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) - House and Senate Democrats and Republicans Tuesday reached a deal for an 11-year, $1.35 trillion tax cut. The deal would mean taxes would be cut by $1.25 trillion between 2002 and 2011, as well as a $100 billion tax cut to stimulate the economy that would be effective this year, but would cover 2001 and 2002. The tax cut would be $350 billion less than President Bush originally hoped for. The House approved his $1.6 trillion plan while the Senate passed a $1.2 trillion tax cut.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Vice President Al Gore, in his final address to the nation, conceded his bid for presidency to President-elect George W. Bush. Gore called Bush in the few minutes before his address to congratulate him. "And I promised him that I wouldn't call him back this time," said Gore.Gore made reference to Senator Steven Douglass' remarks to Abraham Lincoln, who had defeated him for president, saying, "Partisan feeling must yield to patriotism".
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform sent a letter Thursday to Roger Clinton, former President Clinton's half brother, demanding information on his role in seeking pardons and prison commutations from the former president."During the Clinton Administration, have you worked on behalf of any individual who was seeking a pardon or commutation from President Clinton?" the letter said.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A three-month study of how the major news networks have covered the global warming issue shows a bias sharply tilting in favor of the restrictive Kyoto Protocols on the environment. A report by the Washington, D.C.-based Media Research Center, which analyzed coverage of the issue on five national broadcast and cable news networks from January 20 through April 22, shows that of the 51 news stories relating to the theory of global warming, there were seven references to skeptics.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President-elect George W. Bush Friday named his choices for budget director and EPA administrator, but says he's taking his time to find the right person for defense secretary. Bush chose Eli Lilly executive Mitch Daniels to serve as his administration's budget director. "Mitch Daniels is a successful businessman who has an extraordinary amount of experience working within the federal government," said Bush. "[He] will help ensure that our federal government maintains fiscal discipline."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - During a presidential retreat at Camp David Friday, President George W. Bush, after his first meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, said he is confident that the two have formed a strong alliance. "This is a chance for me to tell the prime minister how dedicated my administration will be to an alliance that has made a huge difference in the world. An alliance that I firmly believe will make a difference in the years to come," said Bush.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A three-month study of how the major news networks have covered the global warming issue shows a bias sharply tilting in favor of the restrictive Kyoto Protocols on the environment. A report by the Washington, D.C.-based Media Research Center, which analyzed coverage of the issue on five national broadcast and cable news networks from January 20 through April 22, shows that of the 51 news stories relating to the theory of global warming, there were seven references to skeptics.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss) unveiled Friday a plan for sharing power between both parties in the Senate, in which there will be a 50/50 split for all Senate committees until after Inauguration Day when Vice-President Elect Dick Cheney would be able to cast any tie-breaking vote. "We have to find a way to allow the Senate to go forward and act...we don't want a prescription for gridlock. We cannot allow that. We have to extend a hand of friendship to our colleagues and try to find a way to get the substantive issues to the Senate," said Lott.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - David Kendall, attorney for former President Bill Clinton, struck a compromise Tuesday with the 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) - President Bush Wednesday unveiled 11 federal judge nominations, urging the Senate to "rise above the bitterness of the past" and fairly evaluate and promptly vote on every nominee. Former President Clinton previously nominated two nominees - Barrington Parker, Jr. and Roger Gregory. Gregory, a Democrat, is the first black on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Virginia. He was made a recess appointment by Clinton last December after the Senate confirms him.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate voted Friday to approve a plan for sharing power between both parties in the Senate, in which there will be a 50/50 split for all Senate committees until after Inauguration Day when Vice-President Elect Dick Cheney would be able to cast any tie-breaking vote.
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, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious watchdog group is applauding the Justice Department's decision to cancel a proposal for "single-faith" prison programs.The Justice Department said earlier this year it would set up prison rehab programs for six federal prisons designed to "facilitate personal transformation of the participating inmates through their own spirituality and faith."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Monday in favor of a dry cleaner who was being sued for $54 million over a pair of misplaced pants.The administrative law judge who filed the lawsuit, Roy L. Pearson, claimed that the cleaners' "satisfaction guaranteed" sign misled customers who were dissatisfied with their service.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Monday called it "unacceptable" that thousands of U.S. weapons meant for Iraqi security forces cannot be accounted for.The discovery was detailed in a report prepared for Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-Va.). The audit by the inspector general's office also found that spare parts and repair manuals for other weapons cannot be found.Pelosi used the opportunity to criticize Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and to call for a "new direction in Iraq."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Second Amendment group is drafting federal legislation that would prevent anti-gun demonstrators from blocking access to gun stores. The proposed legislation stems from recent protests at a suburban Chicago gun shop. On Saturday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and a Catholic priest, Michael Pfleger, were arrested and charged with trespassing for blocking the entrance to Chuck's Gun Shop in Riverdale. Full Story
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Thursday signed a federal mine safety regulations measure into law. It requires that more oxygen supplies be placed underground and rescue teams be moved closer to mines.The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act, or MINER Act, also requires coal mines to develop and continuously update a written emergency response plan, and develop two-way communications and electronic tracking systems within three years, among other things.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberals reacted with enthusiasm to the news that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is being replaced by former CIA director Robert Gates. "By accepting the Secretary of Defense's resignation, President Bush has taken a step in the right direction," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).But, he added, "changing personnel" was not enough."We also need a change in policy, if this resignation is to mean anything for our troops or for the Iraqi people," said Reid.