Friday, October 01, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Edited by Joe Warminsky | Email the editor

In This Issue

  • Senator Concerned by Commanders' Comments on Afghanistan Timeline
  • Democrats Ask Insurers To Retain Child-Only Policies
  • Irked by Health Expert, Lawmaker Demands Disclosure of Witnesses' Conflicts of Interest
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President announces the resignation of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and the assignment of Peter Rouse as interim replacement; meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; attends investiture ceremony of new Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan; meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, the Newseum puts on display the suit, shirt and tie worn by O.J. Simpson on Oct. 3, 1995, the day he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. News History Gallery, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senator Concerned by Commanders' Comments on Afghanistan Timeline

The Senate's top defense-policy Democrat called out military commanders Friday for inserting "ambiguity" into what he believes is the president's unambiguous intent to begin reducing U.S. force levels in Afghanistan in July 2011. [Read More]

Democrats Ask Insurers To Retain Child-Only Policies

House Energy and Commerce Democrats asked two insurance companies to reconsider their decision to stop offering child-only health insurance policies because of new requirements in the health care overhaul. [Read More]

Irked by Health Expert, Lawmaker Demands Disclosure of Witnesses' Conflicts of Interest

A Republican senator wants to compel greater disclosure of interests held by witnesses who testify before Senate committees, following a protracted tangle with a Massachusetts Institute of Technology health expert. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Democrats Pull Out Of Kentucky Markets, Then Go Back In: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee cancelled media buys next week in multiple major Kentucky media markets, only to re-reserve those same buys hours later, according to GOP media trackers.

Barney Frank Opponent Raises $400k in a Month: Sean Bielat's campaign raised more money over the last month than the Massachusetts Republican Congressional candidate had received in the first 20 months of this cycle combined.

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

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Edited by Martha Angle | Email the editor

In This Issue

  • Democratic Leaders Huddle With Obama on Campaign, November Agenda
  • Senate Sets Post-Election Vote To Advance Food Safety Bill
  • Interior Issues New Offshore Drilling Safety Rules but Moratorium Continues
  • Senate Hearing on For-Profit Colleges Becomes Partisan Stage
  • Despite Johnson & Johnson Controversy, No Action Likely on Drug Recall Bill
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes Nov. 15.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes Nov. 15.

The President meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner; lunches with Democratic congressional leaders; attends Democratic National Committee fundraising dinner at a private residence; participates in a DNC Gen44 event at DAR Constitution Hall.

In Washington, The AFL-CIO hosts an event titled "Borderline or Borderlands? The U.S.-Mexico Relationship and the Immigration Debate." Participants include Arturo Sarukhan, Mexican ambassador to the United States, and Tyche Hendricks, author of "The Wind Doesn't Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands." 6 p.m., AFL-CIO headquarters, 815 16th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Democratic Leaders Huddle With Obama on Campaign, November Agenda

Congressional Democratic leaders headed Thursday to the White House to discuss campaign strategy with President Obama and the agenda for the lame-duck session that begins Nov. 15. [Read More]

Senate Sets Post-Election Vote To Advance Food Safety Bill

As the Senate left town Wednesday night for the campaign trail, Majority Leader Harry Reid signaled his intention to take up a long-delayed food safety bill in the post-election session. [Read More]

Interior Issues New Offshore Drilling Safety Rules but Moratorium Continues

The Interior Department on Thursday issued a pair of safety rules for offshore oil drilling, but rejected calls from lawmakers and industry to lift its controversial moratorium on new deepwater drilling. [Read More]

Senate Hearing on For-Profit Colleges Becomes Partisan Stage

Partisan divisions sharpened Thursday over whether and how to regulate for-profit colleges, as a leading Senate Republican said Democrats were on a witch hunt. [Read More]

Despite Johnson & Johnson Controversy, No Action Likely on Drug Recall Bill

Although critical of the federal response to Johnson & Johnson's secret recall of thousands of bottles of a popular pain reliever, lawmakers appear unlikely to act on legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to order recalls of drugs. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Will Third Time Be a Charm For Illinois' Seals? Voters in Illinois' 10th District will recognize Democrat Dan Seals' name on the ballot -- it's his third time running for the seat. But this year his opponent will have a different name. Five-term Rep. Mark Kirk is leaving the House to run for Barack Obama's old Senate seat, and Bob Dold, owner of a pest control business, is the Republican nominee. Roll Call sat down with Seals to discuss the race.

