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) - 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
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 221-184, the House Friday approved a measure designed to withhold half of U.S. dues to the United Nations unless the world body changes the way it operates.The bill, proposed by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), would allow the U.S. to pressure the U.N. to crack down on members that engage in acts like genocide or crimes against humanity, for example, by threatening that country's U.N. membership and impose arms and trade embargoes.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Islamic civil rights group is urging U.S. soldiers not to attack a shrine in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf, where cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is holed up, pledging to fight to the death.The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for negotiations to end the fighting."An attack by U.S. forces on the Imam Ali shrine, and the inevitable damage and civilian casualties resulting from such an attack, would only serve to further harm America's image in Iraq and throughout the Muslim world," CAIR said in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - First Lady Laura Bush visited refugees from New Orleans at a shelter in Lafayette, La., where over 6,000 people have been given shelter and had their needs met.Children from New Orleans can register for school in Lafayette, the first lady said. Officials are inside the center registering students, and classes will begin on Wednesday, she said.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious watchdog group is calling on the U.S. House to reject a "court-stripping" bill blocking federal lawsuits involving the Pledge of Allegiance.The House votes this week on H.R. 2028, dubbed the "Pledge Protection Act." Americans United for Separation of Church and State called the bill "extreme and unwise" in a letter to congressmen Tuesday. The group said it will threaten the independence of the judiciary and the rights of religious minorities.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from House Speaker Dennis Hastert.) (CNSNews.com) - Ben Bernanke, President Bush's choice to succeed Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, pledged Monday to continue "the policies and policy strategies established" during Greenspan's tenure as head of the Fed.Bernanke, a former member of the Federal Reserve System's board of governors, became chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers in June 2005. He will take his post after Greenspan's term is up at the end of January.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Wednesday nominated White House domestic policy adviser Margaret Spellings as the new education secretary to replace Rod Paige, who announced his resignation on Monday. Spellings is an "energetic reformer," Bush said. "In Margaret Spellings, America's children, teachers and parents will have a principled, determined ally in my Cabinet. She has my complete trust, and she will be an outstanding secretary of education," Bush said.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Judge Samuel Alito is now officially Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito after being sworn in around noontime Tuesday by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court building.Alito's wife and members of the court and their spouses were on hand. Alito took the constitutional and judicial oaths so he can take part immediately in court decisions. Alito was voted in 58-42 by the U.S. Senate Tuesday morning, with a handful of Democrats crossing party lines to vote for him.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Before President Bush delivered his State of the Union address Wednesday night, the Democratic Party blasted his planned speech in an email to supporters, accusing Bush of exaggerating the current condition of Social Security and deceiving them about his plan to fix it.The Democratic National Committee warned supporters that Bush will use "hard-sell tactics" to attempt to build support for his plan to privatize Social Security.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sixteen Democratic governors Wednesday sent a letter to President Bush calling on him to take immediate action to provide relief from high gas prices and to break the nation's oil dependency.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Oregon Supreme Court Thursday upheld the state's marriage laws and invalidated 3,000 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Multnomah County last year.On March 3, 2004, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners began issuing the marriage licenses illegally. In Dec. 2, 2004, a voter-approved amendment, Ballot Measure 36, was adopted to the state constitution, defining marriage as "between one man and one woman."
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.
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.