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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After President Bush reiterated his plan to send more than 21,000 additional troops to Iraq during his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening, anti-war protestors criticized him for being "detached from the real state of the union.""In order to make progress toward this goal (a democratic Iraq), the Iraqi government must stop the sectarian violence in its capital," Bush said. "But the Iraqis are not yet ready to do this on their own. So we're deploying reinforcements of more than 20,000 additional soldiers and Marines in Iraq."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday accused Democrats of using the fires burning in Southern California as a distraction so they can reintroduce a contentious children's health care bill.Democratic leaders in the House have scheduled a vote on the bill for Thursday afternoon. The bill had already passed, but supporters were unable to override President Bush's veto of the reauthorization and $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the House prepares to debate legislation Thursday that would authorize more funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan - and set a September 2008 end-date for funding - conservative analysts condemned what they said was excessive "pork spending" in the bill.The U.S. Troop Readiness, Veteran's Health, and Iraq Accountability Act would allocate $103 billion in additional funding for military operations, and to care for wounded troops. But it also contains $21 billion in so-called "pork spending."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Anti-war Congressman Dennis Kucinich took to the House floor Wednesday to try to block legislation that would establish benchmarks for progress in the Iraq war, alleging that the measure hides the Bush administration's real motive - to "steal the oil resources of Iraq."The supplemental military funding bill under consideration contains numerous benchmarks for progress in Iraq, including one for President Bush to report on whether the Iraqi government enacts "a broadly accepted hydro-carbon law that equitably shares oil revenues among all Iraqis."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two senators have proposed increasing the federal tax on tobacco to fund the reauthorization of a program that pays for children's medical care, a move the tobacco industry says would be unfair and unreliable.Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released a statement in June supporting an increase in the tobacco tax to fund the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), which is due for reauthorization this year. Kennedy and Hatch were the original sponsors of the program when it was created in 1997.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A fact-finding trip to Greenland has renewed Sen. Barbara Boxer's desire to pass legislation aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions, according to the senator who has been promising such legislation since early in her term as chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is under fire from liberal media critics and some Democrats in Congress for using the term "phony soldiers" to describe Jesse Macbeth, who was sentenced to five months in prison for falsifying his military records.Macbeth claimed to be the recipient of several medals, including the Purple Heart, and further claimed in Internet videos to have witnessed U.S. soldiers committing atrocities. It was later revealed that Macbeth had served for only six weeks and never saw combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Hoping to become the second former Arkansas governor to take up residence in the White House, Republican Mike Huckabee on Sunday announced his intention to run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination."People want an authentic conservative who has a proven record of results," Huckabee said in a statement. "I've concluded that I should take this necessary and vital step to bring a new kind of optimistic leadership to the public square."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberal environmentalists expecting President Bush to embrace dire predictions of the effects of manmade global warming during his State of the Union address Tuesday were disappointed when he mentioned the climate only once.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Tuesday slammed congressional Democrats, who he said have "wasted valuable time" with investigations into his administration and attempts to pull troops out of Iraq."They haven't seen a bill they could not solve without shoving a tax hike into it," Bush said, criticizing what he called "an endless series of tax increases."He urged Congress to pass appropriations bills soon, using their failure to pass one complete appropriations bill as another point of criticism.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If the 2008 budget proposals introduced by Senate Democrats last week are enacted, passing any future tax relief measures would be nearly impossible, because doing so would require a supermajority, Senate Republicans charge.The 64-page proposal released by Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee serves as a rebuttal to the proposal issued in February by the White House. If passed, the Democrats' version would establish points of order -- Senate rules -- against legislation that would cause or increase a budget deficit or that would reduce a surplus.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) Thursday repeated his challenge to debate foreign policy with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and offered Giuliani a "reading assignment" of books examining U.S. policy toward the Middle East.The Republican presidential hopefuls briefly sparred over foreign policy during the Republican debate in South Carolina on May 15. Giuliani criticized Paul for suggesting that U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to Osama bin Laden's motivation in orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Sen. John Edwards is the Democratic presidential hopeful best suited to combat global climate change, according to liberal activists voting in a recent poll sponsored by MoveOn.org.Nearly one third of MoveOn members voted for Edwards in a poll conducted following a "virtual town hall" during which members used the Internet to question the 2008 Democratic presidential hopefuls about their global warming policies.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) Tuesday criticized Democratic handling of a bill that would reauthorize and expand funding for children's health insurance and pledged that Republicans would "express their outrage" when the measure comes to the House floor this week."I think our members are outraged by the process that's been employed by the majority over the consideration of this bill," Boehner said in a conference call with reporters.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Video report (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) said Tuesday that he introduced a House resolution to support Rush Limbaugh because the conservative talk radio host "needs defending" from Democrats who have introduced resolutions and made statements condemning him for using the words "phony soldiers" on his radio show.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Hundreds of college students on Friday gathered at George Mason University (GMU) near Washington, D.C., to rally for Sen. Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat who is exploring a bid for his party's 2008 presidential nomination.The rally was organized by Students for Barack Obama, a grassroots group using a popular social networking website to build support for the first-term senator.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A website encouraging Sen. Barack Obama to run for president unveiled a list of celebrity "endorsements" for the Illinois Democrat Thursday, but the site does not have the celebrities' permission and in some cases ignores their criticism of Obama.The website DraftObama.org released a list of 17 actors, musicians, comedians and other celebrities who "work hard for a better America and have made statements in support of Senator Obama."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberal activists across the country voted Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) as their favorite candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination in a poll released Tuesday by Democracy for America (DFA). Yet other national polls - not exclusively of liberal activists - show Kucinich trailing frontrunners such as Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D- Ill.).
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As top Justice Department officials prepare to testify before congressional committees over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, legal experts on Tuesday debated whether the Bush administration did anything wrong in letting them go."Subject to one potential qualification, there are no limits on presidential authority to remove United States attorneys," Andrew McCarthy, director of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said during a discussion in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Anti-war groups and at least one Democratic presidential candidate are planning to hold protests and demonstrations on Memorial Day, a decision that prompted veterans' groups to accuse them of politicizing a day meant to honor fallen American troops.