Monday, March 01, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, March 01, 2010

In This Issue

  • White House Pushes Harder for Renewal of Expired Highway Programs
  • Little Indication of Movement on Stalled Trade Deals
  • Rep. Deal to Quit Congress
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session

The Senate continues consideration of a bill that would extend several expired federal programs, including some unemployment benefits and highway projects.

The President delivers remarks at the America's Promise Alliance Education event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; later, meets separately with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, the Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) begins a three-day summit on new energy technologies and the opportunities and challenges they present. Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.

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Top Stories

White House Pushes Harder for Renewal of Expired Highway Programs

The Obama administration is ratcheting up pressure on Congress to pass an extension of highway programs that expired Sunday. [Read More]

Little Indication of Movement on Stalled Trade Deals

President Obama's newly released 2010 trade agenda gives little indication that the White House will quickly advance long-stalled pacts with Panama, Colombia or South Korea, despite the president's increasing focus on international commerce. [Read More]

Rep. Deal to Quit Congress

GOP Rep. Nathan Deal announced Monday that he will quit his job in Congress March 8 to concentrate on his campaign for governor of Georgia. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Halter to Challenge Lincoln in Ark. Primary: Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter announced Monday that he will challenge Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Democratic primary. In a statement released by his campaign, Halter, one of the most liberal politicians in the state, said he plans to file for the Senate race on Tuesday.

Rep. Moore's Wife in the Mix For His Seat: House Democrats have been on the hunt for someone to run for the seat of retiring Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan. Perhaps they didn't need to look further than Moore's own home. According to a report in the Kansas City Star, Moore floated his wife Stephene as a possible contender for the seat. Moore told a luncheon crowd this weekend that his wife was a potential candidate and Democrats should "stay tuned."

Cuomo's Day Job Gets in the Way: Have you wondered when New York's ever-so-popular attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, is going to start running for governor? The New York Daily News says there's a reason for Cuomo to hang back: Work to do that can't be put on hold while he runs for governor. The biggest job is a probe of the current governor, David A. Paterson -- not exactly the kind of thing a state's top investigator can set aside in pursuit of higher office.

The CQ Politics staff reports the latest news in House, Senate and governors' races in The Eye.

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