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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Clarifies quote in 4th paragraph)(CNSNews.com) -Affirmative action forces are planning a springtime march on Washington, D.C., to try to salvage race-based admission policies at America's public universities.In April, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases challenging the admission policies at the University of Michigan. An umbrella group for the student defendants in Grutter v. Bollingerand Gratz v. Bollinger, plans an April 1 march on the capital to coincide with the Supreme Court hearing.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
1st Add: Includes information on political advertising; Hispanic demographics(CNSNews.com) - A new survey of Hispanics shows a "competitive environment for the Latino vote," this year and in 2004, according to Robert de Posada, president of the Latino Coalition.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Putting the federal government in charge of drug prices and health care decisions will hurt the quality of health care for America's seniors, warns a lawmaker embroiled in final negotiations for a Medicare prescription drug benefit.The Medicare bill is "probably the most momentous decision, other than things dealing with national security, that many of my colleagues and I will have had the opportunity to make within the next several years," said Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in a Monday speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Recent comments from Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, comparing Osama bin Laden to the American revolutionaries, probably stem from frustration over the way President Bush is handling the war on terrorism, a Democratic strategist said.However, a top Republican official blamed the Democratic leadership for refusing to discipline Kaptur.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Democrats on Monday attacked the president's budget for short-changing education programs and accused GOP leaders of stalling for votes.President Bush is requesting $50.3 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Education in fiscal year 2003, which is a $1.4 billion (or 2.8 percent) increase over the 2002 enacted level.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Americans work over three and a half months out of the year just to pay federal, state and local taxes, according to calculations by the Tax Foundation. But tax analysts disagree over whether the price of government is too high.The tax burden on middle-class Americans is actually falling, according to a Washington think tank, as a result of the economic slump and tax cuts in 1997 and 2001 (which included child tax credits).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Should drug companies be limited in the way they advertise the health benefits of certain foods, dietary supplements and prescription drugs? After a string of adverse court decisions favoring free speech, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is re-considering those restrictions.The outcome is likely to rile either those who favor free speech and consumer choice or proponents of strong government regulation designed to protect unwitting consumers.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even with his presidential aspirations, North Carolina Democrat John Edwards might find himself on tricky turf in his home state should he choose to seek re-election to his Senate seat in 2004.Despite the fact that Edwards won his first Senate race in 1998 with 51 percent of the vote, just a third of North Carolinians now say they'd vote for him.Another third said they'd consider voting for another candidate. And the remaining third said they'd vote to replace him.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats and Republicans are accused of hatching "multiple schemes" to "evade and violate the soft money and disclosure provisions" of the McCain/Feingold campaign finance law that went into effect earlier this month, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the Federal Elections Commission by three political watchdog groups.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Upward-creeping deficit estimates have renewed squabbling over who or what to blame - tax cuts, spending or the recession - and whether short-term deficits are even a problem in a $10 trillion economy.The Bush administration Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Tuesday announced a revised deficit projection of $455 billion for fiscal year 2003 and another $475 billion in 2004.The OMB's forecast in February was for a $304 billion 2003 deficit.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the one-year anniversary of President Bush's signature education reform plan, Democrats Wednesday accused Bush of under-funding the No Child Left Behind Act and blasted him for proposing a dividend tax cut.The president, meanwhile, was hailing the legislation as "the most meaningful education reform probably ever" and "a legislative victory on behalf of the children of America."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With Congress back from August recess, the heat is on House and Senate conferees to come up with a Medicare prescription drug plan that can garner enough support from conservative and liberal factions in Congress to pass. Conferees are scheduled to resume negotiations on Thursday, but opposition to the plan has been mounting.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Liberal Democratic senators Wednesday defended their plans to filibuster the nomination of former Assistant U.S. Solicitor General Miguel Estrada for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.Senate Democrats believe they have the 41 votes necessary to continue blocking a vote on the Estrada nomination.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition of pro-life groups is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to revoke its Sept. 2000 approval of the abortion drug RU-486. In doing so, the pro-life activists hope to force the Bush administration to take up a politically explosive issue that had been decided by the pro-abortion Clinton administration.The groups argue that RU-486 poses health risks to women that the FDA did not adequately consider before approving the drug.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate this week passed a bill banning partial birth abortion, and the measure will now head to President Bush for his signature. But that may not be the end of the matter. Abortion rights advocates will challenge the law in court, and voters in the 2004 election may have something to say about it.Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, thinks that voters will reward President Bush and blame Democrats who opposed the ban.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Republicans are making good on their threat to hold repeated votes to break a Democratic filibuster of the president's D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee, Miguel Estrada. But Democrats won Round 2 as the GOP again failed to get the three-fifths vote (60) necessary to formally end debate and proceed to an actual vote on the nomination.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Political watchers are questioning whether Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) politicized the possible upcoming war with Iraq by accusing the president of doing the very same thing.Daschle blasted Bush on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration's new regulations governing medical privacy take effect on April 14, but some privacy advocates are so alarmed at the fine print that they've filed a lawsuit in federal court."What the federal government is doing is giving...blanket permission on behalf of individuals for the use and disclosure of their health information, regardless of the individual's wishes," said Jim Pyles, attorney for the plaintiffs.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Missouri Democrat Jean Carnahan is the biggest Election Day worry for Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, whose party is trying to hang on to control of the United States Senate.He has reason to worry. A Research 2000 poll of likely voters conducted Oct. 14-16 for KOMU-TV showed Carnahan just a hair behind Republican Jim Talent, 46 to 47 percent. A recent poll by John Zogby showed Carnahan trailing Talent by a much bigger margin--6.5 points.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Congressional Republicans this week are trying to agree among themselves on a Medicare prescription drug plan, which they hope to pass this month, before 2004 presidential politics squelches that possibility. But it's unclear who will be pleased with whatever plan the Republicans ultimately agree upon.Despite the fact that Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) was earlier this year predicting better than a 50-50 chance that Congress would pass a drug benefit in 2003, Senate Democrats, especially, have never warmed to GOP plans.