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 review of the ticketing website for the Michael Moore movie "Fahrenheit 911" shows that the distributors will fall far short of the "more than 1,000 theaters" they originally promised would show the Bush-bashing film, according to a group dedicated to supporting the US military and efforts to defeat terrorism.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The National Park Service reportedly plans to unveil a "more balanced" version of a video that's been shown since 1995 as part of an exhibit at the Lincoln Memorial.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from the American Life League.) (CNSNews.com) - President Bush appointed Judge Charles Pickering to the federal appeals court Friday, despite Democrats' efforts to prevent a Senate confirmation vote.Pickering was nominated for a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, but Democrats have accused the judge of supporting segregation in his early years, so they filibustered Pickering, as well as several other nominees.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Adds more detail about Al Hubbard) (CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry Thursday said his credibility was not affected by his previous association with a man who fabricated his military credentials while serving as executive director of a prominent anti-war group that included Kerry.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to sue two online bobblehead distributors in an effort to stop them from selling bobbleheads of the governor.The online websites - bosleyboppers.com and www.bobbleheadelection.com - teamed up in January to dedicate net proceeds from online sales of four bobbleheads to the Kristen Ann Carr Fund for Sarcoma Research."We're a small, growing online company,
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A homosexual advocacy group is partnering with the National Parent Teacher Association at its annual conference for the first time.Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will present its first-ever safe schools workshop at the National PTA Conference in Anaheim, Calif."Both PFLAG and the NPTA are organizations of parents dedicated to improving the lives and education of our country's children," said Ron Schlittler, PFLAG's executive director.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the nation copes with growing budget deficits resulting from the economic downturn, more and more states are scaling back on mandatory minimum sentencing in favor of "smart on crime" policies, according to a new report commissioned by a group opposed to mandatory sentencing laws.But the move is not always motivated by money, said Laura Sager, executive director of Families Against Mandatory Minimums. "The growing movement toward 'smart on crime' sentencing and corrections policies is not driven solely by dollars," she said.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-family attorneys and organizations have drafted a new form that will allow California parents to "opt-out" their children from objectionable classes and activities that promote abortion, the use of condoms, homosexuality and transexuality.The new Student Exemption Form was updated after a California law (SB 71) passed last year allowing schools to give surveys behind parents' backs, allows for sex education for children as young as kindergarten, and teaches children to appreciate homosexual behavior.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" is lessening hostility towards Jews contrary to what the film's Jewish critics predicted, a new poll shows.The survey, conducted by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, shows 24 percent of Americans familiar with the film say that Jews alive at the time of Christ's crucifixion were not responsible for it. Less than two percent of Americans surveyed blame Jews for the crucifixion today.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Islamic advocacy group is calling for a congressional probe into the alleged torture of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison as well as international inspections of all American detention facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comment from Republican National Committee Communications Director Jim Dyke.) (CNSNews.com) - Former Vice President Al Gore in a speech before an audience at Georgetown University Law Center Thursday accused President Bush of lying about Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda being in cahoots in plotting the Sept. 11 attacks.Gore said Bush "knew full well that he was telling an artful and important lie, visibly circumnavigating the truth over and over again, as if he had practiced how to avoid encountering the truth."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the same day that Senate Republicans planned to begin a 30-hour non-stop debate on the president's filibustered judicial nominees, a constitutional advocacy group has released a judicial nominations scorecard for the first session of the 108th Congress. The Center for Individual Freedom Wednesday rated the votes of all 100 senators on the cloture motions that would have allowed for an up-or-down vote on the contested nominees.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration is warning those who plan to legislate changes to the USA Patriot Act: the president will veto any bill scaling back key parts of the Patriot Act."The Patriot Act has not been the source of abuse. It is the source of protection," said Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a press conference Thursday afternoon.In a letter to Senate leaders, Ashcroft said the changes proposed by the Security and Freedom Ensured Act (SAFE) would "undermine our ongoing campaign to detect and prevent catastrophic terrorist attacks."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Los Angeles radio station that aired a satiric skit that offended some Muslims issued an on-air apology Wednesday."Last Wednesday, we aired a satirical skit that was offensive to some members of the Muslim community. For that we are sorry. KFI is committed to all of its Southern California listeners, including those in the Muslim community," KFI AM 640 Program Director Robin Bertolucci said in Wednesday's on-air apology.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee Friday it was incorrect to assume the media broke the story about alleged Iraqi prisoner mistreatment by U.S. soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison."The story was broken by the Central Command by the United States Department of Defense in Baghdad," the defense secretary said when Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) asked why the Defense Department didn't inform Congress of "these incidents instead of CBS News."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration is fulfilling its pledge to preserve the nation's national parks, a report released Thursday by the Interior Department said.The report, "America's National Parks: Investing To Preserve Their Future," outlines the record levels of funding for maintenance projects, preservation of park resources and visitor and employee safety.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes reaction from Focus on the Family Chairman Dr. James C. Dobson.)(CNSNews.com) - A judicial panel Thursday ruled that Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore be removed from his position for disobeying a judge's orders to remove a Ten Commandments display from the state courthouse.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two gun rights groups have canceled plans to hold their annual conference in New York City, citing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's denunciation of the National Rifle Association as "reprehensible."The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) announced Monday that they will take their 2005 Gun Rights Policy Conference somewhere else.The conference, which provides over $500,000 in revenue to hotels, restaurants and other businesses, draws hundreds of attendees over a three-day period.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in case challenging a Nevada law that requires individuals to identify themselves to police officers.The Cato Institute filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Dudley Hiibel, a Nevada rancher who was standing by his parked truck smoking a cigarette when a police officer pulled over and demanded to see his identification. When Hiibel declined, he was arrested for "failure to cooperate."
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.