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  • Abramoff allegedly names Reid

    11/16/2006 9:56:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 55 replies · 3,025+ views
    UPI ^ | 11-16-2006 | staff
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Investigators probing convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with U.S. congressional members said Abramoff allegedly named Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. A spokesman for Reid said the Senate's next majority leader has done nothing illegal or unethical, ABC News said. "We have no idea what Abramoff is telling prosecutors to save his skin but I do know that these kind of old allegations are completely ridiculous and untrue," spokesman Jim Manley told ABC News. A source close to the investigation told ABC that Abramoff alleged that more than $30,000 in campaign contributions to Reid came from Abramoff's...
  • Reid: It's A GOP Smear Campaign

    10/18/2006 7:54:06 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 67 replies · 1,786+ views
    Nuke's news and views ^ | 10-18-06 | nuke gingrich
    Harry Reid says: “I believe in ensuring all facts come to light.” However, two years after $1.1 million was paid directly to Reid for the sale of land which he no longer personally owned, he announced he was amending his ethics reports to Congress… to more fully account for the Las Vegas land deal, which was reported last week in a story by the AP. [After initially refusing to discuss the matter - Reid reportedly hung up on the AP reporter when asked about it - he has since offered to amend his financial disclosures link] Reid labeled the AP...
  • CBO Estimate of Senate Amnesty Grossly Understated, Asserts FAIR

    08/25/2006 5:14:06 PM PDT · by yoe · 11 replies · 532+ views
    Washington, DC -- The estimate by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), released Friday, that the Senate-passed guest worker amnesty bill (S. 2611) would cost the country a net amount of $127 billion over the next ten years is misleading and grossly underestimates the real fiscal impact, contends the Federation from American Immigration Reform (FAIR). According to FAIR, the CBO estimate includes only the fiscal impact at the federal level, but ignores the much greater impact S. 2611 would have on state and local governments. An estimate of the fiscal impact at the local level by FAIR identifies a cost of...
  • Cantwell pays former opponent $8,000 a month

    07/20/2006 1:39:28 PM PDT · by freespirited · 18 replies · 691+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 7/15/06 | Neil Modie
    A vocal former opponent's silence is important enough to Sen. Maria Cantwell's re-election effort to pay him $8,000 a month -- nearly as much as her campaign manager -- to join her campaign staff. The Cantwell campaign initially refused to say last week how much it would pay Mark Wilson to drop his Democratic primary challenge to the senator and his harsh criticism of her opposition to immediate U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq. But campaign manager Matt Butler issued a statement Thursday disclosing Wilson's salary. It isn't much lower than Butler's salary, which, according to Cantwell's quarterly Federal Election Commission...
  • Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Wind Farm

    06/21/2006 4:46:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 348+ views
    AP ^ | 6/21/6 | ANDREW MIGA
    WASHINGTON -- Key lawmakers have agreed to drop the idea of giving Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney veto power over a proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm, adopting a compromise that could boost the project's prospects. The proposed gubernatorial veto power was widely seen as a crippling blow to the project, which would be located about six miles off Cape Cod. The proposal has stirred controversy for five years. The new bill, breaking weeks of stalemate on Capitol Hill, also ensures the Coast Guard a primary role in deciding the fate of the offshore wind farm — a group of 130 turbines...
  • Senate Democrats press to reduce troops in Iraq

    06/19/2006 5:48:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 839+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/06 | Vicki Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats presented two plans for winding down U.S. involvement in Iraq on Monday, one to pull out U.S. combat forces by July 2007 and another to begin withdrawing this year without a deadline for completion. With an election looming in November, Republicans branded the two plans as defeatist and evidence of Democratic disarray. The Senate was to debate the amendments on Tuesday in the annual defense policies bill. "Three and a half years into the conflict, we should tell the Iraqis that the American security blanket is not permanent," said Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting...
  • ANATOMY OF TREASON (Our Senate)

    05/30/2006 5:12:23 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 31 replies · 1,536+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 5/30/2006 | Mark Andrew Dwyer
    On May 24, 2006, against the will of the vast majority of American citizens, in defiance of prudence, fairness, logic, and common sense, and with total disregard of American national interest (see footnote 1), the majority of the U.S. Senate (all but four Democrats and almost half Republicans) passed the so-called "Comprehensive Immigration Reform” Act (CIRA) of 2006. The Act, also known as S. 2611 bill, would (if enacted into the law) Mark Andrew Dwyer One would hope that this despicable act of betrayal of American voters by their elected "representatives" in the Senate, in which the consenting senators promptly...
  • CNN: Anti-Alito filibuster soundly defeated ~ campaign .. ...fizzled Monday evening.

