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July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(Corrects campaign slogan in second graph) (CNSNews.com) - In the race for the seat of retiring Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), a delegate in the Virginia Legislature is mounting a campaign against a former governor and presidential candidate, amassing support from social conservatives, and has an opportunity to win the Republican Party nomination, according to some experts in Old Dominion politics.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Self-described anarchists and "anti-authoritarians" are planning to "shut down" the Republican National Convention, which will take place in St. Paul, Minn., on Sept. 1-4.Mindful of the upcoming protests, the city's police force said it will quintuple its numbers to deter possible aggressive action by the activists.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Facing a $1 billion shortfall in state transportation funding, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has proposed a regional increase in the state tax on car sales and additional hikes in state automobile registration fees and other taxes. The governor said the money would pay for needed maintenance on roads and bridges that are part of a transportation infrastructure already strained to the limit by explosive population growth in the Northern Virginia suburbs surrounding Washington, D.C., and in the state's Hampton Roads region.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - There is evidence that the Islamic Republic of Iran is providing support to insurgent groups in Iraq that has resulted in the death of U.S. servicemen there and the further destabilization of the country, according to U.S. Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the Third Infantry Division.In response, a U.S. foreign policy expert argues that the U.S. should launch an airstrike on Iranian facilities that provide training and material support to those insurgents.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The public's view of the Republican Party in the U.S. House going into the 2008 election is the "worst since Watergate," according to Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). The perception, in fact, is "in the trash can," he said. Davis also said that a recent string of losses in congressional special elections serve as "canaries in the coal mine," i.e., warnings of more losses for Republicans this fall, unless the GOP changes its "brand."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Fairfax, Va. (CNSNews.com) - In advance of today's Potomac Primaries in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., former President Bill Clinton led a rally for his wife's campaign at George Mason University Monday night. Although polls show Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) trailing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in Maryland and the District, some analysts think Clinton has a chance in Virginia.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Leaders of 60 conservative groups wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, urging it to grant federal judiciary nominees an up-or-down vote in the Senate this year, lest it risk being "remembered for presiding over historic levels of obstruction." President Bush similarly urged confirmation of his appointees in a White House speech last week.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A cursory look at coverage of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign run shows that many reporters and observers describe his persona and rallies as near-Messianic or Christ-like. This phenomenon has prompted some analysts to describe the campaign as cult-ish and fueled by emotion.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is facing renewed criticism regarding his national security policies as he continues his campaign for his party's presidential nomination. In a YouTube video Obama made for a liberal pacifist organization last year, the senator called for major cuts in defense spending, slowing the development of future combat systems, and cutting investments in America's ballistic missile defense program.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If a U.S. Supreme Court justice steps down in the coming months, the Bush administration may have an easier time filling the seat with a conservative nominee than is generally expected, some political analysts argue.The first full term in which Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., and Associate Justice Samuel Alito have served together is drawing to a close, and the country is again bracing for the possibility of another justice retiring from the bench.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pundits speculating about the viability of an independent presidential campaign by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg agree he would have no chance of winning, but some argue that he could nonetheless have a significant impact on the race -- in part by opening it up to other third party hopefuls.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While President Bush is looking for signs of success in Iraq, congressional Democrats -- and even some Republicans -- this week were seeing mostly failures."The last of the reinforcements arrived in Iraq earlier this month -- and the full surge has begun," President Bush said Thursday in a speech at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I."And there are hopeful signs, the president added.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Twenty years after President Ronald Reagan's failed nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, another fight is brewing in the U.S. Senate over a judicial nominee - this time, over Leslie Southwick, a nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - As president, Barack Obama would "not wait until [Cuban dictator Fidel Castro] dies" before establishing diplomatic relations with Havana, according to a Democratic lawmaker acting as a surrogate for the Illinois senator in a panel discussion on Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) continues to gear up for a likely presidential campaign, a significant amount of his support is coming from an Internet community of supporters known as "Fred Heads."Perhaps the most prominent gathering ground of these devotees is FredThompsonFacts.com, a Web site filled with "Awesome Facts About Fred Thompson."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Drama came to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) broke ranks with her Democratic colleagues to vote in favor of sending the nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick, a nominee to the Fifth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, to the Senate floor for confirmation.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Amid signs of increasing American support for the Bush administration's troop surge policy in Iraq, questions remain about how to accurately measure success in this phase of the war against terror.A USA Today-Gallup poll on Monday showed increasing support for the troop surge: Thirty-one percent of respondents said the additional troops were "making the situation better" -- up from 22 percent a month ago, the poll showed.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A proposed California ballot initiative would change the way the state's electoral votes are allocated, and it could help the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, analysts say.Launched by Thomas W. Hiltachk, a legal counsel to California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Presidential Election Reform Act is similar to the system already in place in Maine and Nebraska.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Following Sen. John McCain's victory in the New Hampshire primary, the South Carolina primary looms as the next major electoral battle. And two Republican presidential hopefuls, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee -- southerners both -- may face a tougher challenge in S.C. than conventional wisdom suggests.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Confirmation of nominees to the federal bench has been one of the most contentious issues between Congress and the Bush administration. The president has won some and lost some, but a contested Senate precedent dubbed the "Thurmond Rule" may cripple any nominations for the rest of Bush's term.