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, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition seeking to end Senate Democrats' filibuster of President Bush's judicial nominees in a letter that will be sent to Senate Republicans Wednesday is calling on the GOP to "end this obstruction" by changing Senate rules requiring 60 votes to end a filibuster.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(2nd Add: Includes comments from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.) (CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 56 to 43, the nomination of Priscilla Owen to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was approved by the full Senate Wednesday. Conservatives praised Owen's confirmation. "I will say that this is a long time coming. I don't know that anyone has waited four years to come to a successful conclusion," said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) in a press conference following the vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Federal Reserve Board as expected raised interest rates a quarter percent Tuesday, saying the economy would pick up after the recent slowdown.The decision increases the benchmark federal funds rate to 1.5 percent. The Fed nudged up its federal funds rate -- the interest banks charge each other -- from a 46-year low of 1 percent to 1.25 percent on June 30. That was the first increase in four years.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group said a new study that says unborn babies do not feel pain until the 7th month "misses the point" on the issue of abortion.The American Life League (ALL) criticized the report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that said the brain's neurological pathways, which allow the perception of pain, do not work until after the 28th week of pregnancy.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The same day that CBS News and veteran anchor Dan Rather issued an apology for the controversy over airing faulty documents that criticized President Bush's National Guard service, a source at the center of the issue insisted he did not "totally mislead" the network.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious watchdog group said a plan by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to spend federal funds on rebuilding parochial schools and other religious facilities is unconstitutional.White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Director James Towey said Tuesday that the plan is allowed as long as no money goes toward subsidizing buildings used primarily for religious purposes. Religious schools, which Towey called "faith-based educational facilities," is in the list of eligible institutions, he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter told Fox News Friday that he did not issue a warning to President Bush not to nominate judges who would be deemed too conservative or would seek to overturn abortion laws. Instead, he said, his comments were "a statement of political fact" that such nominations would face strong opposition from Democrats.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush said Monday Americans must recommit themselves "to working for the dream" that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "gave his life for." Bush spoke at Georgetown University's "Let Freedom Ring" celebration honoring King's legacy.Bush praised King and the late Rosa Parks, "mother of the civil rights movement," as two people who "believed their calling was to be involved, to be active, to work for change." Parks was honored Monday with the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of the Dream Award.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Same-sex marriage supporters in Florida announced Tuesday they are giving up on their challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Eight lawsuits were filed last year in the state seeking to establish same-sex "marriage," three of which challenge the constitutionality of DOMA. In one case, Wilson v. Ake, a lesbian couple sued for the right to have their Massachusetts same-sex marriage recognized.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said Wednesday legislation designed to address high energy prices could come to the House floor as soon as next week, including a bill to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling.Other measures likely to reach the floor include a bill to address price gouging, which would impose federal civil penalties for violations, and one to limit boutique fuels, which has resulted in higher gas prices for consumers, he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is warning parents about two new homosexual cable networks that will be offered by cable providers.Comcast and Cox Communications recently agreed to offer the homosexual network Here, which is produced by Regent Entertainment, through their video-on-demand service, The New York Times reported this week. Also, Viacom will launch LOGO, a homosexual-themed network, as a basic cable channel on June 30.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(2nd Add: Includes details on the roll call vote.)(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 53 to 45, former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor was confirmed by the Senate Thursday to sit on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after more than two years of Democratic filibustering.Two Senate Republicans - Maine's Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins - voted against Pryor. Two Senate Democrats - Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Ken Salazar of Colorado - voted for Pryor. Independent Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska did not vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is challenging a liberal grassroots group that has launched a concert tour in an effort to defeat President Bush in the upcoming election. The American Life League's Rock for Life is calling for a boycott of artists like Bruce Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam and the Dave Matthews band, who are taking part in MoveOn.org's "Vote for Change" concert tour.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Calling it "one of the worst natural disasters" in history, President Bush said Wednesday the recovery effort from Hurricane Katrina will take years. Flying over the Gulf Coast on his way back from Crawford, Texas, the president could see the devastation that Hurricane Katrina caused.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Activists moved one step closer to shutting down New Jersey's first bear hunt in 33 years on Wednesday, while a sportsmen's group vowed to intervene in the case to defend hunters.The Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division agreed on Wednesday to consider emergency relief in a case filed by Saving Our Resources Today (SORT). That case is separate from a lawsuit filed in federal court by The Fund for Animals, The Humane Society of the United States and The Center for Animal Protection, all seeking to block the hunt.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The AFL-CIO endorsed Democratic front-runner John Kerry Thursday, but Kerry's congressional record shows he has voted against labor leaders' interests in the past."Today we stand united in a common cause and that common cause is not just to defeat George Bush, but it is to put our country back on track, on the road of prosperity, the road of fairness, the road of jobs," Kerry said.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrat John Kerry's attack on President Bush for the nation's dependence on foreign oil in the midst of rising gas prices raised the ire of a public policy group that says, "Kerry's rhetoric would be laughable if the consequences of its implementation weren't so serious.""Senator Kerry needs a reality check," said NCPA Senior Fellow H. Sterling Burnett. "The strategic petroleum reserve is supposed to be set aside for use in case of war or other national emergency, not to stave off temporary gas hikes. I guess he forgot about the war on terror."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new poll shows nearly one in three or 31 percent of likely voters say jobs and the economy are the top issues facing America today, followed by the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism. Among those who cite jobs and the economy as top issues, Sen. John Kerry leads President Bush 52 percent to 37 percent, according to a new Zogby International survey.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Thomas Usher, CEO of the U.S. Steel Corporation.) (CNSNews.com) - Amid mounting pressure from the World Trade Organization and the European Union, President Bush Monday will lift steel tariffs that have benefited U.S. steelmakers."I took action to give the industry a chance to adjust to the surge in foreign imports and to give relief to the workers and communities that depend on steel for their jobs and livelihoods," said President Bush Thursday in a statement read by White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush used a recess appointment Friday to give Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor a seat on 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily. This comes after Democrats' efforts to block the nomination through filibusters of Pryor and several other judicial nominees to prevent them from receiving a vote from the full Senate.Pryor was sworn in by U.S. Circuit Judge Ed Carnes in a private ceremony in Alabama Friday. His appointment is expected to last until the end of 2005.