Friday, April 30, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, April 30, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Preps for Votes on Financial Bill; House To Do 'Cash for Caulkers'
  • Rep. Brown-Waite Retiring
  • Sen. LeMieux Won't Support Crist's Independent Bid
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate continues debate on financial regulations bill. No votes expected.

The President made a Rose Garden statement about the first quarter economic numbers; traveled to the Secret Service's James J. Rowley Training Center in Beltsville, Md.; returns later to the White House.

In Washington, The National Archives marks the opening of its new exhibit, "Discovering the Civil War," with a showing of the film "Glory." 7 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Preps for Votes on Financial Bill; House To Do 'Cash for Caulkers'

The Senate will begin a prolonged debate next week on an overhaul of financial regulations, while the House will take up a measure designed to promote energy efficiency. [Read More]

Rep. Brown-Waite Retiring

Citing health concerns, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Fla., announced she will retire from Congress after four terms. [Read More]

Sen. LeMieux Won't Support Crist's Independent Bid

Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., tried to distance himself from Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday morning, one day after Crist -- who appointed him to his seat -- announced he will run for the Senate as an independent. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Rory Reid Should Root For Gibbons: In Nevada's governor's race, Democratic candidate Rory Reid fares best in the polls when his hypothetical GOP opponent is incumbent Gov. Jim Gibbons, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey conducted April 27. Reid did not fare as well against other two candidates in the Republican primary: former federal judge Brian Sandoval and former North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon.

Castle Maintains Lead in Delaware: Republican Rep. Michael N. Castle continues to hold a large early lead over Democrat Chris Coons in the Delaware Senate race, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll taken April 29.

In W.Va., Minear Reaches Further Into His Deep Pockets: The May 11 Republican primary in West Virginia's 1st district is getting heated -- and expensive. Former state Sen. Sarah Minear loaned her campaign $250,000 this month, according to a pre-primary report her campaign filed Thursday.

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

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CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, April 29, 2010 2:10 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Senate Kicks Off Debate on Financial Regulatory Overhaul
  • Senate Democrats Unveil Security-First Immigration Outline
  • Four Senate Democrats Pledge a Response to Campaign Finance Decision
  • Armed Services Members Concerned About Progress in Pakistan
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Today in Washington

The House considers legislation that would authorize a two-stage plebiscite allowing Puerto Ricans to decide whether they want to remain a U.S. commonwealth or adopt a different status.

The Senate begins consideration of amendments to the financial regulatory overhaul.

The President delivers the eulogy at National Cathedral funeral services for Dorothy Height; honors 2010 National Teacher of the Year at the White House; meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; attends a Democratic National Committee fundraiser .

In Washington, political impressionist and comedian Jim Morris headlines the first ClearMark awards presented by the Center for Plain Language. 7 p.m., National Press Club, 14th and F Sts. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Kicks Off Debate on Financial Regulatory Overhaul

The Senate finally launched its floor debate on a financial regulatory overhaul, as the first amendment offered sought to guarantee that no taxpayer funds would be used in the future to bail out failing financial giants. [Read More]

Senate Democrats Unveil Security-First Immigration Outline

An immigration overhaul outline floated by a trio of Democratic senators follows the general contours of a bipartisan framework released earlier this spring, with a heavy initial emphasis on border security. [Read More]

Four Senate Democrats Pledge a Response to Campaign Finance Decision

Standing on the steps of the Supreme Court, four Democratic senators said Thursday they would move ahead with campaign finance legislation to limit the scope of a recent landmark ruling even though they had been unable to find a GOP cosponsor. [Read More]

Armed Services Members Concerned About Progress in Pakistan

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voiced concern and skepticism Thursday about the Obama administration's aid proposals for Pakistan and the capabilities of that nation's government. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Strickland Hanging Tough in Ohio: Few states have been hit harder by tough economic times than Ohio, making this a less-than-optimal year for Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland to run for re-election. Nonetheless, for a third straight month, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, finds Strickland leading his Republican rival, former Rep. John Kasich, by 6 points, more than the margin of error. The results were virtually the same as in Quinnipiac polls taken in March and February. Despite Kasich's long House tenure, including a stint as Budget Committee chairman, Strickland is much better known to Ohio voters.

