Friday, October 02, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, October 02, 2009 – 3:11 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Airline Industry Wary of Proposed Cap-and-Trade System
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President is in Copenhagen with first lady Michelle Obama. Delivers remarks at the Chicago 2016 presentation; participates in a question-and-answer session with IOC members before an informal reception with IOC members; with Michelle, is greeted by Danish Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik; meets with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen; departs Copenhagen en route to Andrews Air Force Base; delivers brief remarks in the Rose Garden.

In Washington, Rep. Mike Pence and others attend a Tribute to Ronald Reagan Dinner held by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation as part of its third annual Defending the American Dream Summit. 7 p.m., Marriott-Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington.

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Top Stories

Airline Industry Wary of Proposed Cap-and-Trade System

The airline industry is pushing back against the Senate's climate change bill, claiming a proposed cap-and-trade system could cost carriers them as much as $5 billion. [Read More]
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

The Miami Herald reports that former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre is expected to announce next week "that he is running for the U.S. Senate, becoming only the second Hispanic Democrat to run statewide in Florida." According to the newspaper, "Ferre is assembling a campaign team and seeking a speaking slot at the Florida Democratic Party convention in Orlando that begins next week, infringing on turf all-but claimed by the front-running Democratic Senate candidate, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami." The Senate seat is currently held by Republican George LeMieux, appointed last month by Republican Gov. Charlie Crist to serve until the 2010 election. LeMieux plans on running for the seat.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, "Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul raised more than $1 million in the year's third quarter, becoming the second candidate in the race to break the million-dollar mark during a three-month fundraising period." Jack Conway, a Democrat and the current state attorney general, collected $1.3 million in his first quarter of fundraising. Another Republican, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, raised nearly $602,000 during his first quarter of fundraising, while he was still exploring a Senate race. Grayson and Paul both entered the race after Republican Sen. Jim Bunning announced July 27 that he would not seek another term, the newspaper reports.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, October 01, 2009 – 2:10 P.M.

In This Issue

  • McCain Seeks To Compel Afghanistan Testimony by Military Leaders
  • Lawmakers Preparing to Debate Movement of Gitmo Detainees
  • Overhaul Won't Fix Medicare Physician Payment System
  • Special Election: Republican Ahead in Race to Fill McHugh's Seat
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Today in Washington

The House considers the conference report on the fiscal 2010 Energy-Water spending bill.

The Senate debates amendments to the fiscal 2010 Defense spending bill.

The President delivers remarks at a fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association; meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner; flies to Copenhagen to press Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

In Washington, the Economic Club of Washington holds a meeting with Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson discussing the economy and energy policies. 7 p.m., Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. N.W.

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Top Stories

McCain Seeks To Compel Afghanistan Testimony by Military Leaders

The Senate was expected Thursday to defeat along party lines a Republican proposal that would require the commander of military forces in Afghanistan and other officials to testify before Congress by Nov. 15. [Read More]

Lawmakers Preparing to Debate Movement of Gitmo Detainees

When negotiators meet to finalize a fiscal 2010 Homeland Security appropriations bill, they are expected to drop a border security fence provision and debate an amendment restricting the movement of Guantanamo Bay detainees. [Read More]

Overhaul Won't Fix Medicare Physician Payment System

Congress is most likely to settle for another one-year patch to block a scheduled 22 percent reduction in the payments to doctors in 2010. [Read More]

Special Election: Republican Ahead in Race to Fill McHugh's Seat

Republican Dede Scozzafava leads Democrat Bill Owens in the race to fill a vacant House seat in upstate New York. Scozzafava was backed by 35 percent of likely voters in the first independent survey in the hotly contested race to fill the seat of former Rep. John McHugh. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

The Grand Forks Herald reports that Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, D-N.D., "apparently looking to head off a challenge next year from Gov. John Hoeven," sent out an e-mail appeal Wednesday to potential donors seeking at least a small contribution by the midnight deadline for filing campaign finance reports with the Federal Elections Commission. Dorgan's e-mail warned that a Hoeven challenge would "become a major race almost immediately. That's why I need your help right now." A spokesman said the governor would not comment on Dorgan's missive. "Hoeven claimed 74 percent of the vote last year when he won his third term. Dorgan won his last race, in 2004, with 68 percent."

