Friday, May 07, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, May 07, 2010

In This Issue

  • Kerry and Lieberman to Unveil Climate Bill Next Week
  • Senate on Course to Vote on Fed Audit Provision
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Today in Washington

The House held a pro forma session.

The Senate continued debate on financial regulations bill. No votes were held.

The President made a statement about the government's monthly jobs statistics. No other public events are scheduled.

In Washington, the Paradigm Research Group, an organization "dedicated to ending the now 62-year truth embargo imposed by the United States government on the formal acknowledgement of an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race," begins its 6th X-Conference. Friday through Sunday, National Press Club, 14th and F Streets N.W.

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Top Stories

Kerry and Lieberman to Unveil Climate Bill Next Week

Sens. John Kerry and Joseph I. Lieberman will unveil a long-awaited climate change bill on May 12, without the participation of their former partner, Sen. Lindsey Graham, who had been the measure's only Republican supporter. [Read More]

Senate on Course to Vote on Fed Audit Provision

The Senate is angling toward a vote next week on new oversight for the Federal Reserve, but the chamber probably won't take up tougher language that would allow government auditors to probe the central bank's most sensitive internal deliberations. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Getting Ugly in Utah: Saturday is the day that convention delegates in Utah will either forcibly retire Sen. Robert Bennett or give him the chance to run again for the Republican nomination. The Salt Lake Tribune describes hardball tactics, dirty tricks and low-level annoyances for the campaigns fighting for delegate dominance.

A Dead Heat in Ohio's Post- Primary Senate Poll: One day after Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher won Tuesday's Democratic Senate primary, a Rasmussen Reports survey found him in a dead heat with Republican nominee Rob Portman.

Pawlenty's Budget-Cut Crisis: Watch what's happening in Minnesota, because the way Gov. Tim Pawlenty handles his state's budget crisis is destined for a lot of scrunity down the road, when he's a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

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

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, May 06, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Votes to Increase Deposit Insurance Premiums for Big Banks
  • House Chairman Opposes United-Continental Merger
  • Obey's Move Sets Off Domino Effect in Wisconsin
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Today in Washington

The House considers "cash for caulkers" legislation to create a $6 billion program offering rebates to homeowners for renovations aimed at improving energy efficiency.

The Senate considers amendments to legislation to overhaul federal regulation of the financial system.

The President meets with advisers and receives daily briefings; meets with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan; meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In Washington, Refugees International hosts its 31st anniversary dinner, honoring former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., a heart transplant surgeon, with the 2010 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award. 6 p.m., Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Votes to Increase Deposit Insurance Premiums for Big Banks

Large banks would be forced to pay higher premiums for federal deposit insurance under an amendment the Senate added Thursday to the financial regulatory overhaul bill. [Read More]

House Chairman Opposes United-Continental Merger

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee spoke out Thursday against the planned merger of United and Continental airlines, saying their union could harm consumers. [Read More]

Obey's Move Sets Off Domino Effect in Wisconsin

The retirement announcement Wednesday of veteran Rep. David R. Obey sent political shock waves through Wisconsin and prompted Democrats to immediately begin weighing how they will defend a district that he has dominated for more than four decades. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Everywhere Bennett Turns, He Gets Hit: Sure must not be fun being Utah GOP Sen. Robert F. Bennett as he begs for the chance to run for re-election this year. The Club for Growth is keeping track of the votes Bennett is missing in Washington and making sure Republican convention delegates back home know the cost of Bennett's retail campaign time. Those delegates are clearly not inclined to hand Bennett another nomination, so his only hope is to try to trigger a primary.

Sestak Ad Ties Specter To Bush: Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak is calling out Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania for his 2009 party switch after three decades as a Republican -- with an ad that uses former President George W. Bush proclaiming, "I can count on this man. See, that's important. He's a firm ally." Then the spot shows a smirking Specter saying, "My change in party will enable me to be re-elected."

