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July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With a close vote on President Bush's energy plan expected in the House, Republicans staged a last-ditch campaign Wednesday to quell fears about oil drilling and to tout the administration's conservation measures.Republicans tried to move away from an oil-only outlook and paint the president's plan as a boon to environmentally friendly alternatives with its tax incentives and federal funding to promote energy-efficient homes and cars.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The National Education Association's union professionals are paid far more than the teachers they represent, prompting one researcher to question the organization's lobbying motives.According to an internal NEA survey, professional staffers at the New Jersey Education Association rank first nationally with average earnings of $100,018 - nearly twice as much as the state's teachers. In Connecticut, ranked second, NEA union pros make $93,115 on average, and salaries in other states have risen by as much as 60 percent since 1991.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservatives who complain that the American Bar Association has a liberal bias are pointing to the release this week of a study conducted by a Northwestern University law professor that blames the ABA for favoritism in its review of federal appeals court nominees since 1989.Looking at nominees with no judicial experience, researcher James Lindgren found the ABA was 10 times more likely to overwhelmingly approve Clinton administration nominees than those tapped by former President George H. W. Bush.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(Correction: fixes that Justice Department is likely to ask for dismissal of lawsuit)(CNSNews.com) - The Justice Department has hinted it will ask a federal appeals court to throw out an excessive force lawsuit by Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives against former Attorney General Janet Reno.The department Tuesday filed a notice of appeal in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and said Wednesday it will likely ask the court to overturn a lower-court decision and dismiss the lawsuit, a department spokesman said.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As members of the U.S. Senate wage a battle against President Bush's rejection of the Kyoto global warming treaty, the president has more ammunition on his side. A conservative taxpayer-activist group has released a study it says, "uncovers details the [treaty's] defenders would rather keep quiet."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Six months into office, President Bush has fulfilled campaign promises and followed a steady political course in Reagan-esque fashion.Good? Yes. But perfect? Hardly.That's the assessment of a panel of mostly conservative pundits, who gave the president high marks for his early-term successes but remained guardedly skeptical of the administration's direction."The jury is still out," syndicated columnist and TV commentator Robert Novak said Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation, which hosted the panel discussion.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A proposal to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants has hit a nerve in the Georgia legislature. In the days since state Rep. Mary H. Squires, a Democrat and member of the state's Hispanic advisory council, began touting the idea, critics have been queuing up with challenges."It's a joke to issue law-breakers a license," said Phil Kent, president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, a conservative group that's investigating the proposed law's legal merit.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Calling racial profiling "the last disgraceful scar of overt discrimination" and America's version of apartheid, the congressional black and Hispanic caucuses Thursday proposed a bill forcing states to eliminate race-motivated traffic stops."We're here today to send a basic message," said Rep. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), reading a prepared statement, "that people don't give up their civil rights when they step into an automobile."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The way one conservative group sees it, President George Bush is just another Bill Clinton on the homosexual-rights issue.In a blistering report released Thursday, the Concerned Women for America's Culture and Family Institute blasted the Bush administration's "rush to embrace homosexual activism," blaming the president for endorsing the movement by appointing homosexual activists to key executive posts, maintaining Clinton's anti-discrimination policies and turning a deaf ear on complaints from pro-family groups.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When the Bush tax-rebate checks - $300 for singles, $600 for families - are mailed to taxpayers this summer, they may come with a caveat: It's time to pay taxes on that tax rebate.Huh?Indeed, in at least nine states - and possibly many others - the kickbacks from the $1.35 trillion tax cut may be taxed retroactively, the American Legislative Exchange Council said Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Craig Rucker and his conservative cohorts had seen plenty of protests by environmentalists and figured there was little they could do to respond.But after watching Greenpeace recruit more than 100 U.S. college students to rally for the Kyoto climate treaty at a United Nations conference in The Hague last fall, Rucker and others got an idea."We thought: Why don't we do the same thing?" said Rucker, executive director of Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT).
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - California conservatives are grumbling over what some see as a possible conflict of interest involving two consultants Gov. Gray Davis hired to help shape his energy policy.Former Clinton White House officials Chris Lehane and Mark Fabiani officially disclosed their relationship Thursday with Southern California Edison, a power company that recently struck a high-dollar deal with the state of California.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Bret D. Schundler paints himself as a modern Ronald Reagan.While once a Democrat during the Reagan era, he's now a conservative in the former president's mold, opposing abortion, supporting the Second Amendment and - perhaps his Reagan-esque hallmark - detesting taxes.That anti-tax mantra, particularly, helped the maverick Schundler seize the Republican nomination in New Jersey's gubernatorial race Tuesday by toppling established moderate and former Rep. Bob Franks.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Heading into the Fourth of July holiday break, House Republican leaders Thursday graded their work since January.The report card? All "A's," they say.GOP leaders applauded the party's success in passing the Bush tax plan, approving an educational funding increase and promoting policies on energy and health care.Most of all, though, House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) touted the party's efforts to "stop the raid on Social Security and Medicare."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
CORRECTION: Fixes info on Reps. Weldon and Stupak.Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - After fierce debates fueled by the politics and passions of abortion and stem-cell research, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation Tuesday that would assure the legal rights of born-alive children and prohibit the cloning of human embryos.While Republicans passed the Human Cloning Prohibition Act on an 18-11 party-line vote, Democrats blasted the measure as a heavy-handed attempt to smother stem-cell research.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A private medical school may have to open its married housing to homosexual partners, New York's highest court ruled Monday.In a move that some say redefines marriage in New York and may lead to a Supreme Court battle, the Court of Appeals determined a lesbian couple could sue Yeshiva University for denying them access to married housing."The homosexuals will stop at nothing," said Andrea Lafferty, executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition. "Every religious institution is under siege."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Towne Center in El Cajon, Calif. is a mostly abandoned mall; an unlikely stage for battle over religious freedom.But it became a battleground when 400 churchgoers descended on the downtown shopping center, protesting with prayers and song as the city council of this San Diego suburb voted to block the Foothills Christian Fellowship Church from buying and relocating to the seven-acre property.Now the church is fighting back with a lawsuit that it promises to take to the Supreme Court, if necessary.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Lifting smoking bans on long flights would reduce "air rage," an international group of pilots has said.The International Federation of Airline Pilots Association (IFALPA) has called on major airlines to install ventilated smoking areas for unruly smokers on ocean-crossing or overnight flights, according to the Johannesburg Sunday Times."The longer the aircraft are airborne, the greater the threat from inactive and confined passengers," Captain Deryck Leathers told the paper.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Surrounded by endless miles of red-canyon wilderness, the southern Utah town of Escalante was one of the last U.S. cities to be mapped.Now it has landed squarely on the radar screen of a constitutional quandary, and city recorder Vicki Schulkoski is fielding the media siege."That's all I've done the last two days, is answer the telephone," she said Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One southern Utah town hasn't given up its fight against the United Nations - only it's toned it down a bit.To avoid getting sued, the La Verkin City Council voted 3-2 on Wednesday to modify an ordinance that made the town at the mouth of Zion National Park a U.N.-free zone, according to news reports."The city can ill afford to get dragged into court," Mayor Dan Howard told reporters.