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Jim Johnson Resigns From Obama’s VP Vetter Team

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 PM MST

Obama VP Vetter Johnson Resigns

NEDRA PICKLER | June 11, 2008 02:42 PM EST | AP

WASHINGTON — A leader of Democrat Barack Obama’s vice presidential research team has resigned amid criticism over his personal loan deals.

Obama announced in a statement Wednesday that Jim Johnson was stepping aside to avoid distracting from the vetting process.

Johnson served on the vetting team with former first daughter Caroline Kennedy and former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 6:00 PM MST

House votes to send impeachment resolution to Judiciary Committee

By Nick Juliano | Uncategorized | Wednesday, 11 June 2008

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to send articles of impeachment against President Bush to the Judiciary Committee for review.

The impeachment resolution’s sponsor, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, requested a recorded vote on the motion around 3 p.m. Wednesday, and 24 Republicans joined nearly all Democrats in voting to send the impeachment measure to the committee.

The motion passed 251-166.

“It is imperative that Members of Congress have a thorough opportunity to read the Articles of Impeachment and study the documentation,” Kucinich said in a news release Tuesday. “When they do, I am confident that they will agree that it is both appropriate and necessary for the Judiciary Committee to begin hearings on the Resolution.”

Kucinich took to the floor of the House Monday evening to read his 35 articles of impeachment, accusing Bush of war crimes, breaking his oath of office and misleading Americans to launch an illegal invasion of Iraq. The Ohio Democrat said impeachment was the only way to keep Bush from launching another invasion of Iran.

The Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), already has before it articles of impeachment aimed at Vice President Dick Cheney. Since receiving that impeachment measure in November, the committee has done nothing.

Democratic leaders in the House seem determined to block the latest impeachment measure as well, and it remains all-but-impossible that the House would proceed with impeachment hearings before Bush leaves office.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is sticking by her earlier pledge to make sure impeaching Bush and Cheney is an option that remains strictly “off the table.”

DEVELOPING…

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The Divorce From Hell!

GEF @ 4:38 PM MST

OMG! Gov. Gibbons Sends 867 Texts to His Female BFF

Just when we thought the Gibbons’ saga was over, it all starts again.

Throughout his very messy and public divorce with his wife of 22 years, Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons has repeatedly denied having an affair — despite being seen cavorting around town with two married women half his age and a suspicious friendship he had struck up with Kathy Karrasch, a neighbor of the Gibbonses and the estranged wife of a Reno podiatrist.

But the Reno Gazette-Journal uncovered documents this week that reveal that in just 6 weeks the governor exchanged 867 personal text messages with Karrasch, making their relationship seem a little more than friendly:

With the intense volume of messages between March 3, 2007 and April 9, 2007, Gibbons wracked up $130 in cell phone charges for the state, which he promptly reimbursed when his chief of staff brought the personal messages to his attention. The text messages occurred throughout the day and night, on weekends and work days.On one Friday, for example, Gibbons exchanged 160 text messages with Karrasch starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 11:45 p.m. On another night, Gibbons exchanged 91 messages between midnight and 2 a.m. with her.

The records also revealed 42 phone calls between Gibbons and Karrasch, mostly on the weekends and evenings. The records include two lengthy phone calls during working hours.

In a sensational motion filed two weeks ago by her attorney, Dawn Gibbons had attempted to unseal the couples’ divorce proceeding, and accused her husband of having an “infatuation and involvement” with the unnamed woman who “for years stalked the man who could give her the public persona and prestige that apparently she craves.”

On Monday of this week, the attorneys for Jim and Dawn Gibbons released a joint statement and stated that, “[t]he parties have agreed that there will be no further Public comment from either side while the parties attempt to resolve issues related to the divorce action.”

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By- Suzie-Q @ 4:45 PM MST

In Debate Over Permanent Bases In Iraq, U.S. Seeks Authorization For War In Iran»

From:  Think Progress

By Faiz at 5:30 pm

The ongoing negotiations between Iraqi leaders and the Bush administration over the future role of the military occupation “have turned into an increasingly acrimonious public debate.”

