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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Foreign policy will be a key issue in the presidential elections, according to experts, but they disagree on who will gain the most votes for their policy positions.Max Boot, a senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and foreign policy advisor to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said foreign policy has been "surprisingly important" in the election thus far.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com ) - Political and economic experts are at odds over the potential impact on America's healthcare system of President Bush's new health insurance tax deduction plan.In his State of the Union address last month, Bush said the government should make sure that "individuals and small business employees can buy insurance with the same advantages that people working for big businesses now get."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two new bills in Congress would provide emergency increases in the number of H-1B visas for skilled workers from foreign countries. Immigration-reduction advocates said raising the caps is "irresponsible" and hurts American workers, but those who want to raise the caps said the workers are needed and will benefit the U.S. economy.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the nation arrives Tuesday at this year's due date for filing and paying income taxes, taxpayer groups argue that taxes are too high, misspent and cumbersome to file."For most Americans this is the day we dread, when we see exactly how much money we're sending to Washington, D.C.," Stephen McMillin, deputy director of the administration's Office of Management and Budget, told a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
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) - Railing against the lobbying reform bill scheduled for a vote on Tuesday, several conservative groups say the bill will stifle the free speech rights of grassroots organizations.A similar bill was introduced last year but did not pass. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reintroduced the legislation on Jan. 8.
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) - Urging Congress to take immediate action on illegal immigration, Democratic Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano warned Tuesday that the situation will only get worse if ignored."Our current immigration system is broken," Napolitano said at a function in Washington, D.C. "Congress and the president must act, and they must act this year to fix this broken system."
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
(CNSNews.com) - In planning to create a new select committee on global warming, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has kept some senior Democrats - including her number two - in the dark.At a Capitol Hill press conference Thursday to talk about her first 100 hours as speaker, Pelosi announced the creation of a new select committee on "energy independence and global warming."
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) - A leading think tank has teamed up with ABC News to offer ideas to the 2008 presidential hopefuls on issues it says are important to voters, arguing that Americans care more about policy than about partisan politics."The 2008 presidential campaign is uniquely important and it offers a very special opportunity," Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, said at Wednesday's launch of the joint venture, Opportunity 08.
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.