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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned visit to Syria later this week will undermine American foreign policy, a conservative analyst said Monday, citing the Baathist regime's links to regional terrorism.Shrugging off White House disapproval, the California Democrat plans to hold talks with President Bashar Assad in Damascus, as part of a Mideast visit that has also taken in Israel and Lebanon.
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(CNSNews.com) - Claiming that the United States needs to "reboot" its Middle East policies, a liberal think tank said Monday the U.S. should focus more on the broader region than on Iraq.
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(CNSNews.com) - Criticizing Congress for expanding the president's authority to conduct surveillance operations, a leading civil liberties group said the warrant requirement should be reinstituted.
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(CNSNews.com) - While President George W. Bush criticized congressional Democrats for being fiscally irresponsible, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded, saying, "Given his dismal record, President Bush is in no position to lecture Congress about fiscal responsibility."Bush, in a speech in Indiana on Tuesday, had said: "The majority was elected on a pledge of fiscal responsibility, but so far it's acting like a teenager with a new credit card. This year alone, the leadership in Congress has proposed to spend $22 billion more than my budget provides.
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(CNSNews.com) - The top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee said legislation to delay the sale of land in Alaska for oil and gas exploration would hinder the U.S. economy.
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(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."
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(CNSNews.com) - Noting that the next president will have the opportunity to appoint several federal judges, liberal legal experts said the Bush administration's "legacy will harm American's rights."President George W. Bush has appointed 277 judges to lifelong terms - almost one-third of the federal judiciary - including two Supreme Court justices, Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito.
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(CNSNews.com) - Releasing its annual assessment of the accountability of federal agencies, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said Tuesday that those agencies that are not performing on par are the ones that receive the most funds.
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(CNSNews.com) - Congress did not renew the president's Trade Promotion Authority before it expired Saturday, and some experts Monday attributed this to an "irrational" opposition to free trade from politicians and the American people."This is really a policy by which Congress says to the president, 'bring us back a trade agreement - if we like it we'll take it, if we don't like it we'll reject it,'" said Philip Levy, a resident scholar with the American Enterprise Institute. "And yet they're not willing to extend that offer," he added.
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(CNSNews.com) - With the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) scheduled for reauthorization this year, some in Washington say the federal education policy has been "ineffective and wasteful."The NCLB - President George W. Bush's major education initiative - was first introduced in 2001. The act sets up strict goals for achievement through standardized testing of public school students.The goal of the law is to ensure that all children graduate at grade-level performance by 2014.
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(CNSNews.com) - Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative taxpayer group, regularly asks Republican politicians to sign a pledge not to raise taxes. Three Republican presidential candidates have not signed the pledge, which one strategist said might hurt them during the primaries."I worked on Bob Dole's campaign in 1988 and he didn't sign and it killed his campaign in the final week," David Johnson, a Republican strategist and president of Strategic Vision. "That's how the first President Bush was able to turn around and win the New Hampshire primary."
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(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.
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(CNSNews.com) - Though pollsters say that Americans currently have more favorable opinions of the Democratic Party, political analysts noted on Thursday that when it comes to presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is on even ground with the Democratic frontrunners: Sens. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.).
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.
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(CNSNews.com) - Physician-assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian announced he plans to run for Congress for the ninth district of Michigan.Kevorkian will have to gather a minimum of 3,000 signatures on nominating petitions by July 17 to appear as an independent on the November ballot. He said he will run as an Independent for the seat currently occupied by Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.).
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(CNSNews.com) - The Department of Education rolled out new changes to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act Wednesday to "provide states and schools with greater flexibility in assessing students with disabilities."The NCLB - President George W. Bush's major education initiative - was first introduced in 2001 and is scheduled for reauthorization this year. The act sets up strict goals for achievement through standardized testing of public school students.
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(CNSNews.com) - With the immigration reform bill dead in the Senate, a conservative advocacy group is urging the federal government to continue to address illegal immigration, using existing legislation."The Bush-Kennedy approach to immigration reform failed because the American public resolutely rejected the idea that we have to make compromises with the people who break our laws," the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said in a statement.
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(CNSNews.com) - Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) overwhelmingly leads the field of Republican presidential candidates, according to a new nationwide poll of conservatives. But Democrats are calling Thompson's presidential bid "less than stellar."A poll conducted last week of 39,000 conservatives by the grassroots organization Grassfire.org found that conservatives favor Thompson by a greater than 2-to-1 margin over his nearest competitor, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After a White House ceremony on Monday to congratulate American Nobel prize winners, including Al Gore, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the attention given to climate change should spur action on the energy bill now being debated in Congress.But some critics charged the bill would raise energy costs, while others claimed Congress is incapable of micromanaging America's energy needs.
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.