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  • Nigeria: How William Jefferson (D-La.) Reported PTDF Deal to Obasanjo

    09/11/2006 4:08:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 1,011+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | 9/11/06
    Nigeria: How Jefferson Reported PTDF Deal to ObasanjoSeptember 10, 2006 Posted to the web September 11, 2006 Lagos United States Congressman, William Jefferson, who is now at the centre of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for alleged corrupt practices, was the one who gave the first hint to President Olusegun Obasanjo on the alleged illegal use of Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF) by some Nigerian businessmen. The businessmen were believed to be associates of Vice President Atiku Abubakar. In a letter on his congressional office letterhead dated May 28, 22004 and addressed to Obasanjo, Jefferson who...
  • West Virginia Senate: Byrd Flying to Reelection With 33 Point Lead

    09/11/2006 3:42:21 PM PDT · by okstate · 76 replies · 1,667+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 11 September 2006 | Scott Rasmussen
    After garnering support levels in the high 50s for the last several months, Democratic Senator Robert Byrd has pierced the 60% threshold in our polling to now lead Republican John Raese 63% to 30%. That adds eight points to the spread. Our August survey showed the Senator over-flying his Republican opponent 56% to 31%, a mere twenty-five-point advantage. Byrd, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, is known for his oratory, unabashed vigor in bringing pork projects to his state, and opposition to the war in Iraq. Should he win, he will be 89 as he begins his new term....
  • Tribute to the heros of 9-11

    09/11/2006 2:50:36 PM PDT · by theworkersarefew · 1 replies · 564+ views ^ | 9-11-06 | Mike Pence
    PENCE COMMENDS TROOPS ON ANNIVERSARY OF 9-11 Congressman tells soldiers "You do not go alone" Washington, Sep 11 - WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence today made the following speech at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana. Thank you for that warm welcome. I am deeply honored and profoundly humbled to be with you. As I thought about what I might say today, what words of inspiration and hope I might share on this solemn anniversary, I couldn’t help but be struck by how incongruous it is that I should be speaking to you. Our roles today are backwards. It...
  • Former Sen. Edwards says Democrats need to show 'backbone'

    09/11/2006 2:24:19 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 56 replies · 1,113+ views
    AP/lasvegassun ^ | September 11, 2006 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Possible presidential candidate and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards told some 3,400 union delegates and others Monday that the Democratic Party needs to show "a little backbone" by taking up the cause of universal health care again. "One of the ways we can show some backbone and courage is we can speak out and we can say we're not for access to health care ... and all those weasel words that politicians like to use," he said. "We're for universal health care for every single man, woman and child in America and we are going...
  • Arlingtonians Remember 9/11 in Their Own Ways

    09/11/2006 2:11:31 PM PDT · by slowhand520 · 98 replies · 3,658+ views
    Sun Gazette/Drudge ^ | September 11, 2006 | KRISTEN ARMSTRONG
    Arlingtonians Remember 9/11 in Their Own Ways by KRISTEN ARMSTRONG, Staff Writer (Created: Monday, September 11, 2006 2:03 PM EDT) The fifth annual Arlington Police/Sheriff/Fire 9-11 5K Race drew thousands to Crystal City on Sept. 9. It was one of many events taking place across the county to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (Photo by Betty Morales) The fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was commemorated Monday in a ceremony that not only honored those who died, but saluted those whose actions on 9/11 made a difference. “Arlington remembers all responders,”...
  • Vanity: Question -- Author of Senate Intelligence Report

    09/11/2006 11:55:48 AM PDT · by S.S. Monkeyface · 13 replies · 810+ views
    I remember hearing on the radio Friday that the person who wrote the misleading Senate report that purports to show no connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda was an active Kerry supporter and contributor who somehow got onto the Republican staff. Does anyone else remember this? Who was the staffer that wrote this piece of propaganda?
  • House Judiciary Committee Passes Public Expression of Religion Act (HR 2679)

