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July 8, 2008, 6:16 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told Cybercast News Service on Tuesday that they would support raising taxes to pay the $36.3 trillion needed to pay for promised Medicare benefits over the next 75 years.   Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), however, told Cybercast News Service that he thinks the level of health care provided to Americans through Medicare can be improved without raising taxes.   
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) told Cybercast News Service on Tuesday he will move to end the Iraq War with an immediate termination of funding if a Democrat becomes president next year."I will move to cut funding immediately," said Frank. "I have already done that. I voted against the war and voted to cut the funding. I would hope a Democratic president would put in place a plan that would begin a total withdrawal."
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer(D-Md.) told Cybercast News Service Thursday that he does not think it would be "practical" to stop the war in Iraq simply by not allowing a war-funding bill to come up for a vote on the House floor. As majority leader, he has the power to do such a thing.Hoyer also said that U.S. troops in harm's way in Iraq need support from Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told Cybercast News Service Thursday that he does not think it would be "practical" to stop the war in Iraq simply by not allowing a war-funding bill to come up for a vote on the House floor, something that it is within his power as Majority Leader to do.Hoyer also said that the troops in harm's way in Iraq need support from Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
On the Spot. (CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), if elected president, would be "ill-advised" to implement a new international agreement on global warming as he suggested in a recent speech, said Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho). Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), while not as dismissive as Craig about McCain's idea, nonetheless said he had a lot of questions about a new climate change plan.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - There is a danger that Iran may miscalculate the likelihood of a U.S. response as it taunts U.S forces in the Persian Gulf, experts on the Middle East said Monday at a conference held by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
On the Spot. (CNSNews.com) - A sampling of Senate Democrats expressed sharply divergent views yesterday on whether they would support Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) call to "fully repeal" the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which in the wake of this week's California Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage as well as a similar 2003 decision by the high court of Massachusetts, would have the effect of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - A sampling of Senate Democrats expressed sharply divergent views yesterday on whether they would support Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) call to "fully repeal" the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which in the wake of this week's California Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage as well as a similar 2003 decision by the high court of Massachusetts, would have the effect of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - The Pentagon's Iraq war funds, which are used to pay for food and ammunition for soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, will run out if Congress does not quickly pass a supplemental funding bill, said Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle at a conference Wednesday.Speaking before the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a conservative group in Washington, D.C., Nussle said that so far, Congress is doing nothing but hold U.S. troops hostage to pursue its domestic policy objectives.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Given the California Supreme Court's controversial ruling declaring same-sex marriage a right, the role the marriage issue will play in the 2008 election has been the subject of speculation among pundits and analysts.Jonathan Alter, a Newsweek columnist, said on MSNBC's "The Verdict" on Thursday night that it would not be an issue because the view of presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), "is the same as Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y)."
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) may lose the presidential election if he fails to win as many Hispanic votes as George W. Bush did, says Simon Rosenberg, who is president of the liberal New Democratic Network (NDN) and a veteran of the Dukakis and Clinton presidential campaigns.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, introduced details Thursday of his plan for dealing with America's mortgage and housing troubles, which includes limited federal government assistance for some struggling homeowners. Critics - including Democratic presidential rivals Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.), as well as The New York Times - say McCain's housing crisis plan marks a last-minute shift in his policy.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader told Cybercast News Service Thursday that he opposes nuclear energy, opposes expanded domestic oil drilling, and opposes the use of coal energy. Instead, he thinks Americans should scale down their energy use and get the power they need from the wind and the sun.Nader also accused his opponents in the presidential race of being "lip serving politicians."
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) affirmed his friendship with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Thursday, telling Cybercast News Service he had spoken with his colleague after a Wednesday night presidential debate in which Obama mentioned Coburn in conjunction with an unrepentant former member of a domestic terrorist group."Barack Obama is my friend," said Coburn, when asked if he was offended by Obama's comment. "We're not all necessarily happy with everything we say."
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Democrats are not rushing to endorse their colleague Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) for the vice presidential slot on the Democratic ticket this fall.A few declined to answer when asked by Cybercast News Service on Wednesday whether it would help or harm their party's prospects if Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) chose Clinton as his running mate.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a super delegate for the Democratic Party, told Cybercast News Service on Tuesday she would not rule out casting her vote for a nominee who does not win the popular vote. That could bode well for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) in her presidential nominee race against Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservative lawmakers and activists are pressing the House of Representatives to hold a floor vote on the Broadcaster Freedom Act, a bill that would ensure that no future president could regulate the airwaves without an act of Congress.The bill is a preemptive effort to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, which mandated that broadcasters airing opinion programs must also grant air time to those expressing an opposing viewpoint. The Fairness doctrine was in effect from1949 to 1987.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Democratic leaders told Cybercast News Service on Thursday that they do not plan to block the confirmation of Gen. David Petraeus to be commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) despite their criticisms of the strategy he has pursued as commander of U.S. forces in Iraq."I don't think there is any anticipation of trying to block the confirmation of Petraeus," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Cybercast News Service at a Capitol press conference.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) have said in recent weeks that U.S. oil refineries should be "socialized" -- that is, nationalized and run by the federal government. But Waters apparently is now backing away from those comments.In speaking to oil company executives at a May 22 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Waters tried to hold her tongue but nonetheless said: "This liberal will be all about socializing, uh, uh ... would be about basically taking over and the government running all of your companies."
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
On the Spot. (CNSNews.com) - Senators Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told Cybercast News Service on Wednesday that they believe there is a connection between federally mandated consumption of ethanol, a gasoline additive made from corn, and world food shortages.The Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandates that increasing amounts of ethanol be used in the United States to dilute gasoline. The law called for 4 billion gallons of ethanol to be used in 2006, 6.1 billion gallons in 2009, and 7.5 billion gallons by 2012.