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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In their push this week to try to override President Bush's veto of an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), congressional Democrats called on singer/songwriter Paul Simon to press their case and to press Republicans to join in the attempted override.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After three days of intense campaigning by some of the 2008 Republican presidential hopefuls, conservatives at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday chose former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as their top two candidates.Both men addressed the mega-conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, another Republican presidential hopeful, also addressed the gathering and placed third in the poll.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats hoping to win control of the White House in 2008 must seize the "golden opportunity" presented by failures in the war in Iraq and rethink their approach to national security, according to a security analyst and former staffer for Vice President Al Gore.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberals gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Take Back America conference this week selected Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina as their top picks to win the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, snubbing the nationwide frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday blamed the Republican minority for sinking congressional approval ratings, calling recent poll results "a referendum on Republican obstructionism." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blamed President Bush.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday said it would be "unrealistic" to expect Congress to pass 12 appropriations bills by the end-of-September deadline."We hope to pass all 12, but we are obviously late, because the Senate has not passed 11 of their 12," Hoyer said in a briefing with reporters. He praised the House's ability to pass all of its appropriations bills before the August recess.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would allocate $200 million of federal money to fund benefits and training for professional child care providers."Too many child care workers today cannot even afford to stay in the profession," Clinton said at a news conference in Washington, D.C. "The average child care worker earns $18,820 a year, well below the poverty rate. We ask them to take care of our children for a salary that often makes it nearly impossible for them to support and care for their own children."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called on Republican and Democratic 2008 presidential hopefuls to avoid personal attacks during their campaigns, for the sake of the nation."We will not defeat the [Sen. Hillary] Clinton machine by being negative," Gingrich told the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. He called for "idea-oriented, positive dialogue" during the campaigns.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two of the frontrunners for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination this week agreed to co-sponsor legislation aimed at curbing global warming by putting caps on carbon emissions.Sen. Barbara Boxer, chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced Tuesday that Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois are co-sponsoring the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The controversial Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill on Tuesday cleared a major legislative hurdle when Democrats collected enough votes to invoke cloture on the measure, a move that reopens debate on the bill's amendments and ensures it will see a vote in coming days.Despite intense pressure from anti-illegal immigration activists to pressure senators to vote against cloture -- declaring that "a vote for cloture is a vote for amnesty" -- 64 senators voted in favor of invoking cloture while only 35 voted against.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The United Nations Security Council has voted to impose sanctions on Iranian nuclear and missile programs, but some American conservatives argue that U.S. state governments can have a greater impact on Tehran's nuclear activities by pulling money out of companies that do business with the terror-sponsoring nation."Security Council sanctions on Iran are virtually useless, they're so watered down," Christopher Holton told Cybercast News Service on Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The war of words between Republicans and Democrats on an amendment that would mandate the withdrawal of an unspecified number of troops from Iraq continues Tuesday as Democrats prepared for an all-night session leading to Wednesday's cloture vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday criticized Republicans and Democrats on their approach to the war in Iraq and their singular focus on Gen. David Petraeus' progress report to Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Democrats in the House of Representatives failed to override President Bush's veto of an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a failure that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called "one of the worst things to happen to this country besides the war."Only 273 members of the House of Representatives votes were in favor of overriding Bush's veto, short of the two-thirds majority of 286 votes needed to overturn it.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) on Thursday announced the reintroduction of legislation that would give tax credits to stay-at-home parents.Terry, who sponsored similar legislation in 2005, submitted the bill in the U.S. House. Brownback is expected to submit it in the U.S. Senate in the coming days. Both men say the bill will help bolster family values by making child care tax credits equitable.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Fixes language in second paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - Republicans claimed victory Wednesday in a flash-pan fight with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over 185-year-old House rules that allow the minority party to block legislation.Reports suggested that Pelosi would alter the "motion to commit," which allow the minority party to send legislation back to committee before the full House is allowed to vote on it.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A bill that would have made it easier for unions to organize was rejected by the Senate Tuesday in a procedural vote, but union leaders said the tally showed momentum building for its eventual passage.
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 cut in half the interest rates on college loans.) (CNSNews.com) - Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has promised to make it easier for low- and moderate-income students to afford college tuition, but some political experts predict the cost of such promises could hurt the Democratic agenda and the very students the party says it wants to help.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Republicans on Wednesday introduced an alternative to Democratic proposals for the expansion of a federal children's health insurance program in an effort to prevent what the GOP lawmakers called a "giant leap toward nationalized health insurance."Democrats have proposed more than doubling the funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides health coverage for children in families with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level - families with low incomes but not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) on Monday threatened to cut off federal funding to Columbia University in New York City, which on Monday hosted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a speech and question-and-answer session with students. (Iran, according to the State Department, is a state-sponsor of terrorism.)?If the left-wing leaders of academia will not support our troops,? Hunter said in a statement, ?they, in the very least, should not support our adversaries.?