The California Senate became the “first state legislative body in the nation” to pass a resolution opposing Bush’s escalation plan. “Progressive political organizations are pushing statehouses across the country to approve resolutions opposing the proposed troop surge. Resolutions have been introduced in about 20 states.”
The Swiss ambassador to Iran informed American officials in 2003 that an Iranian proposal for comprehensive talks with the U.S. had been reviewed and approved by the highest levels of the Iranian government. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, then-President Mohammad Khatami, and then-Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi all signed off on the negotiations proposal.
“The number of waivers granted to Army recruits with criminal backgrounds has grown about 65 percent in the last three years, increasing to 8,129 in