My Articles

July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch will release the report at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) (CNSNews.com) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Thursday said he plans to release a redacted version of the report dealing with how Republican staff members on the committee gained unauthorized access to Democrat political strategy memos. The memos involved the plans of Democrat senators and liberal special interest groups to torpedo President Bush's conservative judicial nominees.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats hinted Thursday that they want two former GOP committee staffers prosecuted for alleged violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The lawmakers are angry that judicial nominations strategy memos obtained by the pair, which implicate Democrats in allegedly unethical and possibly illegal conduct, were released to the press.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Adds response to the Sergeant-at-Arms' report from Manuel Miranda.) Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats hinted Thursday that they want two former GOP committee staffers prosecuted for alleged violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The lawmakers are angry that judicial nominations strategy memos obtained by the pair, which implicate Democrats in allegedly unethical and possibly illegal conduct, were released to the press.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(1st Add: Adds background in the first paragraph.) Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Approaching his 18th year in the U.S. Senate, Florida's Bob Graham announced Monday that he will drop out of his second political race this year, putting an end to his elected political career. Graham dropped out of the Democratic presidential race last month.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's decisions to support the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and to commit troops to the subsequent peacekeeping mission are almost universally blamed for his defeat in Sunday's election. But opinions vary widely as to whether or not the vote, which followed the deaths of 200 people and injuries to 1,500 others in terrorist bombings, will have any influence over when and where the al Qaeda terrorist organization will strike again.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - While Democrats were lambasting Republicans for an alleged White House leak of a CIA officer's identity, the Democratic staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was apparently planning to use the committee's probe of pre-war intelligence gathering about Iraq to damage President Bush politically just before the 2004 elections.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) has been elected chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 109th Congress. The caucus, including former members, is meeting Monday afternoon and evening to formulate its agenda for the next two years. Watt complimented outgoing chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on his service. The incoming chairman also said he looks forward to a new opportunity to reopen communication with the Bush administration. Watt claimed the White House has refused to meet with the caucus.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, who begins his campaign website greeting with the phrase, "As a medical doctor...," claims Florida Republicans should be "embarrassed" for intervening to save the life of Terri Schindler Schiavo last month. Earlier in the year, Dean publicly expressed his support for physician-assisted suicide.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More than 100 members of Congress will try to block some United States funding of the United Nations unless U.S. officials are allowed to begin an open and complete investigation into a U.N. humanitarian program in pre-war Iraq -- sooner rather than later.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Despite the third straight month of job growth in October, Congressional Democrats are still reticent to give credit to the "Bush economy" for creating the new jobs. Republicans say the evidence of economic recovery is "just too clear to ignore."Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) called the positive economic news "very welcome," especially, he said, "after losing three million jobs in three years.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush has replaced the chairperson of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, but Mary Frances Berry will not leave her post without complaint.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Former Vice President Al Gore made headlines with his criticisms on Sunday of the Bush administration's implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act and the post-9/11 consolidation of federal law enforcement. But a CNSNews.com investigation shows that Gore proposed a very similar program 10 years earlier.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Clarifies status of Chambers' appeal)(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Park Police chief fired for discussing alleged funding and manpower deficiencies with the media has re-applied for her old job. A public employees' lobbying group that has supported Teresa Chamber's fight for her job in the past is now encouraging the National Park Service to re-hire the career law enforcement administrator.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Democratic U.S. senator and one-time presidential hopeful Paul Simon died Tuesday in Springfield, Ill., only one day after heart surgery to bypass a blocked artery and repair a malfunctioning valve. He was 75.It was the second time Simon, who became as well known for his bow ties as his deep voice, had undergone the surgery. He survived a multiple-bypass operation in late 1999.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The independent agency charged with promoting equal treatment for all Americans regardless of race, sex, ethnicity or disability and with investigating related violations of federal law is under new management for the first time in more than a decade. The incoming leadership inherits what the General Accounting Office once characterized as "an agency in disarray."
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Broadcast news organizations with a liberal bias and billionaires with potentially hidden political agendas will now control much of the flow of information about federal candidates in the days leading up to elections, according to critics of a Supreme Court decision issued Wednesday. Richard Lessner, executive director of the American Conservative Union, called the restrictions on issue advocacy groups, which don't apply to wealthy individuals, the "dirty little secret" of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) upheld by the court.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When Senate Democrats learned that a Republican staffer had been reading their correspondence during contentious battles over judicial nominees in 2004, they demanded a public investigation and the GOP acquiesced. But a newly disclosed document shows a markedly different and low-key response by both parties when Democrats were caught reading the opposing party's documents during the Clinton administration.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Anticipating a possible vacancy on the Supreme Court later this year, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee Tuesday passed what opponents have called the "nuclear option" to end the Democrats' strategy of filibustering judicial nominees they do not have enough votes to defeat. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) predicted Democrats will be able to block the resolution, just as they have been successful in blocking the president's judicial nominees.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The first full day on the job for the first woman ever to lead her political party in the U.S. House of Representatives began under a cloud Friday over allegations of campaign fundraising violations by California Democrat Nancy Pelosi.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - While President Bush was giving the American people a progress report on the war on terror Sunday night and explaining the costs to "win the peace" in Iraq, Democratic presidential hopefuls were busy drafting their responses to the Bush's remarks. Though Republicans in Congress were generally supportive of the president, Democrats had a variety of criticisms.