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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: The U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Oct. 14 voted 57 to 39 to reject an amendment to the Iraq reconstruction package, sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) that would have ordered the reconstruction to be financed by Iraqi oil revenue instead of as a grant. The vote was seen as an endorsement of President Bush's preferences on the issue. A final Senate vote on the president's request for $20.3 billion for the reconstruction of Iraq is expected by the end of the week.)
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A United Nations proposal to give special assistance to women as part of the effort to relieve southern Africa's humanitarian crisis would unjustly discriminate against African men, who are disproportionately affected by illnesses and war-related injuries, a group of health organizations said.The group took issue with a recent statement by Carol Bellamy, executive director of the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF), who said women and children must be at the center of any response to southern Africa's humanitarian crisis, particularly the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - While some Iraqi cities remain dangerous places, progress in reconstruction and services by Iraqis and Americans since the ouster of Saddam Hussein suggests the country is farther on its way to self-government than recent media reports indicate, U.S. officials said Friday.Christopher Spear, assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Labor, said a majority of Iraqis report they are better off now than they were under the regime of Saddam Hussein, and their cooperation with the American-led coalition proves this.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After a heated debate, the U.N. Human Rights Commission dropped discussion of a resolution to add "sexual orientation" to the U.N.'s definition of discrimination.But family groups warn that supporters of the issue, which include most European countries and Canada, will lobby harder to pass the resolution when it comes up for a vote again next year."This issue never goes away," said Douglas Sylva, director of research at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute in New York, which opposed the resolution.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Members of a newly formed coalition of policy analysts last week accused the Bush administration of pursuing an increasingly imperialistic foreign policy agenda and warned that U.S. armed forces are dangerously extended in overseas deployments as a result.
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
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers Wednesday urged the passing of legislation recently approved by both the House and the Senate that would effectively lift the ban on Americans traveling to Cuba.Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) called the travel restriction a relic of the Cold War and said that after 40 years of failure, it was time to take a different approach to bring about an end to the Cuban regime.
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.
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(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, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-life activists are rushing to support Florida's parental notification law, which is being challenged in the state Supreme Court. "We believe parents ought to be involved in any decision that has as far reaching a magnitude as an abortion," said Matthew D. Staver, founder and president of the Liberty Counsel. The national civil liberties defense organization has filed an amicus brief in support of Florida's Parental Notice of Abortion Act.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Family groups on Thursday welcomed reports that President Bush has appointed former Republican Rep. Tom Coburn from Oklahoma to co-chair the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS."It's one of the few cases in which the perfect person for the job is found," said Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute.Coburn is "a combination of honesty and compassion" and won't allow activists to hijack AIDS care for political purposes, Knight said.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Arlington, Va. (CNSNews.com) - Former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova urged attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to start lobbying their senators on behalf of judicial appointees whose nominations are stalled in the Senate."The president of the United States has nominated judges," diGenova said. "The Democratically-controlled Senate will not confirm them."He charged that Democrats are holding up nominations for political gain."They want another election," diGenova said of the Democrats.
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.