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July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican controlled legislatures in large, politically important states such as Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan have several Democratic incumbents in their crosshairs as they finalize their 2002 congressional redistricting plans. But while redistricting could spell trouble for the Democrats in those states, the party might be able to achieve gains in other states.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Republican National Committee (RNC) is demanding an apology from the Los Angeles Times, and urging Republicans to boycott the newspaper. This follows a recent political cartoon in the newspaper that depicted an elephant, the symbol of the GOP, dressed like a member of the Taliban holding a smoking rifle."We're asking for an apology from the Los Angeles Times," RNC spokesman Trent Duffy said. The RNC believes the newspaper's decision to run the cartoon is "inexcusable."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com) - A conservative seniors' group Wednesday touted a 21-year-old Texas alternative to Social Security as an example of what a privatized Social Security system could become if Congress were to adopt a similar reform plan. The United Seniors, an organization representing 550,000 members, believes that a system crafted in several Texas counties during the early 1980s, known as the "Alternative Plan," could serve as a model for the Bush administration's plans to reform Social Security.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An amendment to the education bill, aimed at giving parents the right to inspect their child's educational materials and shield the child from invasive questions and medical examinations at school, faces a powerful foe - Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.Kennedy, who chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is one of four members of Congress currently trying to hammer out a compromise version of the education bill that would be acceptable to both the House and Senate.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Only weeks before President Bush's address to the United Nations General Assembly, a Capitol Hill battle is brewing between the Bush administration, which wants to repay the nation's back dues, and conservative lawmakers, who insist that American military personnel be given immunity from prosecution at the hands of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(Correction: Task Force report was issued Friday, Nov. 16)(CNSNews.com) - A Congressional anti-terrorism task force claims the establishment of a Palestinian state with Yasser Arafat in charge could further undermine peace in the Middle East because of Arafat's alleged use of terrorism as a political tool. A memo from the task force was released Friday, in anticipation of a speech by Secretary of State Colin Powell in which he endorsed the idea of a Palestinian state.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Jewish rabbi has told the annual meeting of an international Catholic organization that "[Pope] Pius XII saved more Jewish lives than any other person, including Raoul Wallenberg and Oskar Schindler," contrary to press accounts over the last several years that claimed Pius XII did little or nothing to prevent the holocaust. Several Jewish organizations have also criticized Pius XII for his alleged failure to act.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A California congressman charges that Clinton administration holdovers at the U.S. State Department are blocking the delivery of aid to the Iraqi opposition.Republican Rep. Christopher Cox said Congress passed the Iraq Liberation Act three years ago, over the objections of many in the Clinton administration, to help fund the Iraqi National Congress' efforts to topple Saddam Hussein. However, according to Cox, the State Department has blocked its implementation.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A taxpayers' group is asking the gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey to safeguard Internet usage from taxation with a 17-word pledge.The pledge, sponsored by the Association of Concerned Taxpayers (AOCTP), asks Mark Warner (D) and Mark Earley (R), the nominees for governor of Virginia, and Jim McGreevey (D) and Bret Shundler (R), the New Jersey candidates, to pledge, "As governor I will veto any legislation that comes across my desk that will tax the Internet."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One of America's most determined opponents of race-based preferences is sponsoring a measure he hopes will block attempts to subvert California's anti-affirmative action law known as Proposition 209.More than five years after being approved by California voters and more than four years after being upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, Proposition 209 is still under attack, according to Ward Connerly, who fought for the law's passage in 1996 and is the author of the new measure called the Racial Privacy Initiative.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Philadelphia's school reform plan, designed by the governor, already upheld by one state judge, labeled unconstitutional by the public school teacher's union, next has a date with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.The ruling by Commonwealth Court Judge Joseph Doyle cleared the way, at least temporarily, for Republican Gov. Mark Schweiker to begin establishing a five-person School Reform Commission. Schweiker appointed one member who began directing Philadelphia school affairs Dec. 22.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-family advocates are up in arms over a hate crimes bill under consideration in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would create special protections for homosexuals.The GOP-controlled Pennsylvania State Senate passed an amendment to an agricultural bill on June 21 that would add "actual or perceived mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity" to the commonwealth's ethnic intimidation statute.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com) - Students at a Washington, D.C. university are discontented over their school's plan to close down the campus and their dormitories during the International Monetary Fund meetings planned for later this month.George Washington University (GWU) plans to lock its students out of their dormitories between September 27 and October 2, in an effort to deter protesters from using the campus as a base for their protests, as well as ensuring the safety of its students.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As government revenues shrink, budget deficits mount, and tax hike plans swirl about, voters often blame politicians for "pork-barrel" spending. But, those same voters who complain about wasteful spending will usually support local pork projects and continue voting for incumbents who bring home the bacon, said American Enterprise Institute Resident Fellow Norm Ornstein.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday announced its plans to push its version of the patient's bill of rights at a Capitol Hill press conference. House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) joined by three other members of the Democratic leadership, announced their "Waiting Room" campaign to pass the patient's bill of rights legislation co-sponsored by Reps. Greg Ganske (R-Iowa), John Dingell (D-Mich.), Charlie Norwood (R-Ga.), and Marion Berry (D-Ark.).
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Members of both houses of Congress are united in a bipartisan manner in the condemnation of Tuesday's terrorist attacks against the Pentagon and World Trade Center.Many congressional leaders and members of both houses of Congress issued statements strongly condemning the attacks, with some members of Congress going as far as to call the attacks, an "act of war.""Terrorists flout international law and standards of common decency," said House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). "These terrorists are cowards and they will be punished."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Only days after taking over as New York City mayor, Republican Michael Bloomberg has outraged abortion opponents with a plan to make abortion training a standard part of OB/GYN training in the city's public hospitals.As part of his Blueprint for Public Health, Bloomberg reportedly wants about 100 OB/GYN residents in the city's 11 public hospitals to be trained in performing abortions. Residents could opt out of the program if they had moral objections to the training.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush's top legislative priority, the education bill, which he still hopes Congress will pass before its August recess, has a loud and powerful critic in House Majority Whip Tom Delay (R-Texas). Despite already having voted for a House version of the legislation, DeLay now says he has serious reservations about what he calls "that awful education bill."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new poll reveals that President Bush has the highest job approval rating of any American president since his father's record approval ratings following the Persian Gulf War. A Reuters News Service poll conducted by John Zogby shows that Americans give Bush an 87 percent approval rating for his handling of affairs following the September 11 attack on the United States. Ten percent of respondents disapproved of the president's performance. "This is America rallying around their flag, rallying around their leader," Zogby said.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Consumer activist and 2000 Green Party Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader told reporters Monday a special prosecutor is needed to investigate the financial collapse of the energy giant Enron. Nader believes the political contributions by Enron and its accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, to Democratic and Republican officials have undermined the ability of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Congress, and the Justice Department to conduct a proper investigation, thereby making the appointment of a special prosecutor necessary.