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  • An Explanation of the Democrat Leadership

    09/07/2006 6:41:54 AM PDT · by An Old Marine · 5 replies · 401+ views
    Many will recall that on July 8, 1947, witnesses claim an unidentified object with five aliens aboard crashed in a sheep and cattle ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico. This is a well known incident that many say has long been covered up by the US Air Force and the federal government. However, you may NOT know that in the Month of March 1948, exactly nine months after that historic day, Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.; Hillary Rodham; John F. Kerry; William Jefferson Clinton; Howard Dean; Nancy Pelosi; Dianne Feinstein; Charles E. Schumer; and Barbara Boxer were born. That piece of...
  • Senate skeptic of global warming takes aim at California - Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

    09/07/2006 5:00:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 619+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/7/06 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON A bill to crank up penalties for the nation's most polluted air regions both in California was introduced Thursday in the Senate by Congress' biggest skeptic of global warming. A week after reacting angrily to California's passage of landmark anti-global warming legislation, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., produced a bill to more than double fines on polluters who don't meet cleanup deadlines for soot and smog. States that don't require them to clean up could be denied federal highway funds. Democrats and environmental activists accused Inhofe, who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, of retaliating against California. Inhofe has...
  • Today's Democratic Party Intellectually and Morally Bankrupt

    09/07/2006 4:53:10 PM PDT · by restornu · 12 replies · 707+ views ^ | Sept 6 2006 | David Limbaugh
    Dear Readers: I have a new book coming out, and I think it's probably the most important book I've written so far. It's titled "Bankrupt: The Intellectual and Moral Bankruptcy of Today's Democratic Party." And here's why I think it's so important – and why it must be read before the upcoming elections. The sad fact is that the oldest continuous political party in the world is bankrupt. While the Republican Party is far from perfect and could do much better on immigration, domestic spending, and other issues, it does stand for principles beyond winning. It is the only party...
  • Pelosi: ABC Must Correct the Factual Inaccuracies in 9/11 Movie

    09/07/2006 4:40:50 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 150 replies · 3,150+ views
    Pelosi: ABC Must Correct the Factual Inaccuracies in 9/11 Movie 9/7/2006 7:35:00 PM To: National Desk Contact: Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616; both of the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening calling on ABC to correct factual errors in their movie, "The Path to 9-11": "According to all credible reports, ABC and Disney have seriously overstepped the bounds of dramatic license with their so-called docudrama, 'The Path to 9/11,' with an egregious abuse of the facts. "September 11 is hallowed ground....
  • Federal Probe Launched Into Menendez's Finances

    09/07/2006 4:24:23 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies · 446+ views
    Federal Probe Launched Into Menendez's Finances A federal investigation has been launched into the financial dealings of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez and a nonprofit agency he has helped over the years, sources said. The U.S. attorney's office has subpoened the agency's records pertaining to a house once owned by then-congressman Menendez, sources told NewsChannel 4's Brian Thompson. Menendez has denied there was anything wrong with his renting the house to the North Hudson Community Action Corp. for more than $3,000 a month
  • Senate Democratic leadership threatens Disney with legal and legislative sanctions

    09/07/2006 4:12:34 PM PDT · by Mo1 · 1,344 replies · 30,688+ views ^ | September 07, 2006 | John in DC
    Senate Democratic leadership threatens Disney with legal and legislative sanctionsby John in DC - 9/07/2006 06:02:00 PM This letter was sent today by the entire Democratic leadership of the US Senate. This letter is such a major shot across the bow of Disney, it's not even funny. It is FILLED with veiled threats, both legal and legislative, against Disney. US Senators don't make threats like this, especially the entire Democratic leadership en masse, unless they mean it. Disney is in serious trouble. Read it, then read my analysis of it below:September 7, 2006 Mr. Robert A. Iger President and...
  • House GOP crafting new border security bill

