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July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNew.com) - An increasingly bold series of terrorist attacks targeting American interests was met with tough talk from former President Bill Clinton but little action, according to terrorism experts asked to analyze the U.S. response to attacks between 1993 and 2000.Larry Johnson, formerly with the CIA and the State Department and the current CEO of the Business Exposure Reduction Group, said he believes Clinton's weak response to the terrorist attacks that occurred during his presidency paved the way for the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(Correction: Tax Freedom Day is April 27)Washington (CNSNews.com) - As tax reform activists prepare to celebrate Tax Freedom Day April 27, the date on which the average American has earned enough money to pay all of his or her tax obligations for the year, the commissioner of the IRS says his agency is "gradually improving" its performance "across the board."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush signed it into law nearly three weeks ago, but the provision allowing pilots to carry firearms is taking too much time to implement, according to two U.S. House Republicans.Reps. John Hostettler (R-Ind.) and Don Young (R-Alaska) hope a petition will pressure Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta to hire an under secretary and speed up the process. President Bush signed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act into law Nov. 19.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Secretly videotaping a person in intimate situations without that person's consent is now legal in 42 states, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said Tuesday on Capitol Hill. A new law introduced by Landrieu would not only make "video voyeurism" illegal, it would make it a federal offense.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The education reform bill about to be signed by President Bush includes legal protections for teachers and school administrators who take steps to keep unruly students in line. The Teacher Liability Protection Act will shield educators from frivolous lawsuits filed in either state or federal courts, said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), sponsor of the legislation.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - There is "potentially damaging confusion" over how the United States communicates the problem of religious persecution to the rest of the world, a top State Department official admitted Wednesday, two weeks after the release of a report listing the world's 22 worst violators of religious liberties. That recent report was issued by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (CIRF), an agency created in 1998 to give independent recommendations to the executive branch and Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
1st add includes comments by Rep. Bob Barr.(CNSNews.com) - Amid the poor reviews over his performance in a nationally televised interview Thursday night, California Congressman Gary Condit learned Friday that the Democratic leader in the U.S. House might take action to punish Condit.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservatives are urging President Bush to block U.S. funding of a population control program that's been criticized for supporting "forced abortions and sterilizations" in China and elsewhere. But, if Congress gets its way, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) could get up to $34 million dollars from American taxpayers for the current fiscal year - an increase of 36 percent.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new petition urging Democratic leaders in the Senate to hold hearings on President Bush's judicial nominations has generated over 25,000 signatures, and more than 5,400 in the last two days.The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) began the online petition because it believes Senate Democrats are obstructing the confirmation process for the president's nominees.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Florida gubernatorial candidate Janet Reno is expected to discuss one of the most agonizing events of her tenure as U.S. attorney general, in a speech to students and citizens in Waco, Tex., on Thursday. At a Baylor University president's forum, Reno is expected to reflect on the Branch Davidian standoff and the April 1993 government assault on the compound near Waco.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Amid reports that his administration is drafting new rules for trying terrorists before military tribunals, President Bush Friday insisted that "our system will be more fair than the system of bin Laden and the Taliban. That is for certain."The president's intention to use military tribunals to try the terrorists has been criticized by civil rights groups and members of Congress, who are concerned about the fairness and openness of such trials.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Experts on election reform and voting fraud overwhelmingly agree that election fraud is a problem that needs to be corrected immediately. That was the message at a debate on election reform held at the Cato Institute Wednesday. Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Mo.) said the election reform bill introduced by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), which is currently sitting in the Senate, is urgently necessary.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The White House confirmed Wednesday that the White House and Air Force One were targets of Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Sean McCormack, spokesman for President Bush's National Security Council, said, "We had specific credible information that both were intended terrorist targets, and that the plane that hit the Pentagon may have been headed for the White House."The White House confirmed these reports.Attorney General John Ashcroft said that the pilots in yesterday's attacks were trained in the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - It may not rival the political tumult in Argentina, a nation that's had five presidents in just the last couple of weeks, but the state of New Jersey will have four different governors over a span of eight days. The complicated scenario includes Tuesday's departure by the state's acting governor, the splitting up of the gubernatorial duties by the leaders of the state Senate for a week and the eventual swearing-in of the new governor on Jan. 15.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Several public universities in Wisconsin and Michigan have decided not to assist the U.S. Department of Justice in conducting interviews with foreign students who may have information about terrorist activities.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(Correction: fixes name of actor Rob Reiner)(CNSNews.com) - Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Rob Reiner and Rosie O'Donnell now have something else in common besides their celebrity and liberal political views. They are all unwitting participants in the "Send Them Packing" contest, an Internet attention-grabber that allows web visitors the opportunity to choose which celebrity they would like to put an airplane headed out of the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Many details of a revamped plan to try terrorists before U.S. military tribunals are still unclear, but one change - requiring the tribunal's unanimous vote before any death sentence can be imposed - appears aimed at easing the concerns of America's European allies.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Half of all states are reportedly considering higher tobacco taxes this year, with one of the more prominent examples coming from New Jersey, where Democratic Governor Jim McGreevey proposes a 50 cent per pack increase. A spokesman for one tobacco manufacturer admits the higher taxes will affect sales and calls the strategy being used by McGreevey and others "fundamentally unfair."
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite the added security checks scheduled to take effect Friday at the nation's airports, House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) says he is "deeply disappointed" that the Bush administration will fail to meet the "statutory deadline for screening all checked baggage for bombs."
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - A Pennsylvania firm's donation of between 85 and 90 million doses of smallpox vaccine will nearly double the country's emergency supply to handle any outbreak of the deadly disease, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said Friday.The last case of smallpox in the United States was in 1949 and the World Health Organization declared the disease "eradicated" worldwide in 1980, according to HHS.