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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The chairman of the Republican National Committee suggested Wednesday that John Kerry's presidential campaign and CBS News were in cahoots to derail President Bush's re-election effort prior to the network's now infamous "60 Minutes" broadcast of National Guard memos that have since been discredited.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Republicans plan to begin actively fighting this week for several of President Bush's stalled judicial nominees in an effort to turn up the heat on Democrats who oppose their confirmations.Up until now, Republicans appeared to be losing the struggle against Democrats, who have successfully blocked the confirmations of former Justice Department attorney Miguel Estrada, Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen and Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When Republicans take control of the Congress in January, opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling will become a higher priority, but the likelihood of a bill passing remains cloudy, several policy analysts said.Even though Democrats and environmental groups will find themselves fighting an uphill battle over energy legislation and drilling in the refuge, better known as ANWR, Republicans do not have the 60 votes needed to stop a threatened filibuster, said Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow for the National Center for Policy Analysis.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Next year's Republican National Convention in New York City is 15 months away, but concerns are starting to mount that the state's GOP heavyweights might be embarrassed on their home turf.Taxes are on the rise across the state and in the Big Apple, and two of New York's high-profile Republicans - Gov. George E. Pataki and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg - are languishing with their lowest approval ratings since taking office.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Critics of the campaign finance law enacted last year by Congress told the U.S. Supreme Court Monday that it chills free speech by limiting political advertising and benefits incumbents who want to be sheltered from tough re-election contests.The case brought together traditional political adversaries seeking to strike down the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), which bans "soft money" contributions and regulates so-called "issue ads."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republicans in Washington, D.C., are hoping to capitalize politically in Mississippi on any attempt by Democrats to block the nomination of Mississippi federal judge Charles W. Pickering Sr., whose confirmation vote is expected to come days before the state's gubernatorial election.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The United Nations Population Fund claims inadequate reproductive health is the biggest obstacle facing the world's poor, according to a report released Tuesday, and a New York congresswoman says the Bush administration is partly to blame.U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) took aim at President Bush, accusing him of playing "abortion politics" at the expense of developing nations. She said the administration's decision in July to withhold the U.S. contribution of $34 million from the fund, known as UNFPA, has had a detrimental effect.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Later this decade, consumers will have the option to buy hydrogen fuel cell cars, but chances are they won't rush to purchase them unless they're offered a tax break from the government, according to lawmakers and car manufacturers.Some of the leading authorities on this emerging technology are in the nation's capital this week lobbying Congress to adopt an energy plan that will spur consumer interest in hydrogen-powered cars. The Electric Drive Transportation Association sponsored Wednesday's conference.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Republicans are keeping all options open in their attempt to confirm President Bush's judicial nominees, but an aide to Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said it's unlikely that Democrats would be challenged to a round-the-clock filibuster.Less than a week after Hispanic lawyer Miguel Estrada withdrew as an appeals court nominee, Frist's counsel, Manuel A. Miranda, said the majority leader was committed to moving forward on a handful of nominees who are awaiting confirmation.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A host of international organizations supporting abortion have launched a campaign against the United States and the Bush administration on the eve of a population conference focusing on Asia and the Pacific.Diplomats from across the globe have gathered in Bangkok, Thailand, for the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference, which starts Wednesday. It is the first of a series of regional meetings being held in advance of the 10-year anniversary of the International Conference of Population and Development.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Students in the District of Columbia wouldn't be allowed to attend neighboring schools in Maryland or Virginia under a new school choice bill backed by two House Republican committee chairmen.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Marlys Gilbert takes vitamins and herbs every day, so when she heard about a bill pending in the U.S. Senate that could possibly limit her selection, she naturally let her feelings be known.At issue is the Dietary Supplement Safety Act being pushed by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and three other liberal senators that requires manufacturers to report adverse health reactions - such as heart attack, seizure, stroke or death - for all dietary supplements on the market.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While the Boston Tea Party is viewed as the most significant tax revolt in the history of Massachusetts, voters this fall will have an opportunity to make a statement of their own.A ballot measure before voters on Nov. 5 would repeal all state personal income taxes, and in return cut $9 billion out of the commonwealth's $23 billion budget. For a state that critics nickname "Taxachusetts" because of its multitude of taxes and tolls, that would be a dramatic change, according to the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Before Trent Lott's decision to step down as leader of the Senate last week, the Bush administration appeared increasingly undecided about its position toward affirmative action in a case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next spring.Now with Lott out of the picture, however, a number of conservatives who are opposed to racial preferences said President Bush should take a firm stand against the practice of considering race in college admissions.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the signature drive to oust California Gov. Gray Davis enters its final week, leaders of the recall movement are gearing up for a fight with the Democrat secretary of state over certification of their petitions.The campaign is moving forward with more than 1 million signatures already, according to groups leading the effort. But as supporters of the recall are planning their victory celebrations on the Fourth of July, they remain fearful that Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, a Democrat like Davis, might find a way to thwart their plans.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even though California Gov. Gray Davis was re-elected in 2002 using punch-card ballots, a federal appeals court ruled Monday that the Oct. 7 recall election should not go forward because that same system would disenfranchise some voters.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Republican-led Senate ignored a presidential veto threat Tuesday and voted to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's recently adopted rules on broadcast ownership.A dozen Republicans joined Democrats in passing the bill 55 to 40. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) had joined with Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) in co-sponsoring the so-called "congressional veto" resolution. The measure now moves to the House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain fate.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The American Life League is asking California Democratic Gov. Gray Davis to veto a bill that would require medical schools to train OB/GYN students how to perform abortions.The bill passed the state Senate 25-13 earlier this month after getting approval from the Assembly by a 45-27 margin in May. Davis has yet to take a position on the bill.In introducing the measure, Democratic Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson noted that most obstetrics and gynecology students must take elective classes if they want to receive abortion training.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With Republicans now in control of the U.S. Senate, the Bush administration plans to renew its fight to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, making it a signature piece of its energy plan.Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton said drilling in the refuge, known as ANWR, continues to be on the administration's wish list despite vows from some Democrats to derail the plan.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Update: Four states - California, New Jersey, Nevada and Pennsylvania - are beginning their new fiscal years July 1 without a budget. Wire reports say lawmakers in Oregon, New Hampshire and Connecticut approved stop-gap measures to keep their governments running while lawmakers keep working on budget plans.)