Friday, August 06, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, August 06, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Rejection of Fed Nominee Slows White House Plan
  • Border Security Bill Heads Back To House
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Today in Washington

The House is adjourned until Aug. 9.

The Senate is adjourned until Sept. 13.

The President receives briefings; travels to Gelberg Signs in Washington to deliver remarks; meets later with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; hosts a reception marking the Senate confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

In Washington, The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian begins its three-day "Living Earth" festival, which "acknowledges Native contributions to managing the environment and sustaining their lifeways and foodways." 4th Street and Independence Avenue S.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Rejection of Fed Nominee Slows White House Plan

The Obama administration's effort to fill every vacancy on the Federal Reserve Board is running into more trouble than expected now that Senate leaders have returned Peter A. Diamond's nomination to the White House. [Read More]

Border Security Bill Heads Back To House

With just hours left before beginning its August recess, the Senate unexpectedly passed a $600 million emergency spending bill to beef up border security — a last-minute Democratic measure that picked up GOP support on the floor. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Reasons To Watch Oregon 5: Oregon's 5th district started electing Democrats in 1986. If the streak ends in 2010, says Republican candidate Scott Bruun, it's likely to be part of a much bigger night for the GOP.

Shadow GOP 101 On the 12th floor of an office building on Washington's New York Avenue, writes Holly Bailey of Yahoo! News, "four separate conservative groups are collectively planning to spend at least $70 million to help Republicans win back control of Congress this November."

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

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, August 05, 2010

In This Issue

  • Vote Count Firms Up as Kagan Confirmation Vote Approaches
  • Senate Sends $26.1 Billion Education and Medicaid Package to House
  • Reid Says Renewable-Energy Funds Will Be Restored
  • Senate Passes Intelligence Bill, Prepares to Confirm Director
  • Democrats Offer Border Security Bill as a Parting Shot
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes Monday, Aug. 9, for pro forma session and returns Tuesday, Aug. 10, to vote on a package of education and Medicaid aid to states.

The Senate sends the House a $26.1 billion package of education and Medicaid aid; debates the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

The President visits Ford Motor Company assembly plant in Chicago; stumps for Alexi Giannoulias, Democratic candidate for Senate in Illinois; attends a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago; returns to the White House tonight.

In Washington, this month's edition of the Phillips After 5 series features DJ Danny Harris; a curator's talk by Robert Ryman; a gallery talk titled "Pousette-Dart's Abstraction: Motion and Machines;" and a tasting of rare and exotic beers. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Vote Count Firms Up as Kagan Confirmation Vote Approaches

The last suspense about the Senate's upcoming vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court vanished Thursday, as two more Republicans said they would vote "no." [Read More]

headlineSenate Sends $26.1 Billion Education and Medicaid Package to House

The Senate on Thursday passed a $26.1 billion state-aid package that the House is poised to consider next week, when it will return briefly from its August recess. [Read More]

Reid Says Renewable-Energy Funds Will Be Restored

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised Thursday that Congress eventually will restore $1.5 billion rescinded from an Energy Department renewable-energy loan program to help pay for emergency education and Medicaid aid for states. [Read More]

Senate Passes Intelligence Bill, Prepares to Confirm Director

The Senate on Thursday passed a bipartisan compromise version of the fiscal 2010 intelligence authorization bill, with its authors urging the House to clear the measure next week. [Read More]

Democrats Offer Border Security Bill as a Parting Shot

In an 11th-hour effort to pass border security legislation before leaving for the summer recess, Senate Democrats unveiled a $600 million spending bill Thursday that they said is fully paid for. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Sorry, Sharron: Mitch Hasn't Changed Mind About Campaigning: Maybe his party's Senate nominee in Nevada could use his help, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was unequivocal about how he'll handle the race: "I am not going to Nevada," he said when asked again today about flying to the aid of Republican Sharron Angle, who is in a tight race against Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader. When McConnell ran for re-election in 2008, Reid stayed out of Kentucky.

No Recount Sought by Riemersma in Michigan: Fewer than 700 votes separated ex-NFL football player Jay Riemersma from former state Rep. Bill Huizenga after Tuesday's primary in Michigan. But the Detroit News reports that Riemersma won't be asking for a recount in the Grand Rapids-area 3rd district. Michigan does have a cliff-hanger primary: In the 1st district, where candidates ended Election Night with a 14-vote spread, so a few changes before certification of the results could make a difference.

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

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, August 04, 2010

In This Issue

  • Pelosi May Call House Back to Clear Education, Medicaid Aid to States
  • Reid Still Trying to Move Small-Business Bill Before Senate Leaves
  • Sen. Bond Still Waits for Meeting With Kagan as Vote Nears
  • Floor Test Promised on Change in Rules for Senate 'Holds'
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate agrees to limit debate on a measure to provide $26 billion in aid to states to prevent teacher layoffs and forestall Medicaid cuts; resumes debate on nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.

The President receives daily briefings; speaks to the AFL-CIO Executive Council at the Washington Convention Center; lunches with senators; presents the 2010 Citizens Medal to 13 winners; meets with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; travels to Chicago.

