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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) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Friday threw some weight behind 2008 Republican presidential frontrunner Rudy Giuliani even though Gingrich may himself decide to enter the race in September.Citing his "extraordinary accomplishments" as New York City mayor, Gingrich praised Giuliani for bringing a new approach to an inefficient government. Gingrich said this needs to happen on a much larger scale across the nation.
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week would designate English as the country's official language and require immigrants to learn English before becoming naturalized citizens."English is the language of opportunity in America," the bill's primary sponsor, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), said in a statement. "The best way for our newcomers to work toward their own success is through our common bond of language."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The announcement Monday that Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) will retire before the end of the year has "taken a lot of people by surprise" and will "shake up the Republican leadership," according a conservative political analyst, who speculated that Rep. Charles "Chip" Pickering may be chosen to fill Lott's Senate seat.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Leading Democratic proponents of setting a timetable for pulling troops out of Iraq have refused to meet with the father of a dead soldier who believes a withdrawal would mean his son's life was "wasted."Army SSG Joshua Hager was wounded near Ramadi when an improvised explosive device blew up under his vehicle on Feb. 22, 2007. He died the next day from his injuries.Hager's father, Kris Hager, wants opponents of the war to rethink their position because he believes ending U.S. involvement would mean his son's life was wasted there.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Correction: The Campaign for America's Future and Media Matters for America released the report.) (CNSNews.com) - American attitudes toward political and social issues are trending in favor of "progressive" positions and have been for some time, according to a report released Wednesday by the liberal Campaign for America's Future and Media Matters for America.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Republicans said Monday they would continue to propose legislative measures aimed at killing the erstwhile broadcasting regulation known as the Fairness Doctrine even though Democrats blocked the first attempt last week.Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) on Friday offered an amendment to the Defense authorization bill that would have prevented the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstituting the Fairness Doctrine.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Ottawa, Ontario (CNSNews.com) - President Bush is meeting with other world leaders in Canada this week to establish, in part, a "New World Order" that subverts national sovereignty, according to some leading American conservatives who have taken a hard stance against the president over the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP).
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Three California Democrats in Congress announced a bill Wednesday that they say would force President Bush to withdraw troops from Iraq within six months.Their legislation would repeal the authorization for the use of force, fully fund a six-month withdrawal of U.S. forces and military contractors in Iraq, and prohibit permanent military bases from existing there. It would also provide economic and political aid to the Iraqi government.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senators were hesitant Thursday to align themselves with former President Bill Clinton, who last year told NBC's "Meet The Press" anchor Tim Russert that torture would be an acceptable way to get time-sensitive information from known terrorists.On Sept. 24, 2006, Clinton posed a scenario to Russert in which "we get lucky, we get the number three guy in al Qaeda, and we know there's a big bomb going off in America in three days and we know this guy knows where it is. Don't we have the right and the responsibility to beat it out of him?"