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July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Austin, Texas (CNSNews.com) - A clearly stunned Bush campaign has retreated within its headquarters to await the results of a recount in Florida - a recount that's began in all 67 Florida counties shortly after noon and could take a day or more to complete. The only statement made to reporters this morning consists of a brief statement from campaign chairman Don Evans thanking their supporters and expressing confidence that "when it is all said and done, we will prevail."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republicans who served as observers during manual recounts in Florida have likened the event to a "slow motion coup."In the counties where partial or full manual recounts were held, Republicans from all over the U.S. were asked to observe the canvassers who counted ballots and looked for fallen, hanging, dimpled or pregnant chad in an attempt to determine the intent of individual voters. Partisan observers had the job of objecting if they saw anything go by that was inappropriate.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Tallahassee (CNSNews.com) - Calling the actions of the Florida Supreme Court "overly partisan and activist," a new organization promises to change the makeup of the state's highest court so that it "better represents the views of the people of Florida." Susan Johnson, who heads the effort called "Balance to the Bench," promises to campaign for the non-retention of several Florida Supreme Court justices who ordered a resumption of the hand recount of disputed ballots in the state's contested presidential election last Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Arriving on Capitol Hill for what promises to be a bruising confirmation hearing, Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft said he was "upbeat" about his chances of being confirmed and was "looking forward to telling our side of the story."In response to a question from CNSNews.com, Ashcroft said that his preparation team had "worked hard and prayed hard," and was confident that the Senate would confirm him this month.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Austin, Texas (CNSNews.com) - It rained so hard at one point the lights went out. The food was bad, and what little food there was ran out too quickly. It was cold, unseasonably so for Texas. But on Tuesday night, as intrepid Bush supporters endured the loss of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida - only to gain Florida back, then lose it again - they stayed on and on in Austin.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
U.S. Supreme Court (CNSNews.com) - America's already historic presidential election impasse entered the U.S. Supreme Court Friday with lawyers representing Republican President-elect George W. Bush and a collection of Florida canvassing boards arguing whether the Florida Supreme Court had the authority to decide a key element in the post-election squabble.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Tallahassee (CNSNews.com) - Florida state Senate leaders say they plan to proceed on Wednesday with a scheduled vote on appointing a slate of electors in Florida's presidential election, despite Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ruled out more recounts in Florida's contested election. "The debate will continue as scheduled and a vote will be held Wednesday," said a statement from Senate President John McKay's office.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Arriving on Capitol Hill for what promises to be a bruising confirmation hearing, Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft said he was "upbeat" about his chances of being confirmed and was "looking forward to telling our side of the story."In response to a question from CNSNews.com, Ashcroft said that his preparation team had "worked hard and prayed hard," and was confident that the Senate would confirm him this month.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Andre Fladell, the Palm Beach County, Fla., resident who is a plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking a new presidential vote in his county because of an allegedly confusing ballot, is a long-time Democratic operative in the area who advised Democratic Senator-elect Bill Nelson of Florida.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
U.S. Supreme Court (CNSNews.com) - Even before the traditional incantation of the chief marshal - "God save the United States and this honorable court!" - the atmosphere inside the august chambers of the nation's highest court reflected the historic nature of Friday's arguments on Florida's contested presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite talk of bipartisanship coming from both sides, national Democrats have begun to sharpen their knives for President-elect George W. Bush's legislative agenda - and no proposal is a bigger target than his $1.3 trillion tax cut.Bush repeated Monday that he would stand by his 10-year proposal. "I campaigned on a clear view of tax relief, and that's what I'm going to bring to the House and Senate," Bush said during a brief question-and-answer session after a meeting with congressional leaders.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - African-American activists and members of Congress echoed the NAACP's warning Wednesday, that senators who vote to confirm former Sen. John Ashcroft as U.S. attorney general will face reprisals at the ballot box.Kweisi Mfume, president of the NAACP, said his group plans to conduct information campaigns in the states of senators who will vote to confirm Ashcroft's nomination.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
1st add: Includes quotes from other Palm Beach County-area Democratic activists(CNSNews.com) - Andre Fladell, the Palm Beach County, Fla., resident who is a plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking a new presidential vote in his county because of an allegedly confusing ballot, is a long-time Democratic operative in the area who advised Democratic Senator-elect Bill Nelson of Florida.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
U.S. Supreme Court (CNSNews.com) - America's already historic presidential election impasse entered the U.S. Supreme Court Friday with lawyers representing Republican President-elect George W. Bush and a collection of Florida canvassing boards arguing whether the Florida Supreme Court had the authority to decide a key element in the post-election squabble.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Groups on both sides of the environmental debate are hedging their support for President-elect George W. Bush's apparent choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman. Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, said Whitman has a "mixed record" on environmental issues, but added that he believes the group "could work with her . . . We applaud the leadership she demonstrated to protect New Jersey's open space and to strengthen our nation's clean-air standards."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As hearings began Thursday on President-elect Bush's nomination of Gale Norton to be Interior Secretary, anti-Norton forces stepped up their attempts to derail the nomination.On Thursday, three members of an environmental group were arrested after staging a protest on the third floor of the Interior Department building in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Andre Fladell, the Palm Beach County, Fla., resident who is a plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking a new presidential vote in his county because of an allegedly confusing ballot, is a long-time Democratic operative in the area who was fined and placed on probation for Medicare fraud in 1988.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
First Write-Through(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court Monday unanimously set aside a Florida Supreme Court ruling on the state's controversial election results - awarding an apparent major victory to Republican George W. Bush, whose lawyers had argued that the Florida high court exceeded its authority when it extended the deadline for the state's presidential results to be certified.The court overturned the ruling, sending it back to the Florida Supreme Court for further review and clarification.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Dennis Hastert is in the process of allocating a group of bitterly-contested committee chairmanships, a process that sources on Capitol Hill say might conclude this week."At this point, it's all in the Speaker's hands," said Peggy Peterson, whose boss, Rep. Michael Oxley (R-Ohio), is vying for the chairmanship of the House Commerce Committee. "Everyone asks if we're confident, but our level of confidence doesn't really matter. It's his decision."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition of third parties has banded together to try to ease the states' presidential ballot access laws in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore that extends equal protection to all voters seeking to support their presidential candidate.