Monday, March 29, 2010

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Monday, March 29, 2010 2:40 p.m.

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  • Expected CMS Nomination Is Next Step in Health Care Debate

Today in Washington

The House is not in session. Reconvenes April 12.

The Senate is not in session. Reconvenes April 12.

The President returned from a one-day trip to Afghanistan. Participates in a credentialing ceremony for foreign ambassadors and later hosts a seder for friends and White House staff to mark the beginning of Passover.

In Washington, the National Cherry Blossom Festival begins, with events and tours available at locations around the National Mall and the nearby Tidal Basin. More information is at

Editor's Note: The CQ Today Midday Update will be on hiatus until April 12.


Top Stories

Expected CMS Nomination Is Next Step in Health Care Debate

The anticipated nomination of a noted Harvard University scholar to head the agency overseeing Medicare and Medicaid is likely to reignite the health care debate when Congress returns in two weeks from its spring recess. [Read More]

CQ Politics: The Eye

Wesley Clark Endorsement in N.C. Senate Primary: Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and previously served as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, is endorsing former state legislator Cal Cunningham for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat held by Republican Richard Burr. Cunningham, a lawyer and a captain in the Army Reserves who served a tour in Iraq in 2008, was recruited heavily by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to run for the nomination even though Secretary of State Elaine Marshall was already in the race.

Illinois Democrats Fill Ballot Vacancy: The daughter of former Sen. Paul Simon is the choice of Illinois Democratic party officials as the party's nominee for lieutenant governor. Stephanie Simon will run with incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn against the GOP ticket of state Sen. Bill Brady and lumber company executive Jason Plummer. Simon fills the vacancy created when Democratic primary winner Scott Lee Cohen, a wealthy pawnbroker, stepped down just days after his primary win.

Where's Vince? The Stamford, Conn., Advocate knows what's been missing from the Senate race in Connecticut: It's Vince McMahon, the face of World Wresting Entertainment and the husband of Republican candidate Linda McMahon. "Six months into his wife's candidacy, there has yet to be a Vince McMahon sighting on the campaign trail, fueling speculation that the wrestling promoter's absence -- much like the bouts themselves -- is scripted," the Advocate's Neil Vigdo wrote.

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