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July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Wal-Mart again finds itself under assault from a major U.S. labor union, for allegedly breaking U.S. labor laws by not allowing its employees to unionize. However, a company spokeswoman said she's confident that this latest case, slated for trial early next year, will either be dismissed or the United Food and Commercial Workers Union will be forced to drop its complaints.On Sept. 19, employees of a Sam's Club, Wal-Mart's wholesale arm, filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board for an election on whether to have the UFCW represent them.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Is a month-long holiday from payroll taxes what America needs to stimulate its ailing economy? The Senate Budget Committee's top Republican, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) thinks so, but some policy analysts disagree. Under Domenici's plan, American workers making less than $80,400 and their employers would receive a month-long reprieve from paying their FICA taxes, which are used to fund the Social Security retirement program. The money taken out of the Social Security trust fund would be replaced by general funds.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Having settled one blockbuster item in the energy bill - fuel efficiency standards -- members of the U.S. Senate now turn to the question of whether to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), the ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Thursday the importance of ANWR drilling is not just about reducing American dependence on foreign oil. It is about the safety of Americans, he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Only moments after President Bush introduced "America's Fund for Afghan Children," Sarah and Stephanie Aiken felt compelled to respond immediately."We were watching the president's speech and at the end he said for every child in America to give a dollar," Sarah Aiken, who is 17 years old, said. "We wanted to be the first to help ... the children of Afghanistan."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The refusal by the U.S. Senate to discuss a ban on the cloning of human embryos is "allowing science to dictate national policy," according to Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak, who joined other House members Wednesday in pressuring the Senate to take up the issue.Debate over cloning intensified this week after Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), a scientific research firm in Boston, announced that it had cloned a six cell human embryo.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Barry Goldwater may have suffered a landslide defeat in his 1964 presidential campaign against Lyndon Johnson, but the author of a book on the Arizona Republican's career says the maverick conservative's seemingly 'extremist' ideals have become mainstream."This is a story where history was written by the losers," said Rick Perlstein, author of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) Friday introduced what he calls a "compromise proposal" to help end the legislative stalemate over whether to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling. Daschle suggested that instead of drilling in the ANWR, a new natural gas pipeline be built running south from Alaska's North Slope. According to Daschle, the pipeline could be completed within six years, providing 400,000 new jobs.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Though the Trafficking Victims Protection Act has been law for over a year now, the newly formed State Department office in charge of implementing the act has been nonchalant at best in making progress, say members of the House International Relations Committee."Like all laws, this law is only as good as its implementation ... and frankly, I have been deeply concerned at the slow pace of implementation of the [TVPA]," said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the legislation's primary sponsor.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With their tax dollars, U.S. citizens funded a $25 million project for the International Fund for Ireland; a $1.1 million project for MountainMade in Thomas, W.Va. to educate artists and craftists; and a $273,000 project to combat "Goth" culture in Blue Springs, Mo. And those were just a few of the projects mentioned in the 2002 Congressional Pig Book, the annual account of "pork barrel spending" published by the consumer group Citizens Against Government Waste.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While the press and most of the country are focused on the threat of anthrax, farmers around the nation are worrying about the possibility of agro-terrorism hitting their farms. In response, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, Monday introduced legislation that calls for spending more than $3.5 billion to protect the nation's food supply from terrorist attacks.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Internet gambling poses new dangers to American families and the economy, lawmakers say, and new legislation aims to prohibit such transactions and punish those who take part in or facilitate the transactions. "The social and economic implications of Internet gambling can no longer be ignored," said Rep. James Leach (R-Iowa), in testimony given before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The post-Sept. 11 policy for screening passengers at U.S. airports does not single out anyone because of race or age. As a result, a 70-year-old grandmother might find herself being frisked. Security screeners might also ask the elderly woman to take her shoes off so they can check for a shoe bomb.Homer Boynton, a consultant who served on the National Academy of Sciences panel on Passenger Screening, said the new system, developed after last year's terrorist attacks, is just as bad as the old one.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Arlington, Va. (CNSNews.com) - Democratic lawmakers, airline pilots and flight attendants, joined together Tuesday to call for an overhaul of airport security that would include placing it under federal control.Flanked by members of Congress, airline pilots and representatives from the Association of Flight Attendants, House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt told reporters Tuesday at Reagan National Airport that it should be a "top priority" for Congress to address the current air travel security system.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Members of a major Democratic constituency Tuesday joined the growing list of groups urging Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) to bring the energy bill to the Senate floor."We simply can't go on assuming we will have cheap gasoline, cheap power, or cheap home heating oil without doing anything about it," said Mort Zuckerman, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League is paying tribute to former President Clinton Monday at a luncheon in New York City."Former President Clinton was the nation's most aggressive advocate for a woman's right to choose since the Roe decision," said Bob Jaffe, spokesman for New York NARAL.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican environmentalist? Some Americans might consider the term an oxymoron. However, Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP America) believe it is a perfectly acceptable way to identify a significant portion of the voting public.Jim DiPeso, a spokesperson for REP America said that given the odd combination of political leanings, REP America has to always "walk a fine line" to maintain its dual image as devoted Republicans and dedicated conservationists.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Democrats answered Republicans' calls for a comprehensive energy package Wednesday, but ignored the GOP's main vehicle for solving America's impending energy crisis: drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Legislation that would give the federal government more power over the way local communities map out their development is set to be marked up in the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee this week. Supporters say it would help communities "meet some of the challenges of managing sprawl." One critic, however, calls the bill "radical environmentalist policy."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Consumers could be in for an early Christmas this year if retailers have their way. With an economic stimulus package weighing in the Senate, retailers are pushing for a 10-day nationwide sales tax moratorium to begin the day after Thanksgiving.Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee passed an economic stimulus package that would speed up the reduction of tax rates, repeal the corporate alternative minimum tax and give low-income Americans tax rebates. But retailers said the House bill would not provide the sufficient boost the economy needs.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the first anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stop the presidential ballot recount in Florida, a ruling that sealed the presidency for George W. Bush and ensured defeat for Al Gore, Democrats plan to use the day to fire up their supporters for upcoming elections.