The Bush administration released its budget request for fiscal year 2007 on February 6th. It proposes deep cuts in domestic programs, totaling a $15 billion loss in non-security domestic discretionary spending.
President Bush was scheduled to visit a Methodist Church outside of Washington as part of his campaign to restore his poll numbers. Karl Rove made a visit to the Methodist Bishop, and said to him, "We've been getting a lot of bad publicity among Methodists lately because of Mr. Bush's position on stem cell research, spying on Americans and the like. We'd gladly make a contribution to the church of $100,000 if during your sermon you'd say the President is a saint." The Bishop thinks it over for a few moments and finally says, "The Church is in desperate need of funds, so I'll do it."
By Greg Sagan, Amarillo Globe-News
The impeachment trial of President Clinton in January 1999 on two articles
voted on the month before by the House of Representatives set an important
standard for America, what might be called the "lowball threshold" for impeachment
Elsbernd Sends Daly's Resolution to Investigate/Impeach Bush/Cheney to Committee
by Ken Werner, Trinity Plaza Tenants Association (TPTA), 2006-02-08
The Board of Supervisors clock ticked toward 8 p.m., and Sup. Sean Elsbernd asked Item 44 to be severed. And I thought, we're going to have a debate. But as the remainder of yesterday's agenda received approval without objection, Elsbernd decided he wanted Sup. Chris Daly's proposed "Resolution calling for a full investigation, impeachment or resignation of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney" to be sent to committee.
Here in Santa Cruz, locals have been screaming about impeaching Bush pretty much from the moment the GOP stole the Florida election in the waning days of 2000. Cruzans have also repeatedly raged against the media machine that so far has failed to take the case for impeaching Bush in the least bit seriously, even though the infamous Downing Street memos, which were leaked to the British press last year, show that our president deliberately fixed the intelligence to invade Iraq. And now locals are wondering whether the rest of the United States will stay silent in the face of a newly leaked memo, this time of a two-hour meeting between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair that took place nearly two months before the invasion. During that Jan. 31, 2003, meeting Bush made it known that the United States intended to invade whether or not there was a second U.N. resolution and even if U.N. inspectors found no evidence of a banned Iraqi weapons program. All of which is pretty damning stuff.
By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the feisty septuagenarian congressman who serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee will issue yet another missive to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales later this week calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate possible criminal misconduct in regard to the Bush Administration's march to war in Iraq.
TUCKER CARLSON: It's not hard to hear that [your remarks] and not draw the obvious conclusion that that's an attack on President Bush, which of course is your right to do, and I think completely fair. But again, it seemed very uncomfortable to say something like that in a funeral with the president right there. It seemed like bad manners.
As Prepared for Delivery from the Senate Floor
Mr. President, last week the President of the United States gave his State of the Union address, where he spoke of America’s leadership in the world, and called on all of us to “lead this world toward freedom.
By Witness Against Torture
February 7, 2006 Contact: 347-683-4928 firstname.lastname@example.org
Seven individuals from Witness Against Torture, a group protesting the denial of rights to prisoners at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were served papers by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) last week. The group of twenty- four U.S. Christians marched over 60 miles to the Naval Base in an attempt to practice the Christian act of prisoner visitation. The group camped and fasted for four days at the gate of the militarized zone while awaiting access to the base.
Cindy Sheehan Honored Here: Anti-war activist among 4 hailed at synagogue
By REGINA MEDINA Phildelphia Inquirer
LAST TUESDAY, peace activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested, handcuffed and removed from the U.S. House gallery shortly before President Bush's State of the Union Address.
Wednesday February 8, 2006
NEW* BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback participates in a
discussion panel hosted by the Family Research Council and Marriage
Savers. [FRC Release, 2/07/06]
NEW* McCAIN in Washington, DC: Sen. John McCain testifies on lobbying
By David Swanson
Ending the extreme inequality of wealth and well-being in the United States would end the war in Iraq.
Ending the war in Iraq and others like it would go a long way toward reducing the inequality.
