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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) - 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) - 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
(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) - 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) -Democrats in the House of Representatives on Thursday once again passed legislation that would expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, but Republicans pledged to uphold an anticipated presidential veto.The House on Thursday afternoon passed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which increases the number of embryonic stem cells available for research funded with federal dollars. The bill passed the Senate (63-34) in April.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Thursday appeared in Washington, D.C., to promote a plug-in hybrid car that supporters claim can travel 150 miles or more on a gallon of gasoline and to answer critics who accuse Congress of posturing on global warming issues.Appearing with Markey was actor Rob Lowe, who told reporters and fans that "clean energy is something I've been interested in for a while." He said he had decided to take a public stand on the issue, because "I've been watching as the climate changes."
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
(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) - 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Sen. John Edwards' campaign of attacking Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) credibility and honesty is a good strategy, and it could be one that will haunt Clinton through the entire election, according to political analysts."You have to respect Edwards' approach here," Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, told Cybercast News Service Thursday. "Everybody has been playing Mr. Polite."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition of community and ethnic groups on Thursday sponsored a "night of 1,000 conversations" dealing with what it considers America's "broken" immigration system. The advocates for illegal workers want comprehensive immigration reform that would make it easier for the workers to remain in the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Friday threw some weight behind 2008 Republican presidential frontrunner Rudy Giuliani even though Gingrich may himself decide to enter the race in September.Citing his "extraordinary accomplishments" as New York City mayor, Gingrich praised Giuliani for bringing a new approach to an inefficient government. Gingrich said this needs to happen on a much larger scale across the nation.