    09/11/2006 11:23:53 AM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 1,402+ views
    September 11, 2006 House Judiciary Committee Passes Public Expression of Religion ActWashington D.C. - On Friday the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee passed the Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA), also known as HR 2679. This bill will go to the full House for a vote. The bill's intent is to eliminate the chilling effect on the constitutionally protected expression of religion by state and local officials that results from the threat that a plaintiff may seek damages and attorney's fees. If the bill passes, advocacy groups like the ACLU would no longer be able to use...
  • House Leader Boehner Refuses to Rule Out Immigration Deal With Senate [Rep.Hayworth No To Shamnesty]

    09/11/2006 8:46:31 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 88 replies · 1,504+ views
    Human Events ^ | Sept. 11, 2006 | Amanda B. Carpenter
    House Majority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) last week would not rule out passing a comprehensive immigration bill before Congress recesses for the mid-term elections. When a reporter asked him if it was realistic to assume Congress would not pass such a bill in the limited time left on the legislative calendar, he replied, “That is not fair.” Boehner said that “conversations about the overall bill, the larger bill, are going to continue,” but suggested alternative methods to secure the border were being planned. “You will see us, I think, again this month, move to include additional money for fencing on...
  • John Murtha uses 9/11 to brag about pork

    09/11/2006 8:23:18 AM PDT · by xpertskir · 58 replies · 1,354+ views
    John Murtha is using the 5 year anniversary of 9/11 to brag about his abilities to throw pork at any problem that comes his way. Instead of offering a solemn note of remembrance, he has instead decided to generate a list of all the monies he has directed to the Flight 93 memorial(located in his district). This proves one thing, not only has John Murtha forgotten about exactly what happened on the fateful day 5 years ago, he has also neglected to realize how it has changed the world. I guess it wasn’t enough to use thousands of dead U.S....
  • Intellectual and Moral Bankruptcy of Today's Democratic Party

    This is one of the best books I've read this year, packed with ammo for the elctions. This is a MUST read before the elections. Send it to all your friends and Republican congressmen. Bankrupt: The Intellectual and Moral Bankruptcy of Today's Democratic Party by David Limbaugh
  • Cheney offers to bet on congressional Republicans

    09/11/2006 6:10:16 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 48 replies · 1,071+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/11/06
    Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday he expects fellow Republicans to rally and keep control of Congress in the November 7 election -- and offered to bet on it. Although polls show unhappy voters may turn over the U.S. House of Representatives and possibly the Senate to Democrats, Cheney said: "I think we're doing very well out there." Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Cheney told moderator Tim Russert, "I'll even bet you a dinner that we hold both houses." "I don't bet," replied Russert. Cheney was questioned about the election, which will determine whether President George W. Bush...
  • Boxer & co. find their villain

    09/11/2006 5:02:39 AM PDT · by radar101 · 14 replies · 725+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 11 SEPT 2006 | DANA WILKIE
    It is probably fair to say that when Sen. Barbara Boxer makes a racket about something, it does not necessarily follow that all her colleagues will listen. After all, California Democrat Boxer is prone to loud announcements and speeches that sometimes call for the politically impossible – goals that are too left of center, too removed from the congressional mainstream. So it is with some interest that observers watched the former Marin County activist lead a charge last week to oust Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Democrats long have expressed frustration with the war in Iraq, saying the Bush administration...
  • Reid: The Vice President Just Doesn't Get It

    09/10/2006 1:22:04 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies · 1,079+ views
    Reid: The Vice President Just Doesn't Get It 9/10/2006 4:07:00 PM To: National Desk Contact: Jim Manley or Rebecca Kirszner, 202-224-2939, both of the Office of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement on Vice President Cheney's appearance today on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Vice President Cheney's influence over our nation's foreign policy and defense has made America less safe. The Vice President was a chief architect of the effort to manipulate intelligence to build a case for invading Iraq, he ignored the threat of insurgencies, he...
  • Bill Frist Nails It On Path To 9/11

