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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Left-wing secularists who oppose religion in the public square may be dismayed to learn that their values apparently conflict with those of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.), according to the author of a new book on the former first lady's religious beliefs.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - America is at risk of becoming "the France of the 21st Century" unless policymakers curtail burdensome government policies and extravagant entitlement spending that work against the creative energies of free people, said former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.Romney, who recently formed a presidential exploratory committee, delivered his remarks on Saturday at the National Review Conservative Summit, a gathering of conservative activists, lawmakers and pundits in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With more events planned this week to mark President Ronald Reagan's 1987 challenge for the Soviet Union to dismantle an iconic symbol of the Cold War, a Cybercast News Service investigation shows that Reagan's own State Department tried to prevent his famous "tear down this wall" speech. Among other criticisms, State Department bureaucrats found Reagan's speech "naive."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The character assassination of judicial nominees who don't fit the ideological mold of the political class in Washington, D.C., could end if enough Americans expressed their opposition to such personal attacks, said former Sen. John Danforth in an exclusive interview with Cybercast News Service.Danforth, a Republican from Missouri, has been a long-time friend and mentor of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and it was Danforth who helped Thomas make it through his difficult Senate confirmation hearings in 1991.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservatives stand a strong chance of securing at least one more seat on the U.S. Supreme Court before President Bush leaves office, according to one conservative court-watcher.Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, didn't say who might be the next justice to leave, but speculation has recently swirled around Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, a Gerald Ford appointee, who will turn 87 in April.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
{Correction: Fixes date of Reagan speech)(CNSNews.com) - While Ronald Reagan's "tear down this wall" challenge to the Soviets 20 years ago is now widely heralded, the Berlin speech was but one of many such declarations the former president issued during his political career, according to a political science professor.The June 1987 Brandenburg Gate speech was neither the first, nor even the most dramatic "wall call" Reagan had issued, Paul Kengor of Grove City College said Wednesday in a lecture hosted by the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratization efforts are experiencing success "in the shadows" that are not widely appreciated as a result of the attention and focus on Iraq, former presidential advisor Karl Rove said during a debate Friday at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Rove expressed confidence in the future of Iraq and urged audience members to be mindful of recent international trends that suggest the United States has positioned itself on the right side of history.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New Jersey has been shortchanged on homeland security assistance from the federal government because its incumbent U.S. Senators "gave up" and yielded to a flawed funding formula, according to Republican state Sen. Tom Kean Jr.A risk-based funding formula that accounts for the unique vulnerabilities of states like New Jersey would produce a sufficient level of financial assistance said Kean, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in this year's election.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While Soviet troops occupied Afghanistan in 1980, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) worked in close concert with high level Kremlin officials to alter the direction of U.S. policy, according to documents made available through a KGB defector.Details concerning Kennedy's correspondence with KGB agents are included in the writings of the late Vasiliy Mitrokhin who defected to Britain in 1992. The Mitrokhin papers highlight a meeting that took place at the behest of Kennedy between former Sen. John Tunney (D-Calif.) and KGB agents in Moscow on March 5, 1980.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Heading towards the final straight of a tough campaign Monday, Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) touted his national security credentials, his support for a state constitutional marriage amendment, and his 20-year record of public service.At a campaign appearance at a metro station in northern Virginia Monday morning, Allen was greeted by enthusiastic supporters and some vocal opponents, including anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A court ruling that may lead to same-sex marriage -- or civil unions -- in New Jersey further highlights the importance of passing the marriage protection amendment in Virginia, Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) says.In the final days of his difficult campaign, Allen also emphasized the need for judges who operate with restraint and with respect for the "will of the people."
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
Richmond (CNSNews.com) - A recount is expected in Virginia, where Democratic challenger Jim Webb holds a lead of about 7,800 votes over incumbent Sen. George Allen, the Republican who -- just months ago -- was thought to hold a safe seat. The outcome of the very close U.S. Senate races in Virginia and Montana will determine which party controls that chamber.Webb claimed victory Tuesday night, but Republican officials weren't conceding anything. They said Allen was positioned to reclaim the lead.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
Richmond, Va. (CNSNews.com) - Pointing to an earlier vote recount in Virginia, former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie expressed optimism Wednesday that the situation could change for Sen. George Allen, currently trailing Democrat Jim Webb by a slim margin.Speaking at Allen's campaign headquarters here, campaign advisor Gillespie said the difference between the candidates stood at 7,146 votes, or three-tenths of one percent.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Citing a "deep respect for the people of Virginia" and a desire to pursue a "purpose driven life," Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) Thursday conceded defeat to challenger Jim Webb, effectively handing control of the Senate to the Democrats. While acknowledging he had the legal right to call for a recount in light of the tight outcome of the Senate contest, Allen told supporters in Alexandria, Va., he preferred to avoid legal entanglements.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite recent setbacks in statewide elections -- including the loss of what proved to be a nationally decisive Senate seat -- Virginia remains "a Republican leaning state" in the view of Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia."Politics is all about cycles, and each party has its day in the sun," he told Cybercast News Service.Sabato believes the Virginia governor's race in 2009 will be the next key barometer.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Plagued by a corruption probe, Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson faces a run-off election Saturday and is unlikely to gain the endorsement of U.S. House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi, an aide to Pelosi told Cybercast News Service.Jefferson will be opposed by another Democrat - State Rep. Karen Carter - in the run-off.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Policy recommendations by the Iraq Study Group (ISG) are driven by a desire to appease rather than confront Islamic extremists and rogue regimes in the 21st Century, a senior Israeli politician said Thursday.Uzi Landau, a member of the opposition Likud Party, said he saw a parallel between the bilateral panel's report and Western powers' failed attempt to placate Nazi Germany in the late 1930s.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Justice Department spokesman Evan Peterson.) (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Justice Department has apparently snubbed Washington State's Democratic governor, refusing to reply to a $50 million bill that Gov. Christine Gregoire sent demanding reimbursement for incarcerating illegal aliens.Gregoire had asked that the Justice Department reply by Tuesday. Since that deadline has expired, Gregoire is "considering her options," according to the governor's spokeswoman Althea Cawley-Murphree.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An immigration compromise plan will not work, because President Bush cannot be trusted to "certify" America's borders are secure, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) said Thursday.In an effort to reconcile the divergent immigration bills in the House and Senate, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) put forth a compromise plan this summer that would require the president to "certify" the successful implementation of security measures along the most porous entry points into the U.S. before a guest worker program could be implemented.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Many independent voters and anti-establishment Democrats seeking relief from corruption, rising property taxes and entrenched "party bosses" are lining up behind Republican Tom Kean Jr., in New Jersey where the Senate race is closer than anticipated. The Democratic incumbent -- Sen. Robert Menendez -- was the favorite for many months, in part because the last time New Jersey had a Republican U.S. senator was in 1978. GOP Sen. Clifford Case lost his party's primary that year and New Jersey Republicans have been frozen out of the U.S. Senate ever since.