The Bush administration’s demand for 58 permanent bases in Iraq — a near doubling of the current 30 bases — are causing Iraqis to warn that the status of forces agreement would be “more abominable than the occupation.” The administration is reportedly holding hostage “some $50bn of Iraq’s money in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to pressure the Iraqi government into signing an agreement.”

The reason the White House is so hell-bent on signing a long-term agreement may have less to do with Iraq and more to do with Iran. According to press reports of the ongoing negotiations, the Bush administration is seeking the “power to determine if a hostile act from another country is aggression against Iraq.” Ali al Adeeb, a leading member of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Dawa party, confirmed:

The Americans insist so far that is they who define what is an aggression on Iraq and what is democracy inside Iraq…if we come under aggression we should define it and ask for help.

The administration’s request would seemingly allow the U.S. to brand Iran as an enemy of Iraq and attack Iran in the name of defending Iraq pursuant a legal obligation under the status of forces agreement.

Other details from press accounts confirm that the Bush administration has one eye on Iran in the course of its negotiations with Iraqis. The Washington Post explains that the administration is seeking “the prerogative for U.S. forces to conduct operations without approval from the Iraqi government.” Moreover, the U.S. wants control over Iraq’s airpsace:

The American negotiators also called for continued control over Iraqi airspace and the right to refuel planes in the air, according to [Sami al-Askari, a leading Shiite politician], positions he said added to concerns that the United States was preparing to use Iraq as a base to attack Iran.

Since the administration is unlikely to get an Iran war authorized through Congress, it’s instead trying to sneak it through the Iraqi parliament.

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GEF @ 4:18 PM MST

Although OPEC is denying it, the Middle East is running out of Oil at a faster pace which is causing speculators to drive up the prices on insider knowledge of peak oil. President Bush himself said that the Middle East is running out of oil and it’s obvious to everyone this side of the White House too…The feeding frenzy and the propaganda is on..


ENERGY DEPARTMENT: GET USED TO IT

WASHINGTON — Motorists can expect gasoline prices around $4 gallon through next year, the Energy Department said Wednesday, with oil prices staying well above $100 a barrel.

Crude oil prices are likely to average $126 a barrel in 2009, $4 higher than this year, as oil supplies and demand are expected to remain tight, Guy Caruso, head of the department’s Energy Information Administration, told a House hearing.

Gasoline prices are likely to peak at $4.15 a gallon in August and won’t go down much after that, the agency projected in a report. Gasoline was forecast to average $3.92 a gallon through 2009.

The agency said that the high price of gasoline has reduced expected demand for this summer, but not enough to dampen prices.

Caruso told House members that new auto fuel economy requirements and the increased use of ethanol and other alternative fuels are expected to produce “a substantial reduction” in oil use and oil imports over the next two decades.

Predicting future oil and gasoline prices is highly uncertain with the volatile global oil markets, Caruso acknowledged. The agency projects oil prices declining to $86 a barrel in 2010 and then increasing to $107 by 2015.

Overall U.S. oil consumption is expected decline over the next two decades because of the production of more fuel-efficient cars and the growing use of ethanol as a motor fuel, Caruso said. Both were required by Congress last December.

Crude prices, meanwhile, soared Wednesday well above Caruso’s projections as his agency announced that U.S. oil inventories fell more than expected last week. Light, sweet crude for July delivery jumped $4.50 to nearly $136 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Oil inventories fell by 4.6 million barrels last week, a much larger amount than had been predicted by analysts.

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There’s Plenty of Bread & Butter at AIPAC

by Geezer Power…3:59 pm

John Stewart @ Comedy Central

The day after Barack Obama declared victory in St. Paul, he was at a podium addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, which describes itself as “America’s pro-Israel lobby.”

And it wasn’t just Obama. McCain did it. Hillary Clinton did it too. AIPAC is a notoriously influential lobby, with organizing skills that are the stuff of legend. Following the Obama address, The Daily Show satirized AIPAC’s role in politics.

