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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) - A Heritage Foundation panel that reviewed President Bush's presidency midway through his first term gave the president good grades Monday. The three journalists and a politics professor praised Bush's job performance since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, crediting him with helping the nation cope while also carrying out a global war against terrorism.
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) - 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
(Correction: 62 percent of Maine legislative candidates have accepting public funding in 2002)(CNSNews.com) - Maine's taxpayer-financed political campaigns inherently benefit incumbents and have done little to increase competitiveness among candidates, according to a new analysis by the libertarian Cato Institute.
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) - Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), who earlier this week said President Bush "failed so miserably at diplomacy," reversed course Thursday, announcing his full support for the nation's military and its commander in chief."We may have had differences of opinion about what brought us to this point, but the president is the commander in chief, and today, we unite behind him as well," Daschle said Thursday on Capitol Hill.
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) - 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) - Michael Cloud, a Libertarian Party candidate for Massachusetts' U.S. Senate seat, is convinced that "the establishment" is afraid of a ballot measure in his state that would abolish the income tax, thus eliminating about $9 billion from the state budget.Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates are denouncing ballot question No. 1; lobbyists fear its potential impact; and the media is giving the issue little coverage. But despite all this, Cloud remains confident that more than half of all Bay Staters will vote yes on Nov. 5.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even though the U.S. Senate appears headed for a filibuster over the judicial nomination of Priscilla Owen, a senator from her home state of Texas remains hopeful Democrats will avoid that route.Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who once served with Owen on the state supreme court, warned his Democrat colleagues that they would suffer politically for holding up President Bush's judicial nominees.
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) - 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) - With Election Day closing in, two presidential candidates engaged in the one and only debate of the campaign Wednesday night. The stakes were high and the public's perception had the potential of swaying the election. It was a lopsided match, though, with the Democrat candidate easily picking apart his Republican opponent.What race is so close that the balance of power could shift on one debate, you ask? Look no further than "The West Wing," NBC's drama about a Democrat White House run by President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - With the U.S. Senate set to vote on the judicial nomination of Jeffrey Sutton Tuesday, liberal groups turned up the pressure on Democrats to reject the nomination.Advocates for the disabled led the charge Monday, swarming the Capitol for some last-minute lobbying before Tuesday's vote. Unlike nominee Miguel Estrada, Sutton will actually get a vote on the Senate floor without having his confirmation delayed by a filibuster.
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) - 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) - There might not be a more successful form of last minute politicking than the customized voter guides distributed by organizations ranging from labor unions to gun enthusiasts, all with the aim of tilting a close election one way or the other.The popularity of such guides has increased in the last decade since the Christian Coalition was successful getting its supporters to elect Republicans to office. When the GOP took control of the House and Senate in 1994, several other groups followed with similar tactics.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush's judicial nominees had a mixed day before the U.S. Senate Tuesday. Senators confirmed Jeffrey Sutton as a federal circuit court judge, but Democrats vowed to block Priscilla Owen's nomination with a filibuster.While conservatives lauded Sutton's confirmation, they chastised Democrats for playing politics with Owen, who becomes the second judicial nominee to face a filibuster by the Senate. For her nomination to pass, Republicans must amass 60 votes, a hurdle they are unlikely to overcome.
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.)