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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite a Senate vote to revive debate on a controversial immigration reform bill, opponents of the measure said Wednesday they remain determined to defeat the legislation, which one group called "a sham" and another described as "blatantly ignoring the will of the American people.""In the past 24 hours alone, we have seen more than 125,000 citizen contacts in the form of petitions, phone calls and faxes to the Senate opposing the bill," said Steve Elliott, president of the conservative group Grassfire.org, in a news release.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When voters cast their ballots during Virginia's Feb. 12 Republican presidential primary, they'll be required to sign a document stating they intend to support the party's nominee for president in a strategy one conservative leader called a "bullying tactic" but a nonpartisan election official dismissed as just "a piece of paper."
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 identified seven key agenda items, one of which is to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation" and enact pay-as-you-go budgeting.)(CNSNews.com) - As the 110th Congress got underway in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Democratic House leaders introduced rules they said would "help bring back integrity, civility and fiscal responsibility" to the chamber.
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(CNSNews.com) - Seeking to boost the movement to reinstitute a military draft, Rep. John Murtha is arguing that the U.S. should have a "citizen's army" in addition to a "volunteer, professional army." However, a critic of the Pennsylvania Democrat on Monday called his statement "ridiculous" and "without merit.""I voted against the volunteer army because I felt if we ever had a war, we wouldn't be able to sustain [it]," Murtha said during the March 29 edition of CNN's "The Situation Room."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As last week's battle over immigration reform focused the country's attention on the Senate, the members of the House of Representatives were also busy -- voting themselves a pay increase of $4,400.
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(CNSNews.com) - For a period of time in 2000-2001, when Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York City and married to another woman, his "very good friend" Judith Nathan received police protection 12 hours a day, seven days a week, which cost the city about $200,000 per year - in addition to the security provided for his wife and children at the mayor's mansion.
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(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.), the new chairman of the panel that determines the budget of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has promised to recuse himself from matters related to the FBI while he remains under FBI investigation, but the attempt to fend off criticism of his appointment appeared to have backfired.The FBI is examining charges that Mollohan illegally benefited from distribution of federal funds.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican leaders in both houses of Congress Monday urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call the House back immediately to finalize emergency legislation to fund the war on terrorism. A Pelosi spokesman called the letter "a cheap political stunt."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Less than two weeks after a controversial immigration measure died in the Senate, a self-described conservative group Monday announced a nationwide broadcast campaign "defending the Bush administration's approach to comprehensive immigration reform" -- and even supporting the notion of amnesty for illegal aliens.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group that opposes interaction between religion and government Tuesday accused Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. of violating federal tax law by using the school's resources to endorse Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The group also asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic leaders in the Senate have agreed to accept the same version of earmark reform passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month, but the decision came only after they suffered what a taxpayer watchdog group called "a humiliating rebuke" initiated by a GOP senator.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After President Bush outlined proposals addressing the "clear need" for "comprehensive immigration reform" during a speech in Yuma, Ariz., on Monday, his plan was criticized from both sides of the political aisle. One immigration reform group called his plan the "same old illegal alien amnesty and guest worker program." Democrats agreed on the need for immigration reform, but they're calling for "bipartisanship" in crafting a bill.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the Senate prepares to vote on legislation that would expand the categories of "hate crimes," a group of civil rights leaders on Tuesday called opponents of the measure "right-wing fundamentalists" with "often-bigoted agendas."A coalition of conservative Christians said at a press conference held the same day that the bill is "unjust" and "an attempt to take away the rights of Christians to speak out and express their freedom of speech."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Leaders from three pro-family groups Wednesday called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to denounce the Folsom Street Fair - which is called "the world's largest leather event" and is held each September in San Francisco - as a "grotesque affair" that violates laws prohibiting public nudity and child abuse.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Ohio Rep. Robert Ney was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $6,000 after being convicted of conspiracy and making false statements in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal, the Justice Department announced in Washington, D.C., on Friday."Today's sentence makes it clear that our government is not for sale. Former Congressman Ney now faces 30 months in prison for abusing his position of trust as a representative of the American people," said Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher of the Criminal Division in a news release.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a national ban on partial-birth abortion as constitutional, candidates who are already campaigning to win the White House in 2008 reacted to the decision along party lines on Wednesday."The Supreme Court reached the correct conclusion in upholding the congressional ban on partial-birth abortion," said former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. "I agree with it," the GOP candidate added.
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(CNSNews.com) - Veterans Affairs Secretary James Nicholson said Tuesday that he will step down from his post on October 1. That announcement drew a wide variety of responses, with some praising the official for his "hard work and dedication" and others calling for his successor to be "not just another partisan loyalist."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Now that the first U.S. presidential debates have been held in which candidates had their remarks in English broadcast with Spanish subtitles, some analysts called these events "historic," while a GOP contender who boycotted the Republican forum criticized it as having "perilous consequences" for the nation.Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), who boycotted the debate, said that immigrants must, under law, show the ability to read, write and speak English to become naturalized U.S. citizens.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After being pounded by Democrats last year for accepting pay increases while not boosting the minimum wage, Republican congressmen Tuesday returned the favor by preventing an annual 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) from taking effect this year."There will be no COLA adjustment," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday after GOP members of Congress, led by House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), promised to block the annual $2,800 pay hike.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Focus on the Family and Reps. John Conyers and Lamar Smith.)(CNSNews.com) - President Bush looks likely to veto a "hate crimes" bill under debate in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday if it is approved by Congress. Conservatives quickly responded by thanking the president for upholding "our nation's constitutional tradition of equal protection under the law."