    09/09/2006 12:32:53 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 20 replies · 887+ views
    Say Anything (blog) ^ | September 9, 2006 | Rob
    From Bill Frist's blog: With all the information available about all the hateful efforts of the terrorists to strike America since the late 1980s -- easily available by one click on the Internet -- let's simmer down on the censorship calls and honor the memory of 9/11 by letting people see ABC's The Path to 9/11 and draw their own conclusions about the Islamofascist war against America. Exactly. Unfortunately, from what I know of liberals, they usually aren't too keen about Americans making up their own minds about things. Anyway, as Allah notes: ...the New York Times has seen it...
  • Saddam Speaks ! From His Mouth to Senate Intel Commitee's Ear !!

    09/09/2006 8:45:28 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 2 replies · 373+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 09/09/06 | vanity
    By now, everybody knows the CIA told the Denate Intelligence Committee Osama had nothing to do with 9/11. How did the CIA know ? They asked him, of course !
  • In a Pivotal Year, GOP Plans to Get Personal

    09/10/2006 12:31:01 PM PDT · by wjersey · 11 replies · 692+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/10/2006 | Jim VandeHei and Chris Cillizza
    Republicans are planning to spend the vast majority of their sizable financial war chest over the final 60 days of the campaign attacking Democratic House and Senate candidates over personal issues and local controversies, GOP officials said. The National Republican Congressional Committee, which this year dispatched a half-dozen operatives to comb through tax, court and other records looking for damaging information on Democratic candidates, plans to spend more than 90 percent of its $50 million-plus advertising budget on what officials described as negative ads. The hope is that a vigorous effort to "define" opponents, in the parlance of GOP operatives,...
  • Bush's great fear: Three little words

    09/10/2006 11:18:23 AM PDT · by freespirited · 44 replies · 1,748+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 9/10/06 | RUPERT CORNWELL
    For an idea of the upheaval that may be about to overtake Congress, just three words suffice: Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This is no denigration of the member for California's 8th District in the House of Representatives. She is as competent, ambitious and driven a politician as they come. But nothing would so perfectly symbolize the twilight of a conservative era as a House led by a woman with a near-perfect liberal voting record from the great city of San Francisco, a place that lives in Republican mythology as Sodom and Gomorrah made flesh. And the chances right now are that...
  • Senate finds no al-Qaida-Saddam link

    Saddam Hussein rejected overtures from al-Qaida and believed Islamic extremists were a threat to his regime, a reverse portrait of an Iraq allied with Osama bin Laden painted by the Bush White House, a Senate panel has found. The administration's version was based in part on intelligence that White House officials knew was flawed, according to Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing newly declassified documents released by the panel. The report, released Friday, discloses for the first time an October 2005 CIA assessment that prior to the war Saddam's government "did not have a relationship, harbor or turn a...
  • Rules of Evidence: A new Senate report on Iraq and al Qaeda ignores everything which . . .

    09/09/2006 4:46:18 AM PDT · by rhema · 49 replies · 1,934+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09/08/2006 | Thomas Joscelyn
    ONCE AGAIN headlines from media outlets around the country declare "No Saddam, al-Qaeda link." This time the news cycle is being fed by the release of two reports by the Senate Intelligence Committee, both of which purport to investigate the uses of prewar intelligence. The first of these two reports, titled "Postwar Findings about Iraq's WMD Programs and Links to Terrorism and How They Compare with Prewar Assessments," has pleased Democrats. Senator Carl Levin says that the report is "a devastating indictment of the Bush-Cheney administration's unrelenting, misleading, and deceptive attempts" to connect Saddam's regime to bin Laden's al Qaeda....
  • Second time's a charm?

