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U.S. Must Release Domestic Spying Documents

A federal judge ordered on Thursday that the Justice Department must “respond within 20 days to requests by a civil liberties group” for documents about Bush’s domestic spying program. The ruling was a victory for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which sued the department under the Freedom of Information Act in seeking the release of […]

Feinstein, Schumer, Kerry, Boxer Seek to End Royalty Windfall for Oil Companies

Yesterday, I posted that both John Kerry and Dianne Feinstein were on the same path with both planning to sponsor legislation to end royalty windfalls for the big oil companies. It was announced today that they are co-sponsoring this legislation along with Senators Schumer and Boxer. The four Senators introduced legislation today, to “halt royalty […]

White House Defends Deal to Outsource Control of U.S. Ports to Dubai Co., Members of Congress Press for Reconsideration

I said the other day when I first posted the news that the Bush administration plans to outsource control of 6 major U.S. ports to a Dubai company — “WTF are they thinking?” Senator Chuck Schumer questioned this on Monday… “Should we be outsourcing our own security?” Schumer said in the interview. Today, Schumer was […]

John Kerry Leads Military Pay-Raise Effort

Kerry calls Bush’s proposed pay raise for troops the “lowest in 12 years.” WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) led a 10-Senator effort to increase the pay for servicemembers. The President’s budget specifies a 2.2% increase – the smallest pay raise for our military since 1994. “Our troops are sacrificing so much, in […]

John Kerry: “Scientific Censorship Has No Place in the United Sates of America”

John Kerry issued a statement today in the wake of the recent news that political appointees (appointed by the Bush administration), at NASA “stopped scientific information from being released during the last campaign”… “Scientific censorship has no place in the United States of America. Revelations that political appointees at NASA stopped scientific information from being […]

John Kerry to Deliver Commencement Address at Kenyon College

Senator John Kerry will deliver the commencement address to the graduating class of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, on Saturday, May 20. “It’s an honor for me to speak at Kenyon College. These are some of the most passionate, dedicated, involved young Americans out there, and as graduates they will go from being student activists […]

Thirty-one Democrats Want Gonzales Off Abramoff Probe

Thirty-one Senate Democrats asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today “to remove himself from the investigation into the Jack Abramoff scandal, saying the lobbyist’s dealings with President Bush and others in the administration should compel Gonzales to step aside.” “FBI officials have said the Abramoff investigation ‘involves systemic corruption within the highest levels of government,’” the […]

Cheney’s Power to Declassify Information

In his interview with Brit Hume on Fox News last night, Dick Cheney said that he had “the power under a presidential executive order” to declassify information. Cheney offered this information when asked by Hume about Scooter Libby and the recent court filing in which Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald revealed “Libby’s assertions to a grand […]