Friday, March 19, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, March 19, 2010

In This Issue

  • Health Care Bill Generates More Deal-Making
  • Boeing's Allies Decry EADS Announcement on Tanker Contract
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Today in Washington

The House considers several measures, including legislation on waterways.

The Senate continues consideration of a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration.

The President spoke at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., about health care.

In Washington, David Maraniss, an associate editor at the Washington Post, speaks about his new book "Into The Story," a collection of his writings. 7 p.m., Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Health Care Bill Generates More Deal-Making

As the House nears a high-stakes vote on health care legislation Sunday, Democratic leaders are still searching for votes. Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D- Calif., said Friday that talks were continuing on a number of issues, including states' Medicare reimbursement rates. [Read More]

Boeing's Allies Decry EADS Announcement on Tanker Contract

Congressional supporters of Boeing Co. are reacting sharply to news that the European company that builds Airbus jets may re-enter the bidding for a multibillion-dollar Pentagon contract for military refueling tankers. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

GOP's Cox Earns Big Endorsement in Georgia: Georgia state Rep. Clay Cox is laying further claim to the status of frontrunner for Republican nomination in the open 7th District race. A rival for the nomination, state Sen. Don Balfour, has dropped out. And well-known Republican state Sen. David Shafer has endorsed Cox.

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

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, March 18, 2010

In This Issue

  • House Aims for Sunday Vote on Health Care as Obama Delays His Trip
  • Republicans Prepare for 'Goal-Line Stand'
  • Navy Considers Boeing's Multi-year Purchase Offer for F-18s
  • Senate GOP Will Keep Options Open on Financial Legislation
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Today in Washington

The House considers several measures on waterways, parks and federal lands.

The Senate continues consideration of a measure to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration.

The President meets with advisers and signs a jobs bill cleared by Congress earlier this week.

In Washington, Rev. Roland Minnerath, the Archbishop of Dijon, France, speaks about the relationship between church and state. 4 p.m., Catholic University of America, Caldwell Hall Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. N.E.

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Top Stories

House Aims for Sunday Vote on Health Care as Obama Delays His Trip

House Democratic leaders touted their final health care overhaul package Thursday, as the Congressional Budget Office osted its preliminary $940 billion cost estimate and President Obama again delayed a planned trip to Asia. [Read More]

Republicans Prepare for 'Goal-Line Stand'

Republicans from both chambers are working to rally opposition in the House and lodge procedural challenges in the Senate that could tie up the Democrats' health care overhaul. [Read More]

Navy Considers Boeing's Multi-year Purchase Offer for F-18s

Boeing Co. has offered a discount of more than half a billion dollars to the Navy for a multi-year purchase of F-18 aircraft in order to guarantee its production line in St. Louis remains open beyond 2013, according to congressional aides and industry sources. [Read More]

Senate GOP Will Keep Options Open on Financial Legislation

The Senate Banking Committee's top Republican said the GOP will "keep our options open" for the March 22 markup of legislation that would overhaul the nation's financial system. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Boxer Brings Out The Big Gun: Three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is getting help of the highest level as she starts what could be a tough re-election campaign. President Obama will travel to California next month to headline a joint fundraising event for Boxer's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Republican Wins Support From Ex-Rival in Colo. Senate Race: One day after Colorado state Rep. Cory Gardner topped the field in a straw poll on the state's Senate race, Republican rival Diggs Brown dropped out and threw his support to Gardner, the leading GOP candidate against Democrat Betsy Markey.

Democrat Seeks Rep. Ehlers' Seat: It's not a Democrat-friendly district or a Democrat-friendly year, but there's now a Democrat running for Michigan's 3rd District seat. First-time candidate Patrick Miles Jr. announced his candidacy Thursday, pitching himself as an outsider and touting his experience as a business lawyer.

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

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, March 17, 2010

In This Issue

  • Kucinich's Switch on Health Care Is Boost for House Leaders
  • Senate Clears $17.6 Billion Jobs Bill, With More To Come
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Today in Washington

The House considers legislation to combat tobacco smuggling, a bill to require government agencies to use plain English in documents intended for the public, a measure to require federal agencies to electronically preserve e-mails, and a bill to extend operating authority for the Federal Aviation Administration for three months.

The Senate clears a bill to provide a tax credit to businesses that hire new workers; continues to debate legislation to reauthorize operations of the FAA and modernize the air traffic control system.

