By Molly Ivins, AlterNet
Once upon a time, in the middle of a nasty constitutional crisis in Washington, a most unlikely hero emerged -- a lawyer from one of Texas' notoriously discriminated-against racial minorities.
World Peace Forum 2006 organizing continues on track
Vancouver, February 8, 2006 - Organizing for the World Peace Forum
continues on track for its opening date of June 23rd, organizers say.
Some radio stations and print media have erroneously announced that the
Growing questions about whether Bush lied today about the supposed threat to LA that he supposedly foiled
By John in DC, http://americablog.blogspot.com
1. Los Angeles Mayor knows nothing about the supposed threat:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he was blindsided by President Bush's announcement of new details on a purported 2002 hijacking plot aimed at a downtown skyscraper, and described communication with the White House as "nonexistent."
By Elizabeth Marsh Cupino, The Frederick News-Post (Maryland)
I was zipping along Bentz Street the other day when a white banner flapped past in my peripheral vision. On someone's porch, bright lettering: "Impeach Bush ... for Domestic Spaying." I was hopping mad when I saw that, let me tell you. Where does the government get off, trying to infringe on my pet's right to reproductive privacy ... I pounded on the steering wheel, drove around the block for another look.
I am sorry to bother you but I have made a t-shirt that says "2,264 Dead. How many more?" and I am going to wear it to school. I shouldn't have any problems but two of my teachers are Bush supporters and one is the Asst. Principal so if they ask me to turn it inside out, I'm not going to do it. I will get suspended because I am NOT abandoning my rights to make two teachers happy. Not going to happen.
By David Swanson
Joe Scarborough hosted a discussion of impeachment last night on MSNBC. Here's the transcript:
There were four guests, two explicitly labeled as liberals, and two as conservatives. The conservatives were Tucker Carlson and Pat Buchanan. The liberals were Liz Holtzman and Arianna Huffington.
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By Larry C. Johnson
Perhaps the only thing more pathetic than a President who insists on an Alice in Wonderland view of terrorism is a media eager to lap up his nonsense. How long must we endure factual errors and misleading statements? The latest whoppers from George Bush in describing “progress
Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today regarding news that a deal had been reached on Patriot Act:
By Sidney Blumenthal, The Guardian UK
The extraordinary legal defense of George Bush's domestic spying reads like a blend of Kafka, Le Carré and Mel Brooks.
In 1996, Governor George W Bush received a summons to serve on a jury, which would have required his admission that 20 years earlier he had been arrested for drunk driving. Already planning his presidential campaign, he did not want this information made public. His lawyer made the novel argument to the judge that Bush should not have to serve because "he would not, as governor, be able to pardon the defendant in the future". (The defendant was a stripper accused of drunk driving.) The judge agreed, and it was not until the closing days of the 2000 campaign that Bush's record surfaced. On Monday, the same lawyer, Alberto Gonzales - now attorney general - appeared before the senate judiciary committee to defend "the client", as he called the president.
Sheehan Will Focus on Pushing the Senate for Legislation to Bring the Troops Home and Bringing Iraqi Women Who Lost Loves Ones in the War to the US to Tell Their Stories
San Francisco, CA – Gold Star Mother Cindy Sheehan announced today that she will not challenge California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat this November. Sheehan had been considering running against Feinstein because of Feinstein’s lack of leadership in opposing Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination as well as Feinstein’s failure to take action to bring the US troops home from Iraq now. Despite receiving hundreds of calls and emails from Californians and others encouraging her to run, Sheehan has decided that her time would be better spent pushing the Senate for legislation to bring the troops home.
By Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times
Washington - A House Republican whose subcommittee oversees the National Security Agency broke ranks with the White House on Tuesday and called for a full Congressional inquiry into the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program.
CONTACT: New Hampshire Peace Action
Anne Miller, 603.520.0839
Jessica Ellis, 603.228.0559
CONCORD, New Hampshire - February 8 - On Tuesday, February 7, six New Hampshire citizens were found guilty of criminal trespass for a sit-in at Senator Judd Gregg’s Concord office on June 2, 2005. The six defendants were given a one-year suspended sentence of $200 and were called “people of conscience
By Pasadena Weekly
As of Tuesday, day 1,057 of the Iraq War ...
2,262 American soldiers have been reported killed in Iraq - two more than the total number who died during the War of 1812.
16,653 have been reported wounded in action, according to the Department of Defense, which offered the highest reported numbers.
When does it make sense to impeach a sitting president? At this time in our history, it's a reasonable question to ask.
By Eric Armstrong, http://www.citizensadvisory.org
Richard Nixon was impeached for criminal actions and attempts to interfere with the election process. Either action would probably have been grounds for impeachment, but it was probably the criminal nature of the offense that made it so abhorrent.
By Mark Clayton, Christian Science Monitor
Little-known data-collection system could troll news, blogs, even e-mails. Will it go too far?
The US government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity.
By Tim Golden, The New York Times
United States military authorities have taken tougher measures to force-feed detainees engaged in hunger strikes at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, after concluding that some were determined to commit suicide to protest their indefinite confinement, military officials have said.
By Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post
Program may have led improperly to warrants.
Twice in the past four years, a top Justice Department lawyer warned the presiding judge of a secret surveillance court that information overheard in President Bush's eavesdropping program may have been improperly used to obtain wiretap warrants in the court, according to two sources with knowledge of those events.
By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Vice President Dick Cheney and then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley led a campaign beginning in March 2003 to discredit former Ambassador Joseph Wilson for publicly criticizing the Bush administration's intelligence on Iraq, according to current and former administration officials.
By Daniel I. Fearn, VFP
First they rigged the elections,
and I just sat watching reality TV.
Then they started a war by lying,
and I was glad to put
a little yellow magnet on my SUV.
And when they tortured and killed,
By Robert Schlesinger, Huffington Post
Active-duty military personnel are not supposed to engage in partisan political activies, right? Right: They are, in fact, legally prohibited from partisan political activities, according to DoD regulations which you can find here and here.
By Murray Waas, National Journal
Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, testified to a federal grand jury that he had been "authorized" by Cheney and other White House "superiors" in the summer of 2003 to disclose classified information to journalists to defend the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence in making the case to go to war with Iraq, according to attorneys familiar with the matter, and to court records.
By Greg Mitchell
NEW YORK Lewis “Scooter
"It's Not Enough to Criticize the President's Policies"
By Cindy Sheehan, www.truthout.org
Remarks as prepared for delivery.
First of all, I would like to thank everyone for coming today, and send out to my daughter, Carly, a big Happy Birthday. She is 25 today. She is now older than Casey was when he was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004.
National Journal's Hotline - February 7, 2006
WH Dep Cos Karl Rove called NY Gov. George Pataki (R) this weekend "to rip" NY Sen. Maj. Leader Joseph Bruno (R) "for comments that the" U.S. "should withdraw its troops from Iraq.
February 9-11, 2006
CHENEY, MEHLMAN, HASTERT, ALLEN and NORQUIST (all invited guests) in
Washington DC: Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) convenes
at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. [ABCNews.com]
Rep. Michael Honda (DEM-CA-15) signed on yesterday to co-sponsor John Conyers' H Res 635. This bill would create a select committee to conduct an investigation and then make recommendations on impeachment. This is simply asking for the facts. There are now 23 Congress Members behind this. There is no excuse for YOUR Congress Member not to be on it.
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