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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - White House advisor Karl Rove is "Lord Rovemort," scheming to undermine the efforts of Senate Majority Leader Harry Potter - er, Reid - in a new political video unveiled Friday to highlight Republican "obstruction" in Congress.The video is the first step for the Campaign for America's Future (CAF), which announced its efforts to criticize GOP "obstruction" during the August recess when senators and representatives will be in their home districts.
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 identified seven key agenda items, one of which is to reduce the price of prescription drugs.)(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is promising to work to make prescription drugs more affordable, but some critics on both sides of the aisle are skeptical that her plan will work - if it even passes.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Defense Authorization bill, which sets Pentagon policy by establishing funding levels, is heading to a conference committee after the Senate passed the measure Monday with an amendment that would extend hate crimes legislation to cover sexual orientation and gender identity.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group critical of the Bush administration said Monday President Bush's $2.9 trillion budget proposal would promote fiscal irresponsibility and increase inequality."In a sign of the president's misguided priorities, his budget puts extremely large tax cuts for the most affluent Americans ahead of the needs of low- and middle-income families as well as future generations," the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberal activists across the country voted Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) as their favorite candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination in a poll released Tuesday by Democracy for America (DFA). Yet other national polls - not exclusively of liberal activists - show Kucinich trailing frontrunners such as Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D- Ill.).
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As top Justice Department officials prepare to testify before congressional committees over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, legal experts on Tuesday debated whether the Bush administration did anything wrong in letting them go."Subject to one potential qualification, there are no limits on presidential authority to remove United States attorneys," Andrew McCarthy, director of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said during a discussion in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Anti-war groups and at least one Democratic presidential candidate are planning to hold protests and demonstrations on Memorial Day, a decision that prompted veterans' groups to accuse them of politicizing a day meant to honor fallen American troops.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) on Wednesday announced plans to introduce legislation that would overhaul the U.S. immigration system by placing tighter restrictions on legal immigration and increasing pressure on illegal immigrants currently in the country to leave.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Both chambers of Congress over the weekend voted to expand the government's ability to listen in on foreign conversations as part of the war on terror. But some civil liberties advocates question whether the bill goes too far in broadening the government's warrant-less surveillance power.The Senate passed the Protect America Act in a 60-28 vote on Friday. The House followed suit Saturday, passing the bill 227-183.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Update: The House passed the bill by a vote of 299-128, with many Republicans questioning both its cost and effectiveness.)(CNSNews.com) - As the U.S. House of Representatives was preparing to pass a massive homeland security bill Tuesday without holding hearings beforehand, the Senate took a more considered approach, opening hearings to determine how to implement the remaining recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Republicans will rally to radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh's defense if Democrats move to consider a resolution that would condemn the conservative icon for using the term "phony soldiers" in a recent broadcast."Should House Democrats decide to bring forward a ludicrous resolution condemning Limbaugh, Republicans will take to the floor to set the record straight -- and welcome the opportunity to do so," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called for a rejection of new Palestinian textbooks that portray a world without Israel, refer to Jews as "Zionist gangs" and rewrite the Holocaust to ignore atrocities committed against Jews."We must stop the propaganda to which Palestinian children are exposed," Clinton said in a news conference in Washington, D.C. "These children deserve an education that instills respect for life and peace instead of glorifying death and violence."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Three veterans of the Iraq war on Thursday said lawmakers who support a quick end to the conflict should exercise patience in waiting for political reconciliation to grow out of increased stability in the region.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The nation's largest seniors' advocacy group on Wednesday launched a campaign to urge lawmakers to support legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.The AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) is recruiting its 38 million members in a "National Call to Action" to pressure U.S. senators to give the government the authority to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies the cost of prescription drugs covered by Medicare.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senators enjoying a week-long recess in their home states are being targeted by opponents of illegal immigration who are expected to deliver thousands of petition signatures opposing the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform proposals.Volunteers with the conservative activist website Grassfire.org on Thursday began delivering petitions to senators' home offices opposing the immigration bill that the Senate will consider when it returns to session June 4.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Three Christian protesters who disrupted the first Hindu prayer ever delivered on the Senate floor have been charged with misdemeanor unlawful conduct and disruption of Congress and will face a court date in the future.Ante Pavkovic, Katherine Pavkovic and their daughter Christan Sugar were removed from the Senate observation gallery Thursday morning when they began praying loudly during the Senate's routine opening prayer. For the first time in recorded history, the morning invocation was being delivered by a Hindu chaplain.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former senator, actor and possible Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has announced his support for replacing current tax law with a "Fair Tax," a position that could come back to haunt him, according to a tax policy analyst who supports the proposal.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case examining the way labor unions use non-members' dues, prompting one of the lawyers arguing the case to urge the justices to "protect the integrity of our election system."Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna said that allowing the union to use non-members' money for political purposes without affirmative consent tarnishes the election system, because it funnels money to a campaign that the dues-payer may not support.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Congressional Democrats' proposed increases in discretionary spending - $23 billion more than President Bush's request for the 2008 Fiscal Year - are justified by spending on the war in Iraq, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats.Bush asked for $933 billion in discretionary spending in his budget request. The Democratic proposals would raise that figure to $956 billion. Cybercast News Service went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to ask elected officials this question:
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the U.S. House of Representatives begins debate on a non-binding resolution criticizing President Bush's troop "surge" policy for Iraq, some lawmakers are frustrated that the Congress is not considering bills that offer alternative approaches to the conflict.