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) - The United Nations General Assembly Wednesday approved a new U.N. human rights body to replace the current U.N. Human Rights Commission, despite objections from the United States.The vote was 170 to 4 with three abstentions. The U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands and Palau voted against the new human rights body, while Belarus, Iran and Venezuela abstained.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A doctor, speaking on behalf of the Schindler family, Wednesday dispelled the notion that reinserting Terri Schiavo's feeding tube would be "futile" and "possibly harmful" at this point. The doctor's comments came after an appeals court rejected the family's bid for a new hearing in the case.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A media watchdog group blasted Newsweek Monday for refusing to issue a retraction of its report that U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay flushed a Koran down a toilet despite the fact that the claim came from an anonymous source who could not substantiate it. Media Research Center President Brent Bozell compared Newsweek's journalistic integrity to that of CBS News during the National Guard controversy.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An appeals court has rejected a bid by illegal immigrants to overturn Arizona's Proposition 200, which requires the state to verify the immigration status of people applying for benefits and services they are not allowed to receive under federal law.The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed their challenge on the grounds that the illegal immigrants had no legal standing.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The recent onslaught of hurricanes has prompted some media outlets to mention "global warming" as a possible cause, but a team of climate researchers set the record straight.A group of climatologists, scientists, professors and other experts in climate change on Tuesday pointed out two "misconceptions" reported in the press about hurricanes and their relation to climate change, in a letter to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who chaired a Commerce Committee hearing examining recent scientific research concerning climate change impacts.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed Elbaradei, and the agency itself, the committee is sending a message to the Bush administration, a nuclear disarmament group said Friday.Peace Action, the product of a merger of the United States' two largest disarmament groups, the Nuclear Freeze and Sane, welcomed the announcement, saying it helps to highlight the "urgent need" to deal with the spread and potential use of nuclear weapons.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The first of what is expected to be a wave of litigation challenging defense of marriage initiatives approved by voters Tuesday was filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma on Thursday. The suit asks the court to strike down Oklahoma's Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, but pro-family groups say it's "just the beginning."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(Clarification: Fixes quote in fifth paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - A right to work group said New York City's transit workers union is not only holding the city "hostage" by authorizing an "illegal mass transit strike" that shut down bus and subway service, but the union is also risking the jobs of transit workers.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An atheist group is criticizing President Bush for saying he can't see how one can be president without a relationship with the Lord. Bush's comments were "divisive," they say, and an insult to those who don't believe in religious creeds or a deity.Bush's interview with the Washington Times "demonstrates clearly that he does not respect the diversity of the country, and the fact that nonbelievers and so-called 'seculars' are one of the fastest growing segments of American society," said Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Senate compromise bill on immigration reform announced by Senate leadership amounts to a "cave-in," former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday afternoon that they had reached agreement on the legislation, which would allow illegal immigrants inside the U.S. for more than five years the opportunity to become U.S. citizens after they pay a fine and meet certain requirements.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
CNSNews.com) - A black conservative Wednesday criticized Rev. Jesse Jackson for his "late" support in the Terri Schiavo case. Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny), accused Jackson of "exploiting Terri Schiavo for personal gain." "For Jackson to insert himself in this case in the final hours of Terri's life is the height of desperation. He is using this case to get himself back in the news, just as he has done in the Michael Jackson molestation case," Peterson said in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A congressman who supports abortion rights has voluntarily turned down an invitation to be the commencement speaker at a Catholic school in New York, after a Catholic group protested his planned appearance.Rep. Sherwood Boehlert was scheduled to speak at St. Elizabeth's College of Nursing in Utica, N.Y. on Saturday, but now school officials say the invitation violated a diocesan ban on such speakers at Catholic institutions.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A civil liberties group has filed a First Amendment lawsuit against a Virginia school on behalf of a Spanish teacher whose religious-themed posters were removed from his classroom while he was out sick. The Rutherford Institute is representing William Lee, a public school teacher at Tabb High School in Yorktown, Va., and faculty sponsor of an approved Christian club called First Priority.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A media watchdog group is blasting CBS News anchor Dan Rather for allegedly using Clinton-like tactics in the ongoing controversy over the authenticity of documents used in a "60 Minutes II" segment to discredit President Bush's National Guard Service.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two U.S. senators Monday introduced a measure to split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the same court that ruled the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional.Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) have introduced the Court of Appeals Restructuring and Modernization Act or CARMA (S. 1845), which is designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the court by reducing its size and creating a new Twelfth Circuit. CARMA was also co-sponsored by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As 10,000 to 15,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops continue a full-scale assault in Fallujah Monday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Monday said the military operation, dubbed Operation Phantom Fury, is necessary if Iraq is to be a free and peaceful society.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A gun rights group Tuesday said the recent armed robbery of D.C. councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry is the latest example of why gun control laws don't work.Barry, who was robbed at gunpoint Monday at his apartment by kids who had helped him carry his groceries, said he often sees young people beg for money near his home and he lets them earn it by carrying groceries.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A legal group that specializes in constitutional law is representing a group defending the display of the Ten Commandments in a park in Frederick, Md.The monument was donated to the city in 1958 and originally stood outside city hall, but it was later moved to a city park where it was displayed along with war memorials, a George Washington plaque, and other markers of local historical significance.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian has pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a designated terrorist group, in violation of U.S. law, the Justice Department announced Monday.As part of Al-Arian's plea agreement, the government plans to recommend a sentence of 46 to 57 months behind bars, based on a five-year maximum statutory sentence. Following his imprisonment, Al-Arian agreed to be deported to another country by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes additional comments from George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney.) (CNSNews.com) - The attorney for Michael Schiavo Thursday criticized Schindler family spokesperson Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, for issuing "venom" and making "extremely harsh statements" about Michael Schiavo, which Felos said "was highly inappropriate under the circumstances."