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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has heard oral arguments in a case examining whether the Justice Department acted lawfully in raiding the congressional office of a lawmaker under investigation for alleged bribery and fraud.The FBI in May 2006 searched the Washington, D.C., office of Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), as part of a 16-month investigation related to his business deals with technology companies in Nigeria and Ghana.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Returning from a trip to Iraq last weekend, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said the political compromises needed for success in Iraq cannot be achieved with the current Iraqi leadership."The most striking feature of any visit to Iraq is the bravery and professionalism of American troops," said Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) during a conference-call briefing with reporters on Monday. "Their courage, along with the increased Iraqi army capability and willingness to fight, has resulted in some reduced violence in some places in Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Judge Michael Mukasey on Tuesday asking the attorney general nominee to clarify his position on waterboarding, an interrogation practice that simulates drowning.During his confirmation hearings last week, Mukasey said he was not familiar with waterboarding. "I don't know what is involved in the technique, "he said. "If waterboarding is torture, torture is not constitutional.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Federal District Judge Michael Mosman on December 28 temporarily blocked a law passed last year by the Oregon Legislature that would have authorized same-sex civil unions in the state starting on January 1. A conservative legal group had requested the delay to give voters a chance to weigh-in with a ballot referendum in November 2008.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin refuses to take his share of the responsibility for recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, a conservative African American group said Wednesday."Mayor Nagin continues to do everything to deflect blame from himself," Project 21's Darryn "Dutch" Martin said in a statement. He accused Nagin, who testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee earlier this week, of "playing the race and class cards."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - According to a recent survey of American adults, health care will play an important role in the upcoming elections. Healthcare policy analysts, however, disagree about which presidential candidates this will help.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Lamenting what they call the "silent crisis of democracy," four liberal groups Thursday announced their policy prescriptions to repair democracy under threat by those currently in positions of political, economic and religious authority in the United States."Issues like Iraq, crime, health care -- life-and-death issues -- are so prominent on the news, electronic and print, but democracy had been more background music," Mark Green, president of the New Democracy Project and president of Air America Radio, said during a conference call briefing.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Women's rights activist Martha Burk is urging presidential candidates to pay attention to women, who she said will decide the 2008 presidential election.Burk is best known for having failed several years ago to force the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, site of the Masters tournament, to extend membership to women. At the time, she chaired the National Council of Women's Organizations. Today, she is part of the presidential campaign team of New Mexico Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Democratic National Committee criticized GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for declining an invitation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention, saying the former Massachusetts governor has "rejected" America's veterans. In a statement, Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera said "Mitt Romney's decision to duck America's veterans is a disturbing indication of how far he is willing to go to avoid offering a clear plan for Iraq and defend his blind loyalty to President Bush's failed strategy."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) has unveiled his tax reform plan, saying it will "fix" the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and provide tax relief to millions of Americans, but House Republicans say the bill is the "mother of all tax hikes" and will stymie economic growth.Rangel introduced the Tax Reduction and Reform Act of 2007 on Thursday. "This legislation will provide tax relief to more than 90 million working families and cut the corporate tax rate to help American companies stay competitive internationally," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Political strategists say the results of Thursday's Iowa caucuses will have a significant impact on the New Hampshire primaries next Tuesday. Sen. Hillary Clinton's plans could collapse, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani may sink further in the polls, and Sen. John McCain may come out a winner, even if in third place, according to some analysts.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican politician Michael Steele believes his party has gained significant support in the African American community and that his unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate last November helped to lay the groundwork for future African American political candidates."I think the doors are open now," Steele, who now chairs the Republican strategy group GOPAC, told Cybercast News Service in a sit-down interview Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Democratic National Committee filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Monday claiming that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) violated spending limits associated with receiving matching public campaign funds. Political experts, however, noted that candidates who receive public funds are at a disadvantage due to the large sums spent in campaign politics.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Declaring it "Climate Crisis Action Day," environmental groups demonstrated in front of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, demanding that Congress take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.Sponsored by the Alaska Wilderness League, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Audubon Society, EarthJustice, and the Sierra Club, the event drew the support of many members of Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate is this week debating energy legislation being promoted by the Democratic leadership, but automakers and green activists alike are unhappy with provisions of the bill.And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday he expects Republicans in the Senate would also try to block debate on the measure - although he described it as a bipartisan effort.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Wednesday, President George W. Bush compared the war in Iraq to the Vietnam War -- a comparison that many analysts say is "flawed."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the 2008 elections more than a year away, Democrats are expressing confidence that they will pick up seats in Congress."People want change, [and] they believe Democrats are the party to deliver that change," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday."We believe that the Democratic Congress has shown we can deliver change on things like SCHIP and energy, stem cells, minimum wage, college affordability and we're going to show more on Iraq."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Errors in how the polls were conducted explains why most of them anticipated large wins for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night -- contrary to what actually happened. Clinton won the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 39 percent of the vote. Obama came in second with 37 percent. According to a CNN/WMUR poll conducted over the weekend, Obama was leading Clinton 39 percent to 30 percent.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Feeling "dwarfed" on the national scene, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is seeking to expand its international presence, a move it believes will change how think tanks operate.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Republicans criticized energy legislation passed late Wednesday, saying that it would raise taxes on the oil industry but give tax breaks to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the state-run oil company CITGO.