    09/07/2006 4:04:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 800+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/7/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - House Republicans are crafting new bills to crack down on illegal immigrants, nailing the coffin shut for now on broader legislation that would give many illegal immigrants legal status. If the bills are approved, Republicans can go into midterm elections Nov. 7 saying they took action on illegal immigration. At the same time, they can appease conservatives who oppose giving illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship, which some have called amnesty. "Our borders are a sieve and we are at war and we certainly need to act like we are at war. We need to close our borders,"...
  • John Bolton Senate confirmation hearing Live n CSPAN 3

    09/07/2006 7:03:47 AM PDT · by SueRae · 14 replies · 843+ views
    Richard Luger speaking now
  • Mr. Diplomacy (Bolton Nomination)

    09/07/2006 7:34:44 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 7 replies · 469+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7 September 2006 | staff
    John Bolton became America's Ambassador to the United Nations last year on a recess appointment. Since then, the U.S. has won unanimous Security Council resolutions condemning North Korea's missile tests and ending the Israeli-Lebanese war, and a near-unanimous one (Qatar dissenting) setting a deadline for Iran to suspend its nuclear program. Not bad for a man once called "the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be." Those were the words of George Voinovich, the Ohio Republican who as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee surprised even himself by opposing Mr. Bolton's nomination. Mr....
  • GOP leaders hope to salvage part of immigration package

    As top House Republicans huddle Thursday to determine their next step in the heated debate over illegal immigration, limited options, a short legislative calendar before November elections and a partisan atmosphere will make it incredibly difficult to pass comprehensive legislation. Because of strident opposition from House conservatives, GOP leaders have given up on passing a comprehensive bill that would address the plight of the estimated 11 million individuals here illegally. But, determined to salvage something in an attempt to connect with voters, they intend to focus on boosting resources for border security. "The conversations about the overall bill, the larger...
  • Congress to Begin Exploration Of BP's Alaska Oil Problems

    09/07/2006 10:25:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 410+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 7, 2006 | Chip Cummins
    Already under siege by American environmental regulators and financial-market investigators, BP PLC faces a new inquisitor today: Congress. In the first of as many as two Capitol Hill appearances in coming days, U.S. operations chief Bob Malone and other BP officials face a public grilling from politicians just ahead of U.S. midterm elections. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hear testimony from experts and BP officials on corrosion problems at BP's Alaska oil field. The London company partially shuttered the field last month after discovering corroded pipes. The hearing comes amid a series of embarrassing regulatory, criminal and civil...
  • Senate Dems lose bid to criticize handling of Iraq war

    Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, successfully thwarted a vote Wednesday on a Democratic amendment to the fiscal 2007 Defense appropriations bill that sharply criticized the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq and called on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign. Stevens raised a point of order against the amendment, which contained non-binding "sense of the Senate" language, and won a ruling that it was not germane to the $468.4 billion appropriations measure. A vote on the amendment, which was expected to fail largely along party lines, could have allowed Democrats to present a united front...
  • Chafee delays vote on Bolton nomination

    09/07/2006 10:50:44 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies · 2,421+ views
    Chafee delays vote on Bolton nomination By ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer (Published: September 7, 2006) WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Lincoln Chafee has pulled the plug on a push by his fellow Republicans to confirm John Bolton as U.N. ambassador, saying he had more questions that needed to be answered. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was expected to vote along party lines during a committee meeting Thursday to approve Bolton. But the panel postponed the vote after Chafee, R-R.I., expressed doubt. "Sen. Chafee said he still had questions that were not answered," said the senator's spokesman, Stephen Hourahan. Chafee...
  • Sen. Biden offers national security plan

