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July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Republicans on Tuesday successfully blocked consideration of a union-backed bill that would eliminate secret ballot elections for workers voting on whether they want to join a union.Democrats supporting the bill failed to achieve the 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a move that would end debate on the bill and put it up for a yes or no vote on its passage. Fifty-one senators voted in favor of invoking cloture, while 48 voted against it.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A vast majority of Americans say they expect the current sectarian violence in Iraq to become a full-scale civil war, but U.S. military data compiled in Iraq indicates that over a two-month period ending on July 21, most of the violence happened in just four of Iraq's 18 provinces.U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, when asked on July 25 whether he believed a civil war was inevitable in Iraq, told reporters that such a conclusion was wrong. "If you think of civil wars in other countries, this is really quite different," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday slammed a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposal that would require legal permanent residents to renew green cards originally issued with no expiration date.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A child protection group on Thursday criticized both Republicans and Democrats for politicizing the scandal surrounding former Rep. Mark Foley and encouraged them to start taking steps to protect kids.Foley resigned last week after ABC News reported on "overly friendly" e-mails he sent to a teenage congressional page in 2005. Later reports included sexually explicit instant messages that Foley sent to other former pages who were allegedly underage at the time.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As a largely inactive 2006 hurricane season came to an official end Thursday, predictions that temperature increases in the earth's atmosphere and oceans would lead to more intense hurricanes are facing scrutiny from some "global warming" skeptics.Climatologists last May predicted that the 2006 hurricane season would be more intense than last year's season, which brought destruction to the Gulf Coast in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Members of a Kansas church who protest homosexuality at military funerals suffered a setback Tuesday in their case challenging Missouri's "funeral protection law" when a federal judge ruled that the law could be enforced while under review.American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyers representing the Westboro Baptist Church asked the U.S. District Court in Western Missouri to prevent the state from enforcing the law, which prohibits demonstrations near military funerals.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a move likely to shock some of his conservative supporters, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday criticized global warming skeptics and called on elected officials to find creative ways to address climate change."It is a problem," Gingrich said of global warming. "We should address it."Gingrich was speaking during a debate in Washington, D.C., with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) over the proper way to address environmental issues.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Ohio newspaper's decision to publish the non-public records of concealed carry permit holders drew a strong response, and one gun rights advocacy group published personal but public information about the newspaper's editor.The Sandusky Register on June 24 published the names, ages and home counties of the almost 2,700 concealed carry permit holders in its circulation area. Ohio gun laws restrict public access to concealed carry records but allow the media to access them.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The group raising money for the construction of a visitors' center at the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington, D.C., has among its goals "to avoid controversy." But groups opposed to the visitors' center worry it could lead to "memorial envy" and overcrowding of the National Mall.Judy Feldman, chairwoman of the National Coalition to Save Our Mall, said the problem of "memorial envy" has been going on for a long time, with supporters of each memorialized group wanting their monument to be bigger and better than the last.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A controversial advertisement for a San Francisco festival that depicts the Last Supper as a sadomasochism party falls within the First Amendment and is not harmful to Christianity, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After charging more than 400 people in 30 districts and recouping more than $18 million that was originally handed out to scammers, prosecutors are promising to continue their pursuit of Hurricane Katrina defrauders for years to come.Prosecutors assigned with chasing down the people who received federal disaster assistance they didn't deserve have charged 427 people and, according to one U.S. attorney, things are "not slowing down."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The federal government should change its view of illegal drug use and fund needle exchange programs that could help reduce new cases of HIV infection from dirty syringes, according to a group that advocates for drug addicts."The AIDS epidemic will continue to spread unless government leaders on all level [sic] - local, state, federal and international - embrace and support syringe exchange," according to the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC).
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A government watchdog is calling for more transparency in talks between U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials who are discussing a "vision of North America" that some critics worry are the first step toward a North American Union.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More than 30 talk radio hosts and hundreds of their listeners are scheduled to converge on the nation's capital next week to lobby against comprehensive immigration reform measures that would offer what critics views as "amnesty" to illegal immigrants.The conservative Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and San Diego radio talk show host Roger Hedgecock are sponsoring a marathon of talk radio and Capitol Hill lobbying, dubbed "Hold Their Feet to the Fire 2007."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More than 1,000 immigrants celebrated the nation's birthday on Wednesday by taking the Oath of Allegiance to become United States citizens at Walt Disney World in Florida.Customs and Immigration Services director Emilio Gonzalez said the Fourth of July is "always a special day for us all when we can celebrate the birth of our Nation and the values and principles upon which it was founded.""But this Fourth of July -- for these men and women in Orlando -- rings even more special as they begin their journey as United States citizens," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Most Americans want the government to stop illegal entry into the country before discussing what to do about the estimated 12 million people already living in the U.S. illegally, according to a poll released Friday by a conservative grassroots organization.The findings are "exactly contradictory to what the president said," according to Steve Elliott, president of Grassfire.org. "He insisted that we have to have a comprehensive solution that would cover border security and amnesty and guest worker programs."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate on Wednesday will consider the DREAM Act, a bill that would open a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were brought into the United States as children and who prove themselves as productive members of society. The bill has been derided by conservative critics. But its sponsor, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), said the bill has specific safeguards and will not spark "chain migration" of illegal immigrants into America.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats say if they controlled the House of Representatives, they would do a better job than Republicans have in preparing for a catastrophe on the scale of Hurricane Katrina.The chairman of the House Democrats' Hurricane Katrina Task Force released a report on Thursday, explaining what Democrats would do to better prepare for a catastrophe on the scale of Hurricane Katrina.The report focuses on reforming insurance practices and better equipping emergency responders before natural disasters or terrorist attacks.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A recent crime spike in the city of Milwaukee is an example of how gun-control laws can lead to more crime, according to a group that advocates for gun ownership.Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a member of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle - both Democrats - have opposed legislation that would allow Wisconsinites to carry concealed firearms.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new study suggests that black immigrants benefit from affirmative action policies in the U.S. more than descendents of slaves or African-Americans who suffered under Jim Crow laws.The findings, published in the American Journal of Education, suggest that the original goal of affirmative action policies - to right past wrongs and provide opportunities to disadvantaged groups - is not being met because the policies focus on race instead of heritage.