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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As President Bush prepares to announce his new approach to Iraq, members of the House Armed Services Committee remain divided about what course the United States should pursue.Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), the committee's new chairman, said Monday that while U.S national security interests demand a successful and stable Iraqi government, "it must be up to the Iraqis to do it."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Some experts say that Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) resounding victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday has ensured his place in the race for the White House."If Hillary had won in South Carolina, I think it would have been all over, but I don't think anyone really expected her to," said Michael Tanner, an analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute. "Now we go into Super Tuesday, and it's wide open."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the first legal challenge to President Bush's White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next Wednesday, groups on both sides of the debate are arguing whether taxpayers can sue the government over how their money is spent.In 2001, Bush signed an executive order creating the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, headed by Jay Hein, allowing tax dollars to go to religious groups that provide public services as well as religious work.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition of liberal organizations announced plans Tuesday to move "the most expensive mobilization in history this election season."MoveOn.org, Rock the Vote, Acorn, National Council of La Raza, Women's Voices Women Vote Action Fund, and the AFL-CIO announced plans for a $350 million initiative for the 2008 elections at the Take Back America conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the liberal Campaign for America's Future.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Arguing that there was nothing unconstitutional about an FBI search of a congressman's office, a public interest group has filed a brief in the appeal brought by the lawmaker.The FBI last May 20 searched Rep. William Jefferson's Washington, D.C., office as part of an ongoing bribery and fraud investigation that was related to the Louisiana Democrat's business deals with technology companies in Nigeria and Ghana.(Earlier, the FBI reportedly found $90,000 in cash in the freezer of Jefferson's home.)
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) - 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) - Assessing the first 100 hours of the Democrat-led Congress, two policy analysts said the seven-point agenda House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is in the process of pushing through is largely symbolic and even "timid."
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 ) - Political and economic experts are at odds over the potential impact on America's healthcare system of President Bush's new health insurance tax deduction plan.In his State of the Union address last month, Bush said the government should make sure that "individuals and small business employees can buy insurance with the same advantages that people working for big businesses now get."
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) - 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) - 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) - Railing against the lobbying reform bill scheduled for a vote on Tuesday, several conservative groups say the bill will stifle the free speech rights of grassroots organizations.A similar bill was introduced last year but did not pass. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reintroduced the legislation on Jan. 8.
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) - Urging Congress to take immediate action on illegal immigration, Democratic Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano warned Tuesday that the situation will only get worse if ignored."Our current immigration system is broken," Napolitano said at a function in Washington, D.C. "Congress and the president must act, and they must act this year to fix this broken system."
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."