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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) - 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) - President Bush is expected to talk about climate change and alternative energy sources during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, and a new coalition of business and environmental groups is pressing both the White House and Congress to take action "as soon as possible."The White House is already pouring cold water on their hopes, however."The science of climate change is real," Jim Rodgers, chief executive officer of Duke Energy, said at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Monday.
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
(CNSNews.com) - Conservatives are looking for someone to blame for the increases in government spending and the overall size of government over the last few years, and the Republican Party - which prides itself as the party of small government - is in the firing line."Republicans lost in 2006, because they deserved to lose," said Michael Tanner, director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute.
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) - 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
(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) - The United States should establish a National Security Court designed to handle terrorism cases fairly but also in a way that does not jeopardize public safety, a legal expert argued Wednesday.Andrew McCarthy, director of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told a press conference in Washington D.C., that terrorist detainees being held by the U.S. military are not entitled to the same protections as American citizens.
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) - 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) - Two new bills in Congress would provide emergency increases in the number of H-1B visas for skilled workers from foreign countries. Immigration-reduction advocates said raising the caps is "irresponsible" and hurts American workers, but those who want to raise the caps said the workers are needed and will benefit the U.S. economy.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the nation arrives Tuesday at this year's due date for filing and paying income taxes, taxpayer groups argue that taxes are too high, misspent and cumbersome to file."For most Americans this is the day we dread, when we see exactly how much money we're sending to Washington, D.C.," Stephen McMillin, deputy director of the administration's Office of Management and Budget, told a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Freshman Democratic senators are pressing for the establishment of a commission to investigate what they say is billions of dollars worth of "waste and fraud" in military contracting for reconstruction projects in Iraq and Afghanistan.Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said at a Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday that there has been "gross mismanagement in government contracting," with $5 billion wasted each year."Almost one in six federal tax dollars spent to rebuild Iraq has been wasted," she said. "It is a staggering amount."
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) - With a crowded presidential political field for 2008, the primary schedule may leave some of the lesser known candidates in their opponents' dust.The primary schedule has over the years become increasingly frontloaded, with a compressed schedule very early in the year. For 2008, Nevada, California, Florida, Illinois and New Jersey are vying for earlier time slots. Nevada has even secured a spot between the two most influential and earliest primaries - Iowa and New Hampshire.