WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About two dozen Republicans have promised to sign a petition calling for elections to permanently replace Rep. Tom DeLay as majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, aides said on Friday.Looks like they can finally read the writing on the wall.
'We have commitments for about 25 signatures. The letter calls for a leadership election for a permanent majority leader,' said Matthew Specht, a spokesman for Rep. Jeff Flake, a conservative Arizona Republican.
Fifty House Republican signatures are needed to call elections, which would occur after the House reconvenes on January 31.
Friday, January 06, 2006
I hope she forgives me, but this post was just too good not to re-post. You're my hero, Lindsay!
When accused of blaming Bush, sigh and re-explain, as to a very stupid child.
No, honey, when I say that Bush is probably responsible for the Sago mine disaster, I don't mean that he personally dynamited the mine. No, silly, "responsible" doesn't necessarily mean "solely, responsible with malice aforethought."
You see, Bush appoints cronies to run federal agencies. You know, like Mike Brown at FEMA. Bush crony appointee David Lauriski, a former coal mining lobbyist, upped thresholds for coal dust in mines, something the Clinton administration had flatly refused to do, despite pressure from the industry.It turns out that accumulated coal dust is the most likely cause of the Sago disaster, as occupational safety expert Jordan Barab explains. We also know that Bush has been waging a funding war against OSHA and the MSHA for years. The Sago mine accumulated dozens of citations for excessive dust accumulation and other safety violations over the past year. How is it possible that an employer can commit dozens of documented crimes and continue doing business as usual? Sounds like the consequences of infractions aren't a significant deterrent.
No, dear, I'm not saying that every bad thing that happens during Bush's presidency is his fault. I'm saying that he's doing a terrible job of directing the federal agencies that are supposed to protect us. He's breaking the government and people are dying.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 - The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday that the limited Congressional briefings the Bush administration has provided on a National Security Agency eavesdropping program violated the law.Another day, another law broken, another right trampled: business as usual in Washington, D.C.
In a letter to President Bush, the representative, Jane Harman of California, said the briefings did not comply with the National Security Act of 1947. That law requires the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to be 'kept fully and currently informed' about the spy agencies' activities.
"The decision by Mr. Abramoff to cooperate in a broadening federal inquiry reaching deep into Mr. DeLay's inner circle led some influential Republicans on Wednesday to issue new calls for Mr. DeLay to abandon his goal of regaining his post. The scandal also emerged as a serious new distraction to the White House and Congressional Republicans as they seek to right themselves after a rocky 2005."
I notice the picture that ran with the article didn't show him smiling this time.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
NBC, MSNBC and news servicesIt's the end of the beginning of the end for a whole bunch of Capital Hill denizens. Abramoff has dirt on just about everybody from K-Street to the Oval Office. Protect him well, prosecutors! He's gold of a different sort now.
Updated: 1:35 p.m. ET Jan. 3, 2006
WASHINGTON - Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, clearing the way for him to cooperate in a massive government investigation of influence peddling involving members of Congress.
He faces 30 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
Court papers detailed lavish gifts and contributions that it said Abramoff gave an unnamed House member, identified elsewhere as Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Administration Committee, in return for Ney’s agreement to use his office to aid Abramoff clients.
Monday, January 02, 2006
'Support for President Bush and for the war in Iraq has slipped significantly in the last year among members of the military’s professional core,' according to the 2005 Military Times Poll.
'Approval of the president’s Iraq policy fell 9 percentage points from 2004; a bare majority, 54 percent, now say they view his performance on Iraq as favorable. Support for his overall performance fell 11 points, to 60 percent, among active-duty readers of the Military Times newspapers.'
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