Is McCain Pulling Away From Hayworth?A new poll casts doubt on how much trouble Arizona Sen. John McCain may face in his primary.McCain has been seen as struggling against a Republican primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. Now a poll by the Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows the four-term senator leading Hayworth, 54 percent to 28 percent among likely voters in the state's Republican primary. "Hayworth would have to capture all of the currently undecided primary voters to come within eight points of McCain," wrote pollster Earl de Berge.

Poll Gives Coats Edge in Indiana Senate Primary: Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats (R) has a solid but not overwhelming lead in next Tuesday's GOP primary, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted April 22-26. Of the 407 likely Republican voters surveyed, 36 percent preferred Coats, 24 percent picked former Rep. John Hostettler and 18 percent chose state Sen. Marlin Stutzman. The winner will face Rep. Brad Ellsworth, the likely Democratic nominee for the seat of retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D).

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

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, April 28, 2010

In This Issue

  • Health Care Fight Looms Over Financial Regulatory Impasse
  • RNC Fundraising Appeal Spurs House Action on Census Mailings Law
  • Senate Democrats Will Keep Working on Immigration Overhaul
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Today in Washington

The House considers legislation to tighten defense procurement practices, along with bills to extend FAA operations through July 3 and to improve federal agency efforts to identify and recover improper payments for goods and services.

The Senate resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to the financial regulatory overhaul.

The President continues his "White House to Main Street" tour, with stops in Macon, Mo., and Quincy, Ill., before returning to Washington tonight.

In Washington, The Atlantic Council presents its annual awards for extraordinary leadership. Recipients include former President Bill Clinton, for distinguished international leadership; Bono of U2, for distinguished humanitarian leadership; Josef Ackermann, chairman of Deutsche Bank AG, for distinguished business leadership; Gen. Stephane Abrial, NATO; and General James Mattis, USMC, commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, for distinguished military leadership. With hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe, MSNBC. 7 p.m., Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Health Care Fight Looms Over Financial Regulatory Impasse

The bitterly partisan battle over a health care overhaul has cast a long shadow over Democratic efforts to launch a Senate floor debate on a financial regulatory overhaul. [Read More]

RNC Fundraising Appeal Spurs House Action on Census Mailings Law

A bill to prevent deceptive uses of the word "census" on mailings sent by political parties and other non-government entities was passed by the House on Wednesday. [Read More]

Senate Democrats Will Keep Working on Immigration Overhaul

A trio of Democratic senators will keep drafting an immigration overhaul bill, despite the defection of a key Republican. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Crist Countdown: 5 p.m. Thursday: Florida voters may finally have a time and place to witness the end of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's career as a Republican. Crist, who is known to be considering running for the Senate as an independent, has scheduled a "candidate qualifying event" for Thursday at 5 p.m. at Straub Park in St. Petersburg.

Fisher Increases Lead Over Brunner in Ohio: Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher has opened up a double-digit lead over Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner ahead of next week's Democratic Senate primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted April 22-26.

Democrats Try To Remind Voters of What Vitter May Rather Forget: The Louisiana Democratic Party has launched a new website that may be the most blatant attempt yet to make Sen. David Vitter's involvement in a 2007 prostitution scandal into a front-and-center issue in his re-election campaign.

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

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In This Issue

  • Obama Says Debt Commission Must Weigh All Options
  • House To Vote on Blocking Pay Raise for Members
  • Sen. Graham Says Border Crackdown Must Precede Immigration Bill
  • Democrats Keep Spotlight on GOP Opposition to Financial Overhaul
  • Goldman Executives Defend Company's Actions but Endorse Greater Transparency
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Today in Washington

The House considers minor bills and resolutions, along with legislation to block any congressional pay raise in 2011.

The Senate resumes consideration of motion to proceed to the financial regulatory overhaul.

The President greets members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform at their inaugural meeting; travels to Iowa for stops in Fort Madison, Mount Pleasant and Ottumwa.

