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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Despite the third straight month of job growth in October, Congressional Democrats are still reticent to give credit to the "Bush economy" for creating the new jobs. Republicans say the evidence of economic recovery is "just too clear to ignore."Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) called the positive economic news "very welcome," especially, he said, "after losing three million jobs in three years.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush has replaced the chairperson of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, but Mary Frances Berry will not leave her post without complaint.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Former Vice President Al Gore made headlines with his criticisms on Sunday of the Bush administration's implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act and the post-9/11 consolidation of federal law enforcement. But a CNSNews.com investigation shows that Gore proposed a very similar program 10 years earlier.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Clarifies status of Chambers' appeal)(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Park Police chief fired for discussing alleged funding and manpower deficiencies with the media has re-applied for her old job. A public employees' lobbying group that has supported Teresa Chamber's fight for her job in the past is now encouraging the National Park Service to re-hire the career law enforcement administrator.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Democratic U.S. senator and one-time presidential hopeful Paul Simon died Tuesday in Springfield, Ill., only one day after heart surgery to bypass a blocked artery and repair a malfunctioning valve. He was 75.It was the second time Simon, who became as well known for his bow ties as his deep voice, had undergone the surgery. He survived a multiple-bypass operation in late 1999.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The independent agency charged with promoting equal treatment for all Americans regardless of race, sex, ethnicity or disability and with investigating related violations of federal law is under new management for the first time in more than a decade. The incoming leadership inherits what the General Accounting Office once characterized as "an agency in disarray."
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Broadcast news organizations with a liberal bias and billionaires with potentially hidden political agendas will now control much of the flow of information about federal candidates in the days leading up to elections, according to critics of a Supreme Court decision issued Wednesday. Richard Lessner, executive director of the American Conservative Union, called the restrictions on issue advocacy groups, which don't apply to wealthy individuals, the "dirty little secret" of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) upheld by the court.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When Senate Democrats learned that a Republican staffer had been reading their correspondence during contentious battles over judicial nominees in 2004, they demanded a public investigation and the GOP acquiesced. But a newly disclosed document shows a markedly different and low-key response by both parties when Democrats were caught reading the opposing party's documents during the Clinton administration.
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) introduced a resolution Friday that would end the filibuster against two of President George Bush's judicial nominees by Senate Democrats. The move came just before a Rose Garden appearance with the president at the White House.Bush expressed his displeasure with the delay in voting on his nominees during that meeting.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Liberals have been lining up since Tuesday to assign blame for Democratic losses in the House and Senate. Meanwhile, proponents of the conservative agenda are claiming credit for the Republican victories.Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, blamed both President Bush and allegedly moderate Democrats for congressional defeats.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - During a media event to promote Democrats' new "Hispanic agenda" Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) apparently opened himself to criticism for what some Republicans claim are hypocritical remarks.Daschle claimed the Bush administration and the Republican leadership in Congress have "abandoned Latino families and our Latino neighbors.