He learned about Plame from Dick Cheney
A month earlier, then time some flew
He forgot about it, then learned about it later
From Tim Russert as if it were new.
Bush bounces all the way to 32 in Harris poll.
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Thought we'd be done with Russert by now, did you? You lose the bet. But we're just about done, after what seemed to this faintly biased observer like a devastating re-direct examination by Patrick Fitzgerald, which demolished hours[...]
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Yesterday, during hearings on the State Department’s 2008 budget, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) slammed the U.S. military’s ban on gay servicemembers, saying the Pentagon “seems more afraid of gay people than they are [of] terrorists,” and that if the terrorists were smart, “they’d get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad.” Watch [...]
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The following story will shock those few supporters of the Bush regime, those remnants of day?s past who still believe that Mr. Bush is governing in the nations best interests; others like myself, simply understand certain things to merely exemplify how our country is operated today, thus business as usual. Breath in and exhale [...]
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Q: "Was that unusual for you to have the national security adviser, the director of Central Intelligence, the White House chief of staff among others in the dark as to something that you had done regarding declassification?"
A: "It is not unusual for the vice president to tell me something which I am not allowed to share with others."
--Irving "Lewis" Libby [left], on a tape played at his trial on Tuesday, responding to a question by "Prosecutor Pat" Fitzgerald, reported by the Los Angeles Times's Greg Miller, as quoted by Dan Froomkin in his Washingtonpost.com column yesterday, "Cheney Doesn't Share"
Prosecutor Pat's apparently incredulous question was prompted by our Irving's revelation that the Vice President [right] had arranged to have portions of the theretofore-super-hush-hush prewar national intelligence estimate on Iraq secretly declassified, expressly in order to be able to leak carefully selected bits to reporters for political purposes.
Another memorable scene of the inner workings of the Bush White House unfolded yesterday in the federal courthouse where former vice presidential chief of staff Scooter Libby is on trial.
This one is particularly significant because it gives credence to the widespread view that Vice President Cheney oversees his own intensely secretive, highly defensive and sometimes ruthless operation within the White House--and that he does so with President Bush's approval, but often outside the view of Bush's top aides.
Well, Amanda, and more importantly Melissa, aren't fired after all....48 hours after Edwards should've made a principled stand and said he wouldn't buckle to the evil-minded whines of people like Donahue and Malkin, who are more bigoted than Shakes's Sis could ever even imagine, Edwards issued this:
The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte's and Melissa McEwan's posts personally offended me. It's not how I talk to people, and it's not how I expect the people who work for me to talk to people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that kind of intolerant language will not be permitted from anyone on my campaign, whether it's intended as satire, humor, or anything else. But I also believe in giving everyone a fair shake. I've talked to Amanda and Melissa; they have both assured me that it was never their intention to malign anyone's faith, and I take them at their word. We're beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can't let it be hijacked. It will take discipline, focus, and courage to build the America we believe in.John, if it's all about that four letter word, you've not only said it you've done it as well, so spare us the sanctimonious faux-statesman bullshit. By all means, blast off at Amanda Marcotte in private, she may actually deserve a little warning about her "tude" while helping a presidential campaign - even though everything before was on her own time and her own dime. But Melissa? No. Nothing she's said has been problemmatic enough for the Right to do anything more than try to attack her with the broad tar-brush they were using on Amanda without ever actually managing to get down to specifics about her supposed crimes.
Edwards needs to get on TV and decry those who made his staff decisions an issue. He needs to stand by Marcotte, McEwan and the netroots in a visible way. He needs to demand answers from the journalists who ran unconfirmed and unsourced stories that gave steam to this disastrous standoff. Most importantly, Edwards needs to make clear that he stands with the netroots and with his campaign staff 100% - a fact that will not change, as much as the Right wants it to.Do all that, John, and I will publicly apologise to you for this post. But I don't think you will - I think you just want to quiet the yelling and hope it all goes away.
Edwards has the opportunity to use his bully pulpit to wage real warfare against the type of smear attack perpetrated over the last few days. If he does so, he will succeed at confirming every objection liberal bloggers have raised against shoddy media coverage and inaccurate reporting about blogs. He will give the netroots cover to push even harder against rightwing blogs and the Republican staffers with truly ignominious ties. He will create an atmosphere that makes it likely that a rightwing attack like this on the liberal blogosphere and on Democratic presidential campaigns can never succeed.
Good for her. And she's right. The Pentagon has decided to play banana republic politics and take a swipe at the incoming Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the person two steps away from the presidency of the United States.
Why are they doing this? Because, in my view, the Pentagon brass think that if they damage Pelosi at the outset, like they smeared their commander in chief Bill Clinton at the beginning of his term, this will somehow make Pelosi injured and more docile when they deal with her in the future - i.e., she'll have to prove that she really loves the military and they'll own her.
Well, boys, you screwed up. Democracy is back, and the new folks in town don't look kindly on generals who think they're politicians - we don't like it in Uganda, and we don't like it in America. In our country, civilians rule the military, not the other way around. Perhaps if the generals running the Pentagon paid as much attention to building democracy in Iraq as they do fighting democracy at home, maybe we wouldn't be getting our asses kicked in the biggest military blunder since Vietnam. Our men and women are getting killed over there and their bosses are busy playing politics at home. Pathetic.
Here is what Pelosi just said, as reported on CNN:
Why would the Department of Defense be putting forth any of this information, which is misinformation and mischaracterization of a request by the Sergeant at Arms [of the US House] for security? I know that it is not coming from the president of the United States because he has really been insistent that I have the security that I need. And I myself would rather not have security.
So, no we haven't asked for any larger plane.
B, this is not my request, it is a request of the Sergeant at Arms.
C, I don't know why they would say this was necessary for the previous speaker but it's not necessary for you. And that's what the Department of Defense seems to be saying. So if you want to take it to a place... I'm not saying I'm being discriminated against because I'm a woman, I'm just saying I have no intention of having any less respect for the office I hold than all of the other speakers who have gone before me.
This Saturday Ned Lamont will be the Blue America guest at Firedoglake (2PM, est). I spent some time with him on the phone today, mostly talking about the seminar he is giving at Harvard now. But he did mention something about how Lieberman had tried to convince Connecticut primary voters how he, rather than Ned, was the real Democrat. When Democrats refused to buy that and defeated Lieberman, he switched tactics so say he was above party politics and that Connecticut voters should re-elect him because of his independence and because he would be an effective fighter to start bringing the troops back from Iraq by the end of 2006.
Now he caucuses with the Democrats, and they allow him to use his Democratic seniority inside the committee system-- where he daily betrays Democratic policies, values and principles. But he sits with the Republicans... and votes with them. Today's New York Times says it was no surprise that when every single Democrat (plus two Republicans) voted to go forward with a debate on Iraq, Lieberman stuck with the GOP decision to adhere to Cheney's demands that no debate be permitted. Lieberman is constantly running after TV stations-- which insist on identifying him as a "Democrat"-- so that he can spin Rove's patently false and misleading talking points about how unpatriotic Democrats are. The Times points out that Lieberman is more of a White House shill than most Republicans are these days.
But Mr. Lieberman also went further, accusing Democrats of giving strength to the enemy and abandoning the troops, and arguing that an alternative resolution that he and many Republicans backed was ?a statement of support to our troops.?
That was too much even for one Republican member, Senator John W. Warner of Virginia, a sponsor of the bipartisan resolution against the president?s policy.
?I forcefully argue that ours is in support of the troops,? Mr. Warner said tersely. ?And there is no suggestion that one is less patriotic than the other.?
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