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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House of Representatives complex generated more "greenhouse gas" last year than 17,000 cars, Democratic leaders said Thursday, declaring that Congress must be more environmentally friendly before members can expect Americans in general to back "sweeping" measures contained in new energy bills.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The liberal grassroots advocacy group MoveOn.org, along with a coalition of anti-war organizations, held hundreds of anti-war vigils across the country on Tuesday. The goal was to urge members of Congress to end the war in Iraq when lawmakers come back from recess in September. But some pro-troop groups take issue with the activists' tactics.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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.
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) - 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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) - Taking aim at presidential candidate John Edwards, the Catholic League and other religious organizations are calling for the former senator to fire two staffers who made "anti-Christian" remarks on their personal blogs.Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan blog for the John Edwards for President campaign and also on their respective personal websites, Pandagon and Shakespeare's Sister.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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.).
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(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
(CNSNews.com) - According to recent reports, the cost of Massachusetts' health insurance mandate will rise 85 percent, or $400 million, in 2009. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), meanwhile, has been on the presidential campaign trail praising the program he put into place.According to The Boston Globe, the cost increase is largely due to an increase in the number of people signing up for state-subsidized health insurance. State and federal taxpayers are likely to shoulder the cost increase.
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."