    09/09/2006 5:12:39 AM PDT · by YaYa123 · 9 replies · 633+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09-18-06 | Fred Barnes
    George Voinovich's change of heart gives U.N. Ambassador John Bolton another shot at confirmation. This was an important moment, maybe not historic but surely unusual. Voinovich had been the catalyst for the defeat of Bolton's nomination to the U.N. post in 2005. Without his unflinching opposition, Bolton most likely would have been confirmed.
  • Senate: Saddam believed Al-Qaida was a threat, not ally

    09/09/2006 8:07:18 AM PDT · by rubeng · 102 replies · 2,045+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 9, 10:06 AM (ET) | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Saddam Hussein rejected overtures from al-Qaida and believed Islamic extremists were a threat to his regime, a reverse portrait of an Iraq allied with Osama bin Laden painted by the Bush White House, a Senate panel has found. The administration's version was based in part on intelligence that White House officials knew was flawed, according to Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing newly declassified documents released by the panel. The report, released Friday, discloses for the first time an October 2005 CIA assessment that prior to the war Saddam's government "did not have a relationship, harbor...
  • Democrats say war on terror should be refocused from Iraq to al-Qaida

    09/09/2006 9:36:59 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 24 replies · 610+ views
    AP ^ | September 09, 2006
    Democrats are responding to President Bush's latest remarks on the war on terror, saying it'll take a new policy in Iraq to make America safe. Congressman Sherrod Brown of Ohio says the U-S-led invasion of Iraq has made the country "a training ground for terrorists and a recruiting tool for the leaders of al-Qaida." He says the war on terror should be redirected to end what he calls the "open-ended commitment in Iraq" and refocus military efforts on destroying al-Qaida. Brown, who is running for a seat in the Senate, delivered the Democrats' weekly radio address.
  • Senators Feinstein and Leahy Call for New Policy on Use of Cluster Bombs

    09/09/2006 10:32:29 AM PDT · by radar101 · 33 replies · 776+ views
    California Chronicle ^ | 5 SEPT 2006 | California Political Desk
    Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today introduced an amendment to the FY 2007 Department of Defense Appropriations bill aimed at preventing hundreds of unnecessary civilian deaths and injuries caused every year by unexploded cluster bombs. The Cluster Munitions Amendment would prevent funds from being spent to purchase, use, or transfer cluster bombs until the Department of Defense has adopted rules of engagement to ensure that cluster bomb are not used in or near any concentration of civilians.“Instead of targeting troop formations and enemy armor, unexploded bomblets target innocent civilians, seriously maiming or killing...
  • Weedstock Organizer Attempts To Unseat Kohl

    09/09/2006 3:52:13 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 5 replies · 575+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 09 SEPTEMBER 2006 | AP
    (AP) MILWAUKEE -- Ben Masel says his top interests include "good hash" and "getting acquitted" -- not exactly what you'd expect from a candidate for U.S. Senate. But the 51-year-old liberal activist from Madison has made a career of doing things his own way. In high school in 1969 he participated in a strike in which he says protesting students demanded and received the principal's resignation. He was arrested for his prominent role in Vietnam War protests, which he says led to his being "indefinitely suspended" from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after his freshman year in 1971. He ran for...
  • Bush wants to renew Social Security push after vote

    09/09/2006 2:18:37 PM PDT · by Dubya · 34 replies · 737+ views
    Reuters News Service ^ | Sept. 9, 2006 | Reuters News Service
    WASHINGTON - President Bush hopes to revive his plan to overhaul the U.S. Social Security retirement program if his Republican party keeps control of the Congress in the November midterm elections, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. ADVERTISEMENT Despite polls suggesting Democrats have their best chance in years to regain control of the House of Representatives, Bush told the newspaper in an interview he was confident a power shift was "not going to happen." "I just don't believe it," he said, adding that if Republicans prevail at the polls, next year might be a good time to reintroduce the...
  • As Congress stalls on immigration, a backlash brews

    09/09/2006 2:09:41 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 48 replies · 1,223+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 08, 2006 | Amanda Paulson
    Chicago activists marched 50 miles to House Speaker Dennis Hastert's house last weekend to protest congressional inaction over reforming immigration laws and what they say is his anti-immigrant stance. In Phoenix, protesters rallied at the state's Capitol, also to highlight the stalemate in Washington. Bob Johnson is equally exercised. The structural engineer from Buffalo Grove, Ill., argues the other side of 2006's Great Immigration Debate - that the US needs to send home illegal immigrants and gain better control of its borders - but he says he cannot believe Congress is punting on immigration reform. He's been writing letters to...
  • To Hold Senate, G.O.P. Bolsters Its Most Liberal

