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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) has unveiled his tax reform plan, saying it will "fix" the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and provide tax relief to millions of Americans, but House Republicans say the bill is the "mother of all tax hikes" and will stymie economic growth.Rangel introduced the Tax Reduction and Reform Act of 2007 on Thursday. "This legislation will provide tax relief to more than 90 million working families and cut the corporate tax rate to help American companies stay competitive internationally," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Political strategists say the results of Thursday's Iowa caucuses will have a significant impact on the New Hampshire primaries next Tuesday. Sen. Hillary Clinton's plans could collapse, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani may sink further in the polls, and Sen. John McCain may come out a winner, even if in third place, according to some analysts.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican politician Michael Steele believes his party has gained significant support in the African American community and that his unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate last November helped to lay the groundwork for future African American political candidates."I think the doors are open now," Steele, who now chairs the Republican strategy group GOPAC, told Cybercast News Service in a sit-down interview Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Democratic National Committee filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Monday claiming that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) violated spending limits associated with receiving matching public campaign funds. Political experts, however, noted that candidates who receive public funds are at a disadvantage due to the large sums spent in campaign politics.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Declaring it "Climate Crisis Action Day," environmental groups demonstrated in front of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, demanding that Congress take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.Sponsored by the Alaska Wilderness League, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Audubon Society, EarthJustice, and the Sierra Club, the event drew the support of many members of Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Women's rights activist Martha Burk is urging presidential candidates to pay attention to women, who she said will decide the 2008 presidential election.Burk is best known for having failed several years ago to force the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, site of the Masters tournament, to extend membership to women. At the time, she chaired the National Council of Women's Organizations. Today, she is part of the presidential campaign team of New Mexico Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Democratic National Committee criticized GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for declining an invitation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention, saying the former Massachusetts governor has "rejected" America's veterans. In a statement, Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera said "Mitt Romney's decision to duck America's veterans is a disturbing indication of how far he is willing to go to avoid offering a clear plan for Iraq and defend his blind loyalty to President Bush's failed strategy."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the 2008 elections more than a year away, Democrats are expressing confidence that they will pick up seats in Congress."People want change, [and] they believe Democrats are the party to deliver that change," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday."We believe that the Democratic Congress has shown we can deliver change on things like SCHIP and energy, stem cells, minimum wage, college affordability and we're going to show more on Iraq."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Errors in how the polls were conducted explains why most of them anticipated large wins for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night -- contrary to what actually happened. Clinton won the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 39 percent of the vote. Obama came in second with 37 percent. According to a CNN/WMUR poll conducted over the weekend, Obama was leading Clinton 39 percent to 30 percent.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Feeling "dwarfed" on the national scene, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is seeking to expand its international presence, a move it believes will change how think tanks operate.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Republicans criticized energy legislation passed late Wednesday, saying that it would raise taxes on the oil industry but give tax breaks to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the state-run oil company CITGO.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Claiming that civil rights have been eroded over the last few years, the Center for American Progress and the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights Wednesday accused the Bush administration of a deliberate campaign to do so."The erosion of civil rights across our nation over the past six years is the result of willful neglect and calculated design," said the groups in their report, The Erosion of Rights.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate is this week debating energy legislation being promoted by the Democratic leadership, but automakers and green activists alike are unhappy with provisions of the bill.And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday he expects Republicans in the Senate would also try to block debate on the measure - although he described it as a bipartisan effort.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Wednesday, President George W. Bush compared the war in Iraq to the Vietnam War -- a comparison that many analysts say is "flawed."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) accused President Bush on Monday of making "the wrong moral choice" in setting priorities for the federal budget. Obey said that while Bush is "pouring mountains of cash into the Iraqi civil war, at the same time he's pouring $60 billion in tax cuts into the pockets of people who make more than a million bucks a year, he is refusing to make investments at home that will make us a stronger and better society with a greater capacity to pay off those long-term debts."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Jewish groups welcomed presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) statement condemning Rev. Louis Farrakhan - a move that he made in response to news that his spiritual adviser honored the Nation of Islam leader, despite "anti-Semitic" comments he made.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is the early frontrunner among candidates in New Hampshire for the Democratic presidential nomination, and among Republicans, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani are tied, according to a new Granite State poll.Historically, the first primary in the nation, New Hampshire is seen as a bellwether for the nation's presidential primaries and caucuses.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The House Budget Committee took up President George W. Bush's $3.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2009 on Wednesday, eliminating several proposed cutbacks in spending. Republicans promptly blasted Democrats for supporting wasteful spending and ?the largest tax increase in American history.?"Today the House Budget Committee is marking up the FY 2009 budget resolution, a fiscally responsible budget that returns to balance in 2012 while rebuilding America's future," House Budget Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.) said of his proposal.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Enacted 10 years ago, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which targets low income families who do not qualify for Medicaid, is set to expire this year, and lawmakers are exploring ways to help insure those still not covered."We can say without equivocation that [with SCHIP] we have made a contribution to ensuring that children have better coverage and more access to healthcare than they had before," former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) said at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new memorial honoring those victimized by communism is an "image of hope" for all those who have suffered under communist regimes, President Bush said Tuesday."The 20th century will be remembered as the deadliest century in human history," Bush said at a dedication ceremony in Washington, D.C. "And the record of this brutal era is commemorated in memorials across this city.