Monday, June 14, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, June 14, 2010

In This Issue

  • BP Should Create $20 Billion Spill Fund, Senators Say
  • Lawmakers' Criticism of China Grows More Strident as Elections Draw Near
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Today in Washington

The House considers several measures, including one on the rules that govern stores' gift cards.

The Senate continues consideration of a tax and benefits bill. No roll call votes are expected.

The President arrives in Mississppi and travels to Alabama and Florida as part of a two-day tour of Gulf Coast states affected by the oil spill.

In Washington, Forbes Media chief executive and former Republican presidential hopeful Steve Forbes delivers a speech titled, "Leadership and the Economic Crisis: What Happens Now?" at an event hosted by the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. School of Advanced International Studies, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

BP Should Create $20 Billion Spill Fund, Senators Say

Senate Democrats are asking BP to put $20 billion into an independently administered account that would facilitate payment of cleanup and economic damage claims resulting from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. [Read More]

Lawmakers' Criticism of China Grows More Strident as Elections Draw Near

Buffeted by high unemployment and some U.S. businesses' increasing frustration with Beijing, top lawmakers have become less reluctant to criticize China's economic policies as the fall elections approach. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

NRA Backs Democrat Strickland: In a state with Ohio's mix of urban and rural, this endorsement is noteworthy: the National Rife Association is going with the incumbent Democrat, Gov. Ted Strickland, over Republican John Kasich.

A Core-Values Ad From South Carolina's Haley: Family, God and conservative values: South Carolina candidate Nikki Haley hits those themes and takes a swipe at "backroom politics" in the ad that launches the runoff portion of her campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Stutzman Is the GOP Nominee in Indiana: State Sen. Marlin Stutzman, who got some outside-his-home-base name recognition from an unsuccessful campaign for a U.S. Senate nomination, now is the Republican nominee for an open House seat in Indiana.

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

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