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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Wednesday labeled the rebate checks and other spending in the still-developing Senate version of the economic stimulus package "pet projects" that merit praise. "Helping struggling Americans pay their heating bills is a pet project of mine," said Reid. "Providing rebate checks to one-and-a-half-million seniors, providing rebate checks to 250,000 wounded American veterans are a pet project of mine. All 51 Democrats agree these are pet projects we support." Reid said at a press conference.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) told Cybercast News Service Thursday that a provision in the new energy law that will effectively ban the use of the incandescent light bulb in the United States by 2020 was an appropriate exercise of federal power.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, joined by his wife Ann, ended his bid to become president before a crowd of conservatives at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon."If I fight on in my campaign all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign, and frankly, I would make it easier for [Democratic Sens. Barack] Obama or Hillary [Clinton] to win," said Romney.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - At the November 2007 CNN/YouTube Republican debate, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) was one of only two candidates who refused to commit himself to opposing tax increases. Taxes are a crucial issue to many GOP voters in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. McCain has refused to sign a pledge to not raise taxes, and he defended this decision at the Nov. debate by citing his record on tax-related votes in Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Harsh criticism of GOP presidential contender John McCain from some conservative leaders is fading as McCain, now the frontrunner, looks to solidify the nomination of his party.Grover Norquist, president and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, for example, criticized McCain in an interview with Cybercast News Service in January. "If the rest of Congress had voted the way Senator McCain did over the years, your taxes would be a trillion dollars higher than they are today," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As he battles to try to win his party's nomination for president, Republican Mike Huckabee is being challenged by some critics, mostly fiscal conservatives, who are critical of the tax policies he pursued as governor of Arkansas.At last weekend's debate in New Hampshire, Gov. Mitt Romney asked Huckabee, "Did you raise taxes in your state by half-a-billion dollars?" Huckabee did not directly answer the question and instead turned the topic to education and budget reform.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - "Every time we mention those names, there are grins on the faces of all Democrats, because the image of Bush will gone," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Tuesday when asked about Democratic delegate votes possibly being split between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton - the two names referenced by Reid. "There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and happiness recognizing that, in a year, we are going to have a president. It will be either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama," said Reid.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As more state primaries approach, GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani apparently is unable to maintain fundraising levels despite a significant increase in spending, according to reports. The Associated Press reported Friday that top Giuliani campaign staffers have foregone paychecks for the month of January to allow the campaign to focus its limited financial resources toward a badly needed victory in the Florida caucus on Jan. 29.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) supports a policy that has "essentially surrendered to Osama bin Laden," the leader of an anti-war veterans' group said on Monday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Seven presidential candidates "meet or exceed" the "criteria for consideration" for Secret Service protection but do not have it, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a letter sent last week to a special congressional committee that advises in such matters. The letter also states, "Since the Advisory Committee's last meeting, the [John] Edwards '08 Campaign has not renewed its request for Secret Service protection and no other presidential campaign or candidate has requested Secret Service protection."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has embraced a religious bigot, according to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, which issued a statement Thursday denouncing McCain for accepting the endorsement of evangelical Minister John Hagee.And McCain's refusal to publicly reject Hagee's controversial comments about Catholicism indicates he is "really stupid" and making a "monumental" blunder with Catholic voters, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, told Cybercast News Service.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) told Cybercast News Service Thursday that he does not consider legislation passed last Saturday by the Iraqi Parliament, which permits former members of Saddam's Ba'ath Party to reclaim government jobs, a sign of political progress. "The only thing that is progress is to get the hell out of there," said Rangel. (Hear Audio)
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The $515 billion requested by President Bush for non-war related defense spending for FY2009 equals a smaller percentage of the Gross Domestic Product than what the U.S. has usually spent per year on defense during the last 60 years. According to numbers taken from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the FY2009 Bush budget proposes spending only 4.5 percent of the year's projected GDP. The historical average since 1946 has been 6.7 percent per year. In peacetime, the U.S. spent an average of 6.3 percent per year.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Most Iraqis support the U.S. troop presence in Iraq and think a rapid withdrawal would lead to "chaos and anarchy," said Adnan Pachachi, a member of the National Assembly of Iraq and a former president of Iraq's Governing Council (IGC), on Friday. He also said that the best policy now lies somewhere between the strategies outlined by Sen. John McCain (r-Ariz.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberal activist groups MoveOn.org, USAction, Americans United for Change, VoteVets, and the Service Employees International Union, along with former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife, joined forces Monday to announce a $20-million public awareness and lobbying campaign to promote a perceived link between the war in Iraq and a weakening U.S. economy.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - A recent Congressional Budget Office report says a cap on carbon emissions would cause an increase in gas prices that disproportionately impacts the poor, but Senate backers of the Climate Security Act of 2008 -- which caps U.S. carbon emissions -- told Cybercast News Service that it would not significantly raise gas prices.President George W. Bush and Senate conservatives disagree. They argue that the bill would cause a major hike in gas prices.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Poor rural communities along the border are paying a steep price for illegal immigration, according to a study released Wednesday done on behalf of the United States/Mexico Border Counties Coalition by the University of Arizona and San Diego State University. Some of this cost is driven by the need for increased law enforcement.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - Members of Congress interviewed by Cybercast News Service on Thursday were split on what to do about huge amounts of oil within U.S. territory that remains untapped because of U.S. laws and regulations. A report released by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last month estimates there are 139 billion barrels of untapped, recoverable oil onshore and offshore in the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The next world war may be fought in outer space, according to experts at a panel discussion sponsored by the Independent Institute, a libertarian group, which held the event to discuss "The New International Arms Race in Space - And How to Avoid It." But one expert on the panel strongly disagreed, claiming that the age of global conflict, be it in outer space or here on Earth, has passed.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Iran's support of Iraqi insurgents and the nuclear threat Iran poses to Israel warrants a U.S. military strike, argued former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.).But experts from the libertarian Cato Institute and the conservative Heritage Foundation urged a go-slow approach.