    09/09/2006 1:10:22 PM PDT · by RustMartialis · 147 replies · 2,009+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 9/10/2006 | Adam Nagourney
    To Hold Senate, G.O.P. Bolsters Its Most Liberal By ADAM NAGOURNEY Published: September 10, 2006 WARWICK, R.I., Sept. 9 -- With a barrage of television advertisements and the mobilization of its get-out-the-vote machine, the national Republican Party has lined up to beat back a conservative primary challenge to the most liberal Republican in the Senate, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. The outcome on Tuesday could help determine whether Democrats have a shot at taking back the Senate. In an extraordinary pre-emptive announcement, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has said it will concede Rhode Island to the Democrats should Stephen Laffey,...
  • Senator: Iraq Would be Better WITH Sadam

    09/09/2006 4:24:11 PM PDT · by Laverne · 42 replies · 1,412+ views
    CBS News ^ | 9 September 2006 | None Identified
    CBS) When the Senate Intelligence Committee released a declassified version of its findings this past week, the Republican chairman of the committee, Pat Roberts, left town without doing interviews, calling the report a rehash of unfounded partisan allegations. Its statements like this one, made Feb. 5, 2003, by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell that have become so controversial, implying Iraq was linked to terror attacks. "Iraq today harbors a deadly terrorist network headed by abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an associated collaborator of Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda lieutenants," Powell said. But after 2 1/2 years of reviewing pre-war intelligence...
  • Senate gives OK for reimbursing Stryker families

    09/09/2006 5:35:18 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 5 replies · 462+ views
    Fairbanks News-Miner ^ | September 9, 2006 | Sam Bishop
    WASHINGTON–The U.S. Senate has voted to let the Army reimburse families of 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team soldiers for unusual expenses caused by their recent Iraq service extension. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said Friday he proposed the amendment at the request of the military. Stevens said Army officials were concerned they might not have the legal authority to reimburse families. They had promised to cover the cost of hotels and airline tickets that the families had bought in anticipation of the 172nd soldiers returning to Fort Wainwright. "With the 172nd coming home, those families had made plans for vacations, to...
  • Kerry calls for Dems to rally around pulling troops out of Iraq

    09/09/2006 6:26:20 PM PDT · by wouldntbprudent · 99 replies · 1,412+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Sept 9, 2006 | AP
    BOSTON —Sen. John Kerry is calling on Democrats to rally around his plan to pull U.S. combat troops out of Iraq by next July and redeploy some to Afghanistan. The Massachusetts Democrat gave a speech this morning at Boston’s Faneuil Hall. On the eve of Congressional mid-term elections, Kerry says Democrats must propose a new direction to defeat terrorism. He said Bush “pretends again and again” that Iraq is the central front on the war on terror, but Kerry said it isn’t and “never has been.” Kerry says the military commitment in Iraq weakens the United States’ ability to respond...
  • Quotes and Facts on Iraq (Statements they try to forget, but won’t be forgotten)

    09/09/2006 7:21:41 PM PDT · by Mo1 · 75 replies · 3,392+ views
        "Every nation has to either be with us, or against us.  Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price."       Senator Hillary Clinton (Democrat, New York)    September 13, 2001        "In the next century, the community of nations may see more and more the very kind of threat Iraq poses now -- a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction ready to use them or provide them to terrorists, drug traffickers or organized criminals who travel the world among us unnoticed.    If we fail to respond today, Saddam...
  • The stinking blossom of the totalitarian left: a follow-up