Poll Finds Murkowski Ahead, But With Work To Do: A new poll from Alaska-based polling company Ivan Moore Research shows Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) not only has a chance to win as a write-in candidate, but at this point is the favorite among voters aware that she is running.

NRCC Unveils Last Additions to Young Guns Program: The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce its seventh and final round of major additions to its Young Guns list on Thursday by adding nine names to its marquee candidate program.

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

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In This Issue

  • Lawmakers Hope To Clear Stopgap Funding Bill and Leave Quickly
  • Hoyer Says No Tax-Cut Vote Before Elections
  • Pentagon Reviews Results of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Survey
  • Military Chief Warns Against Cuts in Personnel Budget
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Today in Washington

The House considers an intelligence policy authorization; legislation on China's currency policy; health compensation for 9/11 first responders; and possibly a two-month stopgap appropriations bill.

The Senate rejects a GOP move to block a regulation implementing the health care overhaul law; considers a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running through Dec. 3.

The President visits families in Des Moines, Iowa, and Richmond, Va., to talk about the economy, tax cuts and the deficit.

In Washington, Education Secretary Arne Duncan attends gala for the Committee for Education Funding honoring Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wis., and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, among others, for their contributions to education funding. 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Lawmakers Hope To Clear Stopgap Funding Bill and Leave Quickly

Both chambers of Congress appeared eager to vote Wednesday on a measure to fund the government for the next two months so they can leave Washington for the campaign trail. [Read More]

Hoyer Says No Tax-Cut Vote Before Elections

Ignoring jabs from Republicans, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer on Wednesday effectively ruled out a floor vote this week on extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. [Read More]

Pentagon Reviews Results of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Survey

The military is now reviewing results of surveys it requested from servicemembers and their families about ending the ban on openly gay individuals serving in the military. [Read More]

Military Chief Warns Against Cuts in Personnel Budget

The military's top officer warned Wednesday that budget cuts affecting the size and structure of the U.S. armed forces would be "dangerous," given current wartime requirements. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Boehner Turns GOP Caucus Meeting Into Pledge Drive: House Minority Leader John Boehner on Wednesday told his Conference that he would give $1 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee, but only if those in the room gave an additional $3 million right then and there.

Meek Ad Portrays Crist in His Own Words: Rep. Kendrick Meek's campaign has released a new spot that uses archival video clips of Gov. Charlie Crist, now an independent, espousing his Republican bona fides.

Melancon Launches 'Forgotten Crime' Ad Against Vitter: In his most brazen attempt yet to thrust Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) three-year-old prostitution scandal into the forefront of their Senate race, Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) has released a new commercial that hammer's the Senator for his "forgotten crime."

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

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Forges Ahead With Stopgap Spending Measure
  • CBO Director Says Tradeoffs Involved in Size, Duration of Tax-Cut Extension
  • Fiscal Commission Holds Last Public Session Before Elections
  • Senators Demand More Information on Defense Facility Shutdown
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Today in Washington

The House considers 85 measures under suspension of the rules.

The Senate blocks an effort by Democrats to call up a bill designed to deter outsourcing of jobs overseas; paves the way to act on a stopgap appropriations bill to keep the government operating past the Sept. 30 end of fiscal 2010.

The President talks about the economy at an Albuquerque, N.M., family's home; flies to Madison, Wis., for a Democratic fundraiser and rally; travels to Des Moines, Iowa.