    01/30/2006 6:07:16 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 106 replies · 3,661+ views
    CNN ^ | Monday, January 30, 2006; Posted: 7:56 p.m. EST (00:56 GMT) | staff
    Final confirmation of Supreme Court nominee expected Tuesday WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Judge Samuel Alito stands just one step away from a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court after a spirited ninth-inning campaign by some Democratic senators to block his nomination fizzled Monday evening.The final vote on Alito's nomination is now scheduled for Tuesday morning, and, with at least 57 senators on board, approval is virtually assured.Alito's supporters in the Senate, as expected, cleared the final roadblock Monday when senators, by a vote of 72-25, decided to cut off debate and proceed to a final vote, rebuffing an attempt by...
  • DEAN UNDER FIRE FROM PARTY DEMS; NEARLY ALL CASH SPENT

    01/30/2006 8:01:04 AM PST · by slowhand520 · 313 replies · 15,612+ views
    DEAN UNDER FIRE FROM PARTY DEMS; NEARLY ALL CASH SPENT Mon Jan 30 2006 10:52:31 ET Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are privately bristling over Howard Dean’s management of the Democratic National Committee and have made those sentiments clear after new fundraising numbers showed he has spent nearly all the committee’s cash and has little left to support their efforts to gain seats this cycle, ROLL CALL reports. Congressional leaders were furious last week when they learned the DNC has just $5.5 million in the bank, compared to the Republican National Committee’s $34 million. Senate and House Minority Leaders Harry...
  • Biden Silent on Reid Stepping Down

    01/29/2006 2:28:02 PM PST · by george76 · 232 replies · 9,393+ views
    Red State ^ | Jan 29th, 2006 | Nick Danger
    Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) failed today to address rumors that Nevada Senator Harry Reid will step down next month as Senate Minority Leader. Reid has been stung by revelations that his political action committee (PAC) accepted more than $60,000 in contributions from Indian tribes linked to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Appearing on CNN's Late Edition, Biden avoided discussing either the Reid situation or any upcoming changes in Senate Democratic leadership. Reid is no stranger to scandal, having been the subject of a 1979 Justice Department probe into allegations that Reid — then Nevada Gaming Commission chairman — had received bribes...
  • Democrats squabble over Alito filibuster; approval seems certain

    01/27/2006 3:27:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 58 replies · 1,395+ views
    AP ^ | 1/27/6 | David Espo
    WASHINGTON -- Long-smoldering Democratic dissension flared openly Friday as liberals sought support for a last-minute filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito against the advice of leaders worried about a backlash in the 2006 elections. "I reject those notions that there ought to somehow be some political calculus about the future. ... The choice is now," said Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the party's 2004 presidential candidate and a White House hopeful for 2008. He said it was imperative to fight for "those people who count on us to stand up and protect them." Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., announced she would...
  • Sen. Clinton to support Alito filibuster

    01/27/2006 1:58:29 PM PST · by John Lenin · 135 replies · 3,034+ views
    1/27/2006 | Me
    "Senator Clinton will vote against cloture, thereby supporting the filibuster of Judge Alito’s nomination," said Philippe Reines, press secretary to Sen. Clinton.
  • Filibuster Alito by John Kerry (Kerry's moonbat blog post on Daily Kos)

    01/26/2006 7:00:05 PM PST · by johnmecainrino · 61 replies · 1,892+ views
    Daily Kos | January 26, 2006 | John Kerry
    Filibuster Alito by John Kerry Do I support a filibuster? The answer is yes. Yesterday Senator Kennedy and I spoke with our colleagues about it. I don't have a shred of doubt in my opposition to Sam Alto's nomination. I know Senator Kennedy does not either. He has truly been a great leader in the effort to oppose Judge Alito. I spent a lot of time over the last years thinking about the Supreme Court and who America needs on the highest court in the land. So I don't hesitate a minute in saying that Sam Alito is not that...
  • Mag: Ted K’s secret love child a secret no more

