GOP without Jewish Senator after Minn. Loss
The defeat of incumbent Norm Coleman in the drawn-out Minnesota Senate race leaves Republicans without a Jewish senator for the first time in half a century. Coleman's departure comes two months after the GOP's other Jewish member, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, switched parties to become a Democrat. Coleman conceded his long-contested race with Democratic challenger Al Franken Tuesday after the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected his legal challenge. Republicans have had at least one Jewish senator since New York's Jacob Javits took office in 1957, reaching a peak of three during the mid 1980s.
Schools' stimulus dollars released
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is releasing $2.7 billion in stimulus dollars earlier than planned to help states confront increasingly tighter budgets. Duncan said Wednesday that he is distributing $2.7 billion to states that he had planned to distribute in October or November. The stimulus law passed earlier this year provided about $100 billion for education. The department is releasing the money in stages and has distributed about $38 billion so far, though much of the money has not yet reached schools.
Detainee report is delayed again
The Justice Department is again delaying the release of an internal CIA report on the agency's secret detention and interrogation program during the Bush administration. The report had been expected to be made public two weeks ago. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters Wednesday that the report written in 2004 by the CIA's inspector general, expected to be made public in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, may not be released this week.