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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 are judging the effects of the federal education policy. Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), now a member of the House minority, plans to create his own education proposal, because he is unhappy about the bureaucratic elements that have arisen over the last several years.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The first Republican 2008 presidential candidates' debate, scheduled for Thursday, will "separate the pretenders from the contenders," a political expert predicted Wednesday."[It's] like the opening week of 'Dancing with the Stars,'" said James Hedtke, chair of the political science department at Cabrini College.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the third anniversary of a recall attempt to oust Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the leader proposed several changes to his nation's constitution, including a measure to eliminate term limits."If anyone is going to say this is a project to enthrone oneself, no," Chavez said before the National Assembly. "This is only a possibility, a possibility that depends on many variables."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Opposed to subsidies for new nuclear power plants, rock stars, environmental groups, and members of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming met on Capitol Hill to voice their concerns about such a provision in the energy bill.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A week before the Iowa caucus, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) has a significant lead over her Democratic opponents, according to a recent poll of likely Iowa caucus goers.An American Research Group poll conducted Dec. 20-23 showed Clinton polling 14 percentage points higher than former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and 15 points higher than Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). The same poll conducted Dec. 16-19 showed Clinton at 29 percent, Obama at 25 percent and Edwards at 18 percent of likely caucus goers.
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) - One year after the conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center were exposed by The Washington Post, Senate Democrats said they have made significant strides in improving care for soldiers and veterans, though the situation is still "completely unacceptable." At the same time, some observers contend that politicians are using the Walter Reed situation to score political points.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As one of the top priorities on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) agenda, the House voted Thursday to create a select committee on global warming.The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was passed by a bipartisan vote of 269 to 150.In announcing her idea, Pelosi said, "Its purpose will be to communicate with the American people on this important issue. I promise to do anything in my power to achieve energy independence within ten years, stop global warming, and this select committee is to further those goals."
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) - 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) - 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) - 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.