CITY: City Must Prepare for Global Warming, Mayor's Panel Says
THE SEATTLE AREA: Transit Agency Faces $100 Million Shortfall, Service Cuts
ANAHEIM, Calif.: Online Travel Sites Ordered to Pay City $21 Million

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Political Clippings

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher will both seek the Democratic Senate nomination next year, setting up a primary that has party leaders across the state scrambling to pick the right side. Gov. Ted Strickland has already decided to back Fisher, while Brunner said she has been receiving guidance from Washington-based Emily's List, which helps elect Democratic women who support abortion rights. The primary winner will face former GOP Rep. Rob Portman in the race to succeed Sen. George V. Voinovich , who is not seeking re-election.

St. Petersburg Times columnist Adam C. Smith explores the pros and cons of a Senate run next year by Democratic Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. On the "should run" side, Smith says, among other things, that Iorio's Tampa Bay roots are valuable, as the area is "home to nearly one in four votes in both the Democratic primary and the general election." Smith also says the contest currently "features no political giant in either party," and that Iorio is "smart, funny and exudes competence. And she's a woman." On the negative side, Smith says, among other things, that Iorio has "no network," lacks a record of high-profile accomplishments, and "is by nature a chief executive, not a legislator. The my-way-or-the-highway mayor who has exercised a heavy hand over City Council members seems an odd fit for the collegial give-and-take of the U.S. Senate."

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, February 17, 2009 – 2:23 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama to Sign Economic Stimulus Package
  • New Prosecutors Assigned To Handle Case Against Stevens
  • Political Trivia for Tuesday, February 17, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President visits Denver's Museum of Nature and Science to tour the facility's solar panel installation, and to sign a massive economic stimulus measure.

In Washington, The Center for Strategic & International Studies hosts a discussion, "Korea's Green Growth Gambit: A Consideration of the Emerging Consensus on Environmental Policy and Its Implications for Asia." Featured speakers include Dr. Ji-won Yang, Vice President of the Daejeon Green Growth Forum; and Carola McGiffert, senior fellow and director for Smart Power Initiatives, 2 p.m., CSIS B1B Conference Center, 1800 K St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Obama to Sign Economic Stimulus Package

Administration officials said the package of spending and tax cuts would create 3.5 million jobs and set up a Web site, www.recovery.gov, to allow people to track stimulus spending. [Read More]

New Prosecutors Assigned To Handle Case Against Stevens

The Justice Department swapped prosecutors in the case against former Sen. Ted Stevens, after U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan cited several lawyers for contempt for failing to turn over documents to the defense. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

To whom is the legend of George Washington and the cherry tree attributed? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
INDIANAPOLIS: Mayor Merges Code-Enforcement Agencies
FLORIDA: State Sets Conditions for Huge Insurer's Withdrawal
TEXAS: Officials: Fireball in Sky Probably a Meteor

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Political Clippings

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that "State Democrats are scrambling to field a candidate against" Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson . The senator Tuesday will announce his run for a second term in 2010. "Nobody has even called me up and said, ‘I'm thinking about running for the U.S. Senate,"' said former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes. Isakson already has amassed a war chest of $2.3 million. A key problem for Democrats is that top contenders are lining up to run for governor.

The Chicago Tribune reports that "Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan led a growing chorus of Democratic officials ... calling for a deeper investigation of U.S. Sen. Roland Burris' explanation about how he was appointed by now-ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich." Illinois Republicans are calling for an investigation into whether Burris perjured himself when he testified before state lawmakers about how he came to be appointed by Blagojevich. "Burris has portrayed himself as an elder statesmen untainted by ties to Blagojevich's scandal who was chosen in a crisis to help the state," the newspaper reports. "But Burris' own words in recent days show the former attorney general steadily reached out to nearly every major insider who was part of Blagojevich's ever-shrinking inner circle of advisers."

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This Week in Health Policy on the Hill

Health on the Hill with kaisernetwork.org and CQ are weekly audio updates from CQ reporters highlighting the latest health policy developments on Capitol Hill. A podcast of the report is also available.

ECONOMIC STIMULUS: Economic stimulus package, which includes several health related provisions, is cleared for President Obama’s signature.
SALMONELLA: Executives of peanut company accused of knowingly manufacturing tainted peanut products take Fifth Amendment during congressional hearing.
HEALTH CARE REFORM: Senate budget committee chairman says tough hurdles await financing of health care reform.
Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links
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Monday, February 16, 2009

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