Friday, May 08, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Friday, May 08, 2009 – 2:00 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Records Indicate Pelosi Was Briefed on Interrogations
  • LaHood: 'Perfection' Is Goal for Overhaul of Highway Trust Fund
  • The Week Ahead: Supplemental Spending, Credit Card Bills Up Next Week
  • Political Trivia for Friday, May 08, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President meets with senior advisers; speaks on job creation and job training; meets with Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.

In Washington, Director Barry Levinson's film "Poliwood" premieres in Washington at a screening and reception co-hosted by The Creative Coalition and Capitol File magazine. The documentary film focuses on the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, 6:30 p.m., Naval Heritage Museum, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Records Indicate Pelosi Was Briefed on Interrogations

Records provided to Congress by the nation's spy chief contradict House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that she was never briefed on the use of harsh interrogation methods. [Read More]

LaHood: 'Perfection' Is Goal for Overhaul of Highway Trust Fund

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday that as a member of Congress he believed the funding formula used to distribute federal highway money to states was unfair. [Read More]

The Week Ahead: Supplemental Spending, Credit Card Bills Up Next Week

The House next week plans to consider a $96.7 billion supplemental spending bill, while the Senate is expected to focus on credit card legislation. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Friday, May 08, 2009

How many states entered the Union in the month of May? [Read More]

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEW JERSEY: Court: Towns Can't Restrict Where Sex Offenders Live
NEW YORK CITY: Transit Chief's Resignation Follows State Bailout
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.: Firefighters Make Progress as 18,000 Are Evacuated
The NATION: Army National Guard to Trim Its Ranks
MASSACHUSETTS: Governor to Seek Union Pay-Raise Givebacks

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Political Clippings

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Democrat Paula Flowers is seeking the House seat held by Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn. Flowers, state commissioner of commerce and insurance from 2003 to 2007, is the second Democrat to enter the race, following computer systems analyst Brent Benedict. On the GOP side, Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble has announced his candidacy. Wamp is running for governor in 2010.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that Greene County, Mo., prosecutor Darrell Moore is seeking the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Moore, whose platform includes a spending freeze for the federal government, joins three other Republicans in the race. Blunt is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Wednesday, May 06, 2009 – 2:14 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Congress Seeks to Deter Foreclosures and Curb Mortgage Abuses
  • Audit Finds Flaws in FBI Handling of Terrorist Watchlist
  • Congress Wont Intervene in DC's Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Pelosi Says
  • Pelosi Won't Back Obey's Call for Timelines in War Supplemental
  • House Panel Approves Bill to Fund 'Green' School Renovations
  • Political Trivia for Wednesday, May 06, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House begins consideration of a bill intended to curb predatory mortgage lending; votes on a bill to combat financial fraud.

The Senate completes action on a housing bill, after votes on several remaining amendments; may begin debate on measure to tighten Pentagon procurement procedures.

The President meets with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., has lunch with Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and ranking Finance member Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa; with Biden, meets separately with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and later meets with the two leaders together; delivers remarks after the trilateral meeting.

In Washington, the Endowment for Middle East Truth will honor five individuals at the "Rays of Light in the Darkness" Dinner: Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., as well as former CIA director R. James Woolsey , professor Dr. Walid Phares and former Islamic extremist Dr. Tawfik Hamid. 7:30 p.m., Russell Senate Office Building.

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Top Stories

Congress Seeks to Deter Foreclosures and Curb Mortgage Abuses

The Senate moved toward passage Wednesday of legislation that would ease eligibility requirements and streamline the application process homeowners on the brink of foreclosure. [Read More]

Audit Finds Flaws in FBI Handling of Terrorist Watchlist

An audit of the terrorist watchlist found that FBI sometimes failed to add investigation targets to the list and frequently failed to add suspects swiftly, then often did not remove suspects when investigations were closed. [Read More]

Congress Wont Intervene in DC's Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Pelosi Says

Though some conservative House Republicans said they want the the House to block any action of the District of Columbia City Council and mayor within 30 days, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Congress won't hold such a vote. [Read More]

Pelosi Won't Back Obey's Call for Timelines in War Supplemental

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, echoing other leading Democrats, said the evaluation of progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan was up to the Obama administration and that she would not support a one-year timeline in the fiscal 2009 war supplemental as proposed by Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey. [Read More]

House Panel Approves Bill to Fund 'Green' School Renovations

The bill would authorize $6.4 billion in fiscal 2010 for school construction projects and any necessary funds through fiscal 2015. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Wednesday, May 06, 2009

In what year did the Boston Tea Party take place? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
WASHINGTON, D.C. | Council Votes to Recognize Gay Marriages
LOS ANGELES | City Moves to Lay Off 400, Cut 1,200 Vacant Jobs
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas | County Slashes Sheriff's Stimulus Wish List
NEW YORK STATE | Governor: No More Bottled Water

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Political Clippings

"Connecticut Republican Chairman Christopher Healy questioned the qualifications of U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd's wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, to reap $400,000 to $500,000 a year by serving as a director on corporate boards, the Hartford Courant reports. "Healy noted that a key credential cited by Clegg Dodd and the companies that pay her director's fees has been her role as the founder and managing partner of Clegg International Consulting LLC," which according to the newspaper, has had no clients for about 42 months.

McClatchy reports that Sen. Jim Bunning, who is seeking reelection in 2010, "assailed his fellow Kentucky Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for the state of the dwindled Republican caucus...Under our dynamic leadership of our leader, we have gone from 55 to 40 (Senate seats) in two cycles. . . we will end up with about 36 after this cycle," Bunning said on a conference call. "So if leadership means anything, it means you don't lose 19 seats if you're leading."

