At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia's newest senator tried to avoid President Bush. Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the man he had often criticized on the stump this fall. But it wasn't long before Bush found him.
"How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq.
Once again, I'm not cynical enough about the Beltway cesspool.
The crass and craven willingness to evade responsibility and accountability would be beyond belief if we had not already experienced six long years of it: Read more about Beltway establishment blames the Pottery Barn
House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has decided against naming either Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee, or Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (Fla.), the panel's No. 2 Democrat, to chair the pivotal committee next year.
Whether you're with Bush and his Iraq war or agin' him, you're going to talk a lot about the troops — whether supporting them means keeping them in Iraq or getting them home.
When a veteran joins the debate — in favor of a war that even Henry Kissinger admits is unwinnable, and which Bush admits is unconnected with the homeland attack he's avidly conflated it with — the discussion takes on a new dimension. Read more about A tonic for the troops
A federal judge struck down President Bush's authority to designate groups as terrorists, saying his post-Sept. 11 executive order was unconstitutional and vague, according to a ruling released Tuesday.
Detail on the ruling: Read more about Hey, maybe they won't get to send us to the camps after all!
Middleburg Florida, San Antonio, Colorado Springs, Moberly, Missouri, Amarillo, Le Raysville, PA, Moses Lake, Washington, San Diego, Manchester, New Hampshire, Garden City Michigan, Starkville Mississippi, Mesa Arizona. No young women on tonight's Honor Roll. The oldest a 42-year-old senior noncom, the youngest an 18-year-old soldier. As their families mourn, I beg of you continue to support our troops: continue to try to bring all of them home safe soon. Read more about 12 More
Last week, [Olbermann] delivered one of his trademark blistering critiques of the country's leadership â€” this time charging that President Bush failed to learn the lessons of Vietnam by perpetuating the "monumental lie that is our presence in Iraq." And don't think the victors of the midterm election are going to escape his sharp tongue.
I kid you not. WaPo:
In September, the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group, began holding seminars for Hill workers of both parties on how to conduct investigations, including sessions on the anatomy of a government contract and skits in which oversight hearings were acted out. About 150 people have attended the sessions, said Jennifer Gore, the group's spokeswoman.
Another Republican rat leaves the sinking ship. WaPo:
One of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's closest advisers said yesterday that he will resign at the end of the year, depriving her of a key sounding board at a time when she is still searching for a new deputy and faces difficult challenges in the Middle East.
Seriously, not a word from MSM.
The ranch sits atop some of the most valuable real estate in the world. It is the second-largest gold producing region on earth. Mount Tenabo is estimated to be worth $8 billion to the Gold Mining industries - but to the Western Shoshone, it is one of their most revered spiritual sites. Fishel, of the Western Shoshone defence project, told Al Jazeera: "They are offering the Shoshone people approximately 15 cents an acre. And at the same time they then turned around and were waiting to open up the same land for privatisation for multinational corporate interest." Speaking to Al Jazeera English, Dann said: "I can't believe that this is happening supposedly in America where everybody talks about democracy, and how good democracy is. As far as the indigenous people go, we have not seen that democracy." Dann is actively challenging the legality of the US government's claim of ownership to millions of acres of traditional Shoshone territory. But the US bureau of land management insists that Dann has broken the law by not applying for a grazing licence and refusal to pay fees. >>