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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Ahead of Gen. David Petraeus' report to Congress on the situation in Iraq, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized the general for supporting sustained troop levels."Recent reports - the National Intelligence Estimate, and the GAO (Government Accountability Office) and Jones Commission reports - all document the widespread failure of the Iraqi government to meet critical political reform benchmarks set by President Bush himself in January," she said in a statement on Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) took aim at Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Sunday, claiming that Obama is "rewriting history" when he says he has not had long- held aspirations for the White House.In a statement released late Sunday, Clinton criticized Obama for saying, "I'm not running to fulfill some long-held plans or because I think it's open to me." In Boston on Sunday evening and in Iowa earlier that day, Obama had said: "I have not been planning to run for president for however number of years some of the other candidates have been planning for."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Foreign policy will be a key issue in the presidential elections, according to experts, but they disagree on who will gain the most votes for their policy positions.Max Boot, a senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and foreign policy advisor to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said foreign policy has been "surprisingly important" in the election thus far.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Religious groups outraged at provocative comments made by two bloggers employed by the John Edwards for President campaign said the resignation of one of the bloggers Monday evening is not enough."This isn't over yet," Kiera McCaffrey, director of communications for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, told Cybercast News Service. "There is still one more anti-Catholic, anti-Christian blogger on his staff."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two new bills in Congress would provide emergency increases in the number of H-1B visas for skilled workers from foreign countries. Immigration-reduction advocates said raising the caps is "irresponsible" and hurts American workers, but those who want to raise the caps said the workers are needed and will benefit the U.S. economy.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the nation arrives Tuesday at this year's due date for filing and paying income taxes, taxpayer groups argue that taxes are too high, misspent and cumbersome to file."For most Americans this is the day we dread, when we see exactly how much money we're sending to Washington, D.C.," Stephen McMillin, deputy director of the administration's Office of Management and Budget, told a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Freshman Democratic senators are pressing for the establishment of a commission to investigate what they say is billions of dollars worth of "waste and fraud" in military contracting for reconstruction projects in Iraq and Afghanistan.Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said at a Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday that there has been "gross mismanagement in government contracting," with $5 billion wasted each year."Almost one in six federal tax dollars spent to rebuild Iraq has been wasted," she said. "It is a staggering amount."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Anti-war protesters interrupted Gen. David Petraeus' much-anticipated report to Congress on Monday concerning progress in Iraq. They urged the general to tell the truth. But one of the protest leaders told Cybercast News Service that Petraeus' testimony was irrelevant.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In light of a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that says Iran does not have an ongoing nuclear weapons program, some experts think the United States must change its foreign policy towards Iran, but others say the status quo is the only option.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In an effort to sway President Bush's soon-to-be-announced policy decisions on Iraq, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) said Tuesday he hoped the president would listen to "informed opinion" and plan a withdrawal of U.S. forces.Bush had been expected to give a speech this week outlining the course for future operations in Iraq, but the event has been postponed until January.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even before the White House released the largest budget proposal in American history on Monday, critics took issue with spending cuts in domestic programs.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Offering ideas to the 2008 presidential race hopefuls, two politicians from opposite sides of the political spectrum came together Friday to discuss what they believe Americans want and need from their government.Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addressed a press conference in Washington, D.C., in part to promote recent books which they say contain advice to those on the campaign trail.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Budget experts from across the political spectrum gathered in Washington, D.C., on Monday to address the looming financial "crisis" that entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security pose if they are not reformed in the near future.Alice Rivlin, a senior fellow at the liberal Brookings Institution, said the groups came together out of "sheer panic."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Changes implemented over the last few months In Iraq show promising signs that the country is moving towards peace, President Bush said Friday."This new strategy is fundamentally different from the previous strategy," he said during a speech at East Grand Rapids High School in East Grand Rapids, Mich. It recognizes that our top priority must be to help Iraq's elected leaders secure their population, especially in Baghdad."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Proponents of the REAL ID Act say identification security measures included in the law are essential to improving homeland security, but critics insist that it will be costly, ineffective and lead to privacy abuse.The National Governor's Association on Monday asked Congress to fully fund the law, which was passed in response to the 9/11 terrorists attacks. Several states, including South Carolina, Oklahoma and New Hampshire, have rejected the federal act.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) said he plans to reintroduce a plan to guarantee combat troops more time at home, though Senate Republicans derailed the same proposal in August."The one unassailable truth of the surge has been that it has accelerated the deployment cycles of the Marine Corps and Army in a way that threatens to wear out our ground forces," Webb said during a conference call briefing with reporters on Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Legal-policy activists on both the left and right are applauding President Bush's choice of retired federal District Judge Michael Mukasey to succeed Alberto Gonzalez as attorney general, although Mukasey's views on many public policy issues are unknown."This is an excellent nomination," said David Rivkin, a member of the conservative Federalist Society who served in the White House counsel's office of both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. "He is a person of great legal abilities."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Saying that the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill that came to his desk on Wednesday was identical to the bill he vetoed in October, President George W. Bush again vetoed a measure that would extend and expand federal funding for the program.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Editor's note: During her "first 100 hours" as speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi has set her sights on seven key agenda items. High on her list is legislation to raise the federal minimum wage.) (CNSNews.com) - Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has promised to "give Americans a raise" by raising the federal minimum wage, but experts remain divided on the possible effects of such a step on unskilled workers.Pelosi envisages raising the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25, over a two-year period.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) told conservatives gathered here on Thursday that the Republican Party is "acting too much like Democrats," especially the party's frontrunner Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)."We have drifted a long way from the positions we used to hold on limited government," said Paul at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), sponsored by the American Conservative Union.