Friday, February 12, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, February 12, 2010

In This Issue

  • Note to Readers
  • Drug Companies' Top Lobbyist Plans To Resign
  • Pelosi, Other Lawmakers Head to Haiti
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session. Reconvenes Feb. 22.

The Senate is not in session. Reconvenes Feb. 22.

The President receives briefings and meets with advisers.

In Washington, members of the Greater Washington Haiti Relief Committee mark the one-month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti by beginning a candlelight vigil at the Haitian Embassy at the exact time the quake struck. 4:53 p.m., 2311 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Note to Readers

The Midday Update will publish next on Feb. 22, after the congressional Presidents Day recess.

Drug Companies' Top Lobbyist Plans To Resign

Billy Tauzin — the head of the powerful drug lobby that cut an $80 billion deal with Democrats to help cover the costs of their health care overhaul effort — is stepping down in June, according to the organization. [Read More]

Pelosi, Other Lawmakers Head to Haiti

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a bipartisan House and Senate delegation on a one-day visit Friday to earthquake-stricken Haiti. [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that Cal Cunningham, a former North Carolina state senator and an Iraq war veteran, formally entered the race Thursday for the Democratic nomination against incumbent Sen. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C. "Cunningham, a 36-year-old lawyer from Lexington, starts the race little known across North Carolina but with encouragement from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and from the White House, which view him as having the most potential" against Burr, according to the newspaper.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Republican Brian Krolicki, Nevada's lietennant governor, "says he won't run for the U.S. Senate to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid." Instead, Krolicki will seek another term in his current job. The newspaper says Krolicki had given the Senate race "serious consideration after receiving encouragement from Washington insiders, including Ariz. Sen John McCain." In particular, "Republicans in Washington are afraid the current crop of GOP challengers to Reid is second-tier," according to the Sun. Reid's potential GOP challengers currently include former state Sen. Sue Lowden, former UNLV basketball star Danny Tarkanian and former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle.

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