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) - In a vote of 89-2, the U.S. Senate Wednesday approved the intelligence overhaul bill sending it to the president's desk for signing.The bill would create a new national intelligence director, establish a counterterrorism center, set priorities for intelligence gathering, and tighten U.S. borders. It also represents the biggest change in intelligence gathering and analysis since the creation of the CIA.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Seven out of 10 Alabama voters disagree with a Montgomery County judge's decision that state officials can continue to conduct driver's license exams in foreign languages, a new poll finds.Results of the poll show 95 percent of Alabama voters agreed that English should be the official language on driver's license exams, higher than the 89 percent who voted for a constitutional amendment to make English the state's official language in a 1990 voter referendum.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A California Democrat is criticizing President Bush's budget proposal for cuts made to the Community Development Block Grant program, which helps low- to middle-class Americans find affordable housing.Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Calif.), an outspoken critic of Bush, said the president is trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the poor and the middle class."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush expressed confidence during a trip to New Mexico Tuesday that lawmakers will find a compromise on immigration reform legislation. But Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized the president's trip, saying: "Unfortunately, a photo-op in New Mexico won't make Republicans in Washington, D.C., support comprehensive reform."Congress must decide on a compromise between a House bill that is strong on border security and a Senate bill that lets illegal immigrants get temporary work permits so they can work inside the U.S.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the South Florida chapter of the Million Mom March.) (CNSNews.com) - Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Tuesday signed into law a bill that says if a criminal breaks into someone's home, occupied vehicle or place of business, that person can presume the criminal is there to do bodily harm and use any force against him.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Second Amendment rights of Ohioans are under attack, a gun rights group said, and it's urging gun rights activists to attend a hearing Thursday in Columbus on a proposed ban on so-called "assault weapons."The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) calls the ordinance "nothing more than a gun registration scheme that criminals won't obey, anyway" and pointed out that the city of Columbus has already lost two trials on the issue, another reason for the city council to reject it.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Catholic group plans to ask the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax-exempt status of a Miami, Fla., church, where prominent Democrats helped turned the Sunday church service into what the South Florida Sun-Sentinel called a "political rally."The Catholic League said the bishop of Miami's New Birth Baptist Church, Bishop Victor T. Curry, "welcomed" former Democratic presidential candidate Rev. Al Sharpton and the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Terry McAuliffe.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes information on Michael Brown's successor.) (CNSNews.com) - Michael Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), resigned Monday after being removed from his Hurricane Katrina relief duties. David Paulison, a top official with the Homeland Security Department was named by President Bush to replace Brown on an acting basis as head of FEMA. Brown told the Associated Press he resigned because it was "in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The National Rifle Association is accusing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of engaging in an "anti-gun plot" by calling for the resignation of House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas), "one of the nation's strongest and most effective defenders of our Second Amendment rights."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The head of the Democratic Party Friday called the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby "not only an abuse of power," but "an un-American abuse of the public trust."Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said the country cannot "ignore" the questions this case raises about the reason the Bush administration sent U.S. troops to Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A national survey has found that U.S. voters consider the United Nations anti-American by a 2-to-1 margin. The survey by the Center for Individual Freedom Foundation also found that conservatives believe the world body to be anti-American by a margin of 61 percent to 23 percent, while moderates agree with the belief by a margin of 52 percent to 27 percent, and liberals believe it by a margin of 41 percent to 36 percent.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A federal judge Friday ordered the Bush administration to explain why it did not inform New Jersey officials about a deal that would allow an Arab company to take over operations of a container terminal in Newark.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey filed a lawsuit opposing the sale of British-owned Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., to Dubai Ports World, saying the deal violates a 30-year lease signed with the authority in 2000. The suit claims the deal required the authority's consent.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Second Amendment rights group is applauding a California appeals court decision to dismiss anti-gun lawsuits brought by several California cities and counties.The lawsuit, which was originally dismissed by a state superior court judge in March 2003, was filed by Berkeley, Compton, Inglewood, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, and West Hollywood as well as the counties of San Mateo and Alameda. The First Appellate District, Division One, in the Court of Appeals of the state of California upheld the dismissal.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Provides details on the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.) (CNSNews.com) - A conservative legal group has filed two complaints against a Florida abortion clinic claiming the clinic refused to help a mother whose baby was born alive, despite a law that protects babies "accidentally" born during abortion procedures from being killed or left to die.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - By a vote of 259 to 161, the House Thursday approved an amendment to overturn D.C.'s gun ban. The Souder amendment (H.R.1288), which was attached to an appropriations bill for federal subsidies for the nation's capital, would allow D.C. residents to keep fully assembled rifles and pre-1976 handguns in their homes. "I believe the constitutional right to bear arms supersedes local authority," Reuters quotes Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) as saying.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Islamic advocacy group is calling on law enforcement officials in Arizona and the FBI to investigate a vandalism attack on a Muslim-owned car as a possible hate crime.The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said a Muslim in Tucson, Ariz., reported having his car vandalized in the parking lot of his apartment last week.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-abortion group Tuesday said Judge John Roberts "still must answer" whether he believes "the right to privacy includes a woman's right to choose as recognized in Roe v. Wade" during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on his nomination to be Supreme Court chief justice."He still must answer this vital question directly; the American people expect him to do so as the hearings go forward," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A senior citizens group Tuesday bestowed the Guardian of Seniors' Rights award upon President Bush, calling him a "proven fighter for the elderly." 60 Plus Association President Jim Martin said his group recognizes politicians on both sides of the political aisle for their "senior friendly" votes and legislative initiatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The head of the Democratic Party Monday said by nominating "extreme conservative" Samuel Alito as Supreme Court justice, President Bush is capitulating to conservatives to make up for the "ethical problems his White House is facing." Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Bush chose Alito on Monday to distract from last week's indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, in connection with the probe into who leaked the identity of a CIA agent.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A black conservative group is applauding President Bush's recent appointments to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to replace Chairwoman Mary Frances Berry and Vice Chairman Cruz Reynoso, whose terms expired in early December.