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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) - 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, 8:27 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, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - For the Catholic League, it's bad enough ABC News partnered with a Web site that promotes abortion and irreverently discusses sex. It's even worse, the group says, that Beliefnet.com makes a mockery of Catholic dogma.Catholic League officials condemned Beliefnet - ABC News' new source for religious coverage - for poking fun at the pope, asking "politically charged" questions on women in Catholicism and insinuating that priests are perverts.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Many conservatives have long championed the Pledge of Allegiance. Funny, then, since it was written by a socialist."It's one of those embarrassing things no one seems to want to go into," said John Baer, author of "The Pledge of Allegiance: A Centennial History."According to Baer, Christian Socialist Francis Bellamy penned the original pledge in 1892 to give school children something to recite while saluting the flag on the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When one of the nation's largest anti-gun lobbyists dropped the "gun control" part of its name Thursday, some 2nd Amendment advocates labeled it a public-relations ploy.Handgun Control Inc. changed its name to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to honor the "enormous contribution that Jim and Sarah Brady have made to the gun control movement for the last 20 years," said Amy Stilwell, a spokeswoman for the group.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An environmental group's planned protest against the Bush administration's energy policy is encouraging people to ignore a recent Environmental Protection Agency consumer warning.The Sierra Club's Rocky Mountain chapter has launched an unofficial e-mail campaign urging consumers to protest by using candles instead of electricity on the evening of June 21.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower-court ruling Monday that allows student-initiated prayer in schools.The court refused - without comment - to hear a challenge to a 1993 Alabama law that allowed student-led prayers at school functions such as graduation and sporting events."This is a critical victory for free speech and religious liberty," said Walter M. Weber, senior litigation counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ALCJ), which fought the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through the appeals process.