Friday, June 18, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, June 18, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Passes Medicare Doctor-Payment Extension
  • Health Groups Push for Medicare Nominee Berwick's Confirmation
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate passed a Medicare doctor-payments bill before adjourning for the weekend.

The President meets with workers at a site in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and delivers remarks at the groundbreaking of the 10,000th road project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In Washington, The Library of Congress features a new exhibit, "The Red Book of Carl G. Jung: Its Origins and Influence," which includes the famous illustrated manuscript by the Swiss psychiatrist. Open until 4:30 p.m., Thomas Jefferson building, 10 First Street S.E.

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Top Stories

Senate Passes Medicare Doctor-Payment Extension

The Senate passed a six-month "doc fix" bill by voice vote on Friday after extracting it from a larger tax and benefits package that has been stalled for months. [Read More]

Health Groups Push for Medicare Nominee Berwick's Confirmation

More than 130 groups that advocate for children and family health issues, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, have sent a letter to lawmakers urging the quick confirmation of Harvard professor Donald M. Berwick to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Rawl Protest Rejected; Greene Remains S.C. Senate Nominee: Sen. Jim DeMint was never considered to be in any danger of losing his seat this year. He wasn't even considered in danger of having to break a sweat. But now it's official: He'll be running against a Democrat -- Alvin Greene -- whose only name recognition comes from publicity over his pending criminal case.

Poll Shows Hilliard Voters Swinging Toward Sewell in Alabama: In the Democratic runoff in Alabama's 7th district, a poll conducted for attorney Terri Sewell's campaign showed Sewell has expanded her lead over Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Smoot. The poll conducted June 13-16 had Sewell at 53 percent and Smoot at 33 percent.

Indiana Ballot Now Complete: There wasn't any suspense, and though the winner was never in doubt, the formalities had to be handled. Democrats in Indiana last night officially chose former Fort Wayne councilman Tom Hayhurst, the party's nominee for the 3rd district House seat, to also run in the special election to fill a lame-duck portion of the term that former Republican Rep. Mark Souder did not complete.

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

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