Thursday, November 12, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Thursday, November 12, 2009 – 1:45 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama Plans White House Forum on Job Creation
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes on Nov. 16.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes on Nov. 16.

The President made a brief statement on the economy at the White House; heads to Tokyo, with a stop at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, to meet with servicemembers and deliver remarks.

In Washington, Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks at the 2009 Education Trust National Conference. 5:45 p.m., Marriott-Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va.

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Top Stories

Obama Plans White House Forum on Job Creation

President Obama will host a jobs forum at the White House next month to address concerns that the economic recovery is not putting enough people back to work. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

The Chicago Tribune reports that "despite his recent request for help from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and renouncing his past support of prominent environmental legislation," Senate candidate Mark Steven Kirk "denied he is moving to the right" to try to coalesce support in the Feb. 2 Republican primary. "I am a social moderate, fiscal conservative. But this is a big race, and we are building a broad coalition, and it will be, for a Republican candidacy, a center-right coalition," said Kirk, who currently represents Illinois' 10th House District. "But for me, I haven't changed my views." According to the Tribune, Kirk wrote a memo last week seeking to get Palin "to say something nice about him in the Senate race." On Wednesday, Kirk "did not directly answer questions about how Palin's backing would help his campaign or fill a critical void in support among Republican primary voters," the newspaper reported.

According to the Raleigh News & Observer, Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-N.C., is expected this week to announce whether he will enter North Carolina's 2010 Senate race. "Etheridge's indecision has left the Democratic primary field unsettled about six months before the May primary," the newspaper reports. The winner of that race will face incumbent Sen. Richard M. Burr. "Etheridge, the lanky former Harnett County tobacco farmer and small-business man, has been courted for the race by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee since last spring," according to the News & Observer. "The committee's first choice, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, ruled out running." Two Democrats, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Chapel Hill lawyer Ken Lewis, have already entered the race, the newspaper reports.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Wednesday, November 11, 2009 – 2:00 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Reid Faces Challenge Crafting Abortion Curbs in Health Care Bill
  • Revised House Schedule Could Keep Members Voting Christmas Week
  • Jenny Sanford Endorses Husband's Ally for Governor
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday.

The President with Mrs. Obama, hosts a Veterans' Day breakfast at the White House; participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and delivers remarks at the Memorial Amphitheater; meets with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In Washington, the 2009-2010 Alan Meltzer CEO Leadership Speaker Series presents "The Upside of a Down Economy," with Eli Futerman, CEO of the Han Automotive Warehouse, at 4 p.m. at American University's Mary Graydon Center, University Club Rooms 4-6, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

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Top Stories

Reid Faces Challenge Crafting Abortion Curbs in Health Care Bill

Senate Democrats are bracing for a floor fight on abortion when debate begins on health care overhaul legislation, as Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., probably will not include restrictions stringent enough to satisfy abortion opponents. [Read More]

Revised House Schedule Could Keep Members Voting Christmas Week

In a move underscoring the Democratic push to pass a health care overhaul this year, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer issued a revised legislative calendar Wednesday scheduling possible roll call votes almost to Christmas Eve. [Read More]

Jenny Sanford Endorses Husband's Ally for Governor

While most in South Carolina's political world have distanced themselves from scandal-tarred Gov. Mark Sanford, Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley continues to talk up her Sanford ties. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

The St. Petersburg Times reports that Florida Republican leaders have failed dismally in their efforts to stave off divisive primary battles in major 2010 races. "State Sen. Paula Dockery became the latest to thumb her nose at the party establishment, formally announcing her campaign for governor Tuesday night, five months after a battalion of party leaders gathered alongside Attorney General Bill McCollum in Orlando to anoint him as their gubernatorial standard-bearer." Dockery, 48, "cast herself as the reformer to pull the GOP back to its core principles and away from special interests." The governor's race isn't the only high-profile primary contest; "Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio is making life increasingly difficult" for GOP Gov. Charlie Crist, "who had expected a cakewalk" to the U.S. Senate nomination, and there are contetsts for other statewide posts as well.

According to the Idaho Statesman, "when a Republican state representative quit his campaign to retake Idaho's 1st District congressional seat from the Democrats, the breach was quickly filled by one of his Capitol colleagues. Rep. Ken Roberts, the House GOP caucus chairman ... cited an unspecified health problem" in stepping aside. State Rep. Raul Labrador quickly filled the void, saying he expects to make a formal campaign announcement in the next week or so. The two-term lawmaker acknowledged his late start and newcomer Vaughn Ward's big cash advantage in the race to face freshman Walt Minnick, who beat GOP Rep. Bill Sali last year.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Tuesday, November 10, 2009 – 2:15

In This Issue

  • Senate Leaders Aim To Start Health Care Debate Next Week
  • Veterans' Health Bill May Slip to Next Week
  • Dodd's Draft Would Consolidate Banking Regulatory Authority
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes Monday at 2 p.m..

