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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the firing of his top two economic advisors last week, President Bush signaled that crafting and selling an economic stimulus will be a priority. Both will prove a difficult task, since Congress and economists disagree about what will cure the ailing economy and be politically palatable.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats have been sounding alarm bells about Republican deficit spending, but during the two days of debate on homeland security appropriations, it was the Democrats who offered amendments to increase spending by over $17 billion in 2004."It is inconceivable that in just two years, President George W. Bush has taken the nation from historic budget surpluses to the deepest deficits in history," railed Democratic presidential candidate and Fla. Sen. Bob Graham.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Alliance of American Insurers) (CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Thursday called for Congress to pass a law limiting non-economic, punitive damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000."Our medical liability system is broken," the president told a Scranton, Pa. audience."A broken system like that first and foremost hurts the patients and the people of America," said Bush, because "junk lawsuits" drive up malpractice insurance premiums and drive innocent doctors out of town, according to the president.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican efforts to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from the Democrats will be made more difficult this fall by the fact that the GOP will have 20 seats to defend while Democrats will only have 14. However, in converting the political races into a medical metaphor, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), the Senate's only doctor, insists Republicans may "have more patients," but Democrats "have more in intensive care."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.) is weighing a plan to reform Social Security using personal retirement accounts -- a move that would put him at odds with all the Democratic presidential candidates and the party's congressional leadership.His only concern, Ford confides, is how to pay the transition costs in moving from a pay-as-you-go system to individual investment accounts.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One day after the Senate finished leftover work on last year's appropriations bills, Republicans Friday unveiled a wide ranging list of legislative priorities for the year.Medicare prescription drugs (S.1), President Bush's tax relief package (S.2), and a bill banning partial birth abortion (S.3) will top the Senate's legislative agenda, if all goes as planned by Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the eve of the Florida primaries, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno is fighting for her political life. Once the overwhelming favorite to win the state's Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Reno at this point might not even make it onto the November ballot.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush has asked Congress for an extra $74.7 billion this year to pay for the war in Iraq.Most of the money ($63 billion) would go towards prosecuting the war, with $8 billion earmarked for international aid, relief, and reconstruction, and $4 billion for homeland security.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Political analysts disagreed Monday about how the bear market and sluggish economy will affect the Republican Party's mid-term election hopes, especially in light of the latest New York Times/CBS News poll that shows only 41 percent of Americans approve of the way President Bush is handling the economy.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Republicans have changed the Bush tax cut to make it appear less costly to the U.S. Treasury and more palatable to their Senate colleagues, but liberal analysts say it's even more objectionable than the original Bush plan.The plan introduced by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) mixes in a capital gains tax cut and puts 2005 expiration dates on a number of tax cuts, including the child tax credit, marriage penalty tax relief and expansion of the lowest tax bracket.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Presidential brother Jeb Bush, the top 2002 target for Democrats, is the projected winner in Florida's gubernatorial race. It had been a close race, but the incumbent Bush widened his lead over Democratic opponent Bill McBride in the final days of the campaign. An Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 Zogby poll had Bush ahead by 16 points.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The latest round of child tax credits has raised the ire of fiscal conservatives in Congress. Combined with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), it seems that some workers who owe no income tax will be getting a big windfall, courtesy of Uncle Sam.That makes for bad tax and welfare policy, say critics like House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a caucus of House conservatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The next Congress should repeal a provision in the homeland security bill that protects drug companies like Eli Lilly from lawsuits, urged a handful of lawmakers and autism activists at a Wednesday press conference.Proponents of the provision, however, argue that lawsuit immunity is necessary to make sure that companies continue to offer life-saving vaccines to combat bio-terrorism.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - America's courts have taken over the legislative role of regulating whole industries, many court watchers and state lawmakers believe. The difficult question, they said Wednesday, is how to reverse the trend.It is "one of the most fundamental concerns that we as legislators should have," and it amounts to "the taking away of our legislative powers," said Virginia Delegate William J. Howell, speaker of the state House of Delegates. He addressed fellow lawmakers at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Thursday called for Congress to pass a law limiting non-economic, punitive damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000."Our medical liability system is broken," the president told a Scranton, Pa., audience. "A broken system like that first and foremost hurts the patients and the people of America," he said, because "junk lawsuits" drive up malpractice insurance premiums and drive innocent doctors out of town.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a state dominated by Democrats, it shouldn't be so difficult for the Maryland lieutenant governor to convince voters that she should be promoted - especially since the state hasn't elected a Republican governor in 36 years.But the early lead enjoyed by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Kennedy Townsend over likely Republican nominee Rep. Bob Ehrlich has slipped from 15 points to just three points, according to a recent public opinion poll. Another recent poll says Kennedy Townsend's lead is seven points.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Correction: Fixes that Michigan Legislature is controlled by Republicans)(CNSNews.com) - The White House is targeting Michigan for a win in the 2004 election, but unions and liberal interests are pounding on a message of job loss and anti-tax cut policies.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Over the objections of teacher unions and some local officials, District of Columbia school children will get vouchers to gain access to better schools if Congress passes a bill offered by second-term Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).By many measures, D.C. public schools are among the worst in the nation, plagued by violence, low test scores, and disrepair. In fact, the school system ranked last in student scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While there are only a few close races in the ten states that hold primaries Tuesday, the results will usher in the post-Labor Day political season and establish several key November match-ups that determine who controls the U.S. Senate in 2003. Republicans must defend more open seats in the Senate and governorships than the Democrats.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Senate Tuesday dealt a blow to the president's economic stimulus plan and its centerpiece $726 billion, ten-year dividend tax cut.After failing last week to eliminate half of the president's tax relief package, opponents regrouped Tuesday and passed, 51 to 48, an amendment to the 2004 budget resolution that would ostensibly redirect over half of the tax relief ($350 billion) to a reserve fund to "strengthen the Social Security trust funds over the long term."