Profits from government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - not taxpayers - would back up a home loan rescues for struggling borrowers under a plan approved by a key Senate committee yesterday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly rejected President Bush's veto today of a $290 billion farm bill, but what should have been a stinging defeat for the president became an embarrassment for Democrats.
The debate over illegal immigration could return to the Senate floor as early as today, with an emergency appropriations bill to fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the bill on Thursday, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, and Larry Craig, Idaho Republican, successfully attached an amendment that would grant temporary legal status to an estimated 1.35 million illegal-alien farmworkers over the next five years. This number jumps to at least 3 million when children and spouses are factored in. Moreover, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, these workers would be immune from prosecution for crimes such as stealing someone's Social Security number. The amendment passed on a 17-12 vote over the opposition of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, West Virginia Democrat.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A millionaire businessman who grew up on a tobacco farm captured Kentucky's Democratic Senate nomination yesterday, winning a chance to challenge Republican leader Mitch McConnell, the powerful four-term incumbent with a big campaign bankroll.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has a cancerous brain tumor and will undergo treatment to combat the malignancy, his doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital said yesterday.
What do the following recent events have in common? c The president of the United States has prostrated himself for the second time in five months before the king of Saudi Arabia, pleading for more oil. Despite George Bush's inducements — an array of advanced, offensive arms; the promise of nuclear technology with which the Saudis can expect (like the North Koreans, Iranians, Pakistanis, etc.) to acquire the ultimate weapons; and U.S. help securing Saudi Arabia's borders (something the president has declined to do at home) — the American plea was spurned. The contempt felt by the House of Saud was captured in its oil minister's quip, "If you want more oil, buy it."
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