    01/18/2006 5:04:43 AM PST · by skikvt · 47 replies · 2,942+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2006 | Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    The National Enquirer splashes this week with a shocking story about Sen. Ted Kennedy’s secret love child with a Cape Cod woman whom the mag says he dated during his days as a swinging single. According to the tabloid’s source, the boy, named Christopher, just celebrated his 21st birthday and is “mature enough to make his own choices about his background and biological father.” A Kennedy family confidante told the Enquirer, “This is one of the biggest secrets in the Kennedy family and known to only a few people including Ted’s ex-wife, Joan.” As for the senator, his spokesgal Melissa...
  • Vote delay on Bush court pick

    01/16/2006 7:49:10 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 104 replies · 2,791+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 17 January 2006
    OPPOSITION Democrats have gained a one-week delay for a key Senate panel's vote on President George W. Bush's Supreme Court nominee, Samuel Alito. Senator Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the panel's Republican chairman, Senator Arlen Specter, had agree to hold the vote on January 24 instead of today (local time). "I have assured Chairman Specter that no Democratic Senator will hold the matter over on January 24," Senator Leahy said. "He does not anticipate that any Republican Senator will seek to hold it over at that time." Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee...
  • Ted K. to quit club that bans women [Ya Just Can't Make This Stuff Up Alert]

    01/17/2006 5:58:14 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 81 replies · 2,832+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Jan. 17, 2006 | Jules Crittenden
    U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy — who ripped Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito for ties to a group that discriminates against women — says he’s going to quit a club notorious for discriminating against women “as fast as I can.” Kennedy was outed by conservatives late last week as a current member of The Owl Club, a social club for Harvard alumni that bans women from membership. In an interview with WHDH Channel 7’s Andy Hiller that aired last night, Kennedy said, “I joined when I . . . 52 years ago, I was a member of the Owl Club,...
  • Schumer Angles for Senate Democratic Leadership

    01/16/2006 10:59:30 AM PST · by kddid · 58 replies · 1,207+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Jan. 16, 2006 | NewsMax.com
    Ted Kennedy told fellow Democrat Charles Schumer to "take the lead” in the grilling of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito before the Senate Judiciary Committee. And the congressman from New York could parlay his prominent position on the committee into what Washington insiders say is his ultimate goal: The Senate Democratic leadership position. On the Thursday before the confirmation hearings began, Schumer gave a speech outlining the Democrats’ plan for questioning Alito. A few hours earlier, Kennedy had done the same. But Kennedy’s briefing "had not gone well,” a report in New York Magazine reveals. "Kennedy, looking tired and haggard,...
  • The calm judge and the angry senator (No spin)

    01/11/2006 10:06:02 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 141 replies · 2,468+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 01-12-06 | Editorial
    The calm judge and the angry senator Published January 12, 2006 It was a stunt, and it failed in ways that prove how Senate Democrats have tossed reason out the window when it comes to Judge Samuel Alito. When the facts don't support you, get dramatic.     Around noon yesterday, during what were until then smooth and uneventful hearings, an angry Sen. Ted Kennedy demanded that 30-year-old documents about the now-defunct Concerned Alumni of Princeton, or CAP, be entered in the record. Would Republicans try to keep the documents from view? Would the documents reveal damning facts about Judge Alito? On...
  • Hillary Clinton Caught with Abramoff Cash

    01/05/2006 6:04:46 PM PST · by doctorhugo · 56 replies · 1,956+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 12:52 a.m. EST | Carl Limbacher
    Hillary Clinton Caught with Abramoff CashUnlike many in her party, 2008 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has been silent about the influence peddling scandal erupting around lobbyist Jack Abramoff, whose plea bargain with the Justice Department is said to have more than a few on Capitol Hill quaking in their boots. Now we know why. Turns out, Mrs. Clinton is among the dozens of Democrats who accepted Mr. Abramoff's tainted contributions. Clinton spokeswoman Ann Lewis told The Buffalo News on Thursday that "after examining our records we found two contributions for $1,000 from tribes which have been clients of Jack Abramoff...
  • Reid plans tour of 'red states' to discuss Republican scandals