    09/09/2006 9:48:41 AM PDT · by connell · 2 replies · 619+ views ^ | Christopher Cook
    We can -- and perhaps should -- have a discussion about the value or even the morality of rendition. However, we should be clear about something right off the bat, so we are not using incorrect terminology or assertions. Terrorists, stateless actors, pirates, etc. are not covered by the Geneva Convention. It's important that we all get that right, so we are not starting out with false assertions. That said, those in our custody are being afforded **most** (albeit not all) of the considerations that would be given someone who is covered thereby. And as far as I am concerned,...
  • US Senate sets 200 million dollars to fund hunt for bin Laden

    09/08/2006 10:31:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies · 1,121+ views
    AFP ^ | 09/07/06
    US Senate sets 200 million dollars to fund hunt for bin Laden Thu Sep 7, 6:51 PM ET The US Senate unanimously approved an additional 200 million dollars to this year's defense budget to fund an intelligence unit that would seek to hunt down top Al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden. The measure, approved by a vote of 96 to 0, would also require the US Defense Department to report to Congress every three months about progress made toward apprehending bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The legislation was authored by Democrats Kent Conrad and Byron...
  • Pelosi counter-attacks on security issues

    09/08/2006 10:32:51 PM PDT · by Gomez · 13 replies · 704+ views
    UPI ^ | Sept. 8
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi called Friday for an urgent congressional vote to implement U.S. security upgrades. Pelosi, the leader of the minority Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, pledged in a statement that if the Democrats regained a ruling majority in the House, they would impose an "up-down" vote within the first week of the next Congress to push for implementation of the security reforms recommended by the "9/11" Commission. Pelosi, D-Calif., was seeking to counter-attack against an effective Republican strategy that is presenting the GOP to the American public as far more determined to fight terrorism than the Democrats....
  • Outgoing congresswoman hints at challenging Georgia voting laws

    09/08/2006 10:05:06 PM PDT · by TWohlford · 68 replies · 1,255+ views ^ | 9/7/2006 | BEN EVANS
    Outgoing Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney hinted Thursday that she or her supporters might try again to challenge the legality of state voting laws that allowed Republicans to vote in the Democratic primary where she lost her House seat last month. McKinney, the first black woman elected to Congress from Georgia, said "malicious crossover" voting by Republicans disenfranchised black voters in her district from picking their candidate of choice, despite the fact that the winner of the primary is also black. She said the state's primary system violates the Voting Rights Act, which was first passed in 1965 to protect minority...
  • Kennedy: Immigration Will Decide Control of Congress

    09/08/2006 7:49:02 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 65 replies · 1,240+ views
    CNS ^ | 08 SEPTEMBER 2006 | Kate Monaghan
    ( - Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) warned Republicans to either accept the Senate's version of immigration reform - which includes amnesty for illegal aliens - or risk losing Congress to Democrats in the upcoming mid-term elections. "If we can't get this Congress to pass fair immigration before now, we'll elect a new Congress in November that will pass it," said Kennedy to a cheering crowd at a rally supporting amnesty for illegal aliens on the National Mall. "We will pass an immigration bill in Congress that is worthy of America." Thousands of people gathered to hear Kennedy speak in support...
  • Half Ton of Bomb Material Stored a Few Miles from the White House (By ABC news team)

    09/08/2006 5:28:21 PM PDT · by indcons · 190 replies · 7,493+ views
    ABC News Blogs ^ | September 08, 2006 | Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz
    With virtually no questions asked, an undercover ABC News team was able to purchase a half ton of one of the world's most dangerous bomb-making materials and move it into a storage shed only a few miles from the White House and the U.S. Capitol. Despite its use in the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, there are still no federal laws restricting the purchase of ammonium nitrate, a chemical fertilizer, widely sold at farm supply stores. The ABC News undercover team made the purchases, in cash, at farm supply stores in North Carolina and Virginia and were never...
  • Federal Probe Launched Into (Senator Bob) Menendez's Finances

    09/08/2006 2:49:45 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 45 replies · 1,087+ views
    WNBC ^ | September 8, 2006
    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 subpoenaed the agency's records pertaining to a house once owned by then-congressman Menendez, sources told NewsChannel 4's Brian Thompson. Menendez, a Democrat, 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, even as he was working to obtain millions of dollars in federal grant money while he was a congressman
  • Kentucky businessman Vernon Jackson gets 7 years for bribe to William Jefferson (D-La.)

