Tuesday, June 22, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, June 22, 2010

In This Issue

  • McCain, Other Senators Question McChrystal's Judgment
  • Hoyer Says Afghanistan War Funding Is Becoming a Tougher Sell
  • Senate Democrats May Pare Medicaid Aid in Tax and Benefits Package
  • Hoyer Says Congress Should Find Permanent Solution to Temporary Extensions
  • House To Vote Wednesday on Subpoena Power for Oil Spill Commission
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Today in Washington

The House is considering minor bills under suspension of the rules.

The Senate confirmed dozens of stalled nominations.

The President meets with health insurers and state insurance commissioners; lunches with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; holds a Cabinet meeting; with Biden, attends and delivers remarks at an LGBT Pride Month event.

In Washington, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea opens an exhibit of more than 150 newly released government and military documents and photographs from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration revealing the personal, behind-the-scenes experiences of individuals involved in the 1950-53 Korean war and its aftermath. 6-8 p.m., KORUS House, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

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Top Stories

McCain, Other Senators Question McChrystal's Judgment

Three prominent hawkish senators stopped just short Tuesday of calling for the resignation of Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, after critical statements he made about President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. , among others. [Read More]

Hoyer Says Afghanistan War Funding Is Becoming a Tougher Sell

Gen. Stanley McChrystal's controversial remarks criticizing the Obama administration — coupled with a House panel investigation finding indirect U.S. payments to warlords and the Taliban — are making it far more difficult for Democrats to sustain support for the war in Afghanistan, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday. [Read More]

Senate Democrats May Pare Medicaid Aid in Tax and Benefits Package

Senate Democrats are discussing with a pair of pivotal moderate Republicans a scaled-down version of a tax and benefits extension bill that they have so far failed to move. [Read More]

Hoyer Says Congress Should Find Permanent Solution to Temporary Extensions

As the latest package of temporary tax and benefits extensions remained stalled in the Senate, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said that Congress should get serious about a complete overhaul of tax and entitlement programs. [Read More]

House To Vote Wednesday on Subpoena Power for Oil Spill Commission

Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer , D-Md., said that the House will vote Wednesday on legislation to give the presidential commission investigating the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico subpoena powers. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Rasmussen Poll Shows McCain Below 50 Percent: Arizona Sen. John McCain leads Republican primary challenger J.D. Hayworth 47 percent to 36 percent, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll taken June 16. Rasmussen sees a parallel between McCain's numbers and the numbers polled in Pennsylvania earlier in this cycle: Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who lost his primary election to Rep. Joe Sestak, "led in just about all early polling but could never get much above the 50 percent level of support."

Cuomo Maintains Edge in N.Y. Governor's Race: Democrat Andrew Cuomo holds more than a 2-1 lead over either of his most likely Republican opponents for governor of New York, according to a Quinnipiac University poll taken June 15-20. Cuomo, the state's attorney general and the son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, leads former Rep. Rick Lazio 58 percent to 26 percent and leads Carl P. Paladino, a developer from Buffalo, 59 percent to 23 percent.

Million-Dollar Checking Accounts:Thanks to the law requiring candidates to disclose what they own, we can ask the Senate candidates in Connecticut about life in the above-seven-figures world. Disclosure form highlights, from the Connecticut Mirror, show Cynthia Blumenthal, wife of Democrat Richard Blumenthal, has more than $1 million in her checking account, and each of their three children have multimillion-dollar trusts. Republican Peter Schiff didn't file yet, but on last year's version he showed a holding worth more than $50 million. Vince McMahon and his candidate wife, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, could have been worth at least $156 million at the end of 2009.

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

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