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.

My Articles

July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Los Angeles radio station that aired a satiric skit that offended some Muslims issued an on-air apology Wednesday."Last Wednesday, we aired a satirical skit that was offensive to some members of the Muslim community. For that we are sorry. KFI is committed to all of its Southern California listeners, including those in the Muslim community," KFI AM 640 Program Director Robin Bertolucci said in Wednesday's on-air apology.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee Friday it was incorrect to assume the media broke the story about alleged Iraqi prisoner mistreatment by U.S. soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison."The story was broken by the Central Command by the United States Department of Defense in Baghdad," the defense secretary said when Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) asked why the Defense Department didn't inform Congress of "these incidents instead of CBS News."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comment from Republican National Committee Communications Director Jim Dyke.) (CNSNews.com) - Former Vice President Al Gore in a speech before an audience at Georgetown University Law Center Thursday accused President Bush of lying about Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda being in cahoots in plotting the Sept. 11 attacks.Gore said Bush "knew full well that he was telling an artful and important lie, visibly circumnavigating the truth over and over again, as if he had practiced how to avoid encountering the truth."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the same day that Senate Republicans planned to begin a 30-hour non-stop debate on the president's filibustered judicial nominees, a constitutional advocacy group has released a judicial nominations scorecard for the first session of the 108th Congress. The Center for Individual Freedom Wednesday rated the votes of all 100 senators on the cloture motions that would have allowed for an up-or-down vote on the contested nominees.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two gun rights groups have canceled plans to hold their annual conference in New York City, citing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's denunciation of the National Rifle Association as "reprehensible."The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) announced Monday that they will take their 2005 Gun Rights Policy Conference somewhere else.The conference, which provides over $500,000 in revenue to hotels, restaurants and other businesses, draws hundreds of attendees over a three-day period.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in case challenging a Nevada law that requires individuals to identify themselves to police officers.The Cato Institute filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Dudley Hiibel, a Nevada rancher who was standing by his parked truck smoking a cigarette when a police officer pulled over and demanded to see his identification. When Hiibel declined, he was arrested for "failure to cooperate."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite calls for his resignation and rumors that some are drafting an article of impeachment against him even as he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Friday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had a clear message for his critics: he will not resign."I've got my own view about people who want to call for your resignation before you speak, but I'll leave that to myself," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Rumsfeld.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration is fulfilling its pledge to preserve the nation's national parks, a report released Thursday by the Interior Department said.The report, "America's National Parks: Investing To Preserve Their Future," outlines the record levels of funding for maintenance projects, preservation of park resources and visitor and employee safety.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes reaction from Focus on the Family Chairman Dr. James C. Dobson.)(CNSNews.com) - A judicial panel Thursday ruled that Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore be removed from his position for disobeying a judge's orders to remove a Ten Commandments display from the state courthouse.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The legal group that protested NASCAR's support of Jesse Jackson's organizations has endorsed NASCAR's new diversity program designed to increase minority participation in stock car auto racing."Drive for Diversity" is organized by Access Marketing and Communications of Charlotte, N.C. In January 2004, the group held tryouts for four drivers in NASCAR's lowest level of competition, the Dodge Weekly Series, and for six to twelve crew members in the Craftsman Truck Series, which is also below the Nextel Cup series.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group of Republican congressmen are calling on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from abortion-related cases because of her close ties to NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.In a letter to Ginsburg, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and 12 other Republicans, including Reps. Dave Weldon and Sue Myrick, pointed to a March 11, 2004 LA Times report that said "in January, Ginsburg gave opening remarks for the fourth installment in the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture Series on Women and the Law."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The American Lung Association is urging the Bush administration to quickly submit to Congress a global tobacco treaty that was signed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson on behalf of the U.S. government. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which is designed to curb illness and death caused by tobacco use, is the first-ever global public health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO).
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Consumer confidence rose to a two-year high in July, the fourth consecutive monthly gain, the Conference Board reported Tuesday. New home sales, meanwhile, dipped down 0.8 percent in June after setting a record sales pace in May, according to the Commerce Department.Because of the June decline, sales of new single-family homes slipped down to an annual rate of 1.33 million units, still the second-highest level on record, following the all-time high sales pace of 1.34 million set in May.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two liberal websites are playing matchmaker for Democratic presidential candidate and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich.Touted as a "politically correct" matchmaking contest, LiberalHearts.com, in conjunction with PoliticsNH.com, is launching a search in the vein of "Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?"
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes update on second lawsuit.) (CNSNews.com) - A judge Tuesday delayed a ruling on a lawsuit brought by a pro-family group to stop San Francisco's mayor from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Judge Ronald Quidachay rescheduled the hearing for Friday at 10 am Pacific time to allow San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and County Clerk Nancy Alfaro more time to respond to the lawsuit, brought by Campaign for California Families (CCF), which seeks a temporary restraining order and injunction to stop same-sex "marriage licenses."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new survey says most Americans feel Israel was justified in assassinating Hamas leader Sheik Yassin.The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, between March 22-23, showed 66 percent of Americans knew about Israel's targeted killing of Yassin within 24 hours of the attack, and by March 23\super rd\nosupersub , 69 percent of Americans had heard something about it.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While same-sex marriage activists are cheering Monday's arrival in Massachusetts when homosexual couples will be allowed to "marry," a pro-family group is dreading the day, calling it "Destruction of Marriage Day."The Illinois Family Institute warns of expanding legal and moral confusion ahead as Chicago homosexual activists seek to exploit Massachusetts' court-imposed legalization of same-sex "marriages."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Corrects language describing the groups filing the lawsuit.) (CNSNews.com) - Animal rights activists, Native Americans and hikers collectively filed suit Monday to prevent New Jersey's first bear hunt in 33 years from taking place on the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.The Delaware Water Gap is comprised of over 67,000 acres of protected park land, which houses more than 130 species of rare and endangered birds, mammals, and plants. The park makes up about 20 percent of the total area open to the state's bear hunt.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A national employee rights advocacy organization Thursday called the AFL-CIO's endorsement of Kerry "a slap in the face to dissenting employees.""The AFL-CIO endorsement is a slap in the face to more than 11 million American workers forced to pay over $8 billion a year in compulsory union dues just to keep their jobs," said Stefan Gleason, vice president of National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrat John Kerry's economic plan unveiled Friday includes a tax hike for upper-income Americans, an end to corporate tax deferral for companies that earn profits overseas, and a five percent tax cut on the corporate rate.Speaking at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., Kerry said job creation was the most important economic issue facing Americans, who have lost confidence in the president's economic leadership.