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Senate Dem Candidates Ahead of Their Party on Iraq

By David Sirota

As most know, Senate Democrats still do not have a unified message on Iraq, despite the courageous efforts of people like Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to demand answers from the Bush administration. What's interesting, however, is that some of the party's big-name Senate candidates in 2006 have a message of their own.

Today, Montana Senate candidate Jon Tester (D) announced his strong support for a serious exit strategy from Iraq that would bring our troops home (In full disclosure - I am not officially taking sides in this primary, but nonetheless this is clearly a good/smart/courageous move). The timing is particularly good: a new poll here in Montana shows President Bush's 51 percent of folks disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job. Those are extraordinarily bad numbers for a Republican incumbent in a red state like Montana. Meanwhile, Montanans support for the current Iraq War policy continues to plummet.

Kucinich Statement on Today's H. Res 505 Vote

Kucinich: House International Relations Committee Once Again Shuns War Oversight Duties

House International Relations Committee Narrowly Rejects Kucinich Resolution of Inquiry On White House Iraq Group (WHIG)

Today, by a narrow 25-23 vote, the House International Relations Committee rejected a Resolution of Inquiry, offered by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) and co-sponsored by 106 Members of Congress, demanding all documents produced by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG).

The Kucinich Resolution (H. Res. 505) demanded that the White House turn over to Congress all white papers, minutes, notes, emails or other communications kept by the WHIG. Kucinich's resolution was supported by all Democrats at the committee hearing and Congressman Paul (R-TX) and Congressman Leach (R-IA).

Dick Durbin Tees Off

By Arianna Huffington
HuffingtonPost.com

Getting ready to take my 14 year old to school this morning, I turned on C-SPAN 2. “Oh, no, not C-SPAN 2 again,

Congress Debates Iraq Pre-War Intelligence, Prisoner Treatment

By Dan Robinson, Voice of America

Questions about the issue of intelligence used to justify the war in Iraq remain in the spotlight in Capitol Hill. Later Wednesday a congressional committee considers a resolution by opposition Democrats seeking information from the Bush administration, amid more heated debate across the political spectrum over the war in Iraq and the issue of treatment of terrorist suspects.

A resolution before the Republican-controlled House International Relations Committee marks the latest attempt by Democrats to intensify debate over Iraq pre-war intelligence.

Pelosi Demands No Pardons

News From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
H-204, The Capitol, Washington D.C. 20515
http://democraticleader.house.gov

Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616

House Leaders to President Bush: Uphold the Rule of Law, Do Not Misuse the Public Trust

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Democratic Caucus Chair Robert Menendez, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair James E. Clyburn sent a letter to President Bush today, urging him not to give special treatment to anyone under investigation regarding the CIA leak case.

Wider Scope in Pre-War Probe Sought

By Walter Pincus, The Washington Post

Democrats on intelligence panel want right to question top policymakers.
Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee want the right to interview top policymakers or speechwriters as part of the inquiry into whether the Bush administration exaggerated or misused intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), the panel's vice chairman, said yesterday.

Rockefeller raised the possibility of issuing subpoenas, and outlined a more wide-ranging approach than the one described by Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who said the work would center on comparing public statements by administration officials to intelligence reports circulating at the time. Rockefeller, Roberts and four other senators are to meet today to work out a schedule and process for the committee's review.

Mr. Chalabi Comes to Washington

By Congressman John Conyers, HuffingtonPost.com

This week, infamous intelligence fabricator Ahmed Chalabi, will be visiting Washington. I have heard rumors that he will be staying in a luxurious bloc of eight suites at the Ritz Carlton hotel and that he has meetings arranged with high ranking Administration officials, including Secretary of State Rice.

This is a man who was reportedly the source for much of the cooked up and fraudulent intelligence foisted on the American people to justify going to war with Iraq.

That fraud has now resulted in the death of over 2,000 American soldiers. This is a man who has been accused of passing U.S. intelligence secrets to Iran. This week, he is being greeted as an esteemed dignatary by Secretary of State Rice. That is a disgrace.

Congress Members Write to Chalabi

Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Maurice Hinchey and other Members will send the attached letter to Mr. Ahmed Chalabi asking for a meeting to discuss his role in manipulating the intelligence that led to war with Iraq. The current list of signers (18 in all) is attached below and will be updated later today.

November 8, 2005

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi

Iraqi National Congress

c/o The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

3100 South Street, NW

Washington, DC 20007

Dear Mr. Deputy Prime Minister:

In the months leading up to the present conflict in Iraq, information from your close circle of associates was a key element in the Bush Administration's effort to convince the public of the need to go to war. As one of the leading Members of the Iraqi National Congress, you were responsible for providing a major portion of the information the Bush Administration used to persuade Members of Congress and the American people that a war with Iraq was neccessary.

