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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Enacted 10 years ago, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which targets low income families who do not qualify for Medicaid, is set to expire this year, and lawmakers are exploring ways to help insure those still not covered."We can say without equivocation that [with SCHIP] we have made a contribution to ensuring that children have better coverage and more access to healthcare than they had before," former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) said at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House of Representatives complex generated more "greenhouse gas" last year than 17,000 cars, Democratic leaders said Thursday, declaring that Congress must be more environmentally friendly before members can expect Americans in general to back "sweeping" measures contained in new energy bills.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The liberal grassroots advocacy group MoveOn.org, along with a coalition of anti-war organizations, held hundreds of anti-war vigils across the country on Tuesday. The goal was to urge members of Congress to end the war in Iraq when lawmakers come back from recess in September. But some pro-troop groups take issue with the activists' tactics.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the New Hampshire primary approaching, new polls show that voters are largely undecided about who they will vote for in 2008.A new Boston Globe/University of New Hampshire poll shows that 60 percent of GOP voters and 48 percent of Democratic voters are still trying to decide who to vote for. (The poll, conducted Nov. 2-7 of 804 likely Republican and Democratic primary voters, had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.)
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Electronic voting machine problems in Horry County, S.C., during the Republican primaries on Saturday have prompted renewed calls for a paper trail so that votes can be verified."Voters are understandably outraged that in this important primary election they could not exercise their right to vote because of the machine malfunctions," Bob Edgar, president of the liberal group Common Cause, said in a statement.
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) - Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John Warner (R-Va.) have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review Iraqi oil revenues and reconstruction funding, noting that perhaps Iraq should be paying a greater share of the rebuilding costs.Levin and Warner, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote a letter to David Walker, comptroller general of the United States, asking for the review.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned visit to Syria later this week will undermine American foreign policy, a conservative analyst said Monday, citing the Baathist regime's links to regional terrorism.Shrugging off White House disapproval, the California Democrat plans to hold talks with President Bashar Assad in Damascus, as part of a Mideast visit that has also taken in Israel and Lebanon.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Claiming that the United States needs to "reboot" its Middle East policies, a liberal think tank said Monday the U.S. should focus more on the broader region than on Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Criticizing Congress for expanding the president's authority to conduct surveillance operations, a leading civil liberties group said the warrant requirement should be reinstituted.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While President George W. Bush criticized congressional Democrats for being fiscally irresponsible, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded, saying, "Given his dismal record, President Bush is in no position to lecture Congress about fiscal responsibility."Bush, in a speech in Indiana on Tuesday, had said: "The majority was elected on a pledge of fiscal responsibility, but so far it's acting like a teenager with a new credit card. This year alone, the leadership in Congress has proposed to spend $22 billion more than my budget provides.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee said legislation to delay the sale of land in Alaska for oil and gas exploration would hinder the U.S. economy.
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) - Noting that the next president will have the opportunity to appoint several federal judges, liberal legal experts said the Bush administration's "legacy will harm American's rights."President George W. Bush has appointed 277 judges to lifelong terms - almost one-third of the federal judiciary - including two Supreme Court justices, Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Releasing its annual assessment of the accountability of federal agencies, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said Tuesday that those agencies that are not performing on par are the ones that receive the most funds.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Congress did not renew the president's Trade Promotion Authority before it expired Saturday, and some experts Monday attributed this to an "irrational" opposition to free trade from politicians and the American people."This is really a policy by which Congress says to the president, 'bring us back a trade agreement - if we like it we'll take it, if we don't like it we'll reject it,'" said Philip Levy, a resident scholar with the American Enterprise Institute. "And yet they're not willing to extend that offer," he added.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) scheduled for reauthorization this year, some in Washington say the federal education policy has been "ineffective and wasteful."The NCLB - President George W. Bush's major education initiative - was first introduced in 2001. The act sets up strict goals for achievement through standardized testing of public school students.The goal of the law is to ensure that all children graduate at grade-level performance by 2014.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative taxpayer group, regularly asks Republican politicians to sign a pledge not to raise taxes. Three Republican presidential candidates have not signed the pledge, which one strategist said might hurt them during the primaries."I worked on Bob Dole's campaign in 1988 and he didn't sign and it killed his campaign in the final week," David Johnson, a Republican strategist and president of Strategic Vision. "That's how the first President Bush was able to turn around and win the New Hampshire primary."
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
(CNSNews.com) - Though pollsters say that Americans currently have more favorable opinions of the Democratic Party, political analysts noted on Thursday that when it comes to presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is on even ground with the Democratic frontrunners: Sens. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.).