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  • Obama Loses Ground Overall and With Independents in National Newsweek Poll (Left Chimes In)

    07/12/2008 12:59:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 128+ views
    I guess Obama's suddenly politics-as-usual campaign honchos, who've engineered a new "let's become like every other spineless Dem" strategy for their candidate over the past few weeks, have caused Obama to lose ground nationally, not gain it. According to the latest Newsweek poll, Obama is now beating McCain by only 3 points at 44-41%, down from the 15-point lead he held in last month's Newsweek survey, when he was up 51-36%. And keep in mind, Obama's numbers have gone down during a period when McCain's campaign has been stumbling, unraveling and producing negative news almost every day. Wow, Obama's so-called...

    07/11/2008 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Doctor Raoul · 194 replies · 330+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 15, 2007 | CHARLES HURT, Bureau Chief
    'WIRE' LAW FAILED LOST GI 10-HOUR DELAY AS FEDS SOUGHT TAP TO TRACK JIMENEZ CAPTORS IN IRAQ By CHARLES HURT, Bureau Chief October 15, 2007 WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence officials got mired for nearly 10 hours seeking approval to use wiretaps against al Qaeda terrorists suspected of kidnapping Queens soldier Alex Jimenez in Iraq earlier this year, The Post has learned. This week, Congress plans to vote on a bill that leaves in place the legal hurdles in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - problems that were highlighted during the May search for a group of kidnapped U.S. soldiers. A...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 07-11-08 (DUmmie Flees FISA Like The Von Trapp Family)

    07/11/2008 3:33:49 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 113 replies · 92+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | July 11, 2008 | DUmmie Oregone, DUmmies, and PJ-Comix
    I just couldn't help thinking about the Von Trapp family fleeing over the mountains to freedom when I read the hilariously melodramatic account by DUmmie Oregone of how his family is now fleeing from the clutches of FISA. Yeah, the FISA bill passes and now the dark cloud of totalitarianism is forcing his family, like the Von Trapp family, to sneak out in the middle of the night to freedom on the other side of the mountains as you can see in his Drama Queen THREAD titled, "A Good Day to say 'Goodbye'." So let us now watch the...
  • Bush signs spy bill and draws lawsuit (ACLU and "Journalist" don't like the law)

    07/10/2008 7:36:59 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 80 replies · 115+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/10/2008 | Randall Mikkelsen/Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush signed a law on Thursday overhauling the rules for eavesdropping on terrorism suspects but immediately met a civil liberties challenge calling it a threat to Americans' privacy. "This law will protect the liberties of our citizens while maintaining the vital flow of intelligence," Bush said at a White House ceremony to mark a rare legislative victory for the president during his last year in office. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in Manhattan federal court as Bush signed the measure and called for the law to be voided as a violation of...
  • Belated Security

    07/10/2008 5:05:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 118+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 10, 2008
    War On Terror: After keeping the homeland vulnerable for months, the Democratic Congress finally restored surveillance powers against terrorists. The supposedly "failed" Bush presidency wins big again.The extraordinary nature of the White House victory this week in passing the overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is unlikely to be fully appreciated this election year. Some forget that when the National Security Agency's terrorist surveillance program was revealed in late 2005 by The New York Times, it was seen as yet another death knell for George W. Bush. Secretly bypassing the FISA court to monitor domestic communications involving suspected...
  • [The Obama Campaign] Losing Andrew Sullivan

    07/10/2008 3:24:45 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 32 replies · 170+ views
    Media Blog on National Review Online ^ | July 10, 2008 | Greg Pollowitz
    The day Andrew Sullivan found out Santa Claus does not exist: A few things have unsettled me these past couple of weeks about the Obama campaign. It is not the small adjustments to previously-held positions - FISA, the Second Amendment, Iraq. It's a sense that Obama's ample self-regard is lapsing into hubris. The signs of this are pretty trivial on the surface, but they are troubling nonetheless. That simulated faux-presidential seal was both tacky, silly and presumptive - a small version of "Mission Accomplished" Obama could well do without. The decision to give his acceptance speech in a stadium, rather...
  • Obama Fakes Right

