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July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberal judicial activism can be stopped through a three-tiered approach, according to a panel of experts who addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday. The approach includes appointing more judicial conservatives to the federal bench, getting Congress to exercise the authority it currently has over the federal courts and amending the Constitution to prohibit judges from expanding or contracting the document's meaning, the conservatives argued.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even before President Bush made the formal announcement that D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John G. Roberts would be his nominee to fill the seat to be vacated by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, conservative groups and politicians were lining up to praise him, even though a few did so cautiously.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The controversy over a proposal to give a Middle Eastern country control over some operations at six major U.S. ports is bringing renewed attention to the role trade issues can play in American efforts to combat terrorism. Democrat and Republican administrations have supported free trade as a tool to alleviate the conditions that tend to encourage terrorists, but a university researcher believes free trade and fighting terrorism are, by definition, "competing interests."
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even before President Bush made the formal announcement that D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John G. Roberts would be his nominee to fill the seat to be vacated by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, conservative groups and politicians were lining up to praise him, even though a few did so cautiously.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The controversy over a proposal to allow Dubai Ports World to operate terminals at some major U.S. ports may have hurt President Bush's approval rating, but it could be helping some members of Congress move legislation they believe is needed to better protect U.S. seaports from terrorist threats.Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity, believes most Americans are now more aware of port security deficiencies than they were even a month ago.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Lawmakers have proposed a number of "solutions" to the problem of illegal immigration, from amnesty programs to mass deportations. But one conservative Republican says the key to discouraging illegal immigration is to hit the employers who hire them right where it counts: in the wallet.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Cynthia McKinney still does not know whether she will face criminal charges for allegedly punching a U.S. Capitol Police officer who stopped her at a security checkpoint. But the Georgia Democrat is pulling no punches with the media, ordering an Atlanta television station not to broadcast derogatory comments she made about a member of her staff on Saturday.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Many Republicans and some media outlets are praising the immigration proposals outlined by President Bush. But some conservative leaders warned Tuesday that the administration's insistence on a so-called "guest worker" program for illegal aliens could cost the GOP control of Congress later this year and that the alleged arrogance behind the proposal could put a Democrat in the White House in 2008.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Richard Durbin will vote against Supreme Court nominee John Roberts in the Senate Judiciary Committee if Roberts disagrees with the Illinois Democrat's view that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to abortion. But that vote would directly contradict Durbin's beliefs as expressed in a 1989 letter to a constituent. The recipient of that letter, Frank Tureskis, says he feels "violated" by Durbin's abandonment of the right-to-life position. He lived in Springfield, Ill., when Durbin was running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1981.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An ABC News report, claiming that U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is a target of the FBI's probe of alleged congressional corruption, is based on a Justice Department leak, according to Hastert's deputy chief of staff. Mike Stokke claims the Justice Department tried to retaliate against Hastert for his harsh condemnation of the FBI's search of another congressional office over the weekend.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen, considered by political insiders to be a contender for the party's 2008 presidential nomination, is being accused of breaking a campaign promise with his support of pro-homosexual federal "hate crimes" legislation. Allen denies that he broke any promise.The criticism comes from Joe Glover, president of the Virginia-based Family Policy Network (FPN) and involves an Oct. 27, 2000, letter that Allen wrote to a constituent.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Advocates for tougher enforcement of U.S. Immigration laws say the White House has put "a lump of coal in the stockings of American workers" with a Christmas Eve proposal to allow more foreign workers to enter the country and amnesty for some workers who have already entered illegally.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy implied Tuesday that congressional colleagues who do not share his support for a failed gun ban being reintroduced in the House are mentally ill. The Rhode Island Democrat also accused lawmakers who oppose the anti-gun legislation of not caring about police safety.Kennedy is the son of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and the nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, both of whom were shot to death.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In light of a Massachusetts court ruling Wednesday that the state's legislature cannot use civil unions as a substitute for so-called "gay marriages" in that state, many voters are asking where the Democrats competing for their party's presidential nomination stand on the issue.While none of the leading Democratic candidates has openly supported homosexual "marriage," all four believe that homosexual partners should have the same legal rights and privileges as married couples.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday that changing the Senate rules to overcome unprecedented filibusters against judicial nominees would create "turmoil" and "bedlam.""If we have the nuclear option, the Senate will be in turmoil and the Judiciary Committee will be hell," Specter (R-Pa.) told reporters at a Capitol Hill press conference.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Adds comments from the National Abortion Federation.) (CNSNews.com) - The former Republican counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee has told CNSNews.com that the quest for money, more than liberal political ideology, is what drives the most effective special interest groups - abortion lobbyists, trial lawyers and labor unions - fighting against President Bush's conservative judicial nominees. "What would be truly shocking to the American people is the profit motive that is involved," Manuel Miranda said.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New York Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel Friday responded to suggestions that the federal income tax be gradually replaced with some form of consumption tax, saying that equal taxation is unfair.Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told the President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform Thursday that the current U.S. tax code is so complicated as to be a drain on the economy.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Clarifies that Miranda departed Sen. Bill Frist's office earlier this month, not Judiciary Committee)
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Adds comment from the press secretary for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.) (CNSNews.com) - The former Republican counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee is "disappointed" that Republican senators have not defended him more forcefully for uncovering Democrat memos laying out plans to derail President Bush's judicial nominees. Manuel Miranda said he has done nothing wrong and believes he deserves an apology from his accusers.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A former Senate Judiciary Committee intern with extensive experience as a computer network security administrator has denied that anyone broke into committee computers, a charge leveled by Democrats who say a key Republican stole their political strategy memos.The intern said the memos - detailing efforts by Judiciary Committee Democrats and allied liberal special interest groups to derail President Bush's conservative judicial nominees - were not stolen, but rather were freely available to anyone authorized to access the committee's computer network.