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Senator Ted Kennedy on Rumsfeld’s Comments on Threat of Civil War in Iraq

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress on today in an appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee, “Dealing with a civil war in Iraq would be the responsibility of Iraq’s own security forces, at least initially.” “The plan is to prevent a civil war, and to the extent one were to occur, to have the […]

Cantwell, Kerry, Democratic Coalition of Senators Call on Frist to Keep Arctic Drilling Out of Budget

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and John Kerry (D-MA), and 14 other senators have made clear their deep opposition to any move to authorize drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge through the latest budget process. […]

John Kerry on Demise of Dubai Ports Deal

As reported here earlier, Dubai Ports World has announced they will “transfer fully the U.S. operation of P&O Operations North America to a United States entity.” Below is a statement from Senator John Kerry on that announcement: “Today the plug was mercifully pulled on the ownership of U.S. port operations by Dubai Ports World. It’s […]

Statement by Senator Ted Kennedy on Dubai’s Decision to Divest Ports Deal

Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on DP World’s decision to divest Ports deal: “This is a positive development, but doesn’t change the fact that the White House arrogantly attempted to contract out our national security and has failed to end the glaring and unconscionable vulnerabilities at our ports. It’s time for […]

Judge Rules Bush Admin Violating Energy Policy Act of 1992

A federal judge has ruled that the Bush administration is violating the Energy Policy Act of 1992, a law aimed at “increasing the country’s use of alternative fuel vehicles.” The Department of Energy has ignored a requirement to set long-range goals for converting a percentage of the nation’s cars and light trucks to natural gas, […]

Bush Admin Told to Postpone Plan Allowing More Foreign Control of Domestic Airlines

The Bush administration seems to be hell bent on selling off control of all things transportation connected. Thanks to the outcry on the Dubai ports deal, the House Appropriations Committee passed a resolution on Wednesday “directing the Transportation Department to hold off for 120 days on its proposal to give foreign investors in U.S. airlines […]

Breaking: Dubai Firm Gives Up Stake in U.S. Ports

As Congress wages a full on assault on the Dubai Ports World takeover of 6 U.S. Ports, Republican Senator John Warner says a Dubai-owned company has decided to give up its management stake in some U.S. ports. More to come… UPDATE: Dubai Ports World, the U.A.E. state-owned company that was attempting to take over management […]

60 House Republicans Oppose Medicare Cut

The L.A. Times Wire reports that Bush’s plan to cut $36 billion from Medicare has run into stiff opposition from 60 Republicans in the House. Bush has proposed trimming the money over five years from the federal health plan for the elderly, mostly by slowing payments to healthcare providers such as hospitals. “Hospitals are not […]