Paul Maintains Lead Over Grayson in Kentucky: Remember this number: 12. That's the edge that Senate candidate Rand Paul was holding going into the final stretch of his campaign for the Republican nomination -- and the edge he held before Kentucky voters started seeing Sen. Mitch McConnell on their televisions asking them to support Trey Grayson. A May 2-4 poll found Paul with a 44 percent to 32 percent lead over Grayson, whom McConnell endorsed May 4. Paul, an eye surgeon whose father is Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is making his first try at public office. Grayson is Kentucky's secretary of state.

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

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, May 05, 2010

In This Issue

  • Obey to Retire
  • Dodd, Shelby Agree on Provision for Breaking Up Failing Firms
  • House GOP Leaders Slam Administration's Oil Spill Response
  • N.Y. Bomb Case Prompts New Burst of Proposals To Counter Terrorism
  • House Armed Services Leaders Voice Concerns About Afghanistan Progress
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Today in Washington

The House considers minor commemorative resolutions and a bill to extend and expand certain trade benefits provided to textile and apparel products from Haiti.

The Senate considers amendments to legislation to overhaul federal regulation of the financial system.

The President meets with advisers and receives daily briefings; meets separately with Sens. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; signs the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act; with first lady, attends Cinco de Mayo reception in Rose Garden.

In Washington, celebrity chef Tom Colicchio joins with others to promote the Good Food, Good Jobs initiative to promote jobs and healthy eating practices. 5 p.m., Foggy Bottom Fresh Farm Market, 2301 I St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Obey to Retire

House Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey , D-Wis., on Wednesday surprised Capitol Hill with the announcement that he will retire at the end of the year. [Read More]

Dodd, Shelby Agree on Provision for Breaking Up Failing Firms

Senate Banking Chairman Christopher J. Dodd and Richard C. Shelby , the committee's top Republican, finalized an agreement Wednesday on how to dismantle large financial firms on the verge of collapse. [Read More]

House GOP Leaders Slam Administration's Oil Spill Response

House Republican leaders hammered the Obama administration Wednesday for what they said was a slow response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and cautioned against a rush to judgment about the extent of BP's liability. [Read More]

N.Y. Bomb Case Prompts New Burst of Proposals To Counter Terrorism

In the wake of the foiled New York City car bombing, several senators floated proposals Wednesday on procedures for handling domestic terror cases, terror watchlists, reports of suspicious activities and more. [Read More]

House Armed Services Leaders Voice Concerns About Afghanistan Progress

Leaders of the House Armed Services Committee raised concerns Wednesday that military forces in Afghanistan are not receiving the kind of support they need to accomplish the U.S. mission there and enable an eventual withdrawal. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Utah, Nebraska, West Virginia Are Next: As you digest the results of last night's primaries in Indiana (where Dan Coats got closer to a swing through Washington's revolving door), North Carolina (which as expected is prepping for runoffs) and Ohio (where the surprise was the need for a recount in a close Republican primary), we're looking ahead.

Tracking The Enthusiasm Gap: Republicans continue to hold a double-digit lead over Democrats in voter enthusiasm, but the GOP's advantage is about half what it was immediately following passage of the health care overhaul bill, according to a Gallup poll taken April 26-May 2.

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

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, May 04, 2010

In This Issue

  • NY Bomb Plot Revives Various Homeland Security Proposals
  • Oil Spill Amendments Could Be Offered This Week
  • Reid Presses Senate to Finish Financial Overhaul Next Week
  • Sen. Grassley Presses Geithner To Fence Off Bank Tax
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Today in Washington

The House considers commemorative resolutions related to math and science, as well as a bill that would rename the Department of the Navy to include the Marine Corps.

The Senate is expected to hold its first votes on amendments to a bill to overhaul financial regulations.