    09/07/2006 11:46:05 AM PDT · by John Carey · 37 replies · 973+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | September 7, 2006 | LIZ SIDOTI
    Democratic Sen. Joe Biden, a White House hopeful, said Thursday that the al-Qaida terrorist network clearly wants to strike the United States again, perhaps with an attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001. "I believe they're planning something as large and complex as 9/11," Biden told an audience at the National Press Club four days before the fifth anniversary of the attacks. "If you look at their modus operandi, that's how they have proceeded. That's how they have worked. And, I believe that's what they're doing," said Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "We have...
  • House Votes To Ban Horse Slaughter

    09/07/2006 2:24:14 PM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 139 replies · 1,912+ views
    KXAS-TV ^ | Sept 7, 2006
    House Votes To Ban Horse Slaughter WASHINGTON -- The House voted on Thursday to ban the slaughter of horses for meat, a practice that lawmakers thought they already had ended. Instead of banning it outright, Congress last year yanked the salaries and expenses of federal inspectors. But the Bush administration simply started charging plants for inspections, and the slaughter has continued. The House vote was 263-146 to outlaw the killing of horses for human consumption. Opponents of the practice showed photographs of horses with bloodied and lacerated faces, the result of being crammed into trailers that would carry the animals...
  • Pelosi Is Non-Partisan About 9/11 For A Half Hour

    09/06/2006 10:58:32 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 14 replies · 600+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | September 7, 2006 | N/A
    Judging from the rictus smile from her plastic surgeries, you wouldn't think that Nancy Pelosi would be able to talk out of both sides of her mouth. But she does quite regularly.As she does here, in two press releases issued almost within a half hour of each other.The first, from the Rep. Pelosi who is so eager to rise above petty politics: Pelosi Urges Hastert to Bring Bipartisan 9/11 Resolution to House Floor9/6/2006 7:27:00 PMTo: National DeskContact: Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616, both of the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Web:, Sept. 6 /U.S. Newswire/ --...
  • Senate stops push for Defence chief removal

    09/06/2006 6:44:22 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 54 replies · 1,479+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 9/7/06 | Vicki Allen
    US Senate Republicans have blocked a no-confidence vote on Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as Democrats sought to keep attention on the unpopular Iraq war before November's congressional elections.... A Republican who has fiercely criticised Mr Rumsfeld, Senator John McCain of Arizona, said Mr Bush deserved to have his choice to head the Pentagon.
  • Time for Him To Step Down?Democrats Want Rumsfeld Out(FREEP This POLL)

    09/06/2006 4:08:45 PM PDT · by IrishMike · 51 replies · 1,032+ views
    AOL ^ | 09/06/2006
    As the march toward the midterm elections heats up, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is becoming a central figure. Senate Democrats on Wednesday pushed for a vote calling for him to be fired, and he's also been criticized by members of his own party. But others, including his boss, are standing by him. Where do you stand on Rumsfeld? Story | Talk About It: Daily Pulse Blog Should Rumsfeld stay in his role as secretary of defense? No 59% Yes 41% Total Votes: 45,737 Note on Poll Results . . . How big of a factor will he be in the...
  • Bush, Democrats spar over national security

    09/06/2006 7:50:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 355+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/6/6 | William Douglas and Margaret Talev
    WASHINGTON -- The sprint to November's elections began in earnest Tuesday with President Bush and congressional Democrats each trying to seize the national security issue by offering sharply contrasting assessments of progress in the war on terror. The president delivered the second in a series of speeches designed to shore up flagging public support for the war in Iraq and to highlight what he called government success in combating terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. As Bush addressed military officers at a Washington hotel, Capitol Hill Democrats countered by releasing a report detailing bleak trends in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran...
  • email from Barb Boxer, bashing Rumsfeld (BARF ALERT)

    09/06/2006 7:55:35 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 21 replies · 894+ views
    Dear xxxxx, Call Senator Bill Frist now! Over the past several years, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's arrogance and incompetence has severely damaged our country's national security policy. Failing to develop a plan to win the peace in Iraq, sending our soldiers to fight without the body armor they need, fostering an environment that condones torture which led to detainee abuse scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay -- this is Secretary Rumsfeld's legacy. But last week, the Secretary of Defense stooped to a new low -- even for him. In a speech given to the American Legion convention in Utah,...
  • Democrats Release New Report on Bush National Security Failures (Pelosi press release.........)

