WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's approval ratings have sunk to a personal low, with only a third of Americans saying they approve of the way he is handling his job, a national poll released Monday said.
In the telephone poll of 1,012 adult Americans carried out Friday through Sunday by Opinion Research Corporation for CNN, 32 percent of respondents said they approve of Bush's performance, 60 percent said they disapprove and 8 percent said they do not know.
State legislators in Illinois and California have introduced resolutions (details below) to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
The Jefferson Manual of rules for the U.S. House of Representatives allows state legislatures to initiate impeachment proceedings by submitting charges to Congress.
In Vermont, Representative David Zuckerman plans to introduce a similar resolution this week. In Pennsylvania, State Senator Jim Ferlo is collecting signatures on petitions calling for Congress to launch an impeachment inquiry.
By Brad Freidman
(Okay, it was lunch, but the title didn't scan as well that way)
I Get a Chance to Talk to the Senator about [CENSURE and] Democrats in FOXholes and about our Electoral System Mess...
Published on Sunday, April 23, 2006 by the Sunday Herald (Scotland)
UK Foreign Office Lawyers Warn: Support for Bush Military Action Would Be Illegal
Army Warns: We're Too Stretched to Cope With Any More Military Action
by Westminster Editor James Cusick and Neil Mackay
Foreign Office lawyers have formally advised Jack Straw that it would be illegal under international law for Britain to support any US-led military action against Iran.
Contact: Paul Kawika Martin of Peace Action Education Fund, 301-565-4050 ext. 316, 951-217-7285 (cell), email@example.com
WASHINGTON, April 23 /U.S. Newswire/ -- On April 19, four defendants, arrested at the White House while protesting the Iraq war by engaging in a die-in on Oct. 26, 2005, had their charges dismissed in federal court in Washington, D.C. Judge Deborah Robinson ruled in favor of the defense motion for a judgment of acquittal and stated that the prosecution had failed to prove the case against Gary Ashbeck and Lynn Robinson, from Baltimore, and Paul Kawika Martin and Eve Tetaz, from Washington, D.C.
By JOHN W. DEAN
President George W. Bush's presidency is a disaster - one that's still unfolding. In a mid-2004 column, I argued that, at that point, Bush had already demonstrated that he possessed the least attractive and most troubling traits among those that political scientist James Dave Barber has cataloged in his study of Presidents' personality types.
Now, in early 2006, Bush has continued to sink lower in his public approval ratings, as the result of a series of events that have sapped the public of confidence in its President, and for which he is directly responsible. This Administration goes through scandals like a compulsive eater does candy bars; the wrapper is barely off one before we've moved on to another.
In all 3 impeachment proceedings, the event which triggered the political impeachment process was the President’s violation of a law. Once the impeachment process was underway, Congress then determined what constituted an impeachable offense, and additional charges not based on legal violations were added. Public support for impeaching Bush is highest for his NSA spying program, but only if it turns out his actions were illegal. But, Congress may ratify Bush’s illegal actions with new FISA legislation so that by operation of law his prior illegal actions will now be deemed legal, and potentially provide Bush with a defense at least to the commencement of the impeachment process. Should that occur, the purpose of this post is to review other laws that Bush has violated as a backup to trigger the impeachment process. READ MORE
3 U.S. Soldiers, 27 Iraqis Killed As Politicians Begin Work on New Government
By LEE KEATH
BAGHDAD, Iraq Apr 23, 2006 (AP)— Insurgents killed three American soldiers in the Baghdad area Sunday and fired mortars near the Defense Ministry in a spree of violence that killed at least 27 Iraqis as politicians began work on forming a new government.
The largest Sunni Arab party raised new allegations of sectarian killings one of the most urgent issues facing the new Iraqi leadership.
Baghdad, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The US Central Command in Iraq has confirmed Sunday three dead at a rebel road side attack on a US patrol in north eastearn Baghdad, as mortar shells fell in the public compound known as the Green Zone.
So far, this month the US has lost 61 soldiers, and 2,389 since the start of the war in March 2003.
The new attacks follow Saturday´s election by Parliament of Jawad Al-Maliki as prime minister after Ibrahim al Jafari was forced to resign by Kurdish and Sunni opposition to his re-election.
