Thursday, April 29, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, April 29, 2010 2:10 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Senate Kicks Off Debate on Financial Regulatory Overhaul
  • Senate Democrats Unveil Security-First Immigration Outline
  • Four Senate Democrats Pledge a Response to Campaign Finance Decision
  • Armed Services Members Concerned About Progress in Pakistan
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Today in Washington

The House considers legislation that would authorize a two-stage plebiscite allowing Puerto Ricans to decide whether they want to remain a U.S. commonwealth or adopt a different status.

The Senate begins consideration of amendments to the financial regulatory overhaul.

The President delivers the eulogy at National Cathedral funeral services for Dorothy Height; honors 2010 National Teacher of the Year at the White House; meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; attends a Democratic National Committee fundraiser .

In Washington, political impressionist and comedian Jim Morris headlines the first ClearMark awards presented by the Center for Plain Language. 7 p.m., National Press Club, 14th and F Sts. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Kicks Off Debate on Financial Regulatory Overhaul

The Senate finally launched its floor debate on a financial regulatory overhaul, as the first amendment offered sought to guarantee that no taxpayer funds would be used in the future to bail out failing financial giants. [Read More]

Senate Democrats Unveil Security-First Immigration Outline

An immigration overhaul outline floated by a trio of Democratic senators follows the general contours of a bipartisan framework released earlier this spring, with a heavy initial emphasis on border security. [Read More]

Four Senate Democrats Pledge a Response to Campaign Finance Decision

Standing on the steps of the Supreme Court, four Democratic senators said Thursday they would move ahead with campaign finance legislation to limit the scope of a recent landmark ruling even though they had been unable to find a GOP cosponsor. [Read More]

Armed Services Members Concerned About Progress in Pakistan

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voiced concern and skepticism Thursday about the Obama administration's aid proposals for Pakistan and the capabilities of that nation's government. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Strickland Hanging Tough in Ohio: Few states have been hit harder by tough economic times than Ohio, making this a less-than-optimal year for Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland to run for re-election. Nonetheless, for a third straight month, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, finds Strickland leading his Republican rival, former Rep. John Kasich, by 6 points, more than the margin of error. The results were virtually the same as in Quinnipiac polls taken in March and February. Despite Kasich's long House tenure, including a stint as Budget Committee chairman, Strickland is much better known to Ohio voters.

Is McCain Pulling Away From Hayworth?A new poll casts doubt on how much trouble Arizona Sen. John McCain may face in his primary.McCain has been seen as struggling against a Republican primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. Now a poll by the Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows the four-term senator leading Hayworth, 54 percent to 28 percent among likely voters in the state's Republican primary. "Hayworth would have to capture all of the currently undecided primary voters to come within eight points of McCain," wrote pollster Earl de Berge.

Poll Gives Coats Edge in Indiana Senate Primary: Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats (R) has a solid but not overwhelming lead in next Tuesday's GOP primary, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted April 22-26. Of the 407 likely Republican voters surveyed, 36 percent preferred Coats, 24 percent picked former Rep. John Hostettler and 18 percent chose state Sen. Marlin Stutzman. The winner will face Rep. Brad Ellsworth, the likely Democratic nominee for the seat of retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D).

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

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