House International Relations Committee To Vote Wednesday On Resolution To Demand Documents Related To White House Iraq Group

By Congressman Dennis Kucinich

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 07, 2005
Contact: Doug Gordon (202) 225-5871

House International Relations Committee To Vote Wednesday On Resolution To Demand Documents Related To White House Iraq Group

House International Relations Committee To Vote Wednesday at 10:30am On Kucinich Resolution Of Inquiry Demanding Documents From White House Iraq Group (WHIG)

The House International Relations Committee will vote on Wednesday on a Resolution of Inquiry, offered by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), demanding all documents produced by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG).

Senior Democrats Urge Prompt and Thorough Completion of Investigation into Pre-War Claims

By: Feinstein Office

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV), vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), a fellow member on the Committee, today to urge that the panel complete its long delayed investigation into the possible misuse of intelligence to boost the case for war in Iraq.

The three Democrats also sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) documenting the lack of progress in the investigation and urging that the Committee "keep its pledge to the Senate and the American people and answer the difficult yet necessary questions about the production and use of our pre-war intelligence."

H Res 505 Co-Sponsors Now at 63

Lee; Adam Smith; Tauscher; Kilpatrick; Jackson-Lee; Serrano; Grijalva; Watson; Clay; DeFazio; Woolsey; Frank; Jackson; Rangel; McNulty; McDermott; Abercrombie; Conyers; Ackerman; Maloney; Allen; David Price; Schwartz; Danny Davis; McKinney; Filner; Stark; Kaptur; Meeks; Tim Bishop; Sherrod Brown; Becerra; Capuano; Cummings; Gutierrez; Stephanie Tubbs Jones; McGovern; Payne; Towns; Millender-McDonald; Mike Thompson; Velazquez; Rahall; Gwen Moore; Sanders; Slaughter; Solis; Inslee; Doggett; Van Hollen; McCollum; Napolitano; John Lewis; Farr; Honda; Eddie Bernice Johnson; Strickland; Sabo; Schako

Hinchey, Waxman, & Conyers Request Cheney To Testify Before Congress On CIA Leak Case

http://orbstandard.com

Hinchey, Waxman, & Conyers Request Cheney To Testify Before Congress On CIA Leak Case
From the Office of Rep Hinchey
November 3 , 2005

Daniel J. Ahouse
District Director
Congressman Maurice Hinchey
291 Wall Street
Kingston, NY 12401
845-331-4466

For Immediate Release: Contacts: Jeff Lieberson (Hinchey) 202-225-1265

November 3, 2005 Dena Graziano (Conyers) 202-225-6906

Hinchey, Waxman, & Conyers Request Cheney
To Testify Before Congress On CIA Leak Case

Say Many Doubts & Questions Remain Unanswered About Vice President's Involvement
With Disclosure Of CIA Agent's Identity; Call On Vice President To Follow The Example Of His Former Boss, President Ford, Who Testified On Capitol Hill While In Office On Nixon Pardon

End the War in Iraq Act of 2005

By Sue Udry, UFPJ

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) today introduced H.R. 4232, the "End the War in Iraq Act of 2005"

Rep. McGovern's long-awaited bill cutting off funding for the war was introduced today!

The bill would allow Defense Dept. funds to be used only to provide for:

  • The safe and orderly withdrawal of all troops;
  • Consultations with other governments, NATO and the UN regarding international forces;
  • Financial assistance and equipment to either Iraqi security forces and/or international forces.

In addition, the bill would not prohibit or restrict non-defense funding to carry out reconstruction in Iraq

Co-Sponsors of Inquiry into WHIG Jump to 53 in Three Days

53 Current cosponsors: Lee; Smith, A; Tauscher; Slaughter; Conyers; Rangel; Kaptur; Doggett; Brown, S.; Kilpatrick; Jackson-Lee; Serrano; Grijalva; Watson; Clay; DeFazio; Woolsey; Frank; Jackson; McNulty; McDermott; Abercrombie; Ackerman; Maloney; Allen; Davis, D; McKinney; Filner; Stark; Meeks; Price, D; Bishop, T; Schwartz; Filner; Becerra; Capuano; Cummings; Gutierrez; Jones; McGovern; Payne; Towns; Millender-McDonald; Thompson, M.; Velazquez; Rahall; Moore, G.; Sanders; Solis; Inslee; Van Hollen; McCollum; Napolitano.

Is YOUR Congress Member listed here? 191 Members voted with Pelosi yesterday. they should all be here. Let's get to work!