    09/06/2006 8:08:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 645+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 05, 2006 CONTACT: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider 202-226-7616 Democrats Release New Report on Bush National Security Failures Third Way report makes clear dangerous cost of Bush Republican policies, need to change course Washington, D.C.—With President Bush touring the country on a new public relations campaign designed to sell his national security policies to the American people, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and Senator Thomas Carper today joined General Wesley Clark and Sharon Burke, Director of the Third Way National Security Project to release "the Neo Con," a...
  • Kucinich To Draw Up Mideast Peace Deal (Kumbaya Alert!)

    09/06/2006 9:04:01 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 26 replies · 523+ views
    P> Washington- Fresh from a trip to the Middle East, Rep. Dennis Kucinich is ready to help craft "a comprehensive peace agreement" between Lebanon and Israel. Presidents, diplomats and the United Nations have failed at that. Enter Kucinich, who failed to become president or establish a Cabinet-level Department of Peace but who did have a lot to do with saving Cleveland's municipal electric system. "I feel that one person can make a difference," the Cleveland Democrat said in an interview Tuesday. He has approaching it with "the same spirit that I went into when people said it was impossible to...
  • Vote on Rumsfeld fizzling out in Senate

    09/06/2006 9:09:54 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies · 1,984+ views
    Vote on Rumsfeld fizzling out in Senate By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago An effort by Senate Democrats to force a vote on whether Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should stay on the job appeared to be fizzling out Wednesday. Republicans, calling the move a political stunt, promised to block an up-or-down vote on the measure and Democrats conceded there's not likely to be any vote whatsoever. Sen. Barbara Boxer (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., on Tuesday said Democrats were drafting a nonbinding resolution "that would express a loss of confidence in the Bush administration's Iraq policy, including...
  • CA: Feds looking at land deal involving (R-CA Congressman) Jerry Lewis

    09/05/2006 9:47:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1,173+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/5/06 | Jeremiah Marquez - ap
    REDLANDS Federal investigators probing Rep. Jerry Lewis' ties to lobbyists are looking into a land deal that put nearly 41 pristine acres in the congressman's neighborhood off-limits to developers, The Associated Press has learned. The land was given to the city of Redlands by Jack and Laura Dangermond, who have donated generously to Lewis. The Dangermonds founded and run a company Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. of Redlands that has gotten tens of millions of dollars' worth of contracts through the powerful House Appropriations Committee that Lewis, a Republican, now chairs. One government contract came months after the land donation....
  • White House Chief of Staff Slams Democratic Senator (Josh Bolten slaps Harry Reid)

    09/05/2006 10:29:44 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 62 replies · 2,180+ views
    Hawaii Reporter Freedom to Report Real News White House Chief of Staff Slams Democratic Senator Letter to U.S. Senator Reid Sent on the President's Behalf Re: War in Iraq By Joshua B. Bolten, 9/5/2006 8:36:24 PM Dear Senator Reid: Thank you for your September 4 letter to the President. I am responding on his behalf. A useful discussion of what we need to do in Iraq requires an accurate and fair-minded description of our current policy: As the President has explained, our goal is an Iraq that can govern itself, defend itself, and sustain itself. In order to achieve this...
  • Dems push Rumsfeld no-confidence vote

    09/05/2006 10:43:38 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 46 replies · 1,150+ views ^ | September 5, 2006
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Democratic senators will try to present a no-confidence measure on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the full Senate on Wednesday in an effort to persuade President Bush to sack the outspoken Pentagon chief, Democratic aides said. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California was the first to move publicly on the measure, which will be attached to a defense appropriation bill, but Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is expected to offer the proposal. Democrats in the House of Representatives are likely to offer a similar proposal, a senior Democratic aide said. The Senate's Republican leadership may prevent...
  • Response from the Chief of Staff Josh Bolten to a Democratic Letter