According to the Boston Globe, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley "raised more than $2 million in the first month of the Senate race, her campaign said yesterday. . . .The fund-raising haul, which more than doubled the campaign's publicly stated goal for September, is a show of force for a candidate who was the first to announce her Senate bid, enjoys wide leads in early public polling, and is the only contender in the race who has proven she can win statewide." Democrats will choose their nominee to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on a Dec. 8 primary, with the special general election to follow Jan. 19. Among other Democrats vying for the nomination is Rep. Michael E. Capuano and Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca.

The Quad City Times reports that "Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses are likely to survive Republican plans to change the 2012 primary/caucus calendar, according to an Iowan on the panel." Brian Kennedy, who serves on a 15-member Republican National Committee panel scrutinizing the nominating process, said, "All is well." The RNC panel, he said, is focused on events after Iowa's caucuses, and hopes to make recommendations to the full RNC next summer. But Kennedy reminded his state party members "to be 'ever vigilant' in protecting its place at the start of the presidential nomination process."

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, September 30, 2009 2:05 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Senate Panel Rejects Tighter Abortion Curbs in Health Bill
  • So We'll Do As We Say? Maybe.
  • Reid Shortens Senate's Columbus Day Break
  • Congress Moving To Lift Ban on Chinese Chicken Imports
  • Minnesotans Need More Time To Figure Out Franken
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Today in Washington

The House considers a number of noncontroversial measures under suspension of the rules; votes on an expansion of non-military aid to Pakistan.

The Senate considers the conference report for the fiscal 2010 Legislative Branch spending bill, which includes a stopgap continuing resolution to keep the government funded through the end of October.

The President tours laboratory at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; announces $5 billion in medical research grants under the economic stimulus law; returns to the White House and signs the Arnold Palmer Gold Medal Act; meets with his national security team on Afghanistan.

In Washington, the Council on Foreign Relations holds a discussion on the rise of the new Muslim middle class, with Vali Nasr, of the State Department. 6:15 p.m., 1777 F St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Panel Rejects Tighter Abortion Curbs in Health Bill

Senators debating a health care overhaul waded into the difficult issue of abortion on Wednesday, defeating an amendment that would have tightened federal restrictions on the procedure. [Read More]

So We'll Do As We Say? Maybe.

Don't bet big bucks on seeing it in a final health care bill, but Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley has won a temporary victory in his bid to make Congress live by the same deal it orders up for everyone else. [Read More]

Reid Shortens Senate's Columbus Day Break

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday that the Senate won't get its usual weeklong Columbus Day recess, and predicted that floor debate on a health care overhaul will begin that week. [Read More]

Congress Moving To Lift Ban on Chinese Chicken Imports

House and Senate negotiators are poised to sign off on a new Agriculture appropriations measure that contains emergency aid to U.S. dairy farmers and lifts a two-year-old ban on Chinese poultry imports. [Read More]

Minnesotans Need More Time To Figure Out Franken

Thirty percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed for the Minneapolis Star Tribune weren't sure enough to venture an opinion about how Franken's doing, according to the poll conducted Sept. 21-24. [Read More]

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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

The Chicago Sun Times reports that David Hoffman, an underdog in the race for the Senate seat now held by Roland W. Burris, D-Ill., "got a boost Tuesday" from Abner Mikva, a former U.S. House member, federal appeals court judge and White House counsel with strong "reformer credentials." Mikva said the GOP frontrunner, Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, "is going to be a tough opponent. I think it's going to be hard for the Democrats to hold that [Senate] seat. I have no question that David will be the very best candidate to hold on to that seat." Others in the Democratic Senate contest include State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Chicago Urban League President Cheryl Robinson Jackson.

The Lynchburg News and Advance reports that a fifth Republican has joined the scramble for the nomination to take on freshman Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va., next year. Michael McPadden, a former Navy aviator and longtime captain with Northwest Airlines, is the latest to announce a bid for the GOP nod. "Also in the running are Feda Kidd Morton, a Fluvanna County biology teacher and GOP activist; Laurence Verga, a real-estate investor from Ivy; Bradley Rees, a factory worker from Bedford County and advocate of the FairTax; and Kenneth C. Boyd, a member of Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and owner of a financial services company."

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, September 29, 2009 2:35 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Resentment Lingers in Congress Over Auto Dealership Cuts
  • Democrats Divide Over 'Public Option' as Health Care Debate Continues
  • Pentagon May Have Overpaid Boeing, Report Says
  • Senators Move To Backstop FCC on Net Neutrality
  • House Majority Leader Cool to $250 Payment to Seniors
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Today in Washington

The House considers numerous bills under suspension of the rules, including legislation to extend Small Business Administration programs and to protect the Chesapeake Bay.

