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Senate bows to the White House

The White House can have their cake and eat it, too.  The latest final version of the FISA bill seems to have a valentine’s day smooch for the White House and the Telecoms.  Immunity.  Why?  I have no idea.  I know why the White House wants these companies who clearly broke the law to have immunity, so that the extend of their vast spying will really never be fully understand.  I have no idea why the Senate Democrats like Rockefeller and Reid would go along with this.

There continues to be not consequences for breaking the law if you are a buddy of the Bush administration.


From WaPo:

The Senate voted today to preserve retroactive immunity from lawsuits for telecommunications companies that cooperated with a government eavesdropping program, decisively rejecting an amendment that would have stripped the provision from a bill to modernize an electronic surveillance law.

Senators voted 67 to 31 to shelve the amendment offered by Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and Russell Feingold (D-Wis.). A filibuster-proof 60 votes had been needed for the amendment to move forward.

By |2008-02-12T17:25:23-04:00February 12th, 2008|Bush Administration, Congress|Comments Off on Senate bows to the White House

Bolton bows out, finally

From NYT:

President Bush reluctantly accepted the resignation of the United Nations ambassador, John R. Bolton, on Monday, conceding that the envoy could not win Senate confirmation and signaling that the administration was unwilling to make another end run around Congressional opponents in order to keep Mr. Bolton in his job.

Ending more than a year of controversy surrounding the blunt-spoken ambassador, Mr. Bush issued a strongly worded statement excoriating Mr. Bolton’s opponents on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for refusing to send his nomination to the Senate floor for a vote.

“They chose to obstruct his confirmation, even though he enjoys majority support in the Senate, and even though their tactics will disrupt our diplomatic work at a sensitive and important time,” Mr. Bush said. “This stubborn obstructionism ill serves our country, and discourages men and women of talent from serving their nation.”

Mr. Bush went on to praise Mr. Bolton, a fiery conservative and longtime critic of the United Nations, thanking him for his “advocacy of human rights and human dignity.” more


Did you see where John McCain blamed Democrats for John Bolton’s defeat?  What happened to John McCain?  Remember when he was a straight shooter?  Remember when he was a Maverick?  Do you remember when you used to respect McCain even when you didn’t agree with him?  That John McCain seems to be as gone as Bolton.

Addendum –

A little foolishness from CNN’s Moos on Bolton.

By |2006-12-05T20:18:45-04:00December 5th, 2006|Bush Administration, Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Bolton bows out, finally

Delay bows out?

Did you hear Delay’s letter to his republican colleagues? Yes, he steps down as majority leader but he also said, “During my time in Congress, I have always acted in an ethical manner within the rules of our body and the laws of our land. I am fully confident time will bear this out.” What? Isn’t he the same Tom Delay who has been sited by the Republican controlled House Ethics committee on 4 different occasions?

By |2006-01-08T13:49:12-04:00January 8th, 2006|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Delay bows out?
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