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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.).
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Offering ideas to the 2008 presidential race hopefuls, two politicians from opposite sides of the political spectrum came together Friday to discuss what they believe Americans want and need from their government.Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addressed a press conference in Washington, D.C., in part to promote recent books which they say contain advice to those on the campaign trail.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Physician-assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian announced he plans to run for Congress for the ninth district of Michigan.Kevorkian will have to gather a minimum of 3,000 signatures on nominating petitions by July 17 to appear as an independent on the November ballot. He said he will run as an Independent for the seat currently occupied by Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.).
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Department of Education rolled out new changes to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act Wednesday to "provide states and schools with greater flexibility in assessing students with disabilities."The NCLB - President George W. Bush's major education initiative - was first introduced in 2001 and is scheduled for reauthorization this year. The act sets up strict goals for achievement through standardized testing of public school students.
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) - 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
(Editor's note: During her "first 100 hours" as speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi has set her sights on seven key agenda items. High on her list is legislation to raise the federal minimum wage.) (CNSNews.com) - Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has promised to "give Americans a raise" by raising the federal minimum wage, but experts remain divided on the possible effects of such a step on unskilled workers.Pelosi envisages raising the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25, over a two-year period.
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) - Switching positions on Roe v. Wade, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) now says he believes the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion should be overturned -- but pro-lifers aren't necessarily convinced about his sincerity.Thirty-four years after the court ruling, it remains highly contentious and a fixture of electoral politics.In 1999, when McCain was on the presidential campaign trail, he took a different stance on the abortion law.
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) - 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) - 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.