    12/29/2005 9:58:27 PM PST · by Roscoe Karns · 44 replies · 1,011+ views
    Las Vegas ReviewJournal ^ | December 29, 2005 | STEVE TETREAULT
    Nevadan told he'll get chilly reception "Don't lump me in with Jack Abramoff. This is a Republican scandal." HARRY REID WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to take on Republicans in their own backyards when he visits five "red states" next month to promote a theme that Republican-led Washington is corrupt and needs to be cleaned up, a spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.Reid, the Senate minority leader, has scheduled a three-day tour with stops in Phoenix; Denver; Salt Lake City; Pocatello, Idaho; and Omaha, Neb. All are in "Republican red" states that President Bush carried in the 2004 election. "He...
  • MoveOn.org May Not Support Sen. Lieberman

    12/02/2005 10:28:58 AM PST · by wagglebee · 51 replies · 1,154+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/2/05 | NewsMax
    Sen. Joe Lieberman stands virtually alone among Democrats after expressing his staunch support for the Bush administration’s handling of the war in Iraq. An official with the liberal activist group MoveOn.org said the group might go so far as to back a Democratic challenger to Lieberman in next year’s Senate race, according to the Hartford Courant. On Tuesday Lieberman published an editorial in the Wall Street Journal – reported by NewsMax – saying that his recent trip to Iraq convinced him further that the U.S. should not abandon "27 million Iraqis to 10,000 terrorists.” The next day in an address...
  • Daschle In Distress

    12/23/2005 6:54:36 PM PST · by ncountylee · 61 replies · 1,973+ views
    IBD via Yahoo ^ | 12/23/05
    Security: Ex-Senate leader Tom Daschle now claims Congress never intended to let President Bush look for terrorists here, only in Afghanistan. The World Trade Center was in New York, senator, not Kabul. On Sept. 14, 2001, as the ruins of the Trade Center still smoldered, the Senate passed a resolution authorizing the president "to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed or aided" the Sept. 11 attack on America. Al-Qaida is one of those organizations, and a prerequisite for using "force" against it is to gather intelligence on it and...
  • Senators propose taxing Internet shopping

    12/22/2005 7:31:47 AM PST · by BradJ · 180 replies · 2,748+ views
    This may be the last holiday season to enjoy tax-free Internet shopping, thanks to new legislation in the U.S. Congress. Two bills introduced Wednesday propose sweeping changes to how Americans are taxed for online and mail order purchases. Businesses initially would be required to collect sales taxes on purchases shipped to roughly half of the country, and that percentage is expected to rapidly increase. "Main Street retailers collect sales taxes, while many online and catalog retailers are exempt from collecting the same taxes," said a statement published by Sen. Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican. "This is costing states and localities...
  • Stevens Holds Senate in Session (ANWR Finally?)

    12/20/2005 8:49:00 AM PST · by indianrightwinger · 27 replies · 1,160+ views
    Stevens Holds Senate in Session Fight for Oil Drilling Keeps Colleagues From Holiday Break By Shailagh Murray Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, December 20, 2005; A13 It's an audacious power play, even for Sen. Ted Stevens. The wily and cantankerous Alaska Republican is trying to secure the mother of all pet projects for his state: oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Stevens has attached the provision to a popular defense spending bill and has put holiday plans of his Senate colleagues on hold as he dares Democratic and moderate Republican opponents to vote against it. The former Appropriations...
  • U.S. Vows Stronger Levees in Big Easy(More billions down the proverbial rathole!)