The Senate continues consideration of the fiscal 2010 Military Construction-VA spending bill, with no roll call votes.

The President attends memorial service for victims of the deadly Nov. 5 shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas; meets privately with family members; with first lady, visits those wounded in the attack.

In Washington, the Children's Defense Fund holds "Beat the Odds" Scholarship Awards Dinner honoring five young people who've made achievements despite overwhelming obstacles. 6:30 p.m., W Hotel, 515 15th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Leaders Aim To Start Health Care Debate Next Week

As former President Bill Clinton sought to shore up the resolve of Senate Democrats, Majority Leader Harry Reid insisted Tuesday that the Senate can still vote on its sweeping health care bill before Christmas. [Read More]

Veterans' Health Bill May Slip to Next Week

Continuing objections by an Oklahoma Republican could block a pre-Veterans' Day vote on legislation designed to provide new support to those who care for severely wounded veterans. [Read More]

Dodd's Draft Would Consolidate Banking Regulatory Authority

Breaking with both the House and the Obama administration, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee unveiled a draft financial regulatory overhaul Tuesday that would consolidate federal regulatory authority over financial institutions. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

The Des Moines Register reports that local lawyer Roxanne Conlin filed Monday as a candidate for the Democratic nomination to oppose five-term Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, next year. The "move allows the successful courtroom lawyer to begin raising money" for a campaign. "Grassley reported having $4.4 million on hand last month. Conlin, who has personal wealth and ties to a ready-made national fundraising network of trial lawyers and party activists, has said she believes she will have to raise $10 million." She is one of three Democrats vying to take on Grassley, whose approval ratings remain higher than those of President Obama and leading state Democrats. "Former state legislators Tom Fiegen of Clarence and Bob Krause of Fairfield have also announced their candidacies."

The Hutchinson (Kan.) News reports that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, jumped into the 1st District primary race by endorsing candidate Rob Wasinger of Cottonwood Falls, the former chief of staff to Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. "Six Republicans are running in the 1st Congressional District primary, set for August 2010," hoping to succeed retiring GOP Rep. Jerry Moran. Evangelical leader Jay Sekulow and his son, Jordan Sekulow, have endorsed state Sen. Tim Huelskamp. "'Only one person in this race has a 10-plus-year record of standing up for conservative values,' Jay Sekulow was quoted saying in a press release from Huelskamp's campaign."

According to the Denver Post, Republicans state Sen. Josh Penry has decided to drop out of the race for Colorado governor, as he faced "the threat of an independent political machine opposing him and the prospect of lackluster fundraising." Sources in Penry's campaign "said there had been 'back channel' meetings" involving his primary rival, former GOP Rep. Scott McInnis, who now becomes the clear favorite for the Republican nomination to take on Gov. Bill Ritter. "Penry believed unseating Colorado's sitting Democratic governor was too important to risk an acrimonious primary, the campaign sources said. . . .McInnis still faces a primary with Evergreen businessman Dan Maes, who said he intends to stay in the race."

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Monday, November 09, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for Monday, November 09, 2009 –

In This Issue

  • Reid Has New Energy, Faces New Pressure on Health Bill
  • Davis Decides On Re-Election Run
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate debates the Military Construction-VA spending bill and votes on Andre M. Davis to be a judge on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The President signs an executive order on an employment initiative for military veterans, then meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In Washington, the New America Foundation holds a screening of a documentary film, "Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo." 4 p.m., Suite 400, 1899 L St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Reid Has New Energy, Faces New Pressure on Health Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insists that he and his colleagues refuse to be "bound by any timelines" on health care legislation. But House passage of its overhaul bill this weekend has created momentum for — and pressure on — the Nevada Democrat to push forward on a Senate version by year's end. [Read More]

Davis Decides On Re-Election Run

Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., has decided to run for an eighth term in in Congress instead of trying to become president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. [Read More]

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Political Clippings

According to the Citizen Patriot of Jackson, Mich., "Republicans are lining up to take on freshman Democrat U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer in next fall's election." The newspaper reports: "The most recent addition to the mix is Brian Rooney, a 37-year-old Marine and constitutional lawyer. He joins former congressman Tim Walberg and Manchester resident Marvin Carlson, who have officially filed to run." At least three other Republicans "are rumored to be considering running in the August primary, "and conservative Scott Aughney is running as an independent," according to the paper. Schauer represents Michigan's 7th House District.

The Daily Herald of suburban Chicago reports that Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, R-Ill., a "moderate" during a C-SPAN interview on Sunday. The newspaper said Van Hollen's comment contradicts the DCCC's efforts to paint Kirk as a far-right Republican and undermines attempts by Kirk's potential Democratic opponents in the 2010 Senate race to do the same.

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