Insurgents appeared to be targeting government buildings
Mortar rounds have exploded in Baghdad killing at least six civilians and wounding two, say Iraqi police.
Three mortars exploded near Iraq's Defence Ministry while others landed near the interior ministry and Shaab stadium.
The attacks came one day after Iraq's parliament endorsed Shia politician Jawad al-Maliki as prime minister.
Sunday, April 23, 2006 (Baghdad):
Three explosions occurred outside the heavily guarded Green Zone on Sunday, killing seven Iraqi civilians and wounding eight.
The official said the blasts, caused by mortars or rockets, occurred near Iraq's Defence Ministry, which is located just inside the Green Zone on the west side of the Tigris River.
One of the explosions went off in a parking lot.
Well-known journalist calls Bush’s statements on Iran’s N-programme ‘ridiculous and nonsense’
Pakistan Daily Times
LAHORE: Renowned American journalist Eric Margolis has said that the US will “go for” Pakistan and Saudi Arabia after Iraq and Iran.
“We have leaks from reliable sources that after Iraq and Iran, the US plans to go for Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” Margolis said in an interview with IWT NEWS on Saturday. Margolis supported Iran’s nuclear weapons programme, saying that it poses no threat to the world community. US President George W Bush’s statements on Iran’s nuclear programme were “ridiculous and nonsense”, he said. “Iran has no nuclear bombs and no capability to bomb a country with these weapons,” Margolis said.
BAGHDAD: Six people were killed and two were wounded Sunday when a rocket landed at the entrance to Irag's Defense Ministry in Baghdad.
Police say the victims were Iraqi civilians, CNN reported.
Also Sunday, police found the bodies of six unidentified gunshot victims in the northern part of the city.
CNN said four mortar rounds landed in other parts of Baghdad Sunday, although no casualties were reported.
Published on Saturday, April 22, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by Karen Horst Cobb
On June 2nd the god of America will be paraded before the people of the earth causing them to tremble in fear. Americans will again marvel as they worship the god of their own creation. Just like the restless Israelites in the desert who grew inpatient with god and fashioned a golden calf to protect them we have grown inpatient with god and fashioned a shiny idol of power. Southern Methodist University is working with the new clergy of death who have named the idol Divine Strake.
By THOMAS P. HEALY
Anthony Arnove's new book, Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal (The New Press, 2006) is tailored after Howard Zinn's 1967 brief against the Vietnam War. Arnove has worked closely with Zinn on Voices of a People's History of the United States and a collection of interviews, Terrorism and War. Zinn provides both a foreword and afterword to Arnove's book. Arnove spoke with Counterpunch from his home in Brooklyn.
Protestors chant 'Plant a tree, kill a bush'
Jessica Weidling, State Hornet / Sacramento State, CA
Javier Villegas, Sacramento State English major, held a sign picturing his brother in military uniform to protest President Bush at the California Fuel Cell Partnership in West Sacramento on April 22.
Villegas who was accompanied by two other Sac State students and about 1,500 protestors, according to police, said he was protesting Bush’s policy on the Iraq War.
Campus Antiwar Network Midwest Regional Conference Report
On April 22nd the Campus Anti-War Network(CAN) held its Midwest regional conference at the University of Illinois Chicago(UIC). This years conference brought together leaders of the student anti-war movement from 12 different CAN chapters from across the Midwest
Lively and informative discussions were held on a number of issues related to the work of CAN. Much of the focus was on the organizing tactics being deployed by chapters across the Midwest including and analysis of what is and is not working on our campuses. The discussion included the sharing of many innovative methods such as the use of facebook.com, art shows, Beer not Bombs", and the incorporation of culture into the movement.
This Email was received by AfterDowningStreet member organization Justice Through Music:
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rack. We in the military swear to support and defend the Constitution Of These United States
of America. The first article of the Code of Conduct states: "I am an American fighting man. I
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White House shake-up is just the beginning as Bush's party fights to keep control of Congress
Paul Harris in New York
George W Bush's second term is facing its biggest crisis as new polls show a continuing collapse in support and White House insiders expect more staff resignations over the next few days and weeks.
Rumours are swirling around Washington, focusing on some of the most senior members of Bush's team from Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to White House counsel Harriet Miers. At the same time, polls show that Bush's popularity has sunk to an all-time low, leaving Republican operatives panicking about the vital mid-term Congressional elections in November. A Fox News poll released last week showed Bush's approval rating at 33 per cent, while a new Pew poll had him at 35 per cent.
