Wednesday, February 10, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, February 10, 2010

In This Issue

  • Blizzard Brings Nation's Capital to a Snow-Choked Halt
  • Senate Agrees To Relax Some Tax Shelter Penalties
  • Reps. Ehlers, Watson Announce Their Retirements
  • Special to Replace Murtha Highly Competitive
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes Feb. 22.

The Senate is not in session; scheduled to reconvene tomorrow.

The President was scheduled to meet with African American leaders at the White House.

In Washington, blizzard conditions prevail, with high winds and intense snowfall.

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Top Stories

Blizzard Brings Nation's Capital to a Snow-Choked Halt

Unrelenting snow and howling winds brought the nation's capital to a halt Wednesday, burying landmarks and modest residences under huge drifts of snow. [Read More]

Senate Agrees To Relax Some Tax Shelter Penalties

A bipartisan group of senators last night won passage of tax legislation they have been seeking for eight months that would relax penalties on small businesses that participated in certain tax shelters. [Read More]

Reps. Ehlers, Watson Announce Their Retirements

Two more House members -- one from each party -- announced Wednesday that they will retire at the end of this Congress. [Read More]

Special to Replace Murtha Highly Competitive

Rep. John P. Murtha's death Monday has undoubtedly left a huge void in the Pennsylvania delegation and the Democratic Caucus, but it also sets up a competitive special election contest that both parties will heavily target. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

A new Rasmussen Reports survey shows former Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, "holding a modest lead" over incumbent Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, 47 percent to 41 percent. That was essentially unchanged from last month. Republican former Rep. Rob Portman "also still has narrow leads over his two chief Democratic opponents for the seat being vacated by GOP Senator George Voinovich in Ohio."

The latest WMUR Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hamshire Survey Center, shows that Democratic Rep. Carol Shea Porter "trails all of her Republican challengers in New Hampshire's First District while former Republican Congressman Charlie Bass leads the top two Democrats in the Second Congressional District, and former Attorney General Republican Kelly Ayotte maintains a lead over Second District Congressman Paul Hodes in the race for the US Senate from New Hampshire. However, most voters are far from finally deciding who they will support."

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