    12/16/2005 8:51:51 AM PST · by kellynla · 41 replies · 874+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2005 | Bill Sammon and Audrey Hudson
    The White House yesterday agreed to spend $1.5 billion to strengthen levees in New Orleans, although it stopped short of saying the levees will be able to withstand a Cat egory 5 hurricane. "The levee system will be better and safer than it's ever been before," said Donald Powell, the administration's reconstruction czar. "The federal government is committed to building the best levee system known in the world." Mr. Powell made the announcement at the White House after meeting with President Bush, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin and Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, head of...
  • Report Could Torpedo Hillary Clinton's Prez Plans (Tax Audit Abuse)

    12/16/2005 6:49:49 AM PST · by doesnt suffer fools gladly · 95 replies · 4,113+ views
    Report Could Torpedo Hillary Clinton's Prez Plans Two Washington pundits are warning that Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential plans may depend on whether congressional Democrats can continue to keep Independent Counsel David Barrett's final report on IRS abuses during the 1990s under wraps. "Prominent Democrats in Congress have spent much of the last decade in a campaign to suppress Barrett's report," columnist Robert Novak reported yesterday. "Its disclosures could dig deeply into concealed Clinton administration scandals." Notes Fox News Radio's Tony Snow: "By all accounts, the 400-page Barrett report is a bombshell, capable possibly of wiping out Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential...
  • When guest list turns to ghost list [Hollywood]

    12/16/2005 7:33:17 AM PST · by ncountylee · 15 replies · 1,630+ views
    LA Times ^ | December 16, 2005 | By Tina Daunt
    You've got the Beverly Hills mansion (a beautiful French Normandy-style estate owned by Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman). You've got the celebrity entertainment (Melissa Etheridge, unplugged). You've got Wolfgang Puck's catering crew (on the menu: steak and fries, with risotto for the vegetarians). And the guest list includes some of Hollywood's top executives, who have contributed thousands of dollars to the Democratic party for the privilege of attending the event. Yet there's something missing: a number of the main political VIPs set to be feted. When it came time to stage the fundraising bash at the DeVito-Perlman residence Wednesday night,...
  • Byrd Warns Frist Against 'Nuclear Option'

    12/12/2005 2:46:53 PM PST · by SmithL · 59 replies · 1,534+ views
    AP ^ | 12/12/5 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia said Monday he doesn't expect Democrats to filibuster the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, but he still chastised Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for threatening to stop any such effort through a drastic parliamentary effort that has been dubbed the "nuclear option." "If he ever tries to exercise that, he's going to see a real filibuster if I'm living and able to stand on my feet or sit in my seat," Byrd said in a Senate debate with Frist, R-Tenn. "If the senator wants a fight, let him try it,"...
  • Eyeing a Role for Ben Affleck in the Senate (Allen v Affleck in Virginia?)

    09/26/2005 11:50:27 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 31 replies · 1,148+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 27, 2005 | Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
    If you liked him as Bennifer . . . you'll love him as Benator! That's the hot new idea being tossed around by Virginia Democrats, who are desperately searching for a big name to challenge the reelection bid of rising GOP star Sen. George Allen next year, now that outgoing Gov. Mark Warner has ducked out. Why, who should happen to be pondering a move to Thomas Jefferson country but a certain square-jawed media magnet with a taste for liberal politics and millions to spend on it . . . Ben Affleck! Star of "Gigli" and the J.Lo tab romance,...
  • Top Dems leave as protest nears ("Fear is driving RATS.")

    09/23/2005 3:04:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 77 replies · 2,639+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 9/23/05 | STEVEN THOMMA
    Top Dems leave as protest nears Party split between anti-war activists and prominent critics STEVEN THOMMA Knight Ridder Posted on Fri, Sep. 23, 2005 WASHINGTON - As the anti-war movement arrives in Washington this weekend, many Democrats are leaving. Nationally known Democratic war critics, including Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Russell Feingold of Wisconsin and John Kerry of Massachusetts, won't attend what sponsors say will be a big anti-war rally Saturday in Washington. **SNIP** En route to Washington for the rally, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan protested outside Clinton's New...
  • SCHUMER STAFFERS EYED IN PROBE OF POLITICAL ID THEFT

    09/22/2005 6:38:56 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 43 replies · 1,799+ views
    NY Post ^ | 9/2205 | DEBORAH ORIN
    September 22, 2005 -- WASHINGTON — Two staffers on a Democratic political committee headed by Sen. Chuck Schumer are being investigated by the FBI for an alleged dirty trick — getting a Republican candidate's credit report illegally, officials confirmed yesterday. "We are investigating the matter jointly with the FBI," said a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington. Phil Singer, a spokesman for the Schumer-headed Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said two staffers were instantly suspended — with pay — in July after admitting they obtained the credit report of...
  • Democrats revive filibuster threat