    09/05/2006 6:11:05 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 26 replies · 1,177+ views
    September 5, 2006 Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid 528 Hart SOB United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Reid: Thank you for your September 4 letter to the President. I am responding on his behalf. A useful discussion of what we need to do in Iraq requires an accurate and fair-minded description of our current policy: As the President has explained, our goal is an Iraq that can govern itself, defend itself, and sustain itself. In order to achieve this goal, we are pursuing a strategy along three main tracks -- political, economic, and security. Along each of these...

    09/05/2006 5:44:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 88 replies · 2,740+ views
    Drudge ^ | September 5, 2006
    Tue Sep 05 2006 19:28:01 ET Dear Senator Reid: Thank you for your September 4 letter to the President. I am responding on his behalf. A useful discussion of what we need to do in Iraq requires an accurate and fair-minded description of our current policy: As the President has explained, our goal is an Iraq that can govern itself, defend itself, and sustain itself. In order to achieve this goal, we are pursuing a strategy along three main tracks -- political, economic, and security. Along each of these tracks, we are constantly adjusting our tactics to meet conditions on...
  • Waiting on warrant protocol (and other poop on William Jefferson D-La.)

    09/05/2006 3:49:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies · 457+ views
    NOLA ^ | 9/03/06 | Bruce Alpert, Bill Walsh
    ON THE HILLNews from the Louisiana delegation in the nation's capital Sunday, September 03, 2006 By Bruce Alpert and Bill Walsh Waiting on warrant protocol The Justice Department doesn't plan to issue guidelines for executing criminal search warrants on congressional offices until after the legal wrangling with Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, is over, a top official said last week. "What is decided there (in the case) might be informative for us," Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said in a brief interview. **SNIP** Jefferson leads pack in postal privileges Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, leads the Louisiana delegation in sending...
  • Senate Democrats to filibuster WOT bills

    09/05/2006 2:24:33 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 63 replies · 2,404+ views
    Stop the New York Times ^ | September 5, 2006 | editors
    What is the Democrats' plan for fighting the War on Terror? Here it is: In a letter to Mr. Bush on Monday, the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate urged him to begin pulling American troops out of Iraq this year. Withdrawing troops from Iraq before their mission is complete is not a plan. It is like Dunkirk, only without hundreds of German divisions boring down to eradicate an already defeated allied force or Winston Churchill's will and mandate to return.
  • CNN's Candy Crowley blasts Murtha, Dems for having no plans after Bush speech

    09/05/2006 12:53:09 PM PDT · by nwrep · 117 replies · 4,227+ views
    CNN | September 5, 2006 | nwrep
    Appearing after Burkha Murtha's comments to the President's WOT speech this afternoon, CNN Political Analyst Candy Crowley was surprisingly sharp in her fair and balanced analysis of the Democratic response to the speech. When asked by bathroom queen Kyra Phillips for her opinion on the speech and the Dem response, eye Candy said the Dems continue to have the problem of not having any credible response, nor a plan to fight terrorism. She repeated some of Burkha's angry comments, and said it showed that apart from angry rhetoric denouncing the President, the Dems have nothing to offer.
  • Am. Spec. Washington Prowler - Facing the Music

    09/05/2006 5:53:42 AM PDT · by PDR · 11 replies · 531+ views
    American Spectator Online ^ | September 5, 2006
    As Republican House members return home from three weeks in their districts, the news is mixed, according the House insiders. But the news is also more positive than negative. While a number of House seats are in play, GOP House members who were down as much as ten points before returning home, are coming back to Washington with polling data that shows many of them back on solid footing with their constituencies."I think there is rightly a lot of anger about the way Iraq and the Middle East is looking," says one House member from the upper northeast. "But I...
  • Letter: {Republican Conrad} Burns greatest senator in Montana's history

