Daily News Digest

By Duane Shank 2-07-2008

The latest news on Stimulus, Presidential campaigns, Free trade, Green communities, Immigration, Iraq, Torture, Gaza, Canada, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chad, and Editorial.

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Stimulus. Senate's Stimulus Measure Blocked "A $158 billion economic stimulus plan drafted by Senate Democrats that included relief for low-income seniors, disabled veterans and the unemployed was blocked by a Republican filibuster when the Senate fell a single vote short of the 60 needed to consider the measure." Republicans join to block stimulus bill "The fate of $600-$1,200 rebate checks for more than 100 million Americans is in limbo after Senate Republicans blocked a bid by Democrats to add $44 billion in help for the elderly, disabled veterans, the unemployed and businesses to the House-passed economic aid package." Senate Democrats fail to expand stimulus bill "Unwilling to compromise with Republicans on a two-year, $204-billion economic stimulus package, Senate Democrats failed to include aid to millions of senior citizens, disabled veterans and out-of-work Americans."

Presidential campaigns. McCain needs to woo the right "Sen. John McCain couldn't win a majority of conservative voters in Arizona on Super Tuesday, exposing the deep rift that he faces today when he speaks to the major annual gathering of conservative activists here in the District." Victorious McCain steels himself to face conservatives Sen. "John McCain prepared to enter the lion's den and face his conservative critics Thursday, saying he hoped everyone could "just calm down a little bit." McCain gets his party's cold shoulder "With John McCain racking up delegates on a steady march toward the Republican presidential nomination, deeply conservative voters are at a loss."

Clinton, Obama focus on state-by-state battles ahead "Hillary Clinton looked forward to distant battles in big states and Barack Obama eyed contests in the South and mid-Atlantic, as the two Democrats began what's likely to be a prolonged struggle to round up delegates and votes." Obama and Clinton Brace for Drawn-Out Campaign "With no breakout winner in Tuesday's Democratic primaries, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama began fortifying for a drawn-out nomination fight, with Mrs. Clinton disclosing that she had lent her campaign $5 million while Mr. Obama raised $3 million online in a single day and rejected calls for more debates."

Free trade. U.S. free trade accords face rocky road "A fresh battle is brewing in Washington over foreign trade, with the White House persevering in its pursuit of free trade agreements while congressional Democrats

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