The Fraudulent Case for War

By Senator Ted Kennedy

In President Bush's five years in office, his White House has too often attempted to impose its will without regard for the merits of the issues or even the truth. Dissent is labeled "unpatriotic," and critics face unprecedented retribution. The Republican Congress has become a lap-dog for the Administration in allowing partisan priorities to trump truth.

In one of the greatest blunders in the nation's history, the Administration concocted a fraudulent case for war in Iraq. Two thousand Americans have paid the ultimate price, and the end is not in sight.

But at least Americans are now demanding the truth. This week, our minority leader, Senator Harry Reid sent a powerful message to the Republican leadership -- including the White House -- that smokescreens and foot-dragging will no longer be tolerated.

30 CoSponsors of H Res 505

Did we just say the Resolution of Inquiry into WHIG had 20 co-sponsors? It's now 30:
Lee, Adam Smith, Tauscher, Kilpatrick, Jackson-Lee, Serrano, Grijalva, Watson, Clay, DeFazio, Woolsey, Frank, Jackson, Rangel, McNulty, McDermott, Abercrombie, Conyers, Ackerman, Maloney, Allen, David Price, Schwartz, Danny Davis, McKinney, Filner, Stark
Kaptur, Meeks, Tim Bishop

Make that 31: Sherrod Brown

It's Still There

By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Harry Reid's so-called "stunt" on the Senate floor this past Tuesday - invoking Rule 21 to create a closed session, during which he demanded an investigation into how we were dragged to war in Iraq - brought the issue of the never-found weapons of mass destruction back into the daylight. It's about damned time. This ball of thorns is three years old now, and we have come nowhere near addressing its roots.

Recall, if you will, George W. Bush's State of the Union address from January of 2003. In that speech, he told us that Iraq was in possession of 26,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent (500 tons equaling one million pounds, by the way), 30,000 munitions to deliver the stuff, mobile biological weapons labs, and uranium from Niger for use in Iraq's advanced nuclear weapons program.

House Democratic Leader Starts Leading!

THANK AND ENCOURAGE CONGRESSWOMAN PELOSI:
sf.nancy@mail.house.gov
_________

News From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
H-204, The Capitol, Washington D.C. 20515
http://democraticleader.house.gov
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616

Pelosi: Text of Privileged Resolution Calling for Oversight and Investigation into Justification for Iraq War

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a privileged resolution on the House floor this morning calling on the House to fulfill its oversight responsibilities and investigate the justification for the Iraq war. Below is the text of the privileged resolution:

Inquiry into White House Iraq Group Now Has 20 Co-Sponsors

These Congress Members have signed on to co-sponsor H Res 505. Has YOURS?

Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 11/1/2005
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] - 11/1/2005
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 11/1/2005
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 11/1/2005
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 11/1/2005
Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 11/1/2005
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 11/1/2005
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] - 11/1/2005
Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. [CA-10] - 11/1/2005
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 11/1/2005
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 11/1/2005

Congress must investigate lies, leaks

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
By Congressman Adam Smith

Did the Bush White House, in a deliberate and organized manner, misrepresent the truth to Congress, the American people and the world in making its case for the military invasion of Iraq? This is a critical question that demands a clear answer. To this point, Congress has abdicated its responsibility to investigate all the facts. That must change.

Last week, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was indicted in the ongoing investigation by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald into the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The alleged actions of Libby, and perhaps Bush senior adviser Karl Rove and others in the White House, to leak classified information in this case appear to have been aimed at discrediting, or threatening, Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson. By CIA request, Wilson had gone to Niger to examine the Bush administration's charge that Saddam Hussein had tried to acquire uranium for a nuclear weapon. Convinced this was not true, Wilson had written an Op-Ed in The New York Times debunking the claim.

Democratic Leaders to Bush: You Must Remove Cloud Hanging Over Your Presidency

NEWS FROM THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERS
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider (Pelosi), 202-226-7616
Jim Manley / Rebecca Kirszner (Reid), 202-224-2939

Democratic Leaders to Bush: You Must Remove Cloud Hanging Over Your Presidency

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid sent the following letter to President Bush today, calling on him to apologize for the actions of senior officials in leaking classified information, fire anyone involved in the leak case, and support full congressional investigations into the matter so that all the facts will be known.

Lott Suggests Dumping Rove

Some Conservatives Question Rove's Future
Reuters

Tuesday 01 November 2005

Washington - Breaking with the White House and fellow conservatives, Republican Sen. Trent Lott and the head of the Cato Institute questioned on Tuesday whether top White House adviser Karl Rove, who remains in legal jeopardy in a CIA-leak probe, should keep his policy-making job.