The Senate considers the fiscal 2010 Defense appropriations bill.

The President receives briefings from advisers; meets with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, the local premiere screening for "Capitalism: A Love Story," by Michael Moore, is held, with arrivals at 6 p.m. and film at 7 p.m., AMC Uptown Theater, 3426 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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Top Stories

Resentment Lingers in Congress Over Auto Dealership Cuts

Automakers and car dealers are set to meet Wednesday in Washington in hopes of resolving lingering issues and congressional resentment over how dealerships were cut loose when General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC went into bankruptcy this year. [Read More]

Democrats Divide Over 'Public Option' as Health Care Debate Continues

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday plunged into one of the most vigorous debates yet about its health care overhaul, arguing over whether to amend the draft proposal to add a government-run "public option." [Read More]

Pentagon May Have Overpaid Boeing, Report Says

The Pentagon's contract-auditing agency has serious problems and it may have permitted Boeing Co. to recover from the government $271 million in "unallowable" costs, the Defense Department inspector general said in an Aug. 31 report made public Tuesday. [Read More]

Senators Move To Backstop FCC on Net Neutrality

Legislation to codify unfettered broadband access for content providers, a principle known as "net neutrality," will soon be introduced in the Senate. [Read More]

House Majority Leader Cool to $250 Payment to Seniors

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer on Tuesday declined to support a move to provide senior citizens a one-time payment of $250 to make up for the expected lack of a cost-of-living increase in their Social Security benefits next year. [Read More]

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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

The Greenville News reports that a second Democrat, Rock Hill lawyer Chad McGowan, has told Democratic leaders he intends to seek the nomination to oppose Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., next year, even though the incumbent "has more than $2.5 million in his re-election bank account." Jim Watkins, chairman of the York County Democratic Party, said Monday, "Later on, you'll hear a lot more about it. ...A second Democrat, retired Ford Motor Co. manager Mike Ruckes of Summerville, previously announced a campaign. Ruckes said Monday he welcomes McGowan to the race."

The Foster's Daily Democrat reports that former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice Joseph Nadeau "confirmed Monday he will not vie for the Democratic nomination" for the Senate seat of retiring GOP Sen. Judd Gregg. He denied that his decision was prompted by "Democrats wanting to clear the field for U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., who's campaigning for Gregg's seat." But Hodes remains the only Democrat in the field at this point.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, September 28, 2009 –

In This Issue

  • Issa Ramps Up Probe of Countrywide After Report on Phone Tapings
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session in observance of Yom Kippur.

The Senate is not in session in observance of Yom Kippur.

The President met this morning with senior advisers.

In Washington, The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University holds a discussion, "The Northern Distribution Network to Afghanistan: Strategic and Economic Implications." 5 p.m., Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Issa Ramps Up Probe of Countrywide After Report on Phone Tapings

The revelation that Countrywide Financial recorded phone conversations as part of a specialized "VIP" mortgage loan program has added another twist to a Republican-led inquiry on Capitol Hill. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

According to the Monroe, La., News Star, Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La., "must do something to shake up the current political environment or get help from outside to stand a chance of defeating Republican Sen. David Vitter next November in an increasingly conservative Louisiana, political watchers say." Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media and Opinion Research told the newspaper that Melancon's campaign could be hurt by the fact that President Obama has become increasingly unpopular in Louisiana. "It's like trying to run a hundred-yard dash carrying a 15-pound weight," Pinsonat said. The News Star added: "Additionally, Melancon must break through in northern Louisiana, arguably the most conservative part of the state and one where his name recognition falls way short of Vitter's."

KPCNews.com of northeastern Indiana reports that Republican state Sen. Marlin Stutzman officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. "We are a great nation," Stutzman told the crowd at the Roger and Shelley Diehm farm north of Kendallville, Ind. "We want to go back to the basics." Stutzman is one of several Republicans preparing to run against incumbent Democrat Evan Bayh. According to the news site, "Aside from Stutzman, other declared Republican candidates for the primary are Carmel business owner Richard Behney, and Don Bates, Jr., a branch manager for Wachovia Securities. Tax attorney Dan Dumezich is also considering a run, as is Grant County Commissioner Mark Bardsley."

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