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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Three Christian protesters who disrupted the first Hindu prayer ever delivered on the Senate floor have been charged with misdemeanor unlawful conduct and disruption of Congress and will face a court date in the future.Ante Pavkovic, Katherine Pavkovic and their daughter Christan Sugar were removed from the Senate observation gallery Thursday morning when they began praying loudly during the Senate's routine opening prayer. For the first time in recorded history, the morning invocation was being delivered by a Hindu chaplain.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Both chambers of Congress over the weekend voted to expand the government's ability to listen in on foreign conversations as part of the war on terror. But some civil liberties advocates question whether the bill goes too far in broadening the government's warrant-less surveillance power.The Senate passed the Protect America Act in a 60-28 vote on Friday. The House followed suit Saturday, passing the bill 227-183.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Update: The House passed the bill by a vote of 299-128, with many Republicans questioning both its cost and effectiveness.)(CNSNews.com) - As the U.S. House of Representatives was preparing to pass a massive homeland security bill Tuesday without holding hearings beforehand, the Senate took a more considered approach, opening hearings to determine how to implement the remaining recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Republicans will rally to radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh's defense if Democrats move to consider a resolution that would condemn the conservative icon for using the term "phony soldiers" in a recent broadcast."Should House Democrats decide to bring forward a ludicrous resolution condemning Limbaugh, Republicans will take to the floor to set the record straight -- and welcome the opportunity to do so," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called for a rejection of new Palestinian textbooks that portray a world without Israel, refer to Jews as "Zionist gangs" and rewrite the Holocaust to ignore atrocities committed against Jews."We must stop the propaganda to which Palestinian children are exposed," Clinton said in a news conference in Washington, D.C. "These children deserve an education that instills respect for life and peace instead of glorifying death and violence."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Three veterans of the Iraq war on Thursday said lawmakers who support a quick end to the conflict should exercise patience in waiting for political reconciliation to grow out of increased stability in the region.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The nation's largest seniors' advocacy group on Wednesday launched a campaign to urge lawmakers to support legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.The AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) is recruiting its 38 million members in a "National Call to Action" to pressure U.S. senators to give the government the authority to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies the cost of prescription drugs covered by Medicare.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senators enjoying a week-long recess in their home states are being targeted by opponents of illegal immigration who are expected to deliver thousands of petition signatures opposing the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform proposals.Volunteers with the conservative activist website Grassfire.org on Thursday began delivering petitions to senators' home offices opposing the immigration bill that the Senate will consider when it returns to session June 4.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Thursday appeared in Washington, D.C., to promote a plug-in hybrid car that supporters claim can travel 150 miles or more on a gallon of gasoline and to answer critics who accuse Congress of posturing on global warming issues.Appearing with Markey was actor Rob Lowe, who told reporters and fans that "clean energy is something I've been interested in for a while." He said he had decided to take a public stand on the issue, because "I've been watching as the climate changes."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former senator, actor and possible Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has announced his support for replacing current tax law with a "Fair Tax," a position that could come back to haunt him, according to a tax policy analyst who supports the proposal.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case examining the way labor unions use non-members' dues, prompting one of the lawyers arguing the case to urge the justices to "protect the integrity of our election system."Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna said that allowing the union to use non-members' money for political purposes without affirmative consent tarnishes the election system, because it funnels money to a campaign that the dues-payer may not support.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Congressional Democrats' proposed increases in discretionary spending - $23 billion more than President Bush's request for the 2008 Fiscal Year - are justified by spending on the war in Iraq, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats.Bush asked for $933 billion in discretionary spending in his budget request. The Democratic proposals would raise that figure to $956 billion. Cybercast News Service went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to ask elected officials this question:
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the U.S. House of Representatives begins debate on a non-binding resolution criticizing President Bush's troop "surge" policy for Iraq, some lawmakers are frustrated that the Congress is not considering bills that offer alternative approaches to the conflict.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Sen. John Edwards' campaign of attacking Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) credibility and honesty is a good strategy, and it could be one that will haunt Clinton through the entire election, according to political analysts."You have to respect Edwards' approach here," Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, told Cybercast News Service Thursday. "Everybody has been playing Mr. Polite."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition of community and ethnic groups on Thursday sponsored a "night of 1,000 conversations" dealing with what it considers America's "broken" immigration system. The advocates for illegal workers want comprehensive immigration reform that would make it easier for the workers to remain in the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -Democrats in the House of Representatives on Thursday once again passed legislation that would expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, but Republicans pledged to uphold an anticipated presidential veto.The House on Thursday afternoon passed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which increases the number of embryonic stem cells available for research funded with federal dollars. The bill passed the Senate (63-34) in April.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Friday to increase the reward for Osama bin Laden's capture, or for information leading to his capture, to $50 million. The increase would be mandated by an amendment to a pending Defense Department authorizations bill.Current law limits federal rewards to $25 million except when personally authorized by the Secretary of State "if he [or she] determines that offer or payment of an award of a larger amount is necessary to combat terrorism or defend the Nation against terrorist attacks."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Ottawa, Canada (CNSNews.com) - Canadian anti-government, anti-corporate activists on Sunday marched through their nation's capital to protest a meeting scheduled this week among Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President George Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Activists from more than a dozen environmental groups gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday to lobby for the Clean Energy Act, the final part of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) "100-hour" agenda that the activists are calling a "first step" in restructuring the government's energy policy.The bill would roll back some tax loopholes and subsidies for oil companies and use the increased federal revenue to invest in renewable energy research. Supporters of the measure estimate it will bring in $14 billion over the next 10 years.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The House of Representatives will wait two weeks before voting to overturn or uphold President Bush's veto of the proposed expansion of a children's health insurance program, even though they argued earlier that time was the critical issue in forcing the legislation through Congress.