Rove was not indicted on Friday along with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby. But lawyers involved in the case said Rove, President George W. Bush's top political adviser and deputy chief of staff, remains under investigation and may still be charged by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.

Senate Democrats consider pressing for appointment of special select committee to investigate administration's lies

Exclusive: Senate Democrats consider pressing for appointment of special select committee to investigate administration's pre-war intelligence claim

By Murray Waas

The Senate Democratic leadership over the course of the last several days has had discussions among themselves, along with senior congressional staff, about the possibility of pressing the Senate to appoint a special Senate select committee to investigate both the misuse of pre-war intelligence by the Bush administration to make the case to go to war with Iraq, as well as the Plame affair, according to at least three people who have been involved in those discussions.

The (ongoing) Education of US Congressman David Price

By Heide Kober

I would like to share our story:

The (ongoing) Education of US Congressman David Price

Reporting from the 4th Congressional District in North Carolina

North Carolinians in the state's 4th District had it with their centrist, play-it-safe Congressman. They lobbied him and his staff at home and in Washington relentlessly, challenged him in public meetings, threatened petitions, and organized a public debate that clearly put him in the hot seat. The question: are you with us, your constituents, on the Iraq war and occupation or with the political analysts wedded to the DLC in Washington?

Four More Congress Members Co-Sponsor H Res 505

Jim McDermott, Neil Abercrombie, John Conyers, and Gary Ackerman have joined the growing list of co-sponsors of the Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group.

Where's YOUR Congress Member?

Two More Co-Sponsors Sign On to H. Res. 505

Congressman Charles Rangel and Congressman Michael McNulty have signed onto the Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group.

Has YOUR Congress Member done so?

Senate Democrats Show Some Spine

By John Nichols, www.thenation.com

Remarkable as it may sound, there is reason to believe that Congressional Democrats may finally be waking from their long slumber and stirring into a functional opposition party.

The United States Senate went back into session Tuesday for the first time since Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff, I. Lewis Libby, was indicted for lying to FBI agents and a federal grand jury looking into whether the White House deliberately set out to destroy the reputation of former Ambassador Joe Wilson after he revealed that the Administration's case for war in Iraq relied on a deliberate misreading of intelligence information. But it was not business as usual. Instead, Democrats used a rare procedural move to force the Republican-controlled Senate into a closed session to discuss the status of a promised investigation into the Administration's use and misuse of intelligence prior to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Senate Agrees to Bipartisan Review of 2004 Intelligence Committee Report

From the Yahoo.com articles: Senate Emerges From Closed Session on Iraq and US Senate secret session focuses on Iraq, spy scandal (make sure to rate these articles highly so other Yahoo readers will see them)

In a day of political drama, Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session Tuesday, questioning intelligence that President Bush used in the run-up to the war in Iraq and accusing Republicans of ignoring the issue...

Taken by surprise, Republicans derided the move as a political stunt but agreed two hours later to a bipartisan review of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into prewar intelligence...

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's Stock Moves Strongly Up

By Steve Clemons
TheWashingtonNote.com

RULE 21 CLOSED DOOR SENATE SESSION: Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's Stock Moves Strongly Up

Senator Harry Reid, in a motion seconded by Senator Richard Durbin, just called for a very rare closed door executive session of the Senate. This motion is called "Rule 21" so that Senators can discuss "secret matters."

I'm impressed. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is currently on C-Span lambasting Reid and his leadership for this move, which Frist is calling sneaky and underhanded.

Frist actually just said that he will be "unable to trust Senator Reid for the next year and half of this Congressional session." Frist said that the Democrats have gone into the gutter to fight.

Give 'Em Hell, Harry - And Get Answers to These Specific Questions

By David Sirota
Huffington Post

Give-'Em-Hell Harry Reid today did a great service to America today by standing up, shutting down the Senate and demanding answers about how and why the Bush administration lied to America about the Iraq "threat" in the lead up to the war. This gutsy move by the Senate Minority Leader should be applauded, but the question now is, what's next? What do we want to really know from the Bush administration? What specific questions does America deserve answers to?

The questions - still unanswered nearly 4 years after the war started - can be found in an article my former Center for American Progress colleague Christy Harvey and I wrote back in 2004 called They Knew. It was an article that took forever to write because it meticulously and chronologically documented how the Bush administration was selling the country a false bill of goods when it came to Iraq - and how they clearly KNEW they were selling America a false bill of goods. There's been many attempts to deflect attention from this core fact by conservatives - they want the public to believe that the Bush administration may have gotten the facts wrong about Iraq, but that the Bush administration didn't actually KNOW it was getting its facts wrong. But as the article shows, the cold, hard evidence shows that THEY KNEW.

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