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 pro-life group plans to protest the appearance of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on the campus of Georgetown University, a Catholic school, because of the Catholic senator's pro-abortion stance. The American Life League's Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church will lead a "peaceful protest" Wednesday outside Kerry's planned speech and is calling on the archbishop of Washington to speak out against Kerry and his pro-abortion views.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The media company behind MTV is coming out next year with a new cable television network targeted at homosexual viewers, specifically "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)." LOGO will be launched by MTV Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. in markets nationwide, including Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and San Francisco, on Feb. 17, 2005.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Friday named Alphonso Jackson to lead Department of Housing and Urban Development, to succeed Mel Martinez, who has stepped down to run for a U.S. Senate seat representing Florida. Jackson was the number two man in the department for the last three years. "My work at HUD defines the compassionate conservatism the president talks about often. HUD's mission calls on us to provide new opportunities and new tools to every American who seeks a better quality of life," said Jackson.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(3rd Add: Includes comments from People For the American Way.) (CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 254-163, the House Thursday passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, a measure that would allow a defendant to be charged with two federal crimes when an unborn baby is injured or killed during an attack on the pregnant mother."There are two victims in these kinds of attacks," said Rep. Melissa Hart (R-Pa.), chief sponsor of the legislation. "That is so clear from the Laci and Conner Peterson case."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Attorney General Janet Reno told the 9/11 panel Tuesday that the she inherited the al Qaeda threat with the first World Trade Center bombings when she stepped in as head of the Justice Department.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "For 32 months now, we have not had a major terrorist attack on American soil," Attorney General John Ashcroft told reporters Wednesday, but that could soon change this summer. "Credible intelligence from multiple sources indicates that al Qaeda plans to attempt an attack on the United States in the next few months. This disturbing intelligence indicates al Qaeda's specific intention to hit the United States hard," Ashcroft said.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush says if Halliburton overcharged the U.S. Defense Department for oil, the administration expects the money to be repaid.During a press conference to announce the new head of the Housing and Urban Department, Bush disputed claims that the Halliburton issue is like an "albatross" around the president's and Vice President Dick Cheney's neck.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A think tank that examines scientific challenges to Darwinian evolution says those opposed to Darwin's theory of evolution are trying to censor a proposed lesson plan by making bogus legal threats."Unable to win the debate on scientific grounds, the most doctrinaire Darwinists are now trying to win by old-fashioned bullying of the governor and the board," said Dr. John West, associate director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. "Fortunately, their legal threats are bogus."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from David Almasi, director of the black leadership group Project 21.) (CNSNews.com) - Almost two weeks after saying that former KKK member Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) would have been a great senator and leader even during the Civil War, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) has apologized. Dodd said Wednesday he is sorry if anyone was offended by his comments during the April 1 tribute of Byrd after the West Virginia senator cast his 17,000th vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Justice Department released newly declassified information about suspected "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla Tuesday, a U.S. citizen held in a military prison for two years now as an enemy combatant without being charged with any crime. Padilla's case is before the U.S. Supreme Court.According to Deputy Attorney General James Comey, Padilla was ordered by al Qaeda's military commander, Mohammad Atef, to blow up apartment buildings in the United States, specifically New York, Florida or Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Tuesday signed a measure that creates a no-spam registry, similar to the do-not-call list for telemarketers.The registry was modeled after legislation from Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), which imposes criminal penalties and fines on repeat spammers.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is blasting the California Supreme Court's decision that Catholic Charities must provide access to contraception as part of employee healthcare benefits. The Women's Contraceptive Equity Act of 2000 requires all health care plans including prescription drug benefits to include contraceptive coverage.The Catholic Charities is not a religious employer, the court ruled 6-1 Monday, because it offers secular services like counseling, low-income housing and immigration services to those of all faiths, without preaching Catholic values.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is applauding an Oregon judge's decision to stop the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Judge Frank Bearden said the state constitution may allow for either civil unions or same-sex "marriage," but the state Supreme Court must rule first. Also, "public debate and legislative action may be required to carry out the court's mandate," Bearden added.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from President Bush.) (CNSNews.com) - Despite the addition of about one million jobs in the last three months, including 248,000 jobs in May, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign blamed President Bush for losing 1.9 million private-sector jobs."Any step forward in the job market is good news for workers but America is still in the worst job recovery since the Great Depression," said Allison Dobson, spokesperson for Kerry, in a statement issued Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(2nd Add: Includes reaction from Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle.) (CNSNews.com) - President Bush Wednesday announced plans to give temporary immigrant workers legal status to work in the United States for three years, with the ability to travel back and forth between the U.S. and their native country without fear."If an American employer is offering a job that American citizens are not willing to take, we ought to welcome into our country a person who will fill that job," Bush said at the White House.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes details on the minumum punishment for violators of the Child Online Protection Act.) (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA). In Ashcroft v. ACLU, the court must decide whether the law violates the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Organizers for this weekend's "March for Women's Lives," in the nation's capital say the demonstration is to show support for "reproductive freedom and justice for all women," but a group representing the pro-woman legacy of the early suffragettes is working to shed light on what they call the false impressions this march perpetuates.The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, is mobilizing its members to encourage members of Congress to support pro-life legislation.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration's decision not to appeal to the Supreme Court a federal appeals court ruling that prevents increased competition for local telephone service is "a retreat from free-market principles," a policy group said Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The world is witnessing "historic days in the cause of freedom," President Bush told Boeing workers Wednesday in St. Louis, Mo., where he touted his jobs and growth plan. Although the worst is over, Bush said, "Our work is not done. The difficulties have not passed, but the regime of Saddam Hussein has passed into history." He credited the courage and might of the U.S. military in making Americans safe and freeing the Iraqis.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin endorsed Democratic frontrunner Howard Dean Friday, the third such major political endorsement Dean has received thus far. Former Vice President Al Gore and former Sen. Bill Bradley, who lost the Democratic nomination to Gore in 2000, have both endorsed Dean. "This year, we have an exceptionally strong field of candidates. Each one is a talented well-qualified Democrat who would be a vast improvement over the current occupant of the White House," said Harkin.