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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Clarifies that the Senate will vote the week of Sept. 15 on a resolution of disapproval, which would reverse the FCC decision, not the appropriations bill applying to the Commerce, Justice and State Departments.)(CNSNews.com) - The quality of television programming pumped into America's living rooms hangs in the balance, judging from the ongoing debate over whether to let big media companies gobble up more market share.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Republicans on Thursday re-introduced a bill banning a late-term abortion procedure dubbed "partial birth" abortion. The House and Senate have previously passed such a ban, but President Clinton vetoed the measure in 1998. This time, Republicans control the presidency and both chambers of Congress, but the major stumbling block for a partial birth abortion ban could be the U.S. Supreme Court.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While the Democratic front is mostly calm in New Hampshire's Sept. 10 primaries, it's Republicans who are battling it out for their party's nomination in the state's U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races.Two-term Republican Sen. Bob Smith faces a career-threatening challenge from U.S. Rep. John Sununu, while three would-be Republican governors vie for the endorsement of the GOP rank-and-file.Sununu leads Smith, 56 to 34 percent, according to a University of New Hampshire (UNH) poll of likely primary voters conducted Aug. 29 through Sept. 3.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With another war looming and the next presidential election year approaching, many doubt that America's senior citizens will get their hoped-for Medicare prescription drug benefit this year.The House and Senate budget committees have started putting together a budget that includes a drug benefit, President Bush's long-term reforms and cost containment measures.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Both major political parties are citing issue and tactical advantages that will produce Election Day victories in enough Senate races to win control of the chamber, which Democrats now enjoy by a one-vote majority.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Congress is back from spring recess this week, but there's no sign yet that Republican moderates in the Senate will consent to increasing President Bush's tax cut above the $350 billion mark. That's less than half of the original $726 billion, 10-year dividend tax cut and still well below the House-passed $550 billion.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Vice President Walter "Fritz" Mondale famously (and disastrously) promised tax hikes in his 1984 presidential campaign. "We're going to tax their a** off," Mondale allegedly whispered to fellow Democrat and former Illinois Rep. Dan Rostenkowski during the Democratic convention that year (as recounted in the 1987 book Showdown At Gucci Gulch).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Think Republicans are the small government party? Federal domestic spending rose eight percent from 2001 to 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, at a time when the GOP controlled the White House and the U.S. House.A decade ago, when Democrats controlled all of Congress and the presidency, spending rose 4.8 percent from 1993 to 1994.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With homeland security one of the top concerns of federal agencies, America's businesses are increasingly concerned about forthcoming regulations that could prove complex and costly.Businesses and their lawyers are already taking steps to make sure regulators don't trample on American businesses and their rights in the name of security.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the House of Representatives Thursday readied for a vote on whether to allow drug importation from Canada and other price-control countries, a split amongst free market advocates remained un-mended.While most Republicans oppose the plan (H.R. 2427) sponsored by Gil Gutknecht (R-Minn.) and brought to the floor via the maneuvering of Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), a small number of conservatives took a different tact.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush economic stimulus plan, which would end double taxation on dividend income and expand tax breaks for small businesses, is being labeled by congressional Democrats as a giveaway to rich taxpayers.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential rivals Howard Dean and John Kerry have both come forward with their blueprints for federally mandated mental health insurance parity, despite the fact that Americans now have unprecedented access to prescription drug treatment.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist Friday announced that the Senate will recess for the President's Day holiday instead of forcing a vote on the judicial nomination of Miguel Estrada.Speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference Friday, Frist said he will try to force a vote on the nomination of Estrada to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals after the recess is over and the Senate reconvenes.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the eve of the Florida primaries, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno is fighting for her political life. Once the overwhelming favorite to win the state's Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Reno at this point might not even make it onto the November ballot.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite skepticism from teacher unions and other interest groups, the Bush administration is developing national teacher certification standards to encourage states to get skilled industry professionals into the teaching profession, end teacher shortages and fulfill the goals of the president's No Child Left Behind Act, which calls for reducing barriers and increasing standards for entering the teaching field.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The closely watched Texas Senate race to succeed retiring Republican Phil Gramm hinges on minority voter turnout on Election Day and the Republican candidate's closeness to President Bush, the two candidates believe.Winning the Texas seat has become more important to Democrats in maintaining their one vote majority, especially since ethics scandals forced New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli to drop out of his race this week. Polls have shown the Texas race close, with neither candidate consistently in the lead.