The President meets with advisers; meets with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen; attends House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's annual Friends of Ireland luncheon at the Capitol; with the first lady, hosts the annual St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House.

In Washington, Georgetown University Law School hosts the 30th annual Philip A. Hart Memorial Lecture, "Constitutionalism: A Skeptical View," delivered by New York University School of Law Professor Jeremy Waldron. 4 p.m., 120 F St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Kucinich's Switch on Health Care Is Boost for House Leaders

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio, a liberal Democratic holdout against his party's efforts to pass a health care overhaul, said Wednesday he will vote for the final legislation despite his disappointment with some provisions. [Read More]

Senate Clears $17.6 Billion Jobs Bill, With More To Come

The Senate on Wednesday sent President Obama the first major element of the Democrats' agenda to tackle high unemployment rates and put Americans back to work. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

McMahon Overtakes Conn. Senate Primary Rival Simmons: Showing once again that there's no substitute for visibility, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has shot past her primary campaign rival in the race for the GOP Senate nomination in Connecticut, according to a Quinnipiac University survey conducted March 9-15. The poll found McMahon leading former Rep. Rob Simmons, 44 to 34 percent. Simmons was ahead by 10 points in a similar poll in January.

Romanoff Wins First-Round Test, Claims Senate Momentum: Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff outpolled incumbent Michael Bennet but both claimed momentum from Tuesday night's Democratic precinct caucuses. Romanoff led Bennet, 51 percent to 42 percent, according to a nearly complete tally of votes compiled early Wednesday by the Colorado Democratic Party. Bennet's campaign downplayed Romanoff's win, which it said it expected because he is better-known among Democratic activists than Bennet, who hadn't held political office prior to his appointment to the Senate 14 months ago.

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

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The Latest From CQ Politics

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, March 17, 2010

In This Issue

  • Kucinich's Switch on Health Care Is Boost for House Leaders
  • Senate Clears $17.6 Billion Jobs Bill, With More To Come
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Today in Washington

The House considers legislation to combat tobacco smuggling, a bill to require government agencies to use plain English in documents intended for the public, a measure to require federal agencies to electronically preserve e-mails, and a bill to extend operating authority for the Federal Aviation Administration for three months.

The Senate clears a bill to provide a tax credit to businesses that hire new workers; continues to debate legislation to reauthorize operations of the FAA and modernize the air traffic control system.

The President meets with advisers; meets with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen; attends House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's annual Friends of Ireland luncheon at the Capitol; with the first lady, hosts the annual St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House.

In Washington, Georgetown University Law School hosts the 30th annual Philip A. Hart Memorial Lecture, "Constitutionalism: A Skeptical View," delivered by New York University School of Law Professor Jeremy Waldron. 4 p.m., 120 F St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Kucinich's Switch on Health Care Is Boost for House Leaders

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio, a liberal Democratic holdout against his party's efforts to pass a health care overhaul, said Wednesday he will vote for the final legislation despite his disappointment with some provisions. [Read More]

Senate Clears $17.6 Billion Jobs Bill, With More To Come

The Senate on Wednesday sent President Obama the first major element of the Democrats' agenda to tackle high unemployment rates and put Americans back to work. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

McMahon Overtakes Conn. Senate Primary Rival Simmons: Showing once again that there's no substitute for visibility, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has shot past her primary campaign rival in the race for the GOP Senate nomination in Connecticut, according to a Quinnipiac University survey conducted March 9-15. The poll found McMahon leading former Rep. Rob Simmons, 44 to 34 percent. Simmons was ahead by 10 points in a similar poll in January.

Romanoff Wins First-Round Test, Claims Senate Momentum: Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff outpolled incumbent Michael Bennet but both claimed momentum from Tuesday night's Democratic precinct caucuses. Romanoff led Bennet, 51 percent to 42 percent, according to a nearly complete tally of votes compiled early Wednesday by the Colorado Democratic Party. Bennet's campaign downplayed Romanoff's win, which it said it expected because he is better-known among Democratic activists than Bennet, who hadn't held political office prior to his appointment to the Senate 14 months ago.

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

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In This Issue

  • Final Text Elusive But House Still Expects Health Care Vote This Week
  • VA Pressed on High Percentage of Wrongly Denied Benefit Claims
  • Senate Panel Likely To Vote Soon on U.S. Envoy to Syria
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Today in Washington

The House considers several lands bills, including one directing the Interior Department to study a 200-mile stretch of New York's Hudson River Valley for possible inclusion in the National Park System and a separate measure to expand Washington state's Alpine Lakes Wilderness by 22,173 acres.

