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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush gave a rainy Labor Day address to a crowd of workers in Richfield, Ohio, a key 2004 battleground state. The president stressed steps the administration has taken to improve the economy and promote job creation.The nation''s unemployment rate is at a 9-year high at 6.2 percent (9.3 million Americans).The president credited his tax cut packages for making the recession shallow, as American consumers spent and invested their tax savings.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats are already balking at President Bush's new retirement savings proposal, saying the plan will drive up future deficits without actually helping workers save for retirement. And it's winning only faint praise from the Republicans' point man on pension reform, Ohio Rep. Rob Portman.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When Georgia primary voters head to the polls Tuesday, they will settle two House races that have been grabbing national attention for high decibel intra-party squabbling.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Medicare prescription drug bill is coming down to the wire in a congressional conference committee, which is now laboring against a Friday deadline. But Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, fears that conferees aren't giving enough attention to unintended consequences, such as seniors losing existing drug coverage or sacrificing health care privacy.The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected that about one out of every three seniors who have employer-provided coverage will lose it.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(1st Add: Reactions from several non-governmental organizations have been included.)(CNSNews.com) - After failing to overcome an historic Democratic filibuster of a presidential judicial nominee, Senate Republicans say they'll hold repeated cloture votes until Democrats relent to an up-or-down vote on the nomination."I will stand by Miguel Estrada's side until he is sworn in as a judge," said President Bush in a written statement following the morning vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
{\fnil\fcharset0 Times New Roman;{\colortbl ;\red0\green0\blue0;\red255\green255\blue255; (CNSNews.com) - House Democrats on Monday attacked the president's budget for short-changing education programs and accused GOP leaders of stalling for votes.\cbpat2\sb100\sa100 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) - War may be hell, but for Congress, war can also mean new opportunities to load the federal budget with pork.The group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has come up with prime examples - $350,000 for sweet potato research in Stoneville, Miss., $631,000 for alternative salmon products in Alaska, $4,214,000 for shrimp aquaculture research spread across several states - that it says are part of a record amount of federal tax dollars being spent on congressional pork.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The president?s party historically loses House seats in a mid-term election, and this year the economy is in a slump, to boot. So Election Day should mean gains for the Democrats, right? Maybe not, say political analysts, who believe Republicans appear to be defying tradition..
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) - Cato Institute legal scholars are crafting a legal strategy for challenging District of Columbia laws on Second Amendment grounds. The city's gun ban is among the most restrictive in the nation.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Many Americans still depend on old-fashioned pensions for retirement income, but too many pension plans aren't adequately funded, due to corporate bankruptcies, poor stock market performance and, some argue, questionable spending priorities.That, along with a December regulatory deadline, has the White House and Congress scrambling to change the way pension plans are regulated.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Sen. Chuck Grassley and National Tax Foundation economist John Barry.) (CNSNews.com) - Tax cuts are the defining feature of President Bush's economic ten-year, $674 billion stimulus plan released on Tuesday.The president is seeking to speed up the 2001 tax cuts to increase the pace of economic recovery and job creation; eliminate taxes on stock dividends in order to boost investment and job growth; and help the unemployed through an extension of jobless benefits and the creation of a new federal job training program.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Labor Day marks the traditional kickoff for the presidential campaign season, and Mass. Sen. John Kerry will formally announce his candidacy on Tuesday. But the already-crowded Democratic field had a pre-Labor Day shake-up, with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean surging ahead of Kerry in New Hampshire.Kerry himself has dismissed the emerging trend. "The polls are very early, and they move a lot. [Dean] has done a good job," Kerry acknowledged on MSNBC. In fact, Dean has been running early television ads in New Hampshire.
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.