Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) changed the Iraq debate.
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, after the unveiling ceremony of his official portrait at the Justice Department today.
Veteran Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), the man behind the infamous $230 million “bridge to nowhere” earmark, has announced “that he will be running for re-election in 2008 at the age of 84, ending speculation about a possible retirement.”
that he will seek the top Republican spot on the Environment and Public Works Committee, aiming to push aside outgoing Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK). Warner said, “As the senior Republican on the Senate EPW Committee, I intend to submit my name for election as the ranking minority member of that panel.” Incoming Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) “has said that addressing global warming will be the committee’s top issue to address in the next Congress.”
UPDATE: Warner had a 14 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters in the 109th Congress.
UPDATE II: On MSNBC, Sen. Inhofe threatened to filibuster any bills addressing global warming.
“I think I’m most disappointed in the Pistons, and it truly is odd to see them struggling this much,” says Chris Sheridan. Well, Detroit lost Ben Wallace, who keeps winning these Defensive Player of the Year awards. Sure, sure, he’s no good on offense, but defense is half the game. Steve Nash can’t defend but who would be surprised to see the Suns get worse if he signed as a free agent elsewhere?
Fox News host Mort Kondracke, the “left-leaning” counterpart to Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes on Fox News’ The Beltway Boys, said last night that incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should be nicknamed the “Wicked Witch of the West.”
According to Kondracke, Pelosi has already been pressuring fellow Democrats, “twisting arms and making — you know, having her aides making threats, and stuff like that.” Asked by Brit Hume if that was really happening, Kondracke said, “Supposedly.” Watch it:
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So says Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who is angry that the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is not complying with a congressional requirement to produce a report on climate change. “They’re simply not complying with the law. It’s incredible,” McCain said.
The rumors that chief White House political architect Karl Rove will leave sometime next year are being bolstered with new insider reports that his partisan style is a hurdle to President Bush’s new push for bipartisanship. “Karl represents the old style and he’s got to go if the Democrats are going to believe Bush’s talk of getting along,” said a key Bush advisor.
Other elements are also at play: The election yesterday of Sen. Trent Lott to the number two GOP leadership position in the Senate is also a threat to the White House and Rove, who worked against him when he battled to save his majority leader’s job after his insensitive remarks about Sen. Strom Thurmond.
And insiders report that Bush counsel Harriet Miers isn’t a fan, believing that Rove didn’t do enough to help her failed Supreme Court nomination among conservatives. In fact, one top West Wing advisor said that the unexpected ouster of Rove aide Susan Ralston over ethics questions was orchestrated by Miers as a signal to Rove to leave. The advisor said that Rove is aware of the situation and that a departure might come in “weeks, not months.” A Rove ally, however, noted that he has a record of out-witting his critics.
Early this year, Rove gave up his role of overseeing policy development to focus more on politics with the approach of the fall midterm elections.
Rove said prior to the midterm elections that he had “the math” to prove the Republicans would win back the House and Senate. Rove’s predictions were proved wrong, earning him a public sniping at the hands of President Bush who said: “I obviously was working harder in the campaign than he was.”
Last week, in its first broadcast since Democrats took control of Congress and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigned, NBC’s Meet the Press exclusively featured non-Democratic Iraq war supporters, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John McCain (R-AZ).
Following the interviews, host Tim Russert noted, “And our viewers should know we extended invitations to the new Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi [D-CA], Majority Leader Harry Reid [D-NV]. Both declined our invitation, but we hope they’ll be here on a future Sunday.” But as Media Matters pointed out:
There were, however, literally hundreds of other Democratic officials and candidates who had just taken part in a historic election, as well as several other Democratic leaders, who did not run as independents and did not appear on other Sunday-morning shows. And, yet, Meet the Press apparently stopped asking after being turned down by its top two choices.
This week, Meet the Press appears to have heeded the criticism they received. They announced yesterday that their guests this Sunday will be two Democratic Iraq war critics, Sens.-elect Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jim Webb (D-VA).
On election day, ThinkProgress posted audio of right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham urging her listeners to obstruct efforts to protect voting rights by jamming a free voter protection hotline.
Yesterday in a Senate Judiciary Commmittee hearing, Pat Leahy (D-VT) asked Wan Kim, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, whether his department would be investigating Ingraham’s phone jamming. Kim said Ingraham’s actions sounded like a “voter fraud scheme,” but that they didn’t fall under his division’s responsibilities, which cover “voter access.” Watch it:
(HT: Glenn Greenwald)
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