    07/10/2008 6:42:09 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 9 replies · 145+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-10-08 | Dick Morris
    he list of issues on which Barack Obama has flipped now that the primaries are over is long and growing rapidly. He says he believes in a Second Amendment right to bear arms. He now opposes late-term abortion. He suddenly is a devotee of using faith-based institutions to deliver public services. He now says that he won’t raise Social Security taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year. In the primary, he said he’d eliminate the threshold entirely, including on people making as little as $100,000. He recently opposed the Fairness Doctrine for talk radio. Now he says he’s...
  • Obama Burned His NutRoots

    07/10/2008 5:31:16 AM PDT · by foutsc · 22 replies · 101+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 10 July 08 | foutsc
    The nutroots are angry. They thought they had a real liberal in Barack Obama, but lately he's been swinging right. His vote to pass the new FISA, along with immunity for the big telecoms was the latest betrayal. So much for hope and change and a new kind of politics... For a bracing dose of nutroot anger, visit Firedoglake. Here's a sample: With his FISA vote he has proven that he is just another political hack in the pocket of the big corporations. I could see this coming. Progressive? BS. The audacity of nope. I’m so glad I didn’t give...
  • ACLU of Illinois Urges Senator (Hussein) Obama to Vote No on FISA 'Deal' (Too late...)

    07/09/2008 9:12:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 274+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/07/08
    ACLU of Illinois Urges Senator Obama to Vote No on FISA 'Deal'Mon Jul 7, 10:24 AM ET **SNIP** CHICAGO, July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the United States Senate returns from the Independence Day recess to debate a major overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois today called on Senator Barack Obama to vote no and reject this unconstitutional measure. Last month, the House of Representatives passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (H.R. 6304), a bill that not only allows for the wide, sweeping and unwarranted collection of Americans communications, but also...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (many photos): 7-9-08

    07/09/2008 5:54:43 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 63 replies · 878+ views
    On the last day of the G8 Summit in Japan, President Bush met with China’s President Hu Jintao (Transcript), India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (Transcript) and Republic of Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak. The President then delivered a statement as his final G8 Summit came to a close. (Transcript) You know, oftentimes in the political process people talk big, but they never follow up. And so one of the key ingredients of these recent meetings was all of us need to be reminded that when we say we're going to do something, we got to do it. And so accountability is...
  • Did Hillary Submarine Obama On FISA Reform?

    07/09/2008 4:01:53 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 190+ views ^ | July 9, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    An interesting shift happened during the run-up to the final vote on the FISA reform bill this afternoon. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton voted in favor of amendments that would have stripped telecom immunity from the House bill up for a vote today. Neither amendment came close to passage, and the Senate next moved to a cloture vote — which allowed one last opportunity for a filibuster. Originally, both Hillary and Obama voted for cloture. However, Hillary changed her vote before the tally closed, opposing cloture and supporting a filibuster. A little later, she voted against the FISA reform...
  • President Bush Pleased by Passage of FISA Reform Legislation

    07/09/2008 4:38:53 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies · 136+ views
    Office of the Press Secretary ^ | July 9, 2008 | THE PRESIDENT
    THE PRESIDENT: Today the United States Congress passed a vital piece of legislation that will make it easier for this administration and future administrations to protect the American people. This vital intelligence bill will allow our national security professionals to quickly and effectively monitor the plans of terrorists outside the United States, while respecting the liberties of the American people. This legislation is critical to America's safety; it is long overdue. Months ago my administration set out key criteria that this intelligence legislation would have to have before I would sign it into law. The Attorney General and Director of...
  • Senate Joins House in Caving to White House Immunity Demands

    07/09/2008 2:36:51 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 17 replies · 133+ views
    Telecoms Let Off the Hook for Illegal Spying - For Now Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate this afternoon passed the FISA Amendments Act, broadly expanding the president's warrantless surveillance authority and unconstitutionally granting retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the president's illegal domestic wiretapping program. The House of Representatives passed the same bill last month, and President Bush is expected to sign the legislation into law shortly. "It is an immeasurable tragedy that just after its return from the Fourth of July holiday, the Senate has chosen to pass a bill that betrays the spirit of 1776...
  • Senate Backs Wiretap Bill to Shield Phone Companies