The Senate continues to debate legislation to reauthorize operations of the Federal Aviation Administration and modernize the air traffic control system.

The President meets with advisers; lunches with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine; meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search awards 40 finalists. 7 p.m., National Building Museum, 501 F St. NW.

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Top Stories

Final Text Elusive But House Still Expects Health Care Vote This Week

House Democratic leaders are still struggling to produce a final health care overhaul bill at an acceptable official cost estimate, but Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday they continue to plan a final vote this week. [Read More]

VA Pressed on High Percentage of Wrongly Denied Benefit Claims

A leading Republican senator on Tuesday asked Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to explain why so many veterans' benefit claims are wrongly denied, resulting in a high rate of reversal on appeal. [Read More]

Senate Panel Likely To Vote Soon on U.S. Envoy to Syria

President Obama's nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to Syria, a post deliberately left vacant for years, encountered no resistance Tuesday at a Senate Foreign Relations confirmation hearing. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Top House Conservative Endorses Rubio: Florida Republican Marco Rubio is set to announce that Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price is endorsing his Senate campaign. "If there weren't enough reasons to support Marco Rubio, the health care debate should illuminate for Republicans the importance of electing him to the Senate," Price, R-Ga., said in a statement. "I have full confidence Marco will stand with Republicans against big government disasters like the stimulus and ObamaCare." Price also took a shot at Rubio's GOP primary opponent, Gov. Charlie Crist.

47 Percent of N.C. Senate Primary Voters Undecided: In the past month, former state Sen. Cal Cunningham sliced into Secretary of State Elaine Marshall's lead for the Democratic Senate nomination North Carolina, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey. But attorney Ken Lewis made larger gains. The survey, conducted March 12-15, found Marshall favored by 20 percent of those polled; Cunningham, 16 percent; and Lewis, 11 percent. With 47 percent undecided, the nomination could go to any of them.

Rand Paul Breaks $2 Million: Eye surgeon Rand Paul has topped $2 million in fundraising for his Kentucky Senate bid. Paul, son of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, narrowly edged his GOP primary rival, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the establishment choice for the nomination to succeed GOP Sen. Jim Bunning, who is retiring. The eventual GOP nominee will face the winner of a Democratic primary that features Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and state Attorney General Jack Conway.

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

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Monday, March 15, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, March 15, 2010

In This Issue

  • House Faces Pivotal Votes on Health Care
  • Oil and Gas Companies Warm to Possibility of Higher Taxes at the Pump
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Today in Washington

The House considers minor legislation, including several education-related measures, under suspension of the rules.

The Senate votes on jobs-related legislation.

The President in Strongsville, Ohio, to deliver remarks on overhauling health insurance.

In Washington, the International Association of Fire Fighters begins its three-day 2010 Legislative Conference. Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

House Faces Pivotal Votes on Health Care

Democrats are entering a critical week in the health care debate, as party leaders close in on the 216-vote threshold they need for the House to clear a Senate-passed overhaul bill. [Read More]

Oil and Gas Companies Warm to Possibility of Higher Taxes at the Pump

As a rule, big business hates higher taxes. So it would come as no surprise to find the oil and gas industry upset about climate change legislation that would increase levies at the gas pump. But industry groups are open to the idea — provided the additional money goes into the cash-strapped Highway Trust Fund. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

GOP Field Narrows in N.Y. 23: There's movement afoot in the Republican field for New York's 23rd District House seat. The latest development: the decision by New York Assemblyman Will Barclay not to run. Barclay's announcement came less than a week after Republican Doug Hoffman, who narrowly lost last fall's special election in the GOP-leaning upstate district, confirmed that he would take another swing at the seat.

Next Best Thing To A Palin Endorsement, Maybe? The star of a new ad being aired in Nevada by Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian is a name you may not know: Chuck Heath. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Heath makes this appeal to Republican voters: "You supported my daughter Sarah Palin, now please join me in supporting another strong conservative: Danny Tarkanian."

Rice Drops First Ad in S.C. 3: Republican state Rep. Rex Rice has issued the first TV ad of the open-seat 3rd District race on Monday, one day before the filing period opens in South Carolina. The 30-second bio spot, which stresses the candidate's conservatism, is running on the Fox News cable channel. The anti-tax group Club for Growth has endorsed Rice's fellow Republican state Rep. Jeff Duncan in the contest.

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

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