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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, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Advocates for tougher enforcement of U.S. Immigration laws say the White House has put "a lump of coal in the stockings of American workers" with a Christmas Eve proposal to allow more foreign workers to enter the country and amnesty for some workers who have already entered illegally.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy implied Tuesday that congressional colleagues who do not share his support for a failed gun ban being reintroduced in the House are mentally ill. The Rhode Island Democrat also accused lawmakers who oppose the anti-gun legislation of not caring about police safety.Kennedy is the son of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and the nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, both of whom were shot to death.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In light of a Massachusetts court ruling Wednesday that the state's legislature cannot use civil unions as a substitute for so-called "gay marriages" in that state, many voters are asking where the Democrats competing for their party's presidential nomination stand on the issue.While none of the leading Democratic candidates has openly supported homosexual "marriage," all four believe that homosexual partners should have the same legal rights and privileges as married couples.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday that changing the Senate rules to overcome unprecedented filibusters against judicial nominees would create "turmoil" and "bedlam.""If we have the nuclear option, the Senate will be in turmoil and the Judiciary Committee will be hell," Specter (R-Pa.) told reporters at a Capitol Hill press conference.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Adds comments from the National Abortion Federation.) (CNSNews.com) - The former Republican counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee has told CNSNews.com that the quest for money, more than liberal political ideology, is what drives the most effective special interest groups - abortion lobbyists, trial lawyers and labor unions - fighting against President Bush's conservative judicial nominees. "What would be truly shocking to the American people is the profit motive that is involved," Manuel Miranda said.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New York Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel Friday responded to suggestions that the federal income tax be gradually replaced with some form of consumption tax, saying that equal taxation is unfair.Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told the President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform Thursday that the current U.S. tax code is so complicated as to be a drain on the economy.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Clarifies that Miranda departed Sen. Bill Frist's office earlier this month, not Judiciary Committee)
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Adds comment from the press secretary for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.) (CNSNews.com) - The former Republican counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee is "disappointed" that Republican senators have not defended him more forcefully for uncovering Democrat memos laying out plans to derail President Bush's judicial nominees. Manuel Miranda said he has done nothing wrong and believes he deserves an apology from his accusers.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A former Senate Judiciary Committee intern with extensive experience as a computer network security administrator has denied that anyone broke into committee computers, a charge leveled by Democrats who say a key Republican stole their political strategy memos.The intern said the memos - detailing efforts by Judiciary Committee Democrats and allied liberal special interest groups to derail President Bush's conservative judicial nominees - were not stolen, but rather were freely available to anyone authorized to access the committee's computer network.
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, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The way for the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee to beat President George W. Bush "is to match him where he is perceived to be strong, on values and national security, and to beat him where we know he's weak, on his failing economic policies and on his divisive political and social agenda," the founder of the Democratic Leadership Council asserted Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Democrat pundits quickly assigned blame for their party's losses in the November elections to President Bush's popularity as a "wartime president." However, a survey released Monday claims it was candidates' conservative positions on national domestic issues that won voters, not Bush's popularity.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Hundreds of liberal activists and children gathered near the White House and on Capitol Hill Wednesday to support Democrats' efforts to extend an extra $400-per-child income tax credit to 12 million children whose families do not pay federal income taxes."Tax credits for the poor, millionaires don't need no [sic] more!" was typical of the chants directed toward the White House as approximately 500 liberal activists, college students and children marched outside the one-block security perimeter around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.