    07/09/2008 1:05:04 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 108 replies · 490+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9 July 2008 | By ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON — More than two and a half years after the disclosure of President’s Bush’s domestic eavesdropping program set off a furious national debate, the Senate gave final approval on Wednesday afternoon to broadening the government’s spy powers and providing legal immunity for the phone companies that took part in the wiretapping program. The plan, approved by a vote of 69 to 28, marked one of Mr. Bush’s most hard-won legislative victories in a Democratic-led Congress where he has had little success of late. And it represented a stinging defeat for opponents on the left who had urged Democratic leaders...
  • ACLU Blog Meltdown: Losing Faith in the Soul Sucking Senate

    07/09/2008 12:50:29 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 18 replies · 149+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 9 July 08 | John Stephenson
    Amanda Simon explains the disappointment at the ACLU Blog. After the amendments were effectively killed – along with any possible hope of court review of the president’s illegal and unconstitutional domestic spying program (can’t say that enough) – the votes for final passage were counted. The votes were cast and so was the dye. Final count: 69 to 28. I can only say it’s been emotional. This isn’t the last you’ll be hearing from the ACLU on this subject — in fact, far from it. Keep an eye on this space for our continued and tireless work protecting the Fourth...
  • FISA Passes 69 to 28: Heartache in Liberal Land, Obama Votes Yes for FISA Bill

    07/09/2008 12:09:40 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 34 replies · 158+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 9 July 08 | John Stephenson
    Update: Obama votes yes and Clinton votes no! Final tally is 69 Ayes, 28 Nays Unless Obama does a last minute flip-flop (again), he is set to break the hearts of his far left support base: The Senate is finally expected to wrap up the bill updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act today, which includes the controversial provision of retroactive immunity for telecom companies facing lawsuit. While the bill splits Democrats, it’s expected to pass with united Republican support. Obama will be back for today’s vote and has said he’ll support final passage. The voting starts approximately 11:15 am ET,...
  • Senate passes Electronic Surveillance Bill

    07/09/2008 12:11:52 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 12 replies · 159+ views
    Senate passes Electronic Surveillance Bill 69-28
  • Obama's FISA Shift (Obama continues to CHANGE)

    07/09/2008 8:33:16 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies · 114+ views
    ABC ^ | 7/9/2008 | Jake Tapper
    "To be clear," Sen. Barack Obama. D-Illinois, spox Bill Burton told Talking Points Memo last October about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, "Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies." Reaffirmed Obama's Senate office in December: “Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies and has cosponsored Senator Dodd's efforts to remove that provision from the FISA bill. Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect. Senator Obama supports a filibuster of this bill, and strongly urges others to do the same...Senator Obama will...
  • Sen. Kit Bond: FISA Updated For Clinton In 1993(video)

    07/08/2008 8:04:10 PM PDT · by paltz · 1 replies · 121+ views
    Eyeblast ^ | 7/8/08 | C-Span
    President Clinton ordered a warrantless physical search of Aldrich Ames's residence in 1993, but Congress bolstered FISA by updating it to further assist Clinton instead of accusing his administration of illegal searches. Video
  • DUmmie FUnnies 07-08-08 ("Obama, FISA and the Netroots")

    07/08/2008 9:34:02 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 70 replies · 102+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | July 8, 2008 | HUffies and PJ-Comix
    Isn't Barack Obama ever so wuuuunderful!!! He is not like other politicians who make promises only to break them later. Ooops! The shocking news to the NUtroots is that Obama is even MORE of an opportunist than other politicians. He has no problem breaking whatever promises he makes in order to win the White House prize. Pulling troops out of Iraq, accepting public campaign financing, gun control in D.C., and now he is supporting the FISA bill in the Senate which is absolutely ENRAGING the NUtroots as you can see in this HUffington POst THREAD titled "Obama, FISA and...