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Tom Delay
DeLay has come under close scrutiny in recent weeks following news stories questioning the financing behind a few of his overseas trips.
Tom Delay
Democrats and Republicans are using the ethics turmoil surrounding DeLay to wage a rhetorical duel accusing each other of skirting tough debates on Social Security, gas prices and judges.
Tom Delay
"Republicans are engaging in abuse of power and the American people are paying the price," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California. Added Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland., "The Republicans in the House of Representatives are running the most closed and bitterly partisan House in the history of our country."
Tom Delay
DeLay fights government regulation at every turn, a position hardened during the years before he came to Washington when he ran a pest control business and railed at "Gestapo" environmental regulators. He's also a leader among religious conservatives, pushing for a more God-centered nation.
Tom Delay
DeLay, 57, was first elected to Congress in 1984, representing Houston suburbs. He rose to prominence after Republicans captured control of the House in 1994.
new tv rating system
The ratings system, also known the TV Parental Guidelines, was established by the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Cable Television Association and the Motion Picture Association of America.
new tv rating system
These ratings are displayed on the television screen for the first 15 seconds of rated programming and, in conjunction with the V-Chip, permit parents to block programming with a certain rating from coming into their home.
new tv rating system
The TV Ratings system has been in place since 1997. It was designed to give parents more information about the content and age-appropriateness of TV shows.
new tv rating system
TV Parental Guidelines may have one or more letters added to the basic rating which informs parents when a show contains higher levels of violence, sex, adult language or suggestive dialogue.
new tv rating system
Overall parents are more concerned about inappropriate content on TV than in other media: 34% say TV concerns them most, compared to 16% who say the Internet, 10% movies, 7% music, and 5% video games. Half (50%) of all parents say they have used the TV ratings to help guide their children’s viewing, including one in four (24%) who say they use them “often.” While use of the V-Chip has increased substantially since 2001 (when 7% of all parents said they used it), it remains modest at just 15% of all parents, or about four in 10 (42%) of those who report having a V-Chip equipped TV.
best selling non fiction books
1. THE WORLD IS FLAT, by Thomas L. Friedman
best selling non fiction books
2. BLINK, by Malcolm Gladwell
best selling non fiction books
3. MY LIFE SO FAR, by Jane Fonda
best selling non fiction books
4. FREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
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5. ONE SOLDIER'S STORY, by Bob Dole
Pope
Benedict made the comments while meeting with religious leaders who attended Sunday’s installation ceremony, saying he was particularly grateful that members of the Muslim community were present.
Pope
Yet peace is also a duty to which all peoples must be committed, especially those who profess to belong to religious traditions,” he said. “Our efforts to come together and foster dialogue are a valuable contribution to building peace on solid foundations.
Pope
Later, Benedict kiddingly told an audience of German pilgrims that at one point during the conclave he viewed the idea of being elected pope as a “guillotine,” and he prayed to God to be spared selection.
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use of filibusters in congress
The National Right to Work Committee, a 2.2 million-member group critical of unions, and the Gun Owners of America, with 300,000 members, say they fear eliminating judicial filibusters could eventually lead to doing away with filibusters altogether.
use of filibusters in congress
Both groups have benefited in the past from use of the Senate parliamentary tactic to block gun control and labor bills. A filibuster technically is unlimited debate, and requires 60 votes from the 100-member Senate to stop.
use of filibusters in congress
GOP leaders have argued that they can ban judicial filibusters without affecting filibusters on legislation.
use of filibusters in congress
Most but not all of the Senate's 55 Republicans have supported the idea following Democrats' successful use of filibuster threats to block 10 of President Bush's judicial nominees.
use of filibusters in congress
"If a bare majority of senators vote now to eliminate judicial filibusters, legislative filibusters will not stand for long," Mix predicted. "We would be extremely foolhardy to stand by while anyone, regardless of how good their intentions, proceeds to tear holes in it."
use of filibusters in congress
Democrats also have been fighting the rules change. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada revealed Tuesday that the Senate's longtime parliamentarian, Alan Frumin, told him if Republicans "do this, they will have to overrule him, because what they're doing is wrong."
use of filibusters in congress
Most conservative and Republican organizations, however, have rallied around Frist's threat to ban judicial filibusters, especially with a possible Supreme Court vacancy on the horizon. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, 80, is fighting thyroid cancer.
use of filibusters in congress
End the judicial filibusters at the earliest possible moment and well before a Supreme Court vacancy should occur," was the message in a Tuesday letter to GOP senators from the American Conservative Union, American Values, Americans for Tax Reform, Free Congress Foundation, Focus on the Family, Eagle Forum and the Family Research Council.
use of filibusters in congress
Internal GOP polling shows that most Americans don't support Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's plan to ban judicial filibusters -- a tactic in which opponents can prevent a vote on a nomination with just 41 votes in the 100-member Senate.
use of filibusters in congress
An internal Republican poll showed that Frist's plan to ban judicial filibusters might not be as popular as they had hoped.

Frist, strongly backed by conservatives in and out of the Senate, has threatened to employ a parliamentary tactic -- requiring only a majority vote -- to change Senate practices on judicial filibusters.
judicial filibusters
Under Senate rules, at least 60 votes are needed to cut off floor debate -- known as cloture. To keep a filibuster going, Democrats need just 41 senators to vote against a cloture motion.
judicial filibusters
Most of the time it's merely the Democratic threat of a filibuster that keeps GOP leaders from bringing a judicial nomination to the floor for a vote.
judicial filibusters
Democrats blocked 10 of Bush's 52 appeals court nominations through filibuster threats; 34 others were confirmed. In all, 204 of Bush's first-term judicial nominees were confirmed.
judicial filibusters
The president has renominated seven of the 10 appeals court prospects, and Democrats have again threatened to employ filibusters to block other nominees they consider to be too conservative.
judicial filibusters
To change the rules, Frist needs a simple majority in the 100-member Senate. He can get that by mustering 50 votes and bringing in Cheney as the tiebreaker in his capacity as president of the Senate under the Constitution.