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) - Judge Samuel Alito is now officially Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito after being sworn in around noontime Tuesday by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court building.Alito's wife and members of the court and their spouses were on hand. Alito took the constitutional and judicial oaths so he can take part immediately in court decisions. Alito was voted in 58-42 by the U.S. Senate Tuesday morning, with a handful of Democrats crossing party lines to vote for him.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Before President Bush delivered his State of the Union address Wednesday night, the Democratic Party blasted his planned speech in an email to supporters, accusing Bush of exaggerating the current condition of Social Security and deceiving them about his plan to fix it.The Democratic National Committee warned supporters that Bush will use "hard-sell tactics" to attempt to build support for his plan to privatize Social Security.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sixteen Democratic governors Wednesday sent a letter to President Bush calling on him to take immediate action to provide relief from high gas prices and to break the nation's oil dependency.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Oregon Supreme Court Thursday upheld the state's marriage laws and invalidated 3,000 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Multnomah County last year.On March 3, 2004, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners began issuing the marriage licenses illegally. In Dec. 2, 2004, a voter-approved amendment, Ballot Measure 36, was adopted to the state constitution, defining marriage as "between one man and one woman."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 221-184, the House Friday approved a measure designed to withhold half of U.S. dues to the United Nations unless the world body changes the way it operates.The bill, proposed by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), would allow the U.S. to pressure the U.N. to crack down on members that engage in acts like genocide or crimes against humanity, for example, by threatening that country's U.N. membership and impose arms and trade embargoes.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush, speaking at his ranch in Crawford, Texas on Monday, denounced all ads run by 527 groups, including the ads run by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which attack Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's military record, saying "this kind of unregulated soft money is wrong for the process.""I'm denouncing ... all the stuff being on TV, all the 527s. That's what I said," Bush said. He also called on Kerry to join him in "getting rid of all that soft money, not only on TV, but used for other purposes as well."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A consumer group is praising California Attorney General Bill Lockyer for subpoenaing oil company executives and investigating gas price gouging allegations.The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) issued a report Thursday claiming that oil company profiteering is behind the recent spike in gas prices in the state.The report done by petroleum industry analyst Tim Hamilton shows gas prices jumped 65 cents a gallon from Jan. 17 to April 18, 2005. Refiner profits shot up 61 cents a gallon, the study said.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 247 to 173, the House Thursday passed a bill that would prevent all courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, from ruling on whether the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance case violate the Constitution.The Pledge Protection Act, H.R. 2028, was sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.).Religious watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State was disappointed with the news, having urged lawmakers earlier to defeat the bill and calling the measure "extreme and unwise."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While anti-war protesters are busy planning a vigil outside the White House to mark the death of the 2,000th U.S. soldier in Iraq, a homosexual advocacy group announced Tuesday that more than 25 of those killed were homosexual.Statistician Gary Gates estimated that more than 65,000 homosexuals are serving on active duty, in the National Guard and reserves."Lesbian and gay soldiers are fighting and dying in Iraq, too," said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A medical group that supports what it calls "therapeutic cloning" praised the United Nations for failing to approve a global ban on all forms of human cloning. The treaty, led by Costa Rico and the U.S., did not have enough support to draw consensus.The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR), which is made up of 90 nationally recognized patient groups, universities, and scientific societies, led the charge to support U.S. federal funding of embryonic stem cell research as well as efforts opposing a U.S. ban on "therapeutic cloning."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The city of Calabasas, Calif., voted unanimously Wednesday night to ban smoking in all outdoor places, including sidewalks and streets, except for small outdoor "smoker outposts."The "smoker outposts" would be established by businesses in areas like parking lots. Smokers can also smoke when no one else is around or expected. The ban is considered the most sweeping ban of any U.S. jurisdiction.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The head of the Senate Finance Committee Monday praised President Bush's efforts to cut the deficit, pointing out that during former President Clinton's time in office, some government programs had annual increases of as much as 15 percent. "The country can't sustain that kind of spending, and we need to continue ramping down annual increases in congressional appropriations," said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), adding that he agrees with Bush's plan to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Porter Goss, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, announced his resignation Friday. The former Florida congressman served as CIA director since April 21, 2005.Goss' tenure "was one of transition," and he helped the CIA "become integrated into the intelligence community," President Bush said. Goss had "a tough job." Goss had "a five-year plan to increase the number of analysts and operatives," which will help keep the country secure, the Bush added.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Arizona bill designed to teach gun safety to children has been signed into law by Gov. Janet Napolitano. Arizona State Senate Bill 1271 was unanimously approved by the state Senate and passed the state House by a three-to-one margin. The law requires high schools to offer a gun-safety class as an elective, giving students credit toward a high school diploma. A "shoot safely" requirement was included in the bill as a statutory rule to prevent gun control advocates from changing it.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Forty-one years ago to the day that three civil rights workers were murdered, an 80-year-old Ku Klux Klansman was convicted Tuesday of manslaughter in Philadelphia, Miss.Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty of the slayings of James Chaney, a black man from Mississippi, and Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, both white men from New York, who were ambushed, shot and beaten on June 21, 1964. The bodies of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner were found 44 days later buried in a dam. The case sparked the 1988 movie "Mississippi Burning."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A federal district court in Maryland ruled Tuesday that a Ten Commandments display in a park in Frederick is constitutional.The display, owned by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, which ended up dropping its lawsuit, but Americans United for the Separation of Church and State filed a suit in June 2003 challenging the validity of the sale of the monument and the land on which it stood from the city to the FOE.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Shortly after former Sen. Max Cleland called on President Bush Wednesday to repudiate the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads which criticize Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, a group of veterans and congressmen unveiled a letter written to Kerry criticizing his voting record on issues affecting the military.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Fixes reference to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's offer.)(CNSNews.com) - A black activist group which spearheaded a search and rescue mission in New Orleans for victims of Hurricane Katrina said the media has not been accurately reporting the conditions in the region. The New Black Panther Party and its attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz sent buses and relief supplies to the areas so over 500 people could be rescued.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh plans to "seek further appellate review" of a Florida appeals court decision Wednesday, which upheld the seizure of his medical records while investigators sought information on alleged illegal drug use."The state's authority to seize such records by a validly issued search warrant is not affected by any right of privacy in such records," a three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled. Chief Judge Gary M. Farmer wrote the opinion and Judge Carol Y. Taylor agreed.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Rep. Jerrold Nadler.) (CNSNews.com) - Democrats seized on news Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was indicted on five counts in the Valerie Plame case, with some accusing the Bush administration of conspiring to lie to the American people about the war in Iraq. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) called the indictment "evidence of White House corruption at the very highest levels far from the 'honor and dignity' the president pledged to restore to Washington just five years ago."