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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) - 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 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) - 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) - 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) - 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
(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) - 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) - 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
(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) - 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) - 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.