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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Faced with foreign policy crises in Iraq and North Korea and a still shaky economy at home, President George W. Bush finds that his popularity rating has dipped to 58 percent with the American public.Bush's latest job approval rating, his lowest since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, comes just after the release of a book arguing that the Texan is "the right man" to lead the country during these times.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Federal employee unions are angry over worker provisions in the Department of Homeland Security bill now being debated in Congress, claiming the legislation would allow for workers' civil service rights to be ignored.While President Bush admits he wants "managerial flexibility" in the hiring and transferring of employees, "the notion of flexibility will in no way undermine the basic rights of federal workers," the president said.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Efforts to pressure Congress on Cuba policy erupted in yelling and a scuffle among demonstrators Wednesday as debate over the long-standing trade embargo and travel ban to the communist island escalated.Anti-embargo demonstrators yelling "give me my right to travel," in Spanish were confronted by embargo supporters who want to keep the travel restrictions in place.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite Florida's ballot problems in the 2000 presidential election and in this year's state primary, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno said Tuesday she does not feel federal observers are needed at the polls Nov. 5.Reno narrowly lost the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary in September to attorney Bill McBride. Reno had to wait 80 minutes to vote that day because the voting machines at the Miami polling place where she was casting her ballot broke down. Some other residents never had a chance to vote, Reno said Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two Florida Republican lawmakers, both Cuban exiles, have sent a letter to President Bush requesting the re-nomination of Otto Reich as assistant secretary of state for western hemispheric affairs. Reich lost his post recently because his recess appointment expired when the 107th Congress adjourned for the year. He was then appointed a special envoy for Latin American affairs by Secretary of State Colin Powell.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. District Judge Lesley Brooks Well will sentence former Ohio Democratic Congressman James Traficant Tuesday in Cleveland on convictions of racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. The U.S. House, on a 420-1 vote, expelled Traficant from Congress last week.Dan Dunne, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, told the Youngstown Vindicator Monday that the bureau has yet to determine the federal prison to which Traficant will be sent to serve his sentence.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush White House, in developing its strategy for re-election, is trying to build a relationship with the Teamsters and Carpenters unions, even at the expense of workers, according to an official with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes additional background on Wellstone's life.)(CNSNews.com) - Paul Wellstone was first elected to the Senate in 1990 as a Democrat. While serving in that body, he had one of the most liberal voting records in the Senate.His last vote was against a resolution authorizing President Bush to use force against Iraq. Back in 1991, he cast a similar vote, opposing U.S. military action in the Persian Gulf War. Later, he criticized his own Democratic President Bill Clinton for sending troops to Haiti without the consent of Congress.
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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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."