    09/05/2006 6:33:24 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 5 replies · 443+ views
    Billings, MT, Gazette ^ | 09-05-06 | Brown, Dave, of Billings
    Letter: Burns greatest senator in Montana's history Montanans have a great opportunity to keep Sen. Conrad Burns. Burns has done more for Montana than any other senator in the history of the state. He has funded veterans' clinics, well staffed with local MDs, and rural medical facilities throughout Montana. Burns is a passionate advocate for the citizens of Montana. He has common sense; is not afraid to say what is on his mind; and when he is wrong, he will admit it. Do Democrats do that? He is a true advocate for agriculture, small and large business, free markets, our...
  • United Democratic Leaders Urge the President to Change Course in Iraq (Pelosi news release......)

    09/05/2006 9:47:06 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies · 434+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 04, 2006 CONTACT: Brendan Daly 202-226-3617 United Democratic Leaders Urge the President to Change Course in Iraq Washington, DC—Today, House and Senate Democratic Leaders and ranking members from the key national security committees wrote to the President about the continued deterioration of the security situation in Iraq. Citing the escalating violence in the five weeks since the leaders' July 30 letter to the President, the letter calls for a new direction in Iraq to include the beginning of a phased redeployment of U.S. troops before the end of 2006. In addition to again urging the President...
  • Slaughter Calls for ABC to Come Clean on New 9-11 Docudrama (Clintonistas livid with rage)

    09/05/2006 12:15:12 PM PDT · by pabianice · 140 replies · 5,239+ views
    Office of Rep. Slaughter ^ | 9/4/06 | Slaughter
    Divisive and Politicized Accounts of September 11th Attacks and National Security Issues Endanger Nation Washington, DC - Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY-28), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, today called for ABC to make clear to viewers that its upcoming television mini-series The Path to 9/11 is not a documentary account of the events and political decisions that preceded the terrorist attacks of that day. "ABC has a responsibility to make clear that this film is not a documentary, and does not represent an official account of the facts surrounding the September 11th attacks," Rep. Slaughter said. "Disclaimers noting...
  • Harry Reid: The Senate is Almost Out of Time to Help the American People

    09/05/2006 10:35:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 84 replies · 1,824+ views
    U.S. Newswire on Yahoo ^ | 9/5/06 | Harry Reid
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 /U.S. Newswire/ -- With Congress returning to session after a lengthy summer vacation and boasting an embarrassingly short list of accomplishments for the last two years, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid today delivered the following speech on the floor of the United States Senate. The Republican Congress has spent two years setting records for doing nothing, and the American people have had enough. Democrats believe the 109th Congress should put aside the divisive partisan issues that have wasted the last two years in order to change course from failed policies that have left America less safe and...
  • Immigration Reform? Waiting for Speaker Hastert (CALL NOW 202-225-2976)

    09/05/2006 10:11:51 AM PDT · by davidosborne · 61 replies · 1,850+ views
    CALL NOW !! 202-225-2976
  • Senate Coverage -- (September'06)

    09/05/2006 9:49:31 AM PDT · by Mo1 · 914 replies · 7,793+ views
    Thomas ^ | 9/5/06
    Posted on 05/01/2006 1:22:51 PM EDT by OXENinFLA Since "Free Republic is an online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web. We're working to roll back decades of governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption, and to champion causes which further conservatism in America.", I and others think it's a good idea to centralize what the goes on in the Senate (or House). So if you see something happening on the Senate/House floor and you don't want to start a new thread to ask if anyone else just heard what you heard, you can leave a...
  • The Death of the Moderate Democrat

