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July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In spite of the fact that New Orleans officials in July withdrew their bid to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the president of the National Urban League on Wednesday urged both parties to hold their conventions in the city.New Orleans on July 13 said it was too difficult to raise money to finance a national political convention. A spokesman for the city told Congressional Quarterly that city officials wanted to focus on rebuilding the city after Hurricane Katrina instead of spending time and money on a political convention.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two watchdog groups that publicize campaign finance records have launched new features that will allow website visitors to search information about politicians' personal finances and privately funded trips, as well as government spending.The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), which operates OpenSecrets.org, is now publishing data that shows how much members of Congress are worth and how much money has been spent by other organizations on their travel.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Congressman-elect Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, will not address a meeting of a controversial Islamic organization Saturday even though the group has been advertising since the election that he would be the keynote speaker.The Council on American Islamic Relations announced Nov. 9 that Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, would be the keynote speaker at the group's annual banquet on Nov. 18.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the eve of President Bush's sixth State of the Union speech Tuesday, hundreds of College Republicans around the country plan to rally in support of his stay-the-course strategy in Iraq.Several hundred students are expected to gather Monday night in Washington, D.C., where Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will address the first "Finish the Job, Support the Troops" rally. More than 100 local chapters of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) will also host "watch parties" Tuesday night so students can watch and discuss the speech.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A little known African American woman announced Thursday that she will try to unseat Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who has been mired in controversy since she struck a U.S. Capitol policeman in the chest with her closed fist.Catherine Davis, a human resources manager who has never held elected office, said she is running because McKinney's "dismal legislative record and her outrageous behavior are an embarrassment to the hard-working folks in my district." McKinney represents Georgia's 4th Congressional District.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday accused the Bush administration of creating the impression that the war in Iraq would be "some kind of day at the beach." But transcripts of Bush's speeches from March 2003 show that Bush tried to distance himself from analysts who said the campaign would be easy.During a campaign stop for Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), McCain said, "One of the biggest mistakes we made was underestimating the size of the task and the sacrifices that would be required," according to the Associated Press.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More Americans from all sides of the political spectrum are embracing "environmentally friendly" positions, according to a survey released Wednesday by an environmental group.The survey of 1,417 likely voters conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) for the Civil Society Institute (CSI) projected that more than 45 million likely voters could be labeled "red, white and green."
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Thursday encouraged the Republican Party to return to conservative principles of limited government and the rule of law.Speaking at the annual meeting of the conservative Federalist Society in Washington, D.C., McCain said he was not discouraged by Republican losses in the U.S. House and Senate in last week's midterm election."The election was not an affirmation of the other party's program," said McCain, who is considered a frontrunner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Echoing the accusations of musician Harry Belafonte and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan on Monday wondered aloud whether President Bush is "10 times the bigger terrorist than Osama bin Laden."
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Connecticut Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman is losing ground to his challenger, Ned Lamont, ahead of the party's Aug. 8 primary, according to various public opinion polls. But Lieberman still receives high marks from Connecticut voters and, according to several polls, would win the general election regardless of his party affiliation.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After wrapping up the second annual "Camp Casey" protest in Crawford, Texas, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan will travel to Washington, D.C., to kick off a 17-day protest and conference aimed at ending the war and "righting injustices."Sheehan rose to fame in the anti-war movement in August 2005 when she camped out near President Bush's Crawford ranch demanding a meeting with him. She named the protest "Camp Casey" after her son, Spc. Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004 after voluntarily re-enlisting in the Army for a second tour of duty.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The news that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) failed to disclose a land deal that earned him $700,000 -- three years after he sold the land to a friend's company -- isn't "sexy" enough for front page news, according to one political analyst.Since the Associated Press reported on Reid's 2004 windfall last week, the power players of printed news have focused largely on the two-week-old sex scandal surrounding former Congressman Mark Foley (R-Fla.).
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Yet another conservative leader is calling on Republicans to focus on conservative principles in the wake of the party's loss of the U.S. House and Senate in the midterm elections.Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour called on conservatives Friday to return to the attitude they had before the Republican takeover of 1994.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Once the wife of a Republican congressman, but now the editor of a liberal blog, Arianna Huffington is joking that the Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address made her want to slit her wrists.The source of Huffington's frustration was Virginia's new Democratic governor, Tim Kaine, who was given the national spotlight Tuesday night to deliver the official Democratic response.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan announced Wednesday that she plans to begin an "open-ended hunger strike" on July 4 to urge the Bush administration to bring troops home from Iraq."We hope the fast will galvanize public attention, invigorate the peace movement, build pressure on elected officials, and get our troops back home," Sheehan said in a statement posted on the anti-war blogosphere.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The International Socialist Organization has rescinded its sponsorship of Cindy Sheehan's upcoming 17-day anti-war protest in Washington, D.C., according to a spokesman for the event.As Cybercast News Service previously reported, the ISO had been listed on news releases as a sponsor of "Camp Democracy," a protest and convention scheduled to take place on the National Mall Sept. 5-21.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In an effort to "reclaim democracy," a left-wing activist group is offering whistleblowers a $250,000 reward to expose "election rigging."In order to qualify for the money, a tipster's information must lead to overturning a House or Senate race and a conviction of the people responsible for rigging the election, according to VelvetRevolution, the network of liberal groups offering the reward.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Seventy-four U.S. congressmen on Monday urged Amnesty International to remain neutral on the issue of abortion at its August 2007 meeting, where the human rights group will consider taking a stance in favor of access to abortion.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Fifty-six members of the U.S. House on Friday urged House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), to fight the renewal of a provision in the Voting Rights Act that mandates multilingual ballots."We believe these ballot provisions encourage the linguistic division of our nation and contradict the 'Melting Pot' ideal that has made us the most successful multi-ethnic nation on earth," the 56 House members wrote. Only one of those signing the letter is a Democrat - Collin Peterson of Minnesota.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton Friday said the lack of consensus in the Democratic Party on several issues, including the war in Iraq, is good for the party and for American democracy."Although unity is important, it is not the most important value," Clinton said in a speech to the New Democrat Network conference in Washington, D.C. "It is, I think, a tribute to the Democratic Party at this moment in time that we are honestly and openly struggling with a lot of the difficult issues facing our country."