Charles Taylor – Did you know?

I’m going to post a series of facts on Charles Taylor in the coming weeks.

Not only did Representative Charles Taylor (R) put GE-authored legislation into a bill in order to help delay clean-up of a polluted river-site, and help, with Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT), Jack Abramoff’s client, the Saginaw Tribe, secure federal funding for a school in exchange for campaign donations. But now it seems that he’s also mired in a few garden variety scams to enrich himself and his friends: he allegedly helped a friend commit bank fraud and used his status as a member of Congress to buy the better part of a Russian bank. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a Congressional watchdog group, released an ethics complaint against Taylor yesterday, alleging that he violated eight laws and House ethics statutes since he joined the House in 1990. 

From TPM cafe:

Rice: rhetorical questions will work

From RS:

Early Thursday morning, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denied that she gave the “brush-off” to an “impending terrorist attack” warning by former C.I.A. director George J. Tenet and his counterterrorism coordinator in July of 2001, two months before the September 11 attacks, which was first reported in Washington Post investigative reporter’s Bob Woodward’s latest book State of Denial.

The former National Security Adviser, interviewed on Detroit’s Paul Smith Show on WJRI Radio, said that the “assertion that [she] would hear about a specific attack and not do anything” is “obviously just not true.”

“On July 10, 2001, the book says, Mr. Tenet and his counterterrorism chief, J. Cofer Black, met with Ms. Rice at the White House to impress upon her the seriousness of the intelligence the agency was collecting about an impending attack,” David E. Sanger reported for the New York Times in September. “But both men came away from the meeting feeling that Ms. Rice had not taken the warnings seriously.”  more

North Korea's Nuclear test is a dud?

From CNN.com:

Two U.S. government officials with access to classified information tell CNN that the initial air sampling over North Korea shows no indication of radioactive debris from the event Monday that North Korea says was an underground nuclear test.

The U.S. Air Force flew a WC-135 Constant Phoenix on Tuesday to collect air samples from the region.

A third official reiterated that at this point “there isn’t information to allow confirmation it was a nuclear test.”  more

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So what’s the next move?  Do we continue to ignore and name call?  Or do we pull back from the UN security council?  What does North Korea do?

Video to follow.