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that porn star Stormy Daniels is on a "listening tour... in connection with efforts to persuade her to run" for Louisiana GOP Sen. David Vitter's seat in 2010. The newspaper reported that "Daniels... talked about Iraq, taxes and her efforts to safeguard the Internet for children" while traveling through Baton Rouge. She will be in New Orleans Wednesday.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, May 05, 2009 – 2:00 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Boehner Opposes Timetable for Afghanistan Success
  • Defense Acquisition Overhaul Bill Next Up in Senate
  • Republican Rubio Enters Florida Senate Race
  • Political Trivia for Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House votes on a number of non-controversial measures under suspension of the rules.

The Senate is expected to finish work on a housing bill, with more than a dozen amendments to be considered.

The President and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meet with Democrats serving on the Energy and Commerce Committees to discuss energy independence, health care reform and other legislative priorities; meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

In Washington, The Brain Tumor Foundation holds a press conference on the launch of a campaign, "Road to Early Detection," the first-ever national campaign promoting early detection of brain tumors through the use of a Mobile MRI Unit. Participants include Reps. Robert B. Aderholt, R-Ala., and Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y. 4 p.m., Maryland Ave. and 3rd St. S.W.

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Top Stories

Boehner Opposes Timetable for Afghanistan Success

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner said Tuesday he is against Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey's plan to set a one-year timetable for the military to show progress in Afghanistan to ensure continued funding. [Read More]

Defense Acquisition Overhaul Bill Next Up in Senate

Those looking to change the bill are concerned that enforcement mechanisms are too lax, jeopardizing its chances of properly fixing how the Defense Department manages its multitrillion-dollar program portfolio. [Read More]

Republican Rubio Enters Florida Senate Race

Florida Republican Marco Rubio, a former state House Speaker, announced Tuesday that he is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring one-term Republican Mel Martinez . [Read More]

Political Trivia for Tuesday, May 05, 2009

What Supreme Court justice also served as Secretary of State, congressman, senator and governor of South Carolina? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE NATION | Federal Aid Now Top State and Local Revenue Source
ILLINOIS | Treasurer Defends SUV Purchase
THE NATION | Swine Flu Fears Ending Prison Visitation
THE NATION | In Some Places, Signs of a Real-Estate Rebound

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Political Clippings

The Nashua Telegraph reports that "U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg and former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu both lead Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes in head-to-head polls for the Senate seat Gregg intends to vacate in 2010."

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that "as speculation on who will succeed retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter reaches fever pitch in Washington, some conservatives are eyeing Minnesota's still-vacant U.S. Senate seat as the cushion between whether a new justice will be a moderate liberal or one from the 'hard left.'" Democrat Al Franken is vying to replace former Sen. Norm Coleman, who has appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court the ruling of a Senate election trial that found Franken the winner.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Monday, May 04, 2009 – 2:00 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama Announces Plan to Curtail Overseas Tax Deferrals
  • Deal Lets Sessions Take Top GOP Judiciary Slot, Yield to Grassley in 2011
  • Auto Industry Woes Drive Agenda for Michigan Freshman
  • Political Trivia for Monday, May 04, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House votes on a number of non-controversial measures.

The Senate is expected to vote on amendments to a housing bill.

The President Delivers remarks on tax reform; delivers remarks at a Cinco de Mayo event with Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico's ambassador to the United States. Mrs. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Jill Biden also attend.

In Washington, The Woodrow Wilson Centers' Environmental Change and Security Program and Program on Science, Technology, America, and the Global Economy host "Water: A Conversation with Dean Kamen." Founder of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, Kamen will discuss two of his recent inventions, one that generates power, and another that turns polluted water into a potable drink. Kamen is known for a series of successful inventions, including an implantable insulin pump, a portable dialysis machine, and an artificial arm, as well as the Segway personal transporter. 3 p.m., Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Obama Announces Plan to Curtail Overseas Tax Deferrals

President Obama wants to limit the ability of multinational corporations to put off paying taxes on income earned overseas until returning the profits home. [Read More]

Deal Lets Sessions Take Top GOP Judiciary Slot, Yield to Grassley in 2011

The arrangement would position Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to lead any Republican opposition to President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, replacing Justice David H. Souter, who plans to retire at the end of the current term in June. [Read More]

Auto Industry Woes Drive Agenda for Michigan Freshman

When freshman Rep. Gary Peters stands for re-election next year, it will be against the backdrop of continued economic uncertainty in the 9th Congressional District, which is home to Chrysler's corporate headquarters. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Monday, May 04, 2009

What portion of respondents to a recent poll said race relations have improved since Prsident Obama took office? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE NATION | 35 AGs to Probe Pension-Fund Corruption
CALIFORNIA | State Moves to Resume Executions
THE NATION | Caution: Stimulus Roadwork Ahead
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA | Bird Deaths Puzzle Scientists

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Political Clippings

The St. Petersburg Times reports that should Florida Gov. Charlie Crist run for the seat to be vacated by GOP Sen. Mel Martinez in 2010, he will reside at the left edge of the party and in the middle of an ideological fight. In the Senate, Crist likely would find himself aligned with moderate GOP Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine. "If you agree with Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe on some of these issues, you might as well become a Democrat," said former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, a Republican who is likely to run for the Senate, whether or not Crist does.

KY3.com reports that "Greene County [Missouri] Prosecutor Darrell Moore will announce later this week whether he'll run for" Missouri Republican Roy Blunt's District 7 seat when leaves to run for the vacated Senate seat of Republican Christopher S. Bond in 2010.

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