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July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a brief interim ruling, the Florida Supreme Court allowed the electoral board of Palm Beach County, Fla., to go forward with a manual recount. However, the Court has not ruled on all of the issues at hand, including whether Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris is required to count the manual recounts toward final certification of the vote."There is no legal impediment to the recounts continuing," the Court said in an interim ruling in Palm Beach County v. Harris. "[The canvassing board is] authorized to proceed with the manual recount."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Though Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday that he has spent most of his political life "debunking the importance of public opinion polls," it is clear that public opinion is turning against him.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Environmentalists are already raising red flags about President-elect George W. Bush's choice of Gale Norton to head the Interior Department. "[We] will hope for the best but prepare for the worst," said Rodger Schlickeisen, president of the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife. "Gale Norton's record indicates that she has not been a moderate on environmental and conservation issues, but rather a right-wing extremist."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The House leadership has agreed to a jurisdictional change for the House Banking Committee that will defuse a longstanding conflict over committee chairmanships in the next Congress, and create a massive new financial "supercommittee."Sources on Capitol Hill say House Speaker Dennis Hastert has agreed to move jurisdiction over the securities and insurance industries from the House Commerce Committee to the House Banking Committee and put Rep. Michael Oxley (R-Ohio) in charge of the newly expanded body, to be renamed the Financial Services Committee.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris says that she "anticipates receiving the certification of overseas absentee ballots from all counties by noon tomorrow" - which she says will decide who wins Florida's 25 electoral votes.Harris added that she was "pleased that the courts have upheld my right to exercise the duties assigned by law to the office of Secretary of State."Earlier today, federal judge Terry Lewis upheld Harris' broad discretion over certifying Florida's presidential votes.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The House Government Reform Committee concluded hearings Thursday into whether Attorney General Janet Reno called off an investigation into the alleged drug-dealing activities of a prominent rap promoter and did so under pressure from a leading Democratic House member.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The 107th Congress - historic because of its unprecedented closeness, as well as the presence of First Lady and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton - convened on Tuesday amid parties, celebrations, and pomp and circumstance. The new Congress, with a closely divided House and an evenly divided Senate, has the potential to make or break the second Bush presidency, observers say, by either rising to new levels of bipartisanship and comity or sinking into inter-party bickering.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Gore campaign advisor Warren Christopher says he is "disappointed" by Judge Terry Lewis' decision and said Democrats would appeal the decision to the Florida Supreme Court and attempt to overturn any certification Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris makes to the state canvassing board."We expect the recounts will continue," said Christopher. "We must not let expediency compromise our basic precepts and principles."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two state judges in Florida Friday ruled in favor of President-elect George W. Bush in a pair of cases involving questionable absentee ballot applications. Bush took one huge step toward occupying the White House when Leon County Judges Terry Lewis and Nikki Clark denied motions by Democrats to throw out more than 25,000 absentee ballots.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Hillary Rodham Clinton made history today when she was sworn in as New York's junior senator as the only first lady to seek and win elected office. Sen. Clinton was joined by President Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea, her mother, Dorothy Rodham, and a nephew, all of whom watched the swearing-in from the gallery. Vice President Al Gore administered the oath in his capacity as president of the Senate. Afterwards, the president described his mood as "ecstatic."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An up and down day in the battle over Florida's 25 electoral votes: After winning a big case Friday in a state circuit court, the Bush campaign's celebrations were cut short by a 4:00 p.m. ruling from the Florida Supreme Court enjoining Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris from certifying the vote Saturday at noon.And just after 6:00 p.m., a new setback: a federal appeals court in Atlanta rejected a Bush motion to halt manual recounts in two Florida counties.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic plaintiffs in the Seminole and Martin County absentee ballot cases indicated Friday they will appeal their losses immediately to Florida's First District Court of Appeals.Following Friday's ruling by Leon County Circuit Court Judge Nikki Clark, the attorney for the Seminole County plaintiff, Gerald Richman, said his team "respectfully disagrees with the judge's findings."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Spencer Abraham, the defeated Michigan Senator who is President-elect Bush's choice to head the Energy Department, will face a number of challenges in his new position, including the opposition of environmental groups, rising home heating costs, security lapses in departmental facilities - and his own history of calling for the department to be abolished.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Bowing to pressure from military rights advocates, Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth directed the state's 67 counties Monday to count absentee overseas ballots that bear no postmark. Republicans had complained that more than 1,400 military ballots were thrown out of Friday's counting because of difficulties with the postmark; overseas absentee ballots, many of them from military personnel, have broken overwhelmingly for Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
CORRECTION: Corrects nature of Seminole and Martin County SCOFLA appeals.Tallahassee (CNSNews.com) - Florida lawmakers are keeping a sharp eye on Washington, D.C., Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on whether the hand recount of ballots from across the state should continue.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The list of liberal organizations opposing the nomination of John Ashcroft to be Attorney General continues to lengthen, setting the scene for a confirmation showdown with a federal judge whose nomination Ashcroft blocked.A spokesman for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the panel plans to issue a formal invitation to Judge Ronnie White, an African-American judge whose nomination to the federal bench was scuttled by Ashcroft, then a senator from Missouri.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "Allowing the manual recounts to proceed in an expeditious manner, rather than imposing an arbitrary seven-day deadline, is consistent not only with the statutory scheme but with prior United States Supreme Court pronouncements": Thus did the Florida Supreme Court deal a major blow to the presidential hopes of Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Tallahassee (CNSNews.com) - Florida House Speaker Tom Feeney indicated Monday that if the U.S. Supreme Court fails to deliver a ruling on whether to continue manual ballot recounts by 10am Tuesday, the Florida Legislature will then act to name a slate of electors. Feeney said the legislature will hold off until after the ruling, only if instructed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Some immigrants rights advocates are torn in the aftermath of Linda Chavez' failed nomination for labor secretary: happy that the conservative Chavez will not get the cabinet post, but fearful that the episode will cause people to rethink extending private charity to illegal aliens in need.Chavez withdrew her nomination Tuesday in the face of questions about a Guatemalan illegal alien who lived with her in the early 1990s, taking spending money from Chavez in exchange for performing household chores.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "It appears, regrettably, that the Vice President [Al Gore] wants to go back and change the rules after the counting is over," said Bush spokesperson Karen Hughes, in response to a proposal from Gore to recount all of Florida's votes over the next seven days.