    09/08/2006 4:21:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies · 2,293+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | 9/08/06 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    Ky. businessman gets 7 years for bribe to JeffersonBy MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press Writer A Kentucky telecommunications executive who admitted paying more than $400,000 in bribes to Rep. William Jefferson was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in prison. Vernon Jackson, 54, of Louisville, is a key figure in the federal investigation of Jefferson, D-La., who has not been charged. But in court papers, prosecutors have alleged that they caught Jefferson on videotape taking a $100,000 cash bribe. Most of that money later turned up in a freezer in Jefferson's home. Jefferson was never mentioned by name in Friday's...
  • Senators: Welcome back, Joe (Lieberman)

    09/08/2006 3:10:27 PM PDT · by Jean S · 52 replies · 1,284+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/7/06 | By Jonathan Allen and Alexander Bolton
    If Sen. Joe Lieberman’s Democratic colleagues are anxious to get rid of him, they gave no indication of it in their first gathering since Lieberman lost a Connecticut primary to Ned Lamont last month and launched an independent bid. “I don’t think there’s any of us out there saying ‘Goddamn, I hope Joe doesn’t win,’” said Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), who has endorsed Lamont in the general election.Indeed, Democratic senators applauded Lieberman at their weekly policy luncheon, when Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) asked him to brief the caucus on upcoming port-security legislation.“Welcome back,” said Reid, who was scheduled to...
  • Senate: No Prewar Saddam-al-Qaida Ties ( Dems are gloating again )

    09/08/2006 11:04:30 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 56 replies · 1,717+ views
    New York Post ^ | 09/08/2006 | Jim Abrams
    Senate: No Prewar Saddam-al-Qaida Ties By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no evidence Saddam Hussein had ties with al-Qaida, according to a Senate report on prewar intelligence that Democrats say undercuts President Bush's justification for invading Iraq. Bush administration officials have insisted on a link between the Iraqi regime and terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Intelligence agencies, however, concluded there was none. Republicans countered that there was little new in the report and Democrats were trying to score election-year points with it. The declassified document released Friday by the intelligence committee also explores the role that...
  • What the Left Never Will Understand About the War on Terror

    09/08/2006 5:42:15 AM PDT · by PlainOleAmerican · 11 replies · 643+ views
    CFP ^ | September 8, 2006 | J.B. Williams
    The first thing liberals fail to understand is that war is a serious business. If you are not prepared to take a side, you had better not stand in the middle of the battle field. Sit it out and remain silent, because the minute you speak, you have taken a side, whether you meant to or not, and if you speak against your own, you have chosen the wrong side. This error in judgment among liberals has earned them the current title of un-American or even Al Qaeda sympathizer.
  • Dear Senator Sarbanes (Request to become an illegal alien)

    09/08/2006 9:40:55 AM PDT · by bordergal · 28 replies · 1,392+ views
    Dear Senator Sarbanes, As a native Marylander and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Immigration and Naturalization Service in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien, and they referred me to you. My reasons for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stem from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If My understanding of the bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for...
  • Sorry, No Hillary Apology On Iraq War Vote

    09/08/2006 10:53:53 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 5 replies · 332+ views
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Clinton has been hitting the Bush administration hard over the Iraq war lately, but said yesterday she has no regrets over voting for war. Clinton's hawkish comments were made on ABC's "Nightline" when she was asked about supporters who want her to say she's sorry for voting to authorize President Bush to attack Iraq. "I understand that, because certainly the feelings about Iraq are very raw and deep, and I share them," she said, according to a transcript of the broadcast. "But I don't think that's responsible." She added, "I can only look at what I...
  • George Allen Steals Durbin Amendment – Calls It His Own (Webb Campaign Accuses Allen of Plagerism)