By Bob Fertik, http://impeachpac.org
Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea has taken a pretty hefty swipe at George W. Bush, calling for him to be impeached.
Posting on the bands official website Flea wrote: “George W Bush should definitely be impeached, he is a liar and his lies have bought misery to millions of people and bought no good to anyone except for the corporate oil billionaires who are making huge profits.”
By William Fisher
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
After the firing of the CIA officer who leaked the secret prisons story to Dana Priest of the Washington Post, one of the retired-general-talking-heads who regularly appears on cable news these days weighed in with advice on the many avenues this whistleblower might have traveled instead of going to the media.
The CIA officer, identified by the Washington Post as one Mary O. McCarthy, could have reported it to her superior. She could have gone to the agency's Inspector General. If neither of these remedies worked, the errant conduct could have been reported to a member of the House or Senate Intelligence Committees, the general said.
Monday, April 24, 2006
NEW* BODMAN in Doha, Qatar: Secretary Bodman participates in a reporter
roundtable to discuss U.S. involvement in the 10th Annual International
Energy Forum. [White House Press Release]
NEW* BODMAN in Doha, Qatar: Secretary Bodman attends the 10th Annual
International Energy Forum and delivers remarks about energy security in
session four. [White House Press Release]
Arizona Republic (Phoenix) - April 22, 2006 - By Dennis Camire, Gannett News Service
WASHINGTON - While a majority of Americans say the Iraq invasion was a mistake, a majority of House members have indicated they'd rather not debate the war, or a U.S. troop pullout, on the floor of their chamber.
Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, says the debate he wants, on a resolution to call on President Bush to set a timetable for withdrawal, would be good for the country.
By Michael Currie Schaffer
Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com
Philadelphia voters will get a chance to weigh in on the Iraq war this November if City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell gets her way.
And though the vote has no legal power over American foreign policy, it could have an effect elsewhere on the ballot by turning out voters for Democratic senatorial candidate Bob Casey Jr.
Writing on behalf of his One America political action committee, former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards sent an email Saturday seeking signatories in an effort to expand the powers of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate President Bush's role in the strategic leaking of information related to Iraq.
In the form letter on Edwards' site, he writes, "I urge you to extend Mr. Fitzgerald’s charter to include the behavior of the President in this disgraceful affair."
Sunday, April 23, 2006
A SPY SPEAKS OUT
ED BRADLEY, co-host:
When no weapons of mass destruction surfaced in Iraq, President Bush insisted that all those WMD claims before the war were the result of faulty intelligence. But tonight, you're going to hear a different view, from a former top CIA official, Tyler Drumheller, a 26-year veteran of the agency who's decided to do something CIA officials at his level almost never do: speak out. He says the real failure was not in the intelligence community but in the White House. He says he saw how the Bush administration time and time again welcomed intelligence that fit the president's determination to go to war and turned a blind eye to intelligence that did not.
Sibel Edmonds will be on NPR's 'To the Point' Show this morning at 10:30 AM EST Re: CIA Whistleblower, Mary McCarthy.
By Maureen Farrell, http://www.buzzflash.com
"I have been pleading with the American press corps for months to ask the Bush administration one simple question, a question designed to expose our true agenda: 'Are we, or are we not, constructing permanent military bases in Iraq?'" -- Sen. Gary Hart, March 31, 2006
"Some analysts believe the desire to establish a long-term military presence in Iraq was always behind the 2003 invasion." -- The Independent, April 3, 2006
By Bob Fertik, ImpeachPAC.org
Zbigniew Brzezinski, the National Security Advisor to President Carter from 1977 to 1981, is a well-known hawk. But he's right with the progressive movement on Bush's Constitutional power to start a war with Iran.
First, in the absence of an imminent threat (and the Iranians are at least several years away from having a nuclear arsenal), the attack would be a unilateral act of war. If undertaken without a formal congressional declaration of war, an attack would be unconstitutional and merit the impeachment of the president. Similarly, if undertaken without the sanction of the United Nations Security Council, either alone by the United States or in complicity with Israel, it would stamp the perpetrator(s) as an international outlaw(s)