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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) overwhelmingly leads the field of Republican presidential candidates, according to a new nationwide poll of conservatives. But Democrats are calling Thompson's presidential bid "less than stellar."A poll conducted last week of 39,000 conservatives by the grassroots organization Grassfire.org found that conservatives favor Thompson by a greater than 2-to-1 margin over his nearest competitor, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After a White House ceremony on Monday to congratulate American Nobel prize winners, including Al Gore, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the attention given to climate change should spur action on the energy bill now being debated in Congress.But some critics charged the bill would raise energy costs, while others claimed Congress is incapable of micromanaging America's energy needs.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Editor's note: During her "first 100 hours" as speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi has set her sights on seven key agenda items. High on her list is legislation to raise the federal minimum wage.) (CNSNews.com) - Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has promised to "give Americans a raise" by raising the federal minimum wage, but experts remain divided on the possible effects of such a step on unskilled workers.Pelosi envisages raising the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25, over a two-year period.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - According to recent reports, the cost of Massachusetts' health insurance mandate will rise 85 percent, or $400 million, in 2009. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), meanwhile, has been on the presidential campaign trail praising the program he put into place.According to The Boston Globe, the cost increase is largely due to an increase in the number of people signing up for state-subsidized health insurance. State and federal taxpayers are likely to shoulder the cost increase.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Switching positions on Roe v. Wade, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) now says he believes the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion should be overturned -- but pro-lifers aren't necessarily convinced about his sincerity.Thirty-four years after the court ruling, it remains highly contentious and a fixture of electoral politics.In 1999, when McCain was on the presidential campaign trail, he took a different stance on the abortion law.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said President Bush's Iraq policy has failed. She spoke in response to comments made last week by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, who said that no one in the U.S. and Iraqi governments thinks there has been "sufficient progress by any means" when it comes to Iraqi national reconciliation.But Michael Rubin, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, called Petraeus a "realist," adding that "the progress toward reconciliation will take time."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate Tuesday began debating two competing bills, both seeking increased federal funding for stem cell research but with profound differences over the type of research that should be promoted.Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and others, including some Republicans, are pushing for passage of S.5, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which would require federal funding for stem cell research using early-stage human embryos.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the immigration reform bill dead in the Senate, a conservative advocacy group is urging the federal government to continue to address illegal immigration, using existing legislation."The Bush-Kennedy approach to immigration reform failed because the American public resolutely rejected the idea that we have to make compromises with the people who break our laws," the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Ahead of Gen. David Petraeus' report to Congress on the situation in Iraq, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized the general for supporting sustained troop levels."Recent reports - the National Intelligence Estimate, and the GAO (Government Accountability Office) and Jones Commission reports - all document the widespread failure of the Iraqi government to meet critical political reform benchmarks set by President Bush himself in January," she said in a statement on Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) meeting in Vienna, Va., on Friday said they supported withdrawing troops from Iraq as soon as possible, a position that some said could hurt Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) in the presidential primaries.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As President Bush prepares to announce his new approach to Iraq, members of the House Armed Services Committee remain divided about what course the United States should pursue.Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), the committee's new chairman, said Monday that while U.S national security interests demand a successful and stable Iraqi government, "it must be up to the Iraqis to do it."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Some experts say that Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) resounding victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday has ensured his place in the race for the White House."If Hillary had won in South Carolina, I think it would have been all over, but I don't think anyone really expected her to," said Michael Tanner, an analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute. "Now we go into Super Tuesday, and it's wide open."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the first legal challenge to President Bush's White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next Wednesday, groups on both sides of the debate are arguing whether taxpayers can sue the government over how their money is spent.In 2001, Bush signed an executive order creating the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, headed by Jay Hein, allowing tax dollars to go to religious groups that provide public services as well as religious work.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition of liberal organizations announced plans Tuesday to move "the most expensive mobilization in history this election season."MoveOn.org, Rock the Vote, Acorn, National Council of La Raza, Women's Voices Women Vote Action Fund, and the AFL-CIO announced plans for a $350 million initiative for the 2008 elections at the Take Back America conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the liberal Campaign for America's Future.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Arguing that there was nothing unconstitutional about an FBI search of a congressman's office, a public interest group has filed a brief in the appeal brought by the lawmaker.The FBI last May 20 searched Rep. William Jefferson's Washington, D.C., office as part of an ongoing bribery and fraud investigation that was related to the Louisiana Democrat's business deals with technology companies in Nigeria and Ghana.(Earlier, the FBI reportedly found $90,000 in cash in the freezer of Jefferson's home.)
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Americans are more anxious about their economic security and are calling for government action, according to a Democratic pollster who says that situation bodes well for the Democratic Party.Speaking at a briefing sponsored by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., pollster Celinda Lake said Americans are "angry and anxious" about their economic security and few have achieved the "American dream."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Anti-war protesters interrupted Gen. David Petraeus' much-anticipated report to Congress on Monday concerning progress in Iraq. They urged the general to tell the truth. But one of the protest leaders told Cybercast News Service that Petraeus' testimony was irrelevant.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) took aim at Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Sunday, claiming that Obama is "rewriting history" when he says he has not had long- held aspirations for the White House.In a statement released late Sunday, Clinton criticized Obama for saying, "I'm not running to fulfill some long-held plans or because I think it's open to me." In Boston on Sunday evening and in Iowa earlier that day, Obama had said: "I have not been planning to run for president for however number of years some of the other candidates have been planning for."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Assessing the first 100 hours of the Democrat-led Congress, two policy analysts said the seven-point agenda House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is in the process of pushing through is largely symbolic and even "timid."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Foreign policy will be a key issue in the presidential elections, according to experts, but they disagree on who will gain the most votes for their policy positions.Max Boot, a senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and foreign policy advisor to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said foreign policy has been "surprisingly important" in the election thus far.