Melanie has been with CNSNews.com since November 2000 as an evening editor responsible for writing, editing and posting stories to the website. She was promoted to deputy managing editor in 2002, overseeing the radio production department in addition to her daily editing duties. Prior to working at CNSNews.com, Melanie served as news director for WKYS-FM, one of Washington, D.C.’s top-rated radio stations. Mrs. Arter also worked as a traffic reporter for Shadow Broadcasting in the nation’s capital and prior to that, as a news anchor/reporter for WAMO-FM in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her television experience was obtained at several Washington, D.C. stations. She worked for America’s Most Wanted at Fox affiliate WTTG, the Creative Services Department of WUSA-TV and the Evening Exchange on WHUT-TV. She holds a bachelor’s degree in television production from Howard University.

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July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With liberal opposition growing against the nomination of former Senator John Ashcroft to be attorney general for the Bush administration, over a hundred grassroots groups are applauding him. The coalition includes groups from across the United States focused on a wide range of issues, including military readiness, pro-life issues, tax reform, family and social issues, constitutional and civil liberties and victim's rights.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - David Kendall, attorney for former President Bill Clinton, struck a compromise Tuesday with Dan Burton, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee to turn in all requested Clinton Presidential Foundation documents in connection with the Marc Rich pardon.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Attorney General John Ashcroft's religious faith is the subject of a front-page story in Monday's Washington Post. His daily Bible study sessions, held at the Justice Department, have offended "some who do not share Ashcroft's Pentecostal Christian beliefs," the newspaper reported. One unnamed Justice attorney told the paper that Ashcroft's daily prayer meeting - which employees are welcome but not required to attend - "strikes me and a lot of others as offensive, disrespectful and unconstitutional."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With liberal opposition growing against the nomination of former Senator John Ashcroft to be attorney general for the Bush administration, over a hundred grassroots groups are applauding him. The coalition includes groups from across the United States focused on a wide range of issues, including military readiness, pro-life issues, tax reform, family and social issues, constitutional and civil liberties and victim's rights.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Fugitive financier Marc Rich will not testify before the House Government Reform Committee, his attorney, Laurence A. Urgenson said Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 62 to 38, the Senate Wednesday approved the $1.35 trillion 11-year bipartisan tax cut plan, with Republican Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont, possible defector to the Democratic Party, voting for it. 12 Democrats joined all 50 Republicans in support of the bill."Today's Senate vote to reduce the tax burden for every taxpayer is a victory for all Americans," said Senate Republican Conference Chairman Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President-elect George W. Bush, speaking at a send-off rally in Midland, Texas Wednesday, just three days before his inauguration in Washington, said the city held great memories for him and his family. "It seems improbable now, but in that little house on Ohio Street, right down the road from here, it was hard to envision the future of two presidents and a governor of Florida," Bush said.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President George W. Bush continued to promote his tax cut plan Tuesday greeted by cheers and applause at Chicago's Mercantile Exchange, one of the world's busiest trading hubs."The job of government is not to try to create wealth. That's not the role of our government. The role of government is to create an environment in which the entrepreneur can realize his or her dreams, which the small businessperson can start a company and make it grow," Bush said.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), soon to be Senate Majority Leader, said Sen. James Jeffords' announcement that he's switching to the Independent Party will mean bipartisanship will be more important than ever. "Senator Jeffords' decision obviously produces some changes. The historic 50/50 Senate now becomes history itself. This will be America's first 50/49/1 Senate," Daschle said. "What does not change with this new balance of power is the need for principled compromise."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In his farewell address to the nation Thursday, President Clinton thanked the American people for "twice giving me the honor to serve, to work for you and with you to prepare our nation for the 21st century." Clinton thanked Vice President Al Gore and his administration, saying, "This has been a time of dramatic transformation, and you have risen to every new challenge. You have made our social fabric stronger, our families healthier and safer, our people more prosperous.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate Monday approved the campaign finance reform bill, McCain-Feingold. The bill bans "soft money" to political parties by unions, corporations and individuals and bans "issue ads" run by interest groups in the final 60 days of an election. It also requires disclosure of spending on campaign issues ads and the donors who pay for them; prohibits political fundraising on federal property; prohibits contributions from foreign nationals; and prohibits politicians from using campaign contributions for personal use.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(Editor's note: 1st add includes comments by Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Max Cleland, and Rep. J.C. Watts. 2nd add includes comments by Sen. Richard Shelby.)(CNSNews.com) - Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), soon to be Senate Majority Leader, said Sen. James Jeffords' announcement that he's switching to the Independent Party will mean bipartisanship will be more important than ever.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who lost to President George W. Bush in the Republican presidential primary said Wednesday he and his one-time foe had a "cordial conversation" on the issue of campaign finance reform. It's an issue both strongly disagreed upon.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(Editor's note: 1st add includes final vote tally.)(CNSNews.com) - The Senate Monday approved the campaign finance reform bill, McCain-Feingold, in a vote of 59 to 41. The bill bans "soft money" to political parties by unions, corporations and individuals, and bans "issue ads" run by interest groups in the final 60 days of an election.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Notices describing how much of a refund taxpayers should expect in the mail are headed for taxpayers' mailboxes. The first tax rebate checks will be mailed out at the end of the week. The notices will tell much of the rebate - $300 for a single taxpayer, $500 for heads of household, and $600 for a married couple filing jointly - a taxpayer will receive and when to expect the refund. Those who will not be getting a check this year will be told why.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush's faith-based initiative passed the House by a 233-198 vote despite efforts by opponents to gut the bill.Bill supporters including the bill's co-sponsors, House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) and Rep. Tony Hall (D-Ohio), brushed aside efforts by opponents to paint the bill as an effort to discriminate against homosexuals and members of other groups.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In what is being called by some a change of views, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told the Senate Budget Committee Thursday, a tax cut would do "noticeable good" for the American economy. His comments pleased many conservatives and the Bush Administration. However, many committee members asked Greenspan about his flip-flop in views. He said that mounting budgetary surpluses are making it possible to both pay down the debt and cut taxes. Last year, Greenspan said his first preference was to pay down the debt and his second option was a tax cut.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(Editor's note: 1st add includes final vote tally.)(CNSNews.com) - The Senate Monday approved the campaign finance reform bill, McCain-Feingold, in a vote of 59 to 41. The bill bans "soft money" to political parties by unions, corporations and individuals, and bans "issue ads" run by interest groups in the final 60 days of an election.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Thursday condemned both sides in Israel's war against Hizballah in Lebanon - Hizballah for kidnapping Israeli soldiers and launching rockets into Israel and Israel for punishing the Lebanese people and using "excessive" force. Annan said Israel's military operation led to a humanitarian crisis in Lebanon and Hizballah's actions held "an entire nation hostage."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Al Gore warned Tuesday of the consequences America faces if something is not done today to stop "global warming," while a critic said the former vice president wanted "to scare us green."Appearing on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," Gore illustrated what he said were the effects of global warming, showing the audience slides of places like the Glacier National Park in Montana decades ago compared to today.