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Jimmy Carter Blasts Iraq as an ‘Unnecessary War’, Urges Troop Withdrawal

Speaking at a news conference before a building dedication at the University of Washington today, former President Jimmy Carter criticized the war in Iraq and urged a “troop drawdown as the United States enters its fourth year of conflict in Iraq.” “It was a completely unnecessary war. It was an unjust war,” said Carter, the […]

Bush vs. Republican Congress

There’s an interesting pair of articles in two of the country’s major newspapers. The New York Times writes that Congress is no longer following Bush. “After more than five years of allowing President Bush relatively free rein to set their course, Republicans in Congress are suddenly, if selectively, in rebellion, a mutiny all the more […]

House Panel Defies Bush on Port Deal

In a rare move, Bush’s boys in the House defied his threat to “veto any measure that would block the port terminal takeover” by Dubai Ports World… The House Appropriations Committee defied President Bush this evening, voting overwhelmingly to scuttle a deal giving a Dubai company control of some major seaport operations without awaiting the […]

Feinstein on the Senate Intel Committee’s Decision to Block Investigation of Domestic Spying

Yesterday, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted along party lines “to reject a Democratic proposal to investigate the Bush administration’s domestic surveillance program and instead approved establishing, with White House approval, a seven-member panel to oversee the effort.” Senator Dianne Feinstein released the following statement today on the blocked efforts to investigate the President’s […]

Civil Service Pension Fund Tapped to Avoid National Debt Limit

Civil servants who work hard for the government are having their pension fund tapped by the U.S. Treasury to avoid hitting the national debt limit. The Treasury Department has started drawing from the civil service pension fund to avoid hitting the $8.2 trillion national debt limit. The move to tap the pension fund follows last […]

Democratic Proposal Banning Lobbyist Gifts Defeated

The Senate voted down a Democratic proposal to ban lobbyist gifts: Debating how best to clean up lawmaker ties to lobbyists, the Senate on Wednesday defeated a Democratic proposal to prohibit all gifts, including meals, and to ban acceptance of almost all privately funded travel. The vote was 55-44 against the amendment offered by Senate […]

Bush Backing Faith-Based Aid

Bush hasn’t done enough to help most Katrina victims, but he hasn’t forgotten his base per this report in The Washington Post: President Bush ordered the Department of Homeland Security yesterday to create a center for faith-based and community initiatives within 45 days to eliminate regulatory, contracting and programmatic barriers to providing federal funds to […]

Kerry, Landrieu Report Exposes Administration Failures on Katrina Recovery Efforts

Today John Kerry, Ranking Member of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Committee Member Mary Landrieu released a report assessing the failures of the Bush Administration to adequately respond to the needs of homeowners and small businesses after the 2005 hurricanes damaged the Gulf Coast. The report, entitled “Promises Made, Promises Broken: The […]