In Washington, Radio Free Europe marks its 60th anniversary. Keynote speaker is Walter Isaacson, chairman, Broadcasting Board of Governors and president and chief executive, The Aspen Institute; moderator is Jeffrey Gedmin, president and chief executive, Radio Free Europe. 6:30 p.m., The Newseum, Knight Conference Center, 8th Floor, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Forges Ahead With Stopgap Spending Measure

The Senate moved a step closer Tuesday toward action on a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. [Read More]

CBO Director Says Tradeoffs Involved in Size, Duration of Tax-Cut Extension

Permanent extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts would stimulate the economy and boost job creation more in the short run than a temporary renewal, but it also would add significantly more to the national debt, the director of the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. [Read More]

Fiscal Commission Holds Last Public Session Before Elections

President Obama's bipartisan fiscal commission will hold its last pre-election public meeting on Wednesday. [Read More]

Senators Demand More Information on Defense Facility Shutdown

Senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee are demanding more information from the Pentagon about a proposal to shut down a huge military facility in Virginia. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Battling Polls As Connecticut Senate Race Intensifies: Richard Blumenthal's (D) campaign wasted no time countering a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning that shows Connecticut's Senate race knotted in a statistical tie. Blumenthal, the state's longtime attorney general, leads former wrestling executive Linda McMahon (R) by 12 points -- 52 percent to 40 percent -- according to an internal poll conducted by the Democratic firm, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. Quinnipiac released a separate survey giving Blumenthal a lead of just 3 points -- 49 percent to 46 percent, which is within the 3-point margin of error.

NRSC Drops Another Ad on Sen. Bennet: Cutting Medicare. Hurting seniors. Killing jobs." That's how the National Republican Senatorial Committee breaks down Sen. Michael Bennet's (D) 21 months in office in a new independent expenditure ad in Colorado. The NRSC has reserved $2.3 million of TV time in the state, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has also been active on the airwaves against Republican Ken Buck, reserved $4.3 million.

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

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Monday, September 27, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, September 27, 2010

In This Issue

  • Waxman Readies Net Neutrality Bill With No Room for FCC Ruling
  • Manned Spaceflight Changes Waiting on Appropriators
  • China's Currency Policy Draws an Unusually Bipartisan Response
  • Cybersecurity Draft Shows Signs of Compromise
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; returns Tuesday with a long agenda of measures under suspension of the rules.

The Senate continues debate related to legislation on the offshoring of U.S. jobs; senators are required to appear at 7 p.m. for a "live quorum."

The President appears on NBC's "Today Show"; receives briefings and meets with advisers; hosts an on-the-record conference call with college and university student-journalists; signs small business legislation; flies to New Mexico.

In Washington, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., hosts U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and local business leaders for a roundtable discussion on the benefits of free trade for Northern Virginia's economy. 4 p.m., EDA offices, 8300 Boone Boulevard, Tysons Corner, Va.

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Top Stories

Waxman Readies Net Neutrality Bill With No Room for FCC Ruling

The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is making a final push for legislation to set rules on Internet non-discrimination that would take the issue out of the hands of the Federal Communications Commission. [Read More]

Manned Spaceflight Changes Waiting on Appropriators

With the fiscal 2011 appropriations endgame still uncertain, President Obama's proposal for reorienting NASA's manned spaceflight program remains in limbo. [Read More]

China's Currency Policy Draws an Unusually Bipartisan Response

Anger over Chinese government trade policies has become an increasingly bipartisan cause amid the partisan gridlock of the 2010 election season. [Read More]

Cybersecurity Draft Shows Signs of Compromise

After months of work, two Senate panels have drafted a compromise that could become the framework for the nation's first comprehensive law addressing cybersecurity. But obstacles remain that will be difficult to overcome before the 111th Congress adjourns. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

New Study Shows N.Y. to Lose Two Seats, Florida to Gain Two: A new study of population figures offers some unexpected predictions on Congressional reapportionment, which will alter the balance of power of different regions of the country based on the 2010 census.

Dueling Polls Released as Carney Looks Over Shoulder: Rep. Chris Carney (D) released an internal poll Monday morning that shows an 8-point advantage -- 46 percent to 38 percent -- over GOP challenger Tom Marino in Pennsylvania's 10th district. The poll was released a day after a newspaper published the results of a separate survey that gave Marino a 4-point lead.

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

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