Archive for January 5th, 2008

Bill Moyers: On the Iowa Caucus

by Geezer Power …7:55 pm

Interview with Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Bill Moyers

All of a sudden, the political landscape has changed. As only an Iowa farmer would understand, the plow has broken new ground. But in presidential politics a reality check is always in order. Keep in mind that only twice since 1972 have winners of contested Iowa caucuses gone on to win the White House. The total turnout for the caucuses in Iowa was less than 350,000 people in a state of three million. Rarely are so few heard so loudly by so many through the megaphone of the media.

For some analysis, we’ll talk to two men who’ve been running for president and have nothing to lose by speaking their mind and from one of the country’s foremost analysts of the co-dependency that exists between the press and the politicians.

Kucinich: I think this is going to be a serious test of the Democratic Party. We were put in power because people expected a new direction in Iraq. It goes without saying that they expect greater transparency and oversight, but they also expect us to do something to bring the troops home. Now, if Congress goes ahead under Democratic leadership and votes to approve what some are now estimating as an additional $160 billion for the war in Iraq, bringing the total for the fiscal year to $230 billion, the Democratic Congress will have bought George Bush�s war. Now, who would buy a used war from this administration?

Bill Moyers talks with Congressman Dennis Kucinich

BILL MOYERS: Earlier in the broadcast you heard Kathleen Hall Jamieson say the country loses when contrarian voices are excluded from the political debate. Well, if you were watching the presidential debate in Iowa before Christmas, you would be forgiven for thinking that one of the most persistent and prophetic insurgent voices among the Democrats had dropped out of the race.

Ron Paul: “Article 1, Section 8 gives me zero amount of authority to do anything about public education,” says Paul on a recent weekday. He’s seated in his congressional office near a sign than says, “DON’T STEAL; THE GOVERNMENT HATES COMPETITION . ”

Bill Moyers talks with Ron Paul

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Bush may claim privilege in CIA case

Sudhan @20:25 CET

President orders White House lawyers to draw up documents
Capitol Hill Blue, January 4, 2008

President George W. Bush Thursday ordered White House lawyers to use claims of executive privilege to prevent senior White House aides from cooperating with the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into destruction of videotapes that showed CIA interrogators torturing terrorism suspects.

White House sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that the claims of executive privilege are just “the first step” in a coordinated campaign to stonewall the investigation and prevent administration aides from giving depositions or submitting to interviews with Justice Department investigators.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey announced the investigation this week, appointing veteran prosecutor John Durham of Connecticut to handle the probe. Democratic leaders and Constitutional law experts, however, say the Justice Department, which ultimately answers to the White House, cannot be expected to fully investigate Bush’s involvement and say the probe needs a special prosecutor.

Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University professor, says Bush can block any effective legislation.

Continued . . .

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Lobbying To Be Partners In Crime…Errr…Leadership

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:20 AM MST

Lott seals the deal on new lobbying position

ThinkProgress reported in November that outgoing Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) may have been negotiating a future lobbying position with former Sen. John Breaux in potential violation of Senate ethics rules that take effect this year. At the time, Lott claimed, “I’m not really involved in negotiation. I’ve tried to stay away from that.” But now, just two weeks after resigning from the Senate, Lott announced that he is indeed joining with Breaux to form a lobbying group:

Putting weeks of speculation to rest, former Sens. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and John Breaux (D-La.) confirmed Friday they plan to file paperwork next week to form a powerful lobbying partnership called The Breaux Lott Leadership Group.

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Afternoon Jukebox… Candyman

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:00 AM MST

Christina Aguilera – Candyman

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Dumb And Dumber Playing With National Security??

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:30 AM MST

McCain Suggests Lieberman As Possible Secretary Of Defense

In his semi-weekly blogger conference call today, [yesterday] Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) heaped praise upon Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who has endorsed McCain’s GOP presidential bid. McCain told the bloggers that he would like Lieberman to serve in his administration:

I would definitely want Joe Lieberman to play a part — particularly in national security issues — in my administration.

Commenting on RedState, Adam C — who was also on the conference call — said that McCain’s comment indicated that the senator was considering Lieberman to head of the Pentagon: “That sounds like a possible SecDef to me.”

McCain and Lieberman have been foreign policy soulmates, consistently pushing for sending more troops to Iraq. More recently, they have ignored the advice of U.S. military commanders and rushed to declare victory in the war. In late November, McCain told ABC News that “we’ve succeeded militarily” in Iraq. A day later, Lieberman told Fox News, “We are winning.”

Installing Lieberman to oversee national security in a Republican administration has been a right-wing dream for quite some time. In March 2006, the Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes suggested President Bush appoint Lieberman as Secretary of State. Additionally, in 2005, both Andrew Sullivan and CBS News’s Bob Schieffer suggested Lieberman as Secretary of Defense.

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