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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
(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) - 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
U.S. Supreme Court (CNSNews.com) - America's already historic presidential election impasse entered the U.S. Supreme Court Friday with lawyers representing Republican President-elect George W. Bush and a collection of Florida canvassing boards arguing whether the Florida Supreme Court had the authority to decide a key element in the post-election squabble.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Tallahassee (CNSNews.com) - Florida state Senate leaders say they plan to proceed on Wednesday with a scheduled vote on appointing a slate of electors in Florida's presidential election, despite Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ruled out more recounts in Florida's contested election. "The debate will continue as scheduled and a vote will be held Wednesday," said a statement from Senate President John McKay's office.
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
U.S. Supreme Court (CNSNews.com) - Even before the traditional incantation of the chief marshal - "God save the United States and this honorable court!" - the atmosphere inside the august chambers of the nation's highest court reflected the historic nature of Friday's arguments on Florida's contested presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite talk of bipartisanship coming from both sides, national Democrats have begun to sharpen their knives for President-elect George W. Bush's legislative agenda - and no proposal is a bigger target than his $1.3 trillion tax cut.Bush repeated Monday that he would stand by his 10-year proposal. "I campaigned on a clear view of tax relief, and that's what I'm going to bring to the House and Senate," Bush said during a brief question-and-answer session after a meeting with congressional leaders.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - African-American activists and members of Congress echoed the NAACP's warning Wednesday, that senators who vote to confirm former Sen. John Ashcroft as U.S. attorney general will face reprisals at the ballot box.Kweisi Mfume, president of the NAACP, said his group plans to conduct information campaigns in the states of senators who will vote to confirm Ashcroft's nomination.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Andre Fladell, the Palm Beach County, Fla., resident who is a plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking a new presidential vote in his county because of an allegedly confusing ballot, is a long-time Democratic operative in the area who advised Democratic Senator-elect Bill Nelson of Florida.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
U.S. Supreme Court (CNSNews.com) - America's already historic presidential election impasse entered the U.S. Supreme Court Friday with lawyers representing Republican President-elect George W. Bush and a collection of Florida canvassing boards arguing whether the Florida Supreme Court had the authority to decide a key element in the post-election squabble.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Groups on both sides of the environmental debate are hedging their support for President-elect George W. Bush's apparent choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman. Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, said Whitman has a "mixed record" on environmental issues, but added that he believes the group "could work with her . . . We applaud the leadership she demonstrated to protect New Jersey's open space and to strengthen our nation's clean-air standards."