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, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition of trade groups has launched a television ad campaign to address immigration and the notion that "foreign workers do jobs Americans won't do."The Coalition for the Future American Worker (CFAW) said its campaign is directed at President Bush and features blue-collar and service employees urging the president to cut the number of foreign workers allowed to enter the country. Bush has praised foreign labor for taking jobs Americans won't do, but that's a fallacy, the group said.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Treating the beating attack of a Satanist as a hate crime is "more proof that the bizarre legal doctrine must be overturned," the Libertarian Party said Thursday.Two New York teens face 15 years in prison for allegedly attacking self-avowed Satanist Daniel Romano, who wears black clothing, has black fingernails and wears an upside-down crucifix. The teens allegedly yelled "Hey Satan" and beat Romano with a metal club and an ice scraper.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The United Nations General Assembly Wednesday approved a new U.N. human rights body to replace the current U.N. Human Rights Commission, despite objections from the United States.The vote was 170 to 4 with three abstentions. The U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands and Palau voted against the new human rights body, while Belarus, Iran and Venezuela abstained.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A doctor, speaking on behalf of the Schindler family, Wednesday dispelled the notion that reinserting Terri Schiavo's feeding tube would be "futile" and "possibly harmful" at this point. The doctor's comments came after an appeals court rejected the family's bid for a new hearing in the case.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Thirty-three military bases have been recommended for closure by the Pentagon and 29 more are recommended for realignment. Among the bases recommended to be closed are the historic Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, Fort McPherson in Georgia, Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, Naval Station Pascagoula in Mississippi, Fort Monmouth in New Jersey and Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from House Speaker Dennis Hastert.) (CNSNews.com) - Reminding Americans that the nation's energy problems won't be solved overnight, President Bush Monday signed into law a new energy bill that provides billions of dollars in tax subsidies to energy companies. The bill-signing took place at the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M. - the home state of Republican Sen. Pete Domenici, who helped moved the bill through the Senate.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Second Amendment rights group is hailing the end of the so-called assault weapons ban, saying "ten years of deception is finally over."The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) pointed out Monday that the law did not ban ownership of so-called "assault rifles." The law only prevented the continued production of those firearms, based solely on cosmetic features, not caliber or function.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New York officials have received a credible and specific threat against the New York transit system, and security has been stepped up as a result.A New York law enforcement official reports that the threat is "specific to place, time and method," and the method is a bomb. One source reportedly said the plot contained a plan to blow up 19 suitcase bombs in the subway.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a victory speech Wednesday, President Bush addressed not only his supporters, but issued a call to those who voted against him: "To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it."Speaking from the Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., Bush said the nation is now "entering a season of hope" and to achieve the goals of his administration "will require the broad support of Americans."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Groups who advocated the execution of convicted murderer and co-founder of the Crips gang, Stanley "Tookie" Williams, praised California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision not to stay Williams' execution.Project 21, a black conservative group, criticized those who try to elevate Williams to hero status despite his murder conviction and history of violence. The group also advised the public to remain calm as the scheduled execution draws near. Williams is scheduled to die at 12:01am Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An atheist group is criticizing President Bush for saying he can't see how one can be president without a relationship with the Lord. Bush's comments were "divisive," they say, and an insult to those who don't believe in religious creeds or a deity.Bush's interview with the Washington Times "demonstrates clearly that he does not respect the diversity of the country, and the fact that nonbelievers and so-called 'seculars' are one of the fastest growing segments of American society," said Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Senate compromise bill on immigration reform announced by Senate leadership amounts to a "cave-in," former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday afternoon that they had reached agreement on the legislation, which would allow illegal immigrants inside the U.S. for more than five years the opportunity to become U.S. citizens after they pay a fine and meet certain requirements.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
CNSNews.com) - A black conservative Wednesday criticized Rev. Jesse Jackson for his "late" support in the Terri Schiavo case. Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny), accused Jackson of "exploiting Terri Schiavo for personal gain." "For Jackson to insert himself in this case in the final hours of Terri's life is the height of desperation. He is using this case to get himself back in the news, just as he has done in the Michael Jackson molestation case," Peterson said in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A media watchdog group blasted Newsweek Monday for refusing to issue a retraction of its report that U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay flushed a Koran down a toilet despite the fact that the claim came from an anonymous source who could not substantiate it. Media Research Center President Brent Bozell compared Newsweek's journalistic integrity to that of CBS News during the National Guard controversy.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An appeals court has rejected a bid by illegal immigrants to overturn Arizona's Proposition 200, which requires the state to verify the immigration status of people applying for benefits and services they are not allowed to receive under federal law.The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed their challenge on the grounds that the illegal immigrants had no legal standing.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The recent onslaught of hurricanes has prompted some media outlets to mention "global warming" as a possible cause, but a team of climate researchers set the record straight.A group of climatologists, scientists, professors and other experts in climate change on Tuesday pointed out two "misconceptions" reported in the press about hurricanes and their relation to climate change, in a letter to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who chaired a Commerce Committee hearing examining recent scientific research concerning climate change impacts.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed Elbaradei, and the agency itself, the committee is sending a message to the Bush administration, a nuclear disarmament group said Friday.Peace Action, the product of a merger of the United States' two largest disarmament groups, the Nuclear Freeze and Sane, welcomed the announcement, saying it helps to highlight the "urgent need" to deal with the spread and potential use of nuclear weapons.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The first of what is expected to be a wave of litigation challenging defense of marriage initiatives approved by voters Tuesday was filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma on Thursday. The suit asks the court to strike down Oklahoma's Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, but pro-family groups say it's "just the beginning."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(Clarification: Fixes quote in fifth paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - A right to work group said New York City's transit workers union is not only holding the city "hostage" by authorizing an "illegal mass transit strike" that shut down bus and subway service, but the union is also risking the jobs of transit workers.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A legal group that specializes in constitutional law is representing a group defending the display of the Ten Commandments in a park in Frederick, Md.The monument was donated to the city in 1958 and originally stood outside city hall, but it was later moved to a city park where it was displayed along with war memorials, a George Washington plaque, and other markers of local historical significance.