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Feinstein Releases Nonpartisan CRS Report that Concludes Congress Did Not Have Access to Full Scope of Prewar Intelligence

Following up on Ron’s post yesterday that “Congress doesn’t see same intelligence as president”, is this report from Diane Feinstein’s office: Washington, DC – The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) has produced a report that clearly rejects White House assertions that Congress had access to the same intelligence as the President in the march to […]

Bush to Address Nation Sunday on Iraq

MSNBC reports: Bush will address the nation about Iraq, from the Oval Office on Sunday evening. This will be his first speech from the Oval Office since he announced the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. The White House said it was asking television networks for live coverage of the president’s address, expected […]

Diane Feinstein Denounces Decision of the President to Authorize Domestic Spying by the NSA

Today, Senator Dianne Feinstein of CA denounced, in a very strong statement on the Senate floor – basically nailing Bush to the wall, the reported decision of the Bush Administration to allow surveillance of U.S. citizens by the National Security Agency, in apparent violation of the law. The following is the text of the statement […]

Kerry, Pryor, Obama Provision to Help Troops Save Thousands on Their Taxes Passes Senate

A provision offered by Senators John Kerry, Mark Pryor and Barack Obama to protect our troops from losing an important tax credit passed the Senate today. This provision, added to the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005, will continue giving men and women serving in the military the option of applying their pay earned in […]

Bush Won’t Talk – Declines Comment on NSA Spying Report

Bush refused to comment on whether the National Security Agency eavesdropped without warrants on Americans today, in an interview to be aired Friday evening on “The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.” Leaders of Congress condemned the practice of eavesdropping without warrants on Friday and “promised to look into what the administration has done.” This from some […]

Zarqawi ‘Captured and Released’

The BBC first reported that “Iraqi police captured and mistakenly released militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last year, the Iraqi deputy interior minister has said.” Maj Gen Hussein Kamal told reporters that Zarqawi was detained in the central Iraqi town of Falluja, but was released when nobody recognised him. The WaPo reports: “The report is […]

Patriot Act Rejected

The Senate dealt a setback to Bush today on the Patriot Act. A bipartisan group of Senators said the proposed revisions do not adequately protect Civil Liberties. The Democratic-led filibuster drew enough Republican support to keep the president’s allies from gaining the 60 votes needed to end debate in the 100-member chamber. The 52-47 vote […]

Bush Says DeLay is Innocent – Democratic Leaders Hit Back

In an interview Wednesday on the Faux News, Bush when asked whether he believed DeLay was innocent of the charges of money laundering and conspiracy responded, “Yes, I do.” Democratic leaders sternly criticized President Bush yesterday for saying former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) is innocent of felonious campaign finance abuses, suggesting his comments […]