    09/05/2006 6:41:56 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 46 replies · 1,722+ views
    NRO ^ | September 11, 2006 | BYRON YORK
    The scene is one of those Washington cocktail parties so hated by left-wing “netroots” activists — a gathering where politicians and pundits and inside-the-Beltway types meet to gossip, conspire, make deals, and generally sink farther into their morass of inside-the-Beltway corruption. One prominent member of Congress says to a prominent political analyst: “You know, if you think about it, Nancy Pelosi is pretty close to the center of the House Democratic caucus.” It seems hard to believe, given that Pelosi, the Minority Leader, is a true-blue San Francisco liberal with a near-perfect 95 rating from the left-wing Americans for Democratic...
  • Congress's Last Stand (WSJ Editorial)

    09/05/2006 3:44:44 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 7 replies · 622+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 September 2006 | staff
    WSJ Editorial Recommendations: Military tribunals. In Hamdan, the Supreme Court invited Congress to rewrite the rules for military tribunals for terrorists... Spending restraint. One reason many GOP voters are in a sour mood, and may stay home in November, is the lack of spending discipline. Republicans can lighten that blot on their record by passing reforms that stem the worst abuses -- namely, more transparency for special-interest "earmarks," and a line-item veto to allow a President to delete specific spending pork... Health insurance. The latest Census data finds that 46.6 million Americans lack health insurance, with the cost of coverage...
  • Dem Lawmakers Want DOD Changes (Dems letter to Bush)

    09/04/2006 8:33:39 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 67 replies · 1,440+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Sept. 4, 2006 | AP
    Leading Democratic lawmakers on Monday urged President Bush to consider changing the civilian leadership at the Pentagon, one week after Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned against fascism and appeasement as he defended U.S. policies in Iraq. In a letter released Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and 10 other congressional party leaders told the president that considering making such a change would show he recognizes the problems his policies"have created in Iraq and elsewhere." Others who signed the letter were Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Carl Levin of Michigan,...
  • Congress's Fall Agenda Takes Shape

    09/04/2006 8:02:05 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 12 replies · 474+ views
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 5, 2006 | DAVID ROGERS
    The most telltale clue to Congress's fall agenda may be an item that still may be added: middle-class tax cuts. Down in polls and divided internally, Republicans want to block debate on domestic policy and shift attention to national-security issues that command more party unity. But census data last week highlighted the economic squeeze on many families, and House leaders are considering a pre-election bid to make permanent the $1,000 child tax credit and marriage penalty relief provisions enacted in 2001. Like most of the Bush administration's tax breaks, these are due to expire at the end of 2010, when...
  • US lawmakers fault Bush government on Iran

    09/04/2006 4:05:06 PM PDT · by Flavius · 18 replies · 511+ views
    times of india ^ | 9/4/06 | na
    WASHINGTON: Cutting across party lines, US law makers have faulted President George W Bush's administration for not having a clear position on Iran even as an expert asked as to whether America was willing to pay the price of the military option. Democrat Congressman Marty Meehan has argued along with others that the US military's forward deployment was so stretched out that it was having an impact on the way a decision on Iran would have to be factored. "We have 140,000 troops in Iraq, recruitment is down in our military. We need more soldiers and Marines, and we're having...
  • G.O.P. Sets Aside Work on Immigration

    09/04/2006 6:57:46 PM PDT · by Shermy · 54 replies · 1,281+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 5, 2006
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 — As they prepare for a critical pre-election legislative stretch, Congressional Republican leaders have all but abandoned a broad overhaul of immigration laws and instead will concentrate on national security issues they believe play to their political strength. With Congress reconvening Tuesday after an August break, Republicans in the House and Senate say they will focus on Pentagon and domestic security spending bills, port security legislation and measures that would authorize the administration’s terror surveillance program and create military tribunals to try terror suspects. “We Republicans believe that we have no choice in the war against terror...
  • Antiwar protestors stalk Rep. Rohrabacher at his home