By Mark G. Levey, DailyKos
Fitz Now Has the 6/19/03 PDB (Re: Wilson's Niger Trip) -- Who Will be the First Democratic Senator to Call for Declassification and Public Release?
Here's my e-letter to Chairman Dean on the subject. Readers are invited to follow-up with their own correspondence.
By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News
22 US Representatives–including two members of the Georgia delegation–have now signed on as co-sponsors of H. Res 635, demanding a probe which could recommend Bush’s impeachment, including the initial sponsor, US Rep. John Conyers, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.
For further evidence of why Democrats should be falling in behind Jack Murtha and making him the point man for nationalizing the '06 elections, look no further than the editorial page of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
By Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service
WASHINGTON - Despite his administration's growing concerns about preventing the collapse of states in strategic parts of the world, U.S. President George W. Bush has proposed cuts in development and disaster assistance while increasing the defence budget by almost seven percent.
By James Cogan, WSWS
One of the terrible legacies of the criminal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is the number of maimed, sick or traumatised former US soldiers—many of them just in their twenties—who will require medical assistance for the rest of their lives. For political reasons, the scope of the tragedy is barely being reported despite the impact it is having on a significant layer of young men and women, their families and communities.
Four Marines among 11 killed in Iraq
AP, BAGHDAD, IRAQ
Feb 7: Two bombs exploded minutes apart near a central Baghdad square on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 20 as violence increased ahead of a major Shiite holy day later this week.
By Media Matters
Summary: Most major news outlets did not report the dispute over Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter's refusal to swear in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at the committee's hearing on the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program.
By Ruth Conniff, The Progressive
In his daylong marathon of evasive remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales rebuffed Congressional efforts to get more information on the Bush Administration's wiretapping program, as well as its view of the limits of Presidential powers.
By Joe Gandelman, The Moderate Voice
We did a post earlier today on the Washington Post's story indicating that there is a split in GOP ranks on warrantless domestic spying. In it, we mentioned several things that could now happen since it appeared in the Washington Post — including a move towards unity to get rid of the split.
Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery honored Coretta Scott King at her funeral, in front of four presidents, challenging injustice: "We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there [standing ovation]... but Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor." - VIDEO
By David Swanson
The past month has seen a burst of resolutions supporting impeachment in city councils, state democratic parties, and even chapters of Democrats Abroad. On January 6, the City Council of Arcata, Calif., passed a resolution demanding the impeachment or resignation of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, citing violations of international and constitutional law.
PDA DC Mtg. Thurs. 2/9, 6:30PM
Please attend a meeting of the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) www.pdamerica.org on Thursday, February 9, 2006 at 6:30 PM at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Building 39, 2nd Floor, 4200 CT Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008. Red Line Van Ness/UDC Station. Wheelchair Accessible. Parking under campus off Van Ness St.
Ex-U.N. inspector: Iran's next: Ritter warns that another U.S. invasion in Mideast is imminent
By Brandon Garcia
02/06/06 (Santa Fe New Mexican, The (KRT) Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) The former U.N. weapons inspector who said Iraq disarmed long before the U.S. invasion in 2003 is warning Americans to prepare for a war with Iran.
Resolution calling for a full investigation, impeachment or resignation of Bush and Cheney
by Ken Werner, Trinity Plaza Tenants Association (TPTA), 2006-02-07
Bloggers, pollsters, newspaper columnists, and members of the U.S. House and Senate have been more frequently discussing the possible impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, and today District 6 Sup. Chris Daly steps forward to introduce File No. 060156, "Resolution calling for a full investigation, impeachment or resignation of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney."
By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The country's two overseas wars and its homeland defense could cost as much as $10 billion a month this year - nearly 50 percent more than last year, the White House estimates.
By Todd Smyth
Republicans have cut college funding and doubled Army enlistment bonuses to ensure only the poorest will suffer the burden of arrogant Republican foreign policies.
$12 Billion Cut in Federal Student Aid
At this site, we are especially proud of the new Conyers Report, "The Constitution in Crisis." We were also pleasantly surprised that the Academy Chicago Publishers, the same people who published "What Went Wrong in Ohio?" decided to publish the report, with a foreward by Ambassador Joe Wilson.