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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the support of liberal Republicans, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) has reintroduced legislation that would expand federal hate crime laws to include crimes motivated by a victim's "sexual orientation."Co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Gordon Smith (Ore.), Kennedy's bill would add the new classification to existing laws that target violence because of race and religion, in effect granting special protection to homosexuals as a class of people.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - A coalition of pro-life groups announced it is aunching a national drive to register eligible Christians to vote in the 2004 election. But a religious liberty organization warned that churches could jeopardize their tax-exempt status if they permit the coalition's pamphlets to be distributed at church locations.In what they hope will be the first step to putting pro-life candidates into public office, pro-life groups announced Monday they will distribute flyers beginning Father's Day encouraging churchgoers to register to vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The National Education Association's effort to educate children about the events of Sept. 11 is drawing criticism from conservatives and educators who say the NEA's teaching suggestions miss the mark.The NEA's website, "September 11th Remembered" at NEAHIN.org, will be launched Aug. 20 and will include up to 100 lesson plans that teachers can use to help elementary, middle and high school children integrate how they might remember Sept. 11 in language, health, music and drama, said Jerald Newberry, director of NEA's Health Information Network.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The European Union is calling on its members to monitor more closely the activities of U.S. pro-life groups in Europe, which officials believe are undermining EU efforts to provide financial support for the U.N. Population Fund.Poul Nielson, the European commissioner for Overseas Development and Humanitarian Aid, warned members of "the divisive tactics used by a small group of extremists," the New York-based Catholic Family and Human Right Institute (C-FAM) reports.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - She gained fame as Florida's secretary of state - certifying her state's vote totals in the ultra-contentious 2000 presidential election between George Bush and Al Gore.Now, Republican Katherine Harris is running for Congress, and political analysts believe the only thing that can stop her is a lawsuit filed by another GOP candidate claiming Harris violated a state campaign registration law.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - The suicide bombings of three Western housing complexes in Riyadh last month gave Saudi Arabia "a major jolt" and provided the impetus for an unprecedented crackdown on terrorism, a senior Saudi official said Thursday."They have galvanized us. They have mobilized us. They have taken the rug out from under the terrorists or anyone who may have sympathy for them," Adel Al-Jubeir, foreign affairs advisor to Crown Prince Abdullah, said at a press conference at the Saudi Embassy.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a national organization that supports openly homosexual candidates for public office, Wednesday reported it had helped secure nominations for 10 candidates in the Sept. 10 primaries, including the first homosexual Native American candidate for the Arizona Legislature.Peter LaBarbera, a senior policy analyst with the Culture and Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America, warned that people who run for office as homosexuals usually promote a homosexual agenda if elected.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A year after a federal appeals court ruled unconstitutional the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, House members are getting ready to pass a bill they say would affirm the constitutionality of the pledge and restrict the jurisdiction of lower courts from ruling on it.Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) introduced the Pledge Protection Act, H.R. 2028, to keep the words "under God" in the recitation. The measure already has the support of 218 co-sponsors, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.)
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Iraqi forces are weaker today than they were at the end of Desert Storm, but Saddam Hussein has boosted his country's air defenses, communications systems and ability to produce and conceal weapons of mass destruction, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday.While the United States has made no decision to attack Iraq, there is "clear and compelling evidence" that Iraq has mobile laboratories to manufacture chemical and biological weapons, Air Force Gen. Richard Myers said at a National Press Club luncheon.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Monday vigorously denied media reports that Secretary of State Colin Powell is planning to step down if President Bush is elected to a second term.Spokesman Scott McClellan said there was "no basis" for a story first reported in the Washington Post on Monday that Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage had recently told national security adviser Condoleezza Rice that he and Powell would leave on Jan. 21, 2005, the day after the next presidential inauguration.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A grassroots coalition of conservative groups is calling on the U.S. Senate to defeat a bill which they say could put the distribution of chemicals used by American farmers under the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In the latest round of a two-year struggle over First Amendment rights in Alabama, a federal judge on Tuesday ordered Chief Justice Roy Moore to remove a monument containing the Ten Commandments from the rotunda of the justice building in Montgomery.U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson gave Moore 15 days to remove the 1.5-ton stone monument or face possible daily fines.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. officials are preparing for a showdown with representatives from a foreign agricultural firm on the importation into the United States of hemp products the Bush administration says contain an unacceptably high level of the active ingredient normally found in marijuana.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Since Sept. 11, a new consensus has been gelling over the need for better immigration enforcement and border controls. The trend does not surprise Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the conservative Eagle Forum.The issue takes Schlafly back to her roots. The need for tighter borders and a strong national defense were among the issues that helped define Schlafly's career beginning in the 1950s, long before modern-day terrorism.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - In response to calls by President Bush to revamp welfare law, House Republicans have introduced legislation that would boost spending on sexual abstinence programs in schools, increase money for child care and extend work requirements for welfare recipients.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Attempts by President Bush's political rivals to make political gain on what the president knew or didn't know prior to Sept. 11 about impending terrorist attacks on U.S. soil could backfire at the polls, political analysts said Friday.Ever since the Florida recounts in the 2000 election, "there has been a certain element within the Democratic Party that's had a deep seething hatred of President Bush," said Craig Shirley, a GOP consultant.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Less than five months before the congressional elections, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, a Christian conservative from Texas with a reputation for toughness and determination, is setting his sights on increasing the Republicans' six-seat margin in the House."My focus is on getting through our agenda and doing my job as whip," DeLay said in an interview with CNSNews.com, downplaying speculation on possible plans to succeed Majority Leader Dick Armey as No. 2 House Republican after his fellow Texan retires in November.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative organization is running radio ads in South Dakota through the Independence Day weekend, calling on Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) to stop blocking confirmation of President Bush's judicial nominees.Last week's ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which said the words "under God" in the nation's Pledge of Allegiance are unconstitutional, proves the country's "desperate need for judge who respect the law," said Concerned Women for America (CWA), which is running the ads.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(Correction: Fixes James Ziglar status)(CNSNews.com) - When the Senate goes into August recess next week, it will leave unprocessed more than half of President Bush's nominations to cabinet and agency positions, effectively ensuring that the Bush administration will govern in name only for the foreseeable future.The confirmation process was moving at a snail's pace since Bush's inauguration six months ago.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An amendment to the Senate defense authorization bill that would lift the ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities currently is being considered by a joint House-Senate conference committee.But pro-life groups predict the amendment will be dropped before the bill is sent to the White House for President Bush's signature.