    09/04/2006 7:21:00 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 90 replies · 2,755+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | September 3, 2006 | NATALYA SHULYAKOVSKAYA
    From the Orange County Register online: [Congressman Dana] Rohrabacher has supported the Bush administration on the war in Iraq. Then, the protesters started shouting: "Bring them home! Now!" As the pitch rose, the congressman ran out of his grey stucco home. He was barefoot. "You just woke my babies!" Rohrabacher said. He and his wife, Rhonda, have 2-year-old triplets. Rohrabacher said he was on his back porch when he heard crying over a baby monitor. "I am going to get all of you arrested if you don't leave right now." "My son is in Iraq!" responded Tim Kahlor, 48, whose...
  • Missile Fired at Sen. John McCain's Helicopter

    09/04/2006 6:06:57 PM PDT · by DollarBill · 82 replies · 3,030+ views
    Missile Fired at Sen. John McCain's Helicopter The Republic of Georgia's defense minister said he was aboard a helicopter that came under fire as it flew over the separatist province of South Ossetia. He said the aircraft was damaged but nobody was hurt, and they landed safely in Georgian-controlled territory. Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili spoke hours after South Ossetian officials said their forces shot down a Georgian government helicopter Sunday that had invaded the breakaway region's airspace. Georgian military officials swiftly denied it was shot down. Georgia's Interior Ministry also said Sunday that in a similar incident last week a...
  • Why the Dems Don't Get It (on national security)

    09/03/2006 10:55:00 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies · 828+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 1, 2006 | James Lewis
    The Republicans are hardly the last word in human wisdom, but right now they are the only ones acting normal. Sure, Democrats think they are making sense, but that’s only when they talk to each other. There aren’t enough grey-beard loons in the country to win national elections. What the Dems don’t get is that they have flagrantly and repeatedly crossed a clear red line in American politics: The line between being for our country or against it. Forget the word “patriotism.” The question is, do Democrats favor a strong and vigorous America that protects itself—- and the entire West—-...
  • Pointless Criticism Does Nothing for National Security

    09/04/2006 8:34:47 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 1 replies · 201+ views ^ | September 04, 2006
    Coleen Rowley has penned a piece over at the Huffington Post entitled “Demagoguery won’t keep us safe.” It is “classic” in terms of characterizing the Anti-war, Liberal, and Democratic stance in the war on terror. Firstly, while it is extremely critical of the current policies that are in use in the war on terror, it fails to offer a single alternative course of action. Anyone can be a critic, but to be a constructive critic requires that at a minimum, a plan to replace that which is in use. Secondly, the accusation that the effort that is in place is...
  • Missile Fired at Sen. John McCain's Helicopter

    09/04/2006 9:41:15 AM PDT · by Prost1 · 77 replies · 2,695+ views ^ | Monday, Sept. 4, 2006 11:20 a.m. EDT | By the Staff
    The Republic of Georgia's defense minister said he was aboard a helicopter that came under fire as it flew over the separatist province of South Ossetia. He said the aircraft was damaged but nobody was hurt, and they landed safely in Georgian-controlled territory. Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili spoke hours after South Ossetian officials said their forces shot down a Georgian government helicopter Sunday that had invaded the breakaway region's airspace. Georgian military officials swiftly denied it was shot down. Georgia's Interior Ministry also said Sunday that in a similar incident last week a surface-to-air missile was fired at a helicopter...
  • GOP SUFFERS ALIEN JITTERS (Sen Specter agitating for House action on illegal immigration)

    09/04/2006 6:08:39 AM PDT · by Liz · 72 replies · 1,214+ views
    NY POST ^ | September 4, 2006 | GEOFF EARLE
    Republicans could lose control of Congress if they fail to pass a stalled immigration bill .......warned Sen. Arlen Specter Senate Judiciary Committee chairman...."If we Republicans want to retain control of the House'd better move ahead on immigration reform." GOP leaders haven't been able to reconcile the "comprehensive" Senate bill with a get-tough House version focused on enforcement. Specter said his first phone call when Congress reconvenes will be to House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.)................