Friday, February 26, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, February 26, 2010

In This Issue

  • GOP Senator Continues to Block 'Extenders' Bill
  • Pelosi Declines to Ask Rangel to Give Up Chairmanship
  • Obama Makes His Final Picks for Fiscal Commission
  • House Passes Intelligence Bill Without Interrogation Provision
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Today in Washington

The House has passed intelligence authorization legislation.

The Senate has adjourned for the week.

The President meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and later signs an executive order for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In Washington, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the bipartisan panel established by Congress to examine the causes of the crisis, receives research from financial experts. Through 6 p.m., American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

GOP Senator Continues to Block 'Extenders' Bill

The Senate adjourned on Friday without clearing legislation to extend a range of federal programs set to expire Feb. 28 as Sen. Jim Bunning refused to allow consideration of the measure. [Read More]

Pelosi Declines to Ask Rangel to Give Up Chairmanship

Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused Friday to call for Ways and Means Committee Chairman B. Rangel to step aside, even though the House's ethics panel admonished him for violating gift rules. [Read More]

Obama Makes His Final Picks for Fiscal Commission

President Obama on Friday named two business people, a fiscal policy expert and a labor leader to sit as members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform he created last week. [Read More]

House Passes Intelligence Bill Without Interrogation Provision

The House completed work Friday on an intelligence authorization bill that does not include a controversial provision aimed at harsh interrogation techniques. [Read More]

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Political Clippings

According to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Rep. Baron P Hill, D-Ind., will decide "in a week or two" if he will run to replace retiring Sen. Evan Bayh. The state party's 32-member leadership will select a nominee to fill the vacancy and Rep. Brad Ellsworth has already announced that he's seeking the nomination. Hill said his decision will be based on two things – how much support he has among party leadership and whether he thinks he could do more for southeast Indiana residents in the House or in the Senate.

The Honolulu Advisor reports that the Hawaii Office of Elections has tentatively set May 22 for the special election to complete the remainder of the term of Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie, who is resigning to campaign full time in the primary for governor. "The victor in the winner-take-all vote will serve the remaining months of Abercrombie's term, which ends in January," the paper reported, adding that Democratic candidates include former Rep. Ed Case and state Sen. President Colleen Hanabusa. Republican Honolulu Councilman Charles Djou is also running. All three have said they also plan to run in the September primary and November general election.

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