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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a poll released Monday, registered African-American voters chose Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell as the most popular African-American leader - right up there with Democrat Jesse Jackson. Both men received an 80 percent "favorable" rating in the poll commissioned by Black America's Political Action Committee (BAMPAC).According to the national survey, Powell's approval rating rose from 73 percent in 2001, while Jackson's dropped from 83 percent last year.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A website dedicated to Democratic Party voters and activists accused three television news networks of censoring Monday's speech by former Vice President Al Gore, in which Gore criticized the Bush administration's policy toward Iraq. In an "action alert," the website Democrats.com complained that CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC aired none or only part of Gore's "historic anti-war speech," and it urged Democrats to demand that those networks air the full speech in prime time and give full coverage to the "anti-war movement."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Saying he is through with politics at the end of his present gubernatorial term, Minnesota Independent Governor Jesse Ventura said Friday he would not appoint himself to the fill the remainder of the late Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone's term."I will only state this, unequivocally and absolutely, I will not appoint myself. My days in public service will end at the end of my term," Ventura told reporters at a news conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The nation's longest serving U.S. senator, South Carolina Republican Strom Thurmond, turns 100 years old Thursday. He will leave the Senate in January, ending 48 years of Senate service and a political career that began back in the 1930s.Friends and family will sponsor a private fete Thursday in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. Members of the U.S. Senate and Supreme Court have been invited. The guest speaker is former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, (R-Kan.).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Rep. James Traficant, the maverick Ohio Democrat, was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison by a U.S. District Judge in Cleveland after being convicted in April of accepting bribes and kickbacks, and other corruption charges. Prosecutors sought a seven-year prison term for Traficant, but Federal Judge Lesley Wells added the extra year, noting the nature of his crimes.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) conceded Friday that Iraq's Saddam Hussein is a significant threat who must be disarmed. But the United States should do it in a way that minimizes the risk to our country, he said.House Republican Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) rejected Kennedy's assertion that the United States should postpone confronting Saddam Hussein.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The death of Minnesota Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone has reminded many people of the similar tragedy two years ago that claimed the life of Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan. Unlike Sheila Wellstone, who also perished in the plane crash that killed her husband, Carnahan's widow, Jean, was left to continue her husband's legacy.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Federal budget delays are threatening public safety, according to the head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, who, along with his colleagues, is still waiting to get the extra funding promised in the homeland security bill. Mayors would be the first political leaders to respond to a terrorist strike.President Bush asked Congress to fund grants for police, fire and other emergency services in his budget, but the Senate failed to pass his or its own version of the budget before adjourning for the year.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite Lamar Alexander's status as a former presidential candidate, U.S. education secretary and governor, a leading conservative group has endorsed Alexander's opponent in Thursday's Republican primary for Tennessee's U.S. Senate seat.Rep. Ed Bryant got the nod from the American Conservative Union's political action committee."In the Tennessee primary, the conservative choice is clear. His name is Ed Bryant," said ACU-PAC chairman David Keene.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Patsy Mink, a Hawaii Democrat who died over the weekend, will remain on the November election ballot because her death came two days after the filing deadline. Mink died Saturday at age 74 after contracting viral pneumonia. Hawaii election officials said her name would remain on the November ballot along with Republican Bob McDermott and candidates from the Libertarian and Natural Law parties to represent Hawaii's Second District. A Mink victory would prompt a special election sometime next year.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A judge in Florida's Miami-Dade County Friday rejected a Republican political action committee's attempt to place poll watchers inside Miami-Dade's precincts during next Tuesday's general election. County Circuit Judge Eleanor Schockett's ruling was a victory for local Democrats like former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek who sued to stop the actions of the political action committee known as the "Emergency Campaign To Stop Bill McBride."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Mandatory minimum sentences, originally designed to prevent criminals from receiving a mere slap on the wrist for their actions, are apparently falling out of favor with state lawmakers, who increasingly want to give judges more sentencing flexibility. The Michigan Senate will consider three separate bills that would replace mandatory minimum drug sentences with sentencing guidelines Michigan judges use for other serious crimes. Many other states have either replaced mandatory minimum sentences or are thinking about replacing them.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Lamar Alexander - former Tennessee governor, U.S. education secretary and two-time Republican presidential candidate - easily defeated Rep. Ed Bryant Thursday to win the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Fred Thompson. But many conservatives aren't happy about Alexander's win.Alexander will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Clement in November. Clement won the Democratic primary over token opposition.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Secretary of State Colin Powell is the most popular Bush administration figure among Americans according to a new Gallup Poll released Monday. His approval ratings are even higher than his boss, President George W. Bush.Powell received an 88 percent favorable rating the highest rating given to the four Bush administration officials measured in the poll.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In his first media interview since making controversial remarks about Sen. Strom Thurmond's 1948 presidential run, incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) Wednesday denied that he favors racial segregation. Lott told Fox News Channel his remarks last week at Thurmond's 100th birthday party on Capitol Hill were a "mistake of the head and not of the heart."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Voters in Michigan go to the polls Tuesday to determine nominees for governor, Congress and various local and state offices. But the big question that has dominated Michigan politics is: will Democrat John Dingell, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, survive an intra-party challenge?The 76-year-old Dingell faces fellow Democrat Lynn Rivers in a primary match to determine who will represent the redrawn Michigan 15th Congressional district.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush may have signed a bill directing him to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But the State Department authorization bill includes "advisory," not "mandatory" language, according to an official with the House International Relations Committee. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee interprets the bill as a mere "suggestion" to the president with nothing requiring Bush to recognize Jerusalem, the city at the heart of the bloody dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians, as the capital of Israel.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Voters in 40 states Tuesday will have the opportunity to decide ballot referenda dealing with drugs, gambling, taxes and just about every other controversial issue you can think of. Arizona and New Mexico have the most ballot measures this year -- 14.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Bush administration official Thursday admitted that efforts to eradicate Colombian poppy fields, the source of illegal heroin, lagged in 2001 and that stopping the current flow of heroin into the United States is made more difficult because of the "unholy alliance" between Colombian terrorist groups and the distributors of illegal drugs.Assistant Secretary of State Paul Simons testified at a hearing held by the House Committee on Government Reform.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Tuesday, the long political battle for the Michigan governor's office will end for two of three Democratic candidates and one of two Republican candidates.Three-term Republican Gov. John Engler is barred from seeking another term.Vying for the Democratic nomination are Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, former Gov. James Blanchard and U.S. Rep. David Bonior.