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July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An up and down day in the battle over Florida's 25 electoral votes: After winning a big case Friday in a state circuit court, the Bush campaign's celebrations were cut short by a 4:00 p.m. ruling from the Florida Supreme Court enjoining Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris from certifying the vote Saturday at noon.And just after 6:00 p.m., a new setback: a federal appeals court in Atlanta rejected a Bush motion to halt manual recounts in two Florida counties.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic plaintiffs in the Seminole and Martin County absentee ballot cases indicated Friday they will appeal their losses immediately to Florida's First District Court of Appeals.Following Friday's ruling by Leon County Circuit Court Judge Nikki Clark, the attorney for the Seminole County plaintiff, Gerald Richman, said his team "respectfully disagrees with the judge's findings."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Hillary Rodham Clinton made history today when she was sworn in as New York's junior senator as the only first lady to seek and win elected office. Sen. Clinton was joined by President Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea, her mother, Dorothy Rodham, and a nephew, all of whom watched the swearing-in from the gallery. Vice President Al Gore administered the oath in his capacity as president of the Senate. Afterwards, the president described his mood as "ecstatic."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Bowing to pressure from military rights advocates, Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth directed the state's 67 counties Monday to count absentee overseas ballots that bear no postmark. Republicans had complained that more than 1,400 military ballots were thrown out of Friday's counting because of difficulties with the postmark; overseas absentee ballots, many of them from military personnel, have broken overwhelmingly for Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
CORRECTION: Corrects nature of Seminole and Martin County SCOFLA appeals.Tallahassee (CNSNews.com) - Florida lawmakers are keeping a sharp eye on Washington, D.C., Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on whether the hand recount of ballots from across the state should continue.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Spencer Abraham, the defeated Michigan Senator who is President-elect Bush's choice to head the Energy Department, will face a number of challenges in his new position, including the opposition of environmental groups, rising home heating costs, security lapses in departmental facilities - and his own history of calling for the department to be abolished.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "Allowing the manual recounts to proceed in an expeditious manner, rather than imposing an arbitrary seven-day deadline, is consistent not only with the statutory scheme but with prior United States Supreme Court pronouncements": Thus did the Florida Supreme Court deal a major blow to the presidential hopes of Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Tallahassee (CNSNews.com) - Florida House Speaker Tom Feeney indicated Monday that if the U.S. Supreme Court fails to deliver a ruling on whether to continue manual ballot recounts by 10am Tuesday, the Florida Legislature will then act to name a slate of electors. Feeney said the legislature will hold off until after the ruling, only if instructed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The list of liberal organizations opposing the nomination of John Ashcroft to be Attorney General continues to lengthen, setting the scene for a confirmation showdown with a federal judge whose nomination Ashcroft blocked.A spokesman for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the panel plans to issue a formal invitation to Judge Ronnie White, an African-American judge whose nomination to the federal bench was scuttled by Ashcroft, then a senator from Missouri.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "It appears, regrettably, that the Vice President [Al Gore] wants to go back and change the rules after the counting is over," said Bush spokesperson Karen Hughes, in response to a proposal from Gore to recount all of Florida's votes over the next seven days.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Tallahassee (CNSNews.com) - The Florida legislature is poised to make history by choosing a slate of electors in Florida's contested presidential election if the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't intervene before Wednesday.A resolution naming a slate of Republican electors loyal to Texas Gov. George W. Bush passed special House and Senate committees Monday. House Speaker Tom Feeney said the House is ready to pass the bill - which he calls a "radioactive hot potato" - on Tuesday regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court decides in Bush v. Gore.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Some immigrants rights advocates are torn in the aftermath of Linda Chavez' failed nomination for labor secretary: happy that the conservative Chavez will not get the cabinet post, but fearful that the episode will cause people to rethink extending private charity to illegal aliens in need.Chavez withdrew her nomination Tuesday in the face of questions about a Guatemalan illegal alien who lived with her in the early 1990s, taking spending money from Chavez in exchange for performing household chores.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The liberal interest groups that have rallied around Vice President Al Gore in the post-election period are driven by many different impulses, say observers, but foremost among them is an attempt to weaken any potential Bush administration. "At this point, it seems unlikely that Gore will pull out a victory," said a Republican media consultant who worked with the Bush campaign. "But if they make enough noise, they'll weaken Bush in his dealings with Congress and the public. That's what they're after."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Florida House voted 79-41 Wednesday to name its own slate of presidential electors loyal to Texas Gov. George W. Bush. Two Democrats crossed party lines to join Republicans in supporting the Bush slate.Leaders from the Republican-dominated Florida state Senate now say they will move to pass a similar resolution Wednesday, regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the continuing election dispute between Bush and Democrat Al Gore.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Opposing groups are engaged in a public relations battle over the nomination of former Sen. John Ashcroft to be attorney general, with liberals questioning his credentials and conservatives charging religious persecution."His public record makes him the wrong choice to be attorney general of the United States," said Kate Michelman, president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, in a rally on the Capitol grounds.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Austin, Texas (CNSNews.com) - A clearly stunned Bush campaign has retreated within its headquarters to await the results of a recount in Florida - a recount that's began in all 67 Florida counties shortly after noon and could take a day or more to complete. The only statement made to reporters this morning consists of a brief statement from campaign chairman Don Evans thanking their supporters and expressing confidence that "when it is all said and done, we will prevail."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republicans who served as observers during manual recounts in Florida have likened the event to a "slow motion coup."In the counties where partial or full manual recounts were held, Republicans from all over the U.S. were asked to observe the canvassers who counted ballots and looked for fallen, hanging, dimpled or pregnant chad in an attempt to determine the intent of individual voters. Partisan observers had the job of objecting if they saw anything go by that was inappropriate.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Tallahassee (CNSNews.com) - Calling the actions of the Florida Supreme Court "overly partisan and activist," a new organization promises to change the makeup of the state's highest court so that it "better represents the views of the people of Florida." Susan Johnson, who heads the effort called "Balance to the Bench," promises to campaign for the non-retention of several Florida Supreme Court justices who ordered a resumption of the hand recount of disputed ballots in the state's contested presidential election last Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Arriving on Capitol Hill for what promises to be a bruising confirmation hearing, Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft said he was "upbeat" about his chances of being confirmed and was "looking forward to telling our side of the story."In response to a question from CNSNews.com, Ashcroft said that his preparation team had "worked hard and prayed hard," and was confident that the Senate would confirm him this month.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Austin, Texas (CNSNews.com) - It rained so hard at one point the lights went out. The food was bad, and what little food there was ran out too quickly. It was cold, unseasonably so for Texas. But on Tuesday night, as intrepid Bush supporters endured the loss of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida - only to gain Florida back, then lose it again - they stayed on and on in Austin.