    09/21/2005 5:26:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 84 replies · 1,791+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9/21/05 | Tom Curry
    WASHINGTON - President Bush’s nominee to the Supreme Court to replace Sandra Day O’Connor appeared to be skating on thin ice Wednesday, even though the president hasn’t yet revealed who the nominee is. In the war of nerves leading up to Bush's announcement of his next high court nominee, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and other Democrats were signaling Wednesday that the filibuster — extended debate in order to kill a nomination — is an option they might use.
  • Back From Her Vanquished City, Lawmaker Takes Senate Floor to Denounce the President

    09/09/2005 7:01:51 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 142 replies · 2,847+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/9/2005 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    The senior senator from Louisiana returned to the Capitol on Thursday not just as a lawmaker but also, in her words, as "a daughter of the Crescent City." The senator, Mary L. Landrieu, whose father was a storied mayor of New Orleans, whose brother is Louisiana's lieutenant governor, who walked her children out of her lakeside home expecting, correctly, that she would never see it again, was back in the Senate chamber, full of passion and rage at President Bush and what she called "the staggering incompetence of the national government." Ms. Landrieu, a Democrat who was nearly put out...
  • Largess in Louisiana: Money Flowed to Questionable Projects

    09/07/2005 10:00:50 PM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 99 replies · 2,543+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/8/05 | Michael Grunwald
    Largess in Louisiana Money Flowed to Questionable Projects State Leads in Army Corps Spending, but Millions Had Nothing to Do With Floods By Michael Grunwald Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, September 8, 2005; Page A01 -snip- In Katrina's wake, Louisiana politicians and other critics have complained about paltry funding for the Army Corps in general and Louisiana projects in particular. But over the five years of President Bush's administration, Louisiana has received far more money for Corps civil works projects than any other state, about $1.9 billion; California was a distant second with less than $1.4 billion, even though its...
  • Hillary Clinton: Bush Ruined Bill's FEMA

    09/07/2005 5:51:39 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 54 replies · 1,889+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Sept 6, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005 11:48 p.m. EDT Hillary Clinton: Bush Ruined Bill's FEMA 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was better organized to deal with disasters like Hurricane Katrina while her husband was president - an approach, she said, that was "rejected" by President Bush. "FEMA was the lead agency during the Clinton administration; it was in charge," Mrs. Clinton boasted during a conference call with reporters. "James D. Witt, the director, understood how to deal with emergencies."
  • Senator: Did Bush vacation delay response?

    09/07/2005 9:41:15 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 112 replies · 2,162+ views
    AP ^ | 09/07/05
    WASHINGTON — The top Senate Democrat today called for an investigation into the way the government dealt with Hurricane Katrina, including whether President Bush's Texas vacation interfered with the response. Republican chairmen pledged to focus on recovery now and investigate later. In a letter to the Senate's Homeland Security Committee chairwoman, Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada pressed for a wide-ranging investigation and answers to several questions, including: "How much time did the president spend dealing with this emerging crisis while he was on vacation? Did the fact that he was outside of Washington, D.C., have any effect on the...
  • Democrats shift strategy on Roberts; Plan to use Katrina to highlight racial and economic divide

    09/07/2005 12:50:56 AM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 68 replies · 1,558+ views
    Democrats shift strategy on Roberts Plan to use Katrina to highlight racial and economic divide By Rick Klein, Globe Staff | September 7, 2005 WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats said yesterday that they will invoke the vast disparities in income and living conditions laid bare by the Hurricane Katrina disaster to sharpen their questioning of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. at his confirmation hearings next week. The scenes of devastation featuring primarily poor African-American residents in New Orleans have highlighted the widening gap between rich and poor, said Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts. With Roberts having urged...
  • 25 Dems could vote for Roberts

