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July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Amidst heated protests from supporters of both sides, a federal judge in Miami has denied a motion filed by the Bush campaign to stop the hand recount of votes in four heavily Democratic counties. U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks (a Clinton appointee) indicated that he saw no reason to stop a handcount process that he said was proceeding efficiently. He will issue a full opinion on the matter some time this afternoon.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
1st Write-Through(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court Monday unanimously set aside a Florida Supreme Court ruling on the state's controversial election results - awarding an apparent victory to Republican George W. Bush, whose lawyers had argued that the Florida high court exceeded its authority when it extended the deadline for the state's presidential results to be certified.The court vacated the ruling, sending it back to the Florida Supreme Court for further review and clarification.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One top conservative says the movement is faring "very well" when it comes to like-minded individuals landing jobs in the cabinet of President-elect George W. Bush. Another conservative says Bush must be given the benefit of the doubt as he chooses members of his administration.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Hand recounts in several Florida counties continue at this hour, as a state judge indicated he will rule Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in a lawsuit that may extend the ballot certification deadline past close of business.In Volusia County, government spokesman Dave Byron told reporters that they will meet Tuesday's 5:00 p.m. certification deadline unless federal courts granted an extension. Byron added that 48 of 172 precincts, as well as approximately 29,000 absentee ballots, remained to be counted.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - There will be no extension of manual recounts in Florida's contested presidential election, ruled Leon County Circuit Court Judge N. Sanders Sauls on Monday in a case that is heading directly to the Florida Supreme Court."The plaintiffs have failed to carry the requisite burden of proof," said Sauls in handing down his decision.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) considers the candidates for key committee assignments in the next Congress, the possibility has emerged that the bitter contests in the House Banking and Commerce committees will be resolved by a round of jurisdiction shuffling.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush campaign has not made a decision on whether to appeal a federal judge's decision to allow manual recounts of Florida's ballots to continue, according to spokesperson Karen Hughes, who also called Vice President Al Gore's comments today "troubling" and designed to "overturn the results of this election."Hughes made her comments to reporters in Austin, and called for Florida election officials to certify machine-counted returns and Florida's overseas ballots, due to be received this Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
CORRECTION: Fixes attribution of events in Miami-Dade and Broward counties; corrects source name spelling.(CNSNews.com) - Republicans who served as observers during manual recounts in Florida have likened the event to a "slow motion coup."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Presidents who take office after losing the popular vote have a difficult time establishing traction for their priorities, say a group of political historians, and George W. Bush will face the same tough challenge.In fact, none of the presidents who has taken office after losing the popular vote went on to a second term - one made the choice himself, two were defeated for re-election.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a brief interim ruling, the Florida Supreme Court allowed the electoral board of Palm Beach County, Fla., to go forward with a manual recount. However, the Court has not ruled on all of the issues at hand, including whether Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris is required to count the manual recounts toward final certification of the vote."There is no legal impediment to the recounts continuing," the Court said in an interim ruling in Palm Beach County v. Harris. "[The canvassing board is] authorized to proceed with the manual recount."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Though Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday that he has spent most of his political life "debunking the importance of public opinion polls," it is clear that public opinion is turning against him.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Environmentalists are already raising red flags about President-elect George W. Bush's choice of Gale Norton to head the Interior Department. "[We] will hope for the best but prepare for the worst," said Rodger Schlickeisen, president of the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife. "Gale Norton's record indicates that she has not been a moderate on environmental and conservation issues, but rather a right-wing extremist."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris says that she "anticipates receiving the certification of overseas absentee ballots from all counties by noon tomorrow" - which she says will decide who wins Florida's 25 electoral votes.Harris added that she was "pleased that the courts have upheld my right to exercise the duties assigned by law to the office of Secretary of State."Earlier today, federal judge Terry Lewis upheld Harris' broad discretion over certifying Florida's presidential votes.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The House Government Reform Committee concluded hearings Thursday into whether Attorney General Janet Reno called off an investigation into the alleged drug-dealing activities of a prominent rap promoter and did so under pressure from a leading Democratic House member.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The House leadership has agreed to a jurisdictional change for the House Banking Committee that will defuse a longstanding conflict over committee chairmanships in the next Congress, and create a massive new financial "supercommittee."Sources on Capitol Hill say House Speaker Dennis Hastert has agreed to move jurisdiction over the securities and insurance industries from the House Commerce Committee to the House Banking Committee and put Rep. Michael Oxley (R-Ohio) in charge of the newly expanded body, to be renamed the Financial Services Committee.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Gore campaign advisor Warren Christopher says he is "disappointed" by Judge Terry Lewis' decision and said Democrats would appeal the decision to the Florida Supreme Court and attempt to overturn any certification Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris makes to the state canvassing board."We expect the recounts will continue," said Christopher. "We must not let expediency compromise our basic precepts and principles."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two state judges in Florida Friday ruled in favor of President-elect George W. Bush in a pair of cases involving questionable absentee ballot applications. Bush took one huge step toward occupying the White House when Leon County Judges Terry Lewis and Nikki Clark denied motions by Democrats to throw out more than 25,000 absentee ballots.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The 107th Congress - historic because of its unprecedented closeness, as well as the presence of First Lady and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton - convened on Tuesday amid parties, celebrations, and pomp and circumstance. The new Congress, with a closely divided House and an evenly divided Senate, has the potential to make or break the second Bush presidency, observers say, by either rising to new levels of bipartisanship and comity or sinking into inter-party bickering.
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."