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It Sounds Very Much Like King George

At today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on domestic spying, a federal judge noted his dissent for the Bush administration’s claim that “the president has inherent war powers under the Constitution to order eavesdropping without warrants.” “I am very wary of inherent authority” claimed by presidents, testified U.S. Magistrate Judge Allan Kornblum. “It sounds very much […]

Congressman Lane Evans of Ill. to Retire

Democratic Illinois Rep. Lane Evans, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election. Evans has battled Parkinson’s disease for more than a decade. “This is a tough day for me,” the 12-term lawmaker said in a statement, adding that he has “come to recognize that the time needed to address my health makes it difficult […]

Senator Kennedy on the Fourth Year Study of NCLB

Senator Ted Kennedy released the following statement today on the from the Center on Education Policy on NCLB: Today’s report from the Center on Education Policy provides an encouraging review of the progress underway in our schools, but it also highlights how much remains to be done to ensure that no child is left behind. […]

John Kerry Urges Students to Volunteer

As I reported below John Kerry spent the day yesterday visiting with Massachusetts constituents. In Lynn, Ma, John Kerry urged North Shore Community College students to draw inspiration for their careers from time spent serving the less fortunate.” Kerry spoke during a morning visit to Lynn about the value of public service through volunteering and […]

Waxman: Halliburton’s Performance Worsens Under Second Iraqi Oil Contract

Today, Rep. Waxman released the first analysis of Halliburton’s RIO 2 contract to restore Iraq’s southern oil fields. The examination of previously undisclosed correspondence, evaluations, and audits reveals that government officials and investigators have harshly criticized Halliburton’s performance under RIO 2. The documents disclose an “overwhelmingly negative” performance, including: — Intentional Overcharging: Halliburton repeatedly overcharged […]

Senator Ted Kennedy on Executive Power and the FISA Court

The Senate Judiciary Committee met for a hearing today on the issue of Executive Power and the FISA Court. The following is Kennedy’s opening statement (as prepared for delivery and released to the Democratic Daily): I commend these federal judges and experts on FISA for joining us today on this important issue. Many of us […]

John Kerry on the Bush Administration’s Absence of Leadership

John Kerry spent the day in Massachusetts yesterday, talking to constituents on a variety of issues. In the morning he met a group of North Shore business and political leaders at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA. Kerry told the group, “There is an absence of leadership that I have never seen. “(There is a) […]

Poll Shows Immigrants Alarmed by Anti-immigration Sentiment

A new poll commissioned by New America Media, a nonprofit San Francisco based umbrella organization for more than 700 ethnic media outlets, shows that the “majority of immigrants believe anti-immigration sentiment is growing in this country and are alarmed by the tone of the debate over reform.” The poll was conducted by the firm Bendixen […]