    09/05/2005 7:23:54 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 34 replies · 1,169+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 6, 2005 | Elana Schor
    Members of the Senate Democrats’ K Street inner circle are predicting that as many as 25 Democrats will vote to confirm John Roberts as chief justice of the United States. Several attendees of the Monday Group, as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) biweekly lobbyist meetings are known, said the Democrats could suffer politically if their Roberts strategy misfires. Left-wing ideological groups are pressuring Democratic lawmakers to expose Roberts’s conservative record without workable grounds for a fight, Monday Group lobbyists said. “It’s not a good thing for Democrats to be dragged into a visible, high-profile battle on him for weeks...
  • Mary Landrieu: I'll Punch Bush, 'Literally'

    09/04/2005 7:19:18 AM PDT · by Carl/NewsMax · 1,062 replies · 33,876+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Sept. 4, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    Sen. Mary Landrieu threatened the president of the United States with physical violence on Sunday, saying that if he or any other government official criticizes New Orleans police for failing to keep civil order in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - "I might likely have to punch him - literally." "If one person criticizes [our sheriffs], or says one more thing, including the president of the United States, he will hear from me - one more word about it after this show airs and I - I might likely have to punch him - literally," Landrieu railed on "ABC's "This...
  • U.S. Chief Justice Rehnquist dead at 80 (Kennedy demands that Roberts hearing being postponed)

    09/04/2005 3:04:28 AM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 127 replies · 4,230+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/4
    -snip- HIGH COURT SUCCESSOR Rehnquist's death raised the possibility the hearings on Roberts' nomination could be postponed and gave Bush the opportunity of nominating Roberts as chief justice, a possibility administration officials have talked about in the event Rehnquist died. Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), a Massachusetts Democrat, said the consideration of successors to Rehnquist and O'Connor should be held off to allow the Bush administration and Congress to focus on the Katrina disaster. "We should proceed carefully and appropriately in filling these important vacancies. With Justice O'Connor committing to stay until her replacement is named, we can...
  • Democrats to delay Roberts hearings

    07/25/2005 10:27:28 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 51 replies · 1,512+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 07/26/05 | Charles Hurt
    Senate Democrats want to draw out the confirmation of federal Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court as long as possible, but they expressed little hope that they can prevent him from reaching the high court. The White House has called for hearings to begin in late August, according to Judiciary Committee sources, while the panel's Democrats want to postpone them until September to give them and their supporters time to build a complete dossier on Judge Roberts.
  • Complaint Against Kerry, CBS Dismissed

    07/21/2005 1:01:28 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies · 1,842+ views
    Complaint Against Kerry, CBS Dismissed By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago Election officials have thrown out a complaint against John Kerry's presidential campaign and CBS over a now-discredited story that questioned President Bush's National Guard service. The Federal Election Commission, in a 6-0 ruling, said there was no reason to believe the allegations raised by the Center for Individual Freedom over the story that aired on CBS' "60 Minutes Wednesday" in September. The politically conservative group contended the report amounted to an illegal election-time advertisement against Bush that was financed with corporate money; that CBS improperly coordinated...
  • Statement Of Senator Barbara Boxer On The Nomination Of Judge John G. Roberts

    07/20/2005 2:45:18 PM PDT · by Syncro · 57 replies · 1,522+ views
    B. Boxer Web Site (paid for by Us) ^ | July 19, 2005 | B. Boxer
    Statement Of Senator Barbara Boxer On The Nomination Of Judge John G. Roberts July 19, 2005Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today issued the following statement regarding the President’s nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court: "Without prejudging the nominee, I do believe Judge Roberts’ record raises questions about his commitment to the right to privacy, protection of the environment, and other important issues. "With so many rights of the American people hanging in the balance, this Supreme Court nomination deserves a thorough and in-depth evaluation. "Justice...
  • John Kerry on Roberts Nomination

    07/19/2005 6:56:20 PM PDT · by linkinpunk · 152 replies · 4,130+ views
    Press Release ^ | 7/19/05
    John Kerry on Roberts Nomination FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: David Wade or April Boyd July 19, 2005 Statement by John Kerry on the Nomination of John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court "Americans deserve a Supreme Court that is fair, independent, ethical and served by justices committed to our constitutional freedoms rather than an ideological agenda. Justice O'Connor refused to use her position as a means to advance a political agenda. In replacing her, we must be confident Judge Roberts will do the same. "We know Judge Roberts is no Sandra Day O'Connor, and the White House has sent a...
  • Kerry and Clinton call for Rove's ouster

