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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even though Republican Bob Riley has claimed victory over incumbent Democratic Governor Don Siegelman in the governor's race, two Alabama counties officially announced Wednesday they will be recounting votes. Riley has already claimed victory by over 3,000 votes. Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge Hardy McCollum said his county would unseal and recount its ballots after a request made last Friday from a Siegelman supporter. Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor last week said it would be a crime to unseal the ballots based solely on a recount request.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Although his office won't confirm or deny it, sources and media reports say Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) will not be running for re-election to the House seat he has held for 26 years. One of Gephardt's political allies has already begun a campaign to succeed the former House minority leader.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Rep. James Traficant (D-Ohio) may be sitting in a federal prison cell in White Deer, Pa., serving an eight-year sentence on political corruption charges, but it isn't stopping his district supporters from forming a committee to get him re-elected in the upcoming November election.Before his conviction, Traficant filed to run as an Independent in Ohio's Seventeenth Congressional District. He faces Democratic state Sen. Tim Ryan, Republican state Rep. Ann Womer Benjamin and Independent Warren Davis, a former labor leader.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Maryland's Democratic Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Thursday denied any responsibility for a decision that resulted in her state refusing to provide the FBI with criminal records of potential gun buyers. The records are needed for the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which gun control advocates like Townsend support.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Most of the nation's big city mayors have been hoping for a federal homeland security program to help them prepare and pay for responding to future terrorist threats. That help came in the form of President Bush's proposal for the new Department of Homeland Security, which passed the Senate Tuesday evening by a 90-9 margin, with all nine votes against the department cast by Democrats or senators who caucus with the Democrats.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - America's 37th president and its only chief executive to resign from office, was born on Jan. 9, 1913. Thursday, the remaining family and friends of the late Richard M. Nixon commemorated his 90th birthday at the Nixon presidential library in Yorba Linda, Calif., which is located on the same lot as his childhood home.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Green Party Friday refused to take an official position on the possibility that Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney would bolt the Democratic Party and join the party led by Ralph Nader. McKinney recently lost her bid for the Democratic nomination and will be leaving the House in January.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Legislation that would provide states with more than a billion dollars to help them computerize their criminal records and prevent illegal gun purchases is hung up in the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate following House passage. At the same time, officials from Maryland's Democrat-led state government insist a lack of money is what prevented them earlier this year from furnishing the FBI with criminal records of potential gun buyers. The records are needed for the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), part of the Brady Act.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Georgia Gov.-Elect Sonny Perdue, who will become the Peach State's first Republican governor in 130 years, will soon find himself in the role of chief referee for a controversy that just won't go away -- whether the state flag should include the Confederate symbol.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After a four-day trial, it took a St. Louis County jury only 30 minutes to acquit former Missouri Republican Congressional candidate Bill Federer on charges that he assaulted a worker for Rep. Richard Gephardt's campaign during the 2000 election. Gephardt eventually won the race.The alleged incident happened during a St. Louis parade shortly before Election Day.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -The recent House vote to lift the travel ban on Cuba and talk of further easing the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba is drawing Cuban exiles to Washington for two days beginning Tuesday. People on both sides of the embargo issue plan to lobby Congress.On Tuesday, a "National Summit on Cuba," described by organizers as a "pro-democracy" event, will be held at the National Press Club in Washington.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Harry Lee Anstead, the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court and one of four justices who ruled in favor of former Vice President Al Gore in the controversial 2000 presidential election recount, faces a merit test at the ballot box this November. But the few campaigns originally organized to oust him, have faded away.
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) - 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) - 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) - 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.