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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Taking aim at the Bush administration's troop escalation in Iraq, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that President Bush has "ignored the will of the people and the advice of his own generals.""As conditions continue to deteriorate in Iraq and our world focus continues to narrow, we must choose a new direction," Reid said during a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Saturday announced plans to "modernize" the three decade-old Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), saying it is necessary in the campaign against "sophisticated" terrorists using today's technology.The proposals include empowering authorities to gather intelligence about foreign targets in foreign locations without having to obtain a court order first.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote next week on a bill that would revise surveillance laws passed in August.Republicans say the proposal would undermine the protections put in place in the Protect America Act, which was signed into law in August. Democrats say their bill will restore constitutional checks and balances to the way electronic surveillance is used to gather intelligence.
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) - The Senate passed an energy bill late Thursday to cheers from environmental groups, though critics argue the bill could have done more to boost energy production. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) noted that the House will take up the legislation next week.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Fixes Grover Norquist quote.) Washington (CNSNews.com) - House Republicans warned that if liberal Democrats remain in charge of Congress and take control of the White House next year, Americans would see large tax increases and higher government spending.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Americans say Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumed Republican presidential nominee, would be a better commander-in-chief than the Democratic candidates: Sens. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) or Barack Obama (Ill.), according to a new poll.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Touting a "bill of rights" for gun owners, Pennsylvania House Republicans Tuesday introduced a package of two bills aimed at easing legal access to firearms."Our government must protect our liberties and ensure that our Second Amendment liberties remain second to none," state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R) said during a press conference in Harrisburg, Pa.The first of the two bills sponsored by Metcalfe seeks to prohibit Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies from maintaining registries or databases of legal firearm purchases.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Virginia's attorney general said Tuesday that some of his fellow state attorneys general are an "extension of activist judges" and have been pursuing actions for political gain."The role of government is fairly limited to its enumerated powers, and that's what the government -- the executive branch in particular -- is supposed to do," said Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, a Republican.
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) - As part of its ongoing efforts to ask policy-makers and public leaders the tough questions, Cybercast News Service asked the Democratic presidential candidates: "As president, would you support enacting a national carbon tax?" Following are the responses received. (Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, former Sen. John Edwards and Gov. Bill Richardson did not respond to requests for comment.)
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Switching positions on Roe v. Wade, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) now says he believes the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion should be overturned -- but pro-lifers aren't necessarily convinced about his sincerity.Thirty-four years after the court ruling, it remains highly contentious and a fixture of electoral politics.In 1999, when McCain was on the presidential campaign trail, he took a different stance on the abortion law.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President George W. Bush signed a bilateral free trade agreement with Peru on Friday, drawing criticism from labor and human rights groups.In a joint press conference with Peruvian President Alan Garcia, Bush said that exports now account for a larger part of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product than at any previous time in U.S. history and that they increased by 13 percent in the twelve months prior to this October.The president also argued that free trade agreements are part of his democracy-promoting policy.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservatives gathered in Washington, D.C., last week said they favor former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to be the Republican nominee instead of the party's frontrunner, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- even though Romney dropped out of the race on Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Celebrating their victories in last November's 2006 midterm election, the Democratic women's group Emily's List said Tuesday it was looking ahead to a "President Hillary Clinton" in the White House."In 2008 we're going to finish the job. We're going to send George W. Bush back to his ranch and welcome President Hillary Clinton," Emily's List President Ellen Malcolm told supporters in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could decide the limits on the freedom of political speech and the future of campaign finance laws.Wisconsin Right to Life is challenging a provision in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), also known as McCain-Feingold after sponsors Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.).
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has extended a deadline for the White House to provide information on the scope of its warrantless wiretapping program, a move civil liberties advocates describe as a "step in the right direction" for congressional oversight.The White House, noting that the subpoenas cover a "wide range of materials" over a six-year period, said it needs more time to produce the documents.
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
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich criticized President George W. Bush, claiming that he is trying to start World War III.Kucinich took issue with comments Bush made on Wednesday. For instance, the president said: "I take the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon very seriously. I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from have (sic) the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon."
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.