    07/12/2005 11:45:49 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 116 replies · 2,852+ views
    Kerry and Clinton call for Rove's ouster CAPITOL HILL Former presidential candidate John Kerry says "Karl Rove ought to be fired." Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton -- a possible 2008 presidential contender -- nodded in agreement. The two appeared together on Capitol Hill. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says the matter of leaking a C-I-A agent's identity "rises above politics and is about our national security."
  • Bush to Consult With Senators on Monday

    07/09/2005 1:22:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 56 replies · 1,321+ views
    CNS News ^ | 7/8/05 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - President George W. Bush has invited a small bipartisan group of Senate leaders to the White House on Monday, July 11, Sen. Chuck Schumer is telling fellow Democrats. "During that meeting, he (Bush) will almost certainly discuss potential nominees to the Supreme Court. I think that's an important first step in the process of meaningful consultation, but we must make sure that this is more than just a courtesy call," Schumer said in a message to fellow Democrats. "Bush must engage in real, meaningful consultation before making any decisions," Schumer is telling "friends" of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign...
  • Lindsey Graham issues warning to DemocRATS on Hannity show

    07/06/2005 1:54:53 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 209 replies · 5,952+ views
    Hannity show | 7-6-05 | dfu
    Senator Lindsey Graham made it very clear on the Hannity radio show today. If some conservatives thought he would get wobbly in the Supreme Court battle, that fear should now be abated. Graham will support the Constitutional option if the DemocRATS try to filibuster a qualified candidate because of ideology. Graham noted that it was not done with Scalia or Ginsberg. It has never been done that way. He further noted that the President, who was elected twice, made it clear that he most respects Scalia and Clarence Thomas. That is the type of pick Graham expects.
  • SEN. SCHUMER CAUGHT ON CELLPHONE: 'WE ARE GOING TO WAR' OVER SUPREME COURT

    07/06/2005 8:57:00 AM PDT · by visagoth · 294 replies · 13,577+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 7/6/2005 | Drudge
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX WED JULY 06, 2005 11:09:22 ET XXXXX SEN. SCHUMER CAUGHT ON CELLPHONE: 'WE ARE GOING TO WAR' OVER SUPREME COURT **Exclusive** Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuck Schumer got busy plotting away on the cellphone aboard a Washington, DC-New York Amtrak -- plotting Democrat strategy for the upcoming Supreme Court battle. Schumer promised a fight over whoever the President’s nominee was: “It's not about an individual judge… It's about how it affects the overall makeup of the court.” The chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was overheard on a long cellphone conversation with an unknown...
  • Boxer: Filibuster to Block Anti-Abortion Supreme Court Candidate

    07/05/2005 5:16:51 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 154 replies · 2,921+ views
    AP ^ | July 5, 2005 | Justin M. Norton
    Democrats are prepared to filibuster to block any anti-abortion nominee proposed to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said Tuesday. "The filibuster is on the table. It's been on the table for 200 years," Boxer said when asked what methods could be used to block a Supreme Court candidate who would seek to overturn Roe v. Wade, the three-decade old decision legalizing abortion. -SNIP-Boxer called a threat to legalized abortion an "extraordinary circumstance." "It means a minimum of 5,000 women a year will die. So all options are on the table," she said. Boxer...
  • Ted Kennedy's Last Stand: He'll Lead Senate Battle Over Court Pick

    07/04/2005 8:02:39 PM PDT · by blueberry12 · 126 replies · 2,604+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | July 5, 2005 | Dave Eberhart
    Sen. Edward Kennedy will be the Democrat's point man in their all out attack on President Bush's nominee to the high court. Though Kennedy no longer holds the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a role he played from 1979 to 1981, he is the most senior ranking Democrat on the august committee. He is also the most virulent among his Democratic colleagues in his opposition to the Bush administration. The stage has once again been set for him to become the salient force in the looming battle over who will replace a retiring Justice - Sandra Day O'Connor. Kennedy,...