The President meets with advisers and receives daily briefings; delivers remarks to the Business Council; has lunch with Elie Wiesel; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez-Mont deliver remarks and participate in a discussion about U.S.-Mexico cooperation to strengthen border security, coordinate law enforcement activities and streamline commerce and travel. 4:30 p.m., Brookings Institution, Saul Zilkha Room, 1st Floor, 1775 Massachusetts Ave N.W.

Correction: A headline in the April 30 edition of the Midday Update incorrectly identified the gender of former West Virginia state Sen. Sarah Minear.

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Top Stories

NY Bomb Plot Revives Various Homeland Security Proposals

The New York car bomb plot has quickly revived some proposals on homeland security that have languished in the past -- along with calls for increased federal funds to help the Big Apple deal with terror threats. [Read More]

Oil Spill Amendments Could Be Offered This Week

The Senate could take up legislation to tighten oversight and regulation on offshore drilling as early as this week. [Read More]

Reid Presses Senate to Finish Financial Overhaul Next Week

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urged his colleagues Tuesday to complete work on an overhaul of the financial regulatory system by the end of next week. [Read More]

Sen. Grassley Presses Geithner To Fence Off Bank Tax

The Finance Committee's top Republican challenged Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on Tuesday to recommend a presidential veto of a proposed tax on big banks if Democrats use it for anything except recovering funds from the bank bailout. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Poll Suggests Rep. Sestak's Ads Working: Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) leads Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) by a mere 8 points in the latest Quinnipiac University poll. With less than two weeks to go until the May 18 primary, the poll found Specter favored by 47 percent versus 39 percent for Sestak. But the movement is in Sestaks favor; for most of the race, Specter hadled by more than 20 points.

Kentucky's Conflicting Polls: Is Rand Paul way ahead or just running even in the race for the Republican Senate nomination in Kentucky? The latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows the first-time candidate far outpacing the establishment favorite, Secretary of State Trey Grayson. That conflicts with the internal polling that the Grayson campaign released earlier today.

Gibbons Airs First TV Ad in Race to Take On Rep. Boswell: Iowa financial adviser Jim Gibbons cites his past career as a champion wrestler and coach in his first television advertisement ahead of a June 8 primary in the Des Moines-based 3rd district. Gibbons is the best-funded Republican in a six-way race to take on Rep. Leonard L. Boswell.

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

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Monday, May 03, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, May 03, 2010

In This Issue

  • Auto Industry Seeks a Pivotal Role in Debate Over Financial Regulations
  • Expected Failure of Climate Bill Taints U.S. Image as Clean Energy Promoter
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate continues debate on financial services legislation, but no votes are expected.

The President delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the Commander in Chief Trophy Presentation with the Naval Academy; hosts dinner at the White House for the Business Council.

In Washington, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke participates in panel discussion as part of the Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Institute Speaker Series. 6 p.m., National Education Association, 1201 16th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Auto Industry Seeks a Pivotal Role in Debate Over Financial Regulations

Auto manufacturers and dealers, along with their congressional allies, are emerging as key players in the Senate debate on overhauling the financial regulatory system, which is set to begin in full this week. [Read More]

Expected Failure of Climate Bill Taints U.S. Image as Clean Energy Promoter

Prospects for enacting a climate change bill have faded for this year and possibly for good, setting the stage for political repercussions both at home and abroad. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Traficant Files in the 17th ... And Maybe the 6th Too? Ex-Rep. Jim Traficant has filed to run this November as an independent in one Ohio district and -- in what would be an unusual move for anyone but the flamboyant former congressman and ex-convict -- is expected to do the same in a second district.

Poll Says Conlin Strongest Grassley Opponent: A Rasmussen Reports survey taken April 29 had Iowa lawyer Roxanne Conlin as the strongest of the Democrats who might be matched in the fall against Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley.

Poll Has Fisher Up 20 Over Brunner in Ohio: A Quinnipiac University survey taken April 28 through May 2 suggests that Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher will easily defeat Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in a Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday.

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

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