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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Proponents of the REAL ID Act say identification security measures included in the law are essential to improving homeland security, but critics insist that it will be costly, ineffective and lead to privacy abuse.The National Governor's Association on Monday asked Congress to fully fund the law, which was passed in response to the 9/11 terrorists attacks. Several states, including South Carolina, Oklahoma and New Hampshire, have rejected the federal act.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) said he plans to reintroduce a plan to guarantee combat troops more time at home, though Senate Republicans derailed the same proposal in August."The one unassailable truth of the surge has been that it has accelerated the deployment cycles of the Marine Corps and Army in a way that threatens to wear out our ground forces," Webb said during a conference call briefing with reporters on Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In light of a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that says Iran does not have an ongoing nuclear weapons program, some experts think the United States must change its foreign policy towards Iran, but others say the status quo is the only option.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even before the White House released the largest budget proposal in American history on Monday, critics took issue with spending cuts in domestic programs.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Taking aim at presidential candidate John Edwards, the Catholic League and other religious organizations are calling for the former senator to fire two staffers who made "anti-Christian" remarks on their personal blogs.Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan blog for the John Edwards for President campaign and also on their respective personal websites, Pandagon and Shakespeare's Sister.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Budget experts from across the political spectrum gathered in Washington, D.C., on Monday to address the looming financial "crisis" that entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security pose if they are not reformed in the near future.Alice Rivlin, a senior fellow at the liberal Brookings Institution, said the groups came together out of "sheer panic."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Changes implemented over the last few months In Iraq show promising signs that the country is moving towards peace, President Bush said Friday."This new strategy is fundamentally different from the previous strategy," he said during a speech at East Grand Rapids High School in East Grand Rapids, Mich. It recognizes that our top priority must be to help Iraq's elected leaders secure their population, especially in Baghdad."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Saturday announced plans to "modernize" the three decade-old Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), saying it is necessary in the campaign against "sophisticated" terrorists using today's technology.The proposals include empowering authorities to gather intelligence about foreign targets in foreign locations without having to obtain a court order first.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Legal-policy activists on both the left and right are applauding President Bush's choice of retired federal District Judge Michael Mukasey to succeed Alberto Gonzalez as attorney general, although Mukasey's views on many public policy issues are unknown."This is an excellent nomination," said David Rivkin, a member of the conservative Federalist Society who served in the White House counsel's office of both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. "He is a person of great legal abilities."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Saying that the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill that came to his desk on Wednesday was identical to the bill he vetoed in October, President George W. Bush again vetoed a measure that would extend and expand federal funding for the program.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) told conservatives gathered here on Thursday that the Republican Party is "acting too much like Democrats," especially the party's frontrunner Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)."We have drifted a long way from the positions we used to hold on limited government," said Paul at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), sponsored by the American Conservative Union.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Religious groups outraged at provocative comments made by two bloggers employed by the John Edwards for President campaign said the resignation of one of the bloggers Monday evening is not enough."This isn't over yet," Kiera McCaffrey, director of communications for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, told Cybercast News Service. "There is still one more anti-Catholic, anti-Christian blogger on his staff."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson unveiled a blueprint for restructuring financial oversight in America, but the plan has been met with unfavorable reviews and is being called a "pie-in-the-sky" proposal.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Taking aim at the Bush administration's troop escalation in Iraq, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that President Bush has "ignored the will of the people and the advice of his own generals.""As conditions continue to deteriorate in Iraq and our world focus continues to narrow, we must choose a new direction," Reid said during a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Touting a "bill of rights" for gun owners, Pennsylvania House Republicans Tuesday introduced a package of two bills aimed at easing legal access to firearms."Our government must protect our liberties and ensure that our Second Amendment liberties remain second to none," state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R) said during a press conference in Harrisburg, Pa.The first of the two bills sponsored by Metcalfe seeks to prohibit Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies from maintaining registries or databases of legal firearm purchases.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Virginia's attorney general said Tuesday that some of his fellow state attorneys general are an "extension of activist judges" and have been pursuing actions for political gain."The role of government is fairly limited to its enumerated powers, and that's what the government -- the executive branch in particular -- is supposed to do," said Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, a Republican.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote next week on a bill that would revise surveillance laws passed in August.Republicans say the proposal would undermine the protections put in place in the Protect America Act, which was signed into law in August. Democrats say their bill will restore constitutional checks and balances to the way electronic surveillance is used to gather intelligence.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate passed an energy bill late Thursday to cheers from environmental groups, though critics argue the bill could have done more to boost energy production. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) noted that the House will take up the legislation next week.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In an effort to sway President Bush's soon-to-be-announced policy decisions on Iraq, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) said Tuesday he hoped the president would listen to "informed opinion" and plan a withdrawal of U.S. forces.Bush had been expected to give a speech this week outlining the course for future operations in Iraq, but the event has been postponed until January.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Fixes Grover Norquist quote.) Washington (CNSNews.com) - House Republicans warned that if liberal Democrats remain in charge of Congress and take control of the White House next year, Americans would see large tax increases and higher government spending.