In Washington, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner delivers remarks on a "Pro-Growth Strategy on Tax and Fiscal Policy." 4 p.m., Center for American Progress, 10th Floor, 1333 H St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Pelosi May Call House Back to Clear Education, Medicaid Aid to States

House Democratic leaders were scrambling Wednesday to figure out if and when they will summon members back to Washington from their August recess to vote on legislation intended to save the jobs of roughly 100,000 teachers and help states with their Medicaid expenses. [Read More]

Reid Still Trying to Move Small-Business Bill Before Senate Leaves

Senate Democratic leaders hope they can pass a small-business bill before adjourning for the August recess. "This week isn't over," Majority Leader Harry Reid , D-Nev., said Wednesday. [Read More]

Sen. Bond Still Waits for Meeting With Kagan as Vote Nears

Sen. Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, one of a handful of Republicans yet to announce a position on Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, said Wednesday he was still hoping to meet with her before the Senate votes this week. [Read More]

Floor Test Promised on Change in Rules for Senate 'Holds'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged Wednesday that a proposal to end the anonymous holds that senators use to block nominations or bills will get floor time after the Senate returns from its summer recess. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Feingold Ad Shows Boarded-Up Businesses: Images progress from shuttered storefronts to "help wanted" signs in the latest statewide ad from the re-election campaign of Sen. Russ Feingold. The Wisconsin Democrat does his own narration: "Unfair trade agreements. Letting Wall Street run wild. From day one, I voted against them because you warned me they'd cost Wisconsin families' jobs, and sadly that's what happened." Feingold's ad doesn't mention his likely Republican opponent, Ron Johnson, whose campaign is on the air criticizing Feingold as "a career politician."

McMahon Surges in Connecticut GOP Race: Even as negative ads fill Connecticut voters' television screens, former wrestling mogul Linda McMahon is leading her Republican challengers and closing in on the leading Democrat, Richard Blumenthal. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted July 28-Aug. 2 shows that McMahon has narrowed the gap against Blumenthal from 17 points in mid-July to just 10 points. And in the Aug. 10 primary contest, McMahon leads former Rep. Rob Simmons and businessman Peter Schiff by 17 and 33 points respectively.

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

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, August 03, 2010

In This Issue

  • Geithner Won't Rule Out Extending Bush-Era Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest
  • Senate Kicks Off Kagan Confirmation Debate
  • Armed Services Panel Resists Defense Cuts
  • Senate Chairman Urges FCC to Use Universal Fund To Foster Broadband
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. on Sept. 14.

The Senate begins debate on the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.

The President receives daily briefings; signs legislation reducing sentencing disparity for offenses involving crack and powder cocaine; hosts a town hall meeting with young African leaders; meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, Carl Harris, deputy assistant secretary of Education, delivers welcoming address to the 67th Annual Convention of the National Association of University Women. 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Geithner Won't Rule Out Extending Bush-Era Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner left the door open Tuesday to an extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers, a strategy being floated by some key Democrats on Capitol Hill. [Read More]

Senate Kicks Off Kagan Confirmation Debate

Debate on Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court began on the Senate floor Tuesday with the leaders of the Judiciary Committee laying out their respective arguments. [Read More]

Armed Services Panel Resists Defense Cuts

Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee are resisting the idea that defense spending cuts should be part of an effort to curb the budget deficit. [Read More]

Senate Chairman Urges FCC to Use Universal Fund To Foster Broadband

The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to overhaul a fund designed to ensure universal telephone service in order to foster broadband deployment. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Effigies Have Their Limits: The Capitol Police are fairly jaded about protests, but they get a bit more careful when it comes to pretending to hang a member of Congress. To see where the line gets drawn, look no further back than last week, when anti-abortion protesters who gathered outside the Senate brought along a noose, a stick and a picture of Sen. Lindsey Graham pasted onto a human-looking figure.

Gallup Finds GOP Standing Improves On Generic Ballot: Gallup's "generic congressional ballot" polling for the week of July 26-Aug. 1 found registered voters favoring Republicans, 48 percent to 43 percent for the Democrats. Left unsaid: Voters don't choose generally between Democrats and Republicans. They choose between specific Democrats and Republicans in their own congressional districts. In 2008, dozens of districts sent a Republican to Congress and Barack Obama to the White House.

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

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Monday, August 02, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, August 02, 2010

In This Issue

  • Energy Measure Sparks Few Hopes
  • McCain Holds Up Pick for Director of National Intelligence
  • Spending Bills Are at the Mercy of Election Politics and Pace
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate continues consideration of the legislative vehicle for an education and state Medicaid aid package.

The President Travels to Atlanta to speak at the Disabled Veterans of America Conference and at a Democratic National Committee event; returns to Washington to meet with advisers.

In Washington, The National Press Club hosts its annual Journalism Awards dinner. 6 p.m., Holeman Lounge, 529 14th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Energy Measure Sparks Few Hopes

Despite House passage last week of an offshore drilling overhaul, the kickoff of the Senate's long-awaited debate on a companion bill is being greeted by universally low expectations. [Read More]

McCain Holds Up Pick for Director of National Intelligence

Sen. John McCain is blocking President Obama's nominee for director of national intelligence, threatening to delay Senate confirmation of James R. Clapper Jr. until after the August recess. [Read More]

Spending Bills Are at the Mercy of Election Politics and Pace

After a late start to the election year budget cycle, a July appropriations blitz has improved chances that the fiscal 2011 spending bills can be wrapped up in December. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Republican Senate Primary Takes A Mean Turn in Connecticut: The airwaves have turned nasty in Connecticut. Just over a week before Connecticut voters will be asked to select a Republican to battle state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Senate GOP hopefuls Peter Schiff and Rob Simmons have both begun airing new ads that go after Republican frontrunner Linda McMahon.

Rangel's Reach: Sometimes, an ethics case is about more than one lawmaker's misdeeds. If opponents take advantage of the opportunity, an ethics case can become a stinkbomb that makes an awful lot of people smell really, really bad.

Bluegrass Poll Says Rand Paul Still Leads: Republican Rand Paul is still running ahead of Democrat Jack Conway in the race for Kentucky's open seat in the Senate, according to a Bluegrass Poll conducted for the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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

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