In Washington, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies will honor the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson with its 2010 Louis E. Martin Great American Award at its 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner. 6 p.m., Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Obama Says Debt Commission Must Weigh All Options

The president insisted Tuesday that "everything has to be on the table" as an 18-member, bipartisan commission convened its first meeting on ways to bring down the ballooning national debt. [Read More]

House To Vote on Blocking Pay Raise for Members

The House was set to vote Tuesday on a bill that would freeze lawmakers' pay for a second straight year. Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer added the measure to the House agenda just hours before the vote. [Read More]

Sen. Graham Says Border Crackdown Must Precede Immigration Bill

Prospects for a bipartisan immigration overhaul in the Senate waned further Tuesday, as Republican Lindsey Graham said he would not work on such legislation until border enforcement is improved, a process that could take years. [Read More]

Democrats Keep Spotlight on GOP Opposition to Financial Overhaul

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid worked Tuesday to keep the pressure on Republicans by scheduling another procedural vote on sweeping legislation to revamp regulation of financial services. [Read More]

Goldman Executives Defend Company's Actions but Endorse Greater Transparency

Goldman Sachs executives told a Senate panel Tuesday that they did not bet against their own clients in the mortgage finance market, but senators said the company's behavior shows the need for stronger regulations, anyway. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Rep. Jenkins' Primary Challenger Makes It Official: Several months after he announced he was looking at challenging Rep. Lynn Jenkins in the Republican primary, state Sen. Dennis Pyle made his campaign official Tuesday. "The people of Kansas and especially those in the second district deserve a true conservative as their congressman," Pyle said in a statement. Jenkins defeated Democratic Rep. Nancy Boyda in 2008, after first beating former Rep. Jim Ryun in the GOP primary that year. Boyda had ousted Ryun in 2006.

Mollohan, Oliverio Camps Clash Over W.Va. Polls: Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, D-W.Va., and primary challenger Mike Oliverio disagree on who's winning their race, but they do agree it's very close. A few days after Oliverio, a state senator, brandished a poll from his campaign that had him leading the congressman by eight percentage points, Mollohan's campaign fired back with its own poll that had Mollohan up by nine percentage points, 45 percent to 36 percent.

Crist Countdown Ends Thursday: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist told Tallahassee reporters today that he will reveal his decision about staying in the Senate race as a Republican or running as an independent. "I'd like to wrap it up," he said, apparently offering no additional insight.

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

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Monday, April 26, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, April 26, 2010

In This Issue

  • GOP Prepares to Block Debate on Financial Regulations Bill
  • Climate Change Negotiations Leave More Questions Than Answers
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Today in Washington

The House votes on minor bills and resolutions.

The Senate holds a procedural vote on legislation to overhaul the nation's financial system.

The President welcomes to the New York Yankees to the White House to celebrate their 2009 World Series victory; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; speaks at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship to identify how to deepen ties between U.S. business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneurs and Muslim communities around the world.

In Washington, three of the Navajo Code Talkers from World War II -- Keith Little, Samuel Tso and Peter MacDonald Sr. -- will participate in the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation's annual reception at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. 6:30 p.m., Independence Ave. and 4th Street S.W.

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Top Stories

GOP Prepares to Block Debate on Financial Regulations Bill

All 41 Senate Republicans appear to be aligned against allowing progress on a bill that would overhaul financial regulations. [Read More]

Climate Change Negotiations Leave More Questions Than Answers

The collapse of Senate negotiations on a climate change bill leaves lawmakers, environmentalists and industry asking the same question: Where do things go from here? [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Giannoulias Takes Bank Scandal Head On: Only a few days after federal regulators seized the bank owned by the family of Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic nominee is talking about it in his first campaign spot of the general election. In the 60-second commercial, Giannoulias addresses his family bank's financial problems by claiming he was "very proud" of the institution when he left four years ago, "but no one could have foreseen these problems."

Blowback From Going Negative: Negative campaign ads are known to work -- to plant a seed of doubt or convince a fence-sitting voter to jump to the side of the attacker. But there's a flipside, of course. Candidates who've gone negative in two of this year's high-profile races now are facing some predictable criticism: Republican Senate candidate Trey Grayson in Kentucky and incumbent Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania.

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

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