Well, nothing surprises me any more after seeing some of the history of AIPAC and some of the lobbying that has been going on for many years, especially in regards Bill Clinton and the role of lobbying and big money in his winning of the Presidency. This deep pocketed dude, Harry Katz, tape recorded a phone call to president of AIPAC, David Steiner, that revealed much damning evidence of what went on with lobbying and politics in DC. Not only that, but he gave the tape to The Washington Times, which made so many waves in the media that Steiner promptly resigned from, what was and still is, the most powerful lobby in Washington DC.
HEAD OF AIPAC BOASTED ABOUT
HIS CONTROL OF POLITICIANS IN 1992


G: hmm …I’ll always wonder how Bill Clinton and Poppy Bush became buddies?

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by Bob Cesca @ 04:57 PM (EST)

Rest assured, Mr. President, that despite what you told The Times Online today you won’t be remembered solely as a war mongering president.

“Look, I think that in retrospect, you know, I could have used a different tone.”

Different tone? Ya’ think?

War mongering is a significant aspect of your legacy, but I think we can conclude, and without much debate, that your legacy will also be one of criminality, failure and a degree of incompetence rarely achieved by an American president whose deficit of character was rivaled only by his nearly unprecedented lack of humility in the face of his unprecedented roster of inadequacies.

Sorry.

As it turns out, you won’t have much control over your legacy and the history of your administration anyway. You might have some cursory input, but no-one really takes you seriously anymore and anything you put forth will be taken as just another work of fiction; another bit of propaganda.

Your legacy will ultimately be written by those of us who have been actively documenting your presidency in real time — millions of voices authoring the narrative of your awful regime and preserving it with digital clarity one trespass at a time.

And everywhere we look, we can plainly observe your smirking, affectless footprint.

Death, poverty, war, pain, ignorance, blind patriotism, joblessness, abandoned homes. And guess what? We’re writing it down on the Internets. Your history, Mr. President, is being written at this very moment by those of us who are watching our homes collapse in value and our friends and relatives sent to places like Ramadi and Fallujah and, in some cases, Walter Reed or worse. Your history, Mr. President, isn’t going to be settled and published decades from now. It’s being published immediately and without the fog of memory to obscure the ugly details.

These ugly details are exhaustively researched and easily accessible.

And as they congeal into a single eight-year narrative, it’s my hunch that every tragedy experienced during this dark ride will be regarded as a means to a specific end: your election to a second term and the election of successors who will carry on with your sinister tradition. The centerpiece of this tradition — the throughline of your presidential narrative — has been, simply put, endless war for the sake of re-election.

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Troops Wait While Congress “Governs”

By Paul Rieckhoff @ 11:02 AM (EST)

• A resolution expressing support for designation of June 2008 at “National Safety Month”

• A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of the International Year of Sanitation

• Mother’s Day Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

These are some of the critical issues our elected officials in the House of Representatives are working on this week.

What a colossal waste of time.

The war, the economy, foreclosures, global warming: America needs solutions, not more collectible coins. While it’s nice to offer the mothers of America some nonbinding resolutions in their honor, I can assure you that they would prefer affordable health care for their kids.

Can you imagine if you did this at your job? I doubt you’d get away with it. It’s like a pilot crashing a plane because he was too busy giving all the passengers their complimentary peanuts.

There is real work being done in Congress, of course. Proponents of a new GI Bill are beating back yet another effort by the Blue Dog Democrats to derail this crucial veterans’ education legislation. In a classic case of being penny-wise, pound-foolish, some Blue Dogs are complaining that there isn’t a budget offset for the GI Bill (a bill that will pay for itself in the long term), while signing off on another hundred-plus billion of war funding, none of which is offset.

If your Representative is on this list, call them and tell them to get their collective heads out of the sand and support our troops. The GI Bill is supposed to come up for a vote on Thursday – and if it doesn’t, it will get pushed until next week.

What about Friday, you might ask? The House will be out of session. Guess they need a rest after a long 4-day week of doing the nation’s business. Too bad our troops in Iraq working 24/7 don’t get that kind of break.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

$300 Billion Betrayal: ANP Highlights Wasteful Pentagon Spending (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | June 11, 2008 10:24 AM

With ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is essential that the Pentagon uses its resources as efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, as the American News Project highlights in their video, “The $300 Billion Betrayal,” the Pentagon is awash in wasteful spending.

WATCH THIS VIDEO

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Afternoon Jukebox…WAR

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:55 AM MST

Edwin Starr – WAR (Live)

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