    09/08/2006 11:37:38 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 45 replies · 1,549+ views
    Webb ^ | 9/8/06
    September 5, 2006George Allen Steals Durbin Amendment – Calls It His Own(Perhaps He Thought We Wouldn’t Notice the One Word Difference – Nice Work Skippy)Washington, DC – U.S. Senator George Allen today stole a Department of Defense appropriations amendment written, printed and prepared by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill), and then announced the amendment as his own, moments before Durbin was prepared to introduce the amendment on the Senate floor. The following is a chronology of what happened earlier this afternoon: At 2:30 PM this afternoon the U.S. Senate began debate of the Department of Defense appropriations for FY 2007.Already on...
  • The stinking blossom of the totalitarian left

    09/08/2006 11:20:24 AM PDT · by connell · 14 replies · 946+ views ^ | Christopher Cook
    The left talks a good game about rights and freedoms and all that, but the truth is, the more power people on the left get, the more totalitarian they become. In America, they are strongest in the universities, and sure enough, it's within many universities that you find speech codes; denials of tenure and funding based on political alignment or positions; the suppression of certain kinds of ideological expression; open attacks on conservatives and Jews; and the tacit encouragement or official endorsement of left-wing (and sometimes violent, Jihadist, anti-Semitic, or simply vile) ideological and artistic expressions. And in America, we're...
  • Sen. Cantwell helped lobbyist's clients (Cantwell aided lobbyist to the tune of $11 million)

    09/08/2006 7:24:17 AM PDT · by AZRepublican · 14 replies · 525+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Sept. 9, 3006 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON - Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell (news, bio, voting record) helped arrange more than $11 million in federal money in the past year for projects benefiting clients of a lobbyist who is advising her re-election campaign and still owes her money from a personal loan. Cantwell, a Democrat who is in a tight re-election race, has reported for years that former campaign manager Ron Dotzauer owes her between $15,000 and $50,000 for a personal loan predating her first Senate election in 2000. Dotzauer now runs a lobbying firm. The loan was still listed as outstanding on the financial disclosure report...
  • Dems Send Threatening Letter to ABC - and misspell word in second paragraph. (Idiots)

    09/07/2006 8:48:55 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 108 replies · 3,072+ views
    Senate Dems sent letter to ABC threatening to revoke their broadcasting licenses if ABC does not pull the 9/11 Docudrama that tells the critical truth as to how Clinton was very responsible for 9/11 incidents. Will not go into the threat, as that is well covered in other posts. Will point out however, that the stupid Dems even misspelled a word in the second paragraph of their letter to ABC! "The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public...
  • Interrogation Methods Rejected by Military Win Bush’s Support

    09/07/2006 8:45:05 PM PDT · by bitt · 17 replies · 957+ views
    New York Slimes ^ | sept 8, 2006 | ADAM LIPTAK
    Many of the harsh interrogation techniques repudiated by the Pentagon on Wednesday would be made lawful by legislation put forward the same day by the Bush administration. And the courts would be forbidden from intervening. The proposal is in the last 10 pages of an 86-page bill devoted mostly to military commissions, and it is a tangled mix of cross-references and pregnant omissions. But legal experts say it adds up to an apparently unique interpretation of the Geneva Conventions, one that could allow C.I.A. operatives and others to use many of the very techniques disavowed by the Pentagon — including...
  • Senate Dems Threaten Disney's Broadcast License

    09/07/2006 7:46:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 159 replies · 2,969+ views
    national review from the senators ^ | September 7, 2006 | Sens. Reid, Durbin, Stabenow, Schumer...
    Sens. Reid, Durbin, Stabenow, Schumer, and Dorgan sent a letter to Disney today containing the following passages:... Presenting such deeply flawed and factually inaccurate misinformation to the American public and to children would be a gross miscarriage of your corporate and civic responsibility to the law, to your shareholders, and to the nation. The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest. We urge you, after full consideration of the facts, to uphold...