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) - Despite calls for his resignation and rumors that some are drafting an article of impeachment against him even as he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Friday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had a clear message for his critics: he will not resign."I've got my own view about people who want to call for your resignation before you speak, but I'll leave that to myself," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Rumsfeld.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Consumer confidence rose to a two-year high in July, the fourth consecutive monthly gain, the Conference Board reported Tuesday. New home sales, meanwhile, dipped down 0.8 percent in June after setting a record sales pace in May, according to the Commerce Department.Because of the June decline, sales of new single-family homes slipped down to an annual rate of 1.33 million units, still the second-highest level on record, following the all-time high sales pace of 1.34 million set in May.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two liberal websites are playing matchmaker for Democratic presidential candidate and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich.Touted as a "politically correct" matchmaking contest, LiberalHearts.com, in conjunction with PoliticsNH.com, is launching a search in the vein of "Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?"
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The legal group that protested NASCAR's support of Jesse Jackson's organizations has endorsed NASCAR's new diversity program designed to increase minority participation in stock car auto racing."Drive for Diversity" is organized by Access Marketing and Communications of Charlotte, N.C. In January 2004, the group held tryouts for four drivers in NASCAR's lowest level of competition, the Dodge Weekly Series, and for six to twelve crew members in the Craftsman Truck Series, which is also below the Nextel Cup series.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group of Republican congressmen are calling on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from abortion-related cases because of her close ties to NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.In a letter to Ginsburg, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and 12 other Republicans, including Reps. Dave Weldon and Sue Myrick, pointed to a March 11, 2004 LA Times report that said "in January, Ginsburg gave opening remarks for the fourth installment in the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture Series on Women and the Law."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The American Lung Association is urging the Bush administration to quickly submit to Congress a global tobacco treaty that was signed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson on behalf of the U.S. government. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which is designed to curb illness and death caused by tobacco use, is the first-ever global public health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO).
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Corrects language describing the groups filing the lawsuit.) (CNSNews.com) - Animal rights activists, Native Americans and hikers collectively filed suit Monday to prevent New Jersey's first bear hunt in 33 years from taking place on the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.The Delaware Water Gap is comprised of over 67,000 acres of protected park land, which houses more than 130 species of rare and endangered birds, mammals, and plants. The park makes up about 20 percent of the total area open to the state's bear hunt.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes update on second lawsuit.) (CNSNews.com) - A judge Tuesday delayed a ruling on a lawsuit brought by a pro-family group to stop San Francisco's mayor from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Judge Ronald Quidachay rescheduled the hearing for Friday at 10 am Pacific time to allow San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and County Clerk Nancy Alfaro more time to respond to the lawsuit, brought by Campaign for California Families (CCF), which seeks a temporary restraining order and injunction to stop same-sex "marriage licenses."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new survey says most Americans feel Israel was justified in assassinating Hamas leader Sheik Yassin.The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, between March 22-23, showed 66 percent of Americans knew about Israel's targeted killing of Yassin within 24 hours of the attack, and by March 23\super rd\nosupersub , 69 percent of Americans had heard something about it.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While same-sex marriage activists are cheering Monday's arrival in Massachusetts when homosexual couples will be allowed to "marry," a pro-family group is dreading the day, calling it "Destruction of Marriage Day."The Illinois Family Institute warns of expanding legal and moral confusion ahead as Chicago homosexual activists seek to exploit Massachusetts' court-imposed legalization of same-sex "marriages."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court is presiding over a case in which a college student who applied for a state scholarship was denied the funds after he chose to major in theology.Joshua Davey attended Northwest College in Kirkland, Wash., and was awarded the state's Promise Scholarship for academic excellence and financial need. The state withdrew the money it awarded Davey for the 1999-2001 school years because Davey declared a double major in pastoral ministries and business management.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A national employee rights advocacy organization Thursday called the AFL-CIO's endorsement of Kerry "a slap in the face to dissenting employees.""The AFL-CIO endorsement is a slap in the face to more than 11 million American workers forced to pay over $8 billion a year in compulsory union dues just to keep their jobs," said Stefan Gleason, vice president of National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrat John Kerry's economic plan unveiled Friday includes a tax hike for upper-income Americans, an end to corporate tax deferral for companies that earn profits overseas, and a five percent tax cut on the corporate rate.Speaking at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., Kerry said job creation was the most important economic issue facing Americans, who have lost confidence in the president's economic leadership.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Lawyers for an eleven-year-old Muslim girl in Oklahoma, who was suspended twice for wearing a headscarf because of her religion, have settled a lawsuit with the Muskogee Public School District.Under the terms of the agreement, the school district has agreed to change its dress code to allow exceptions for religious reasons. The settlement also requires the school district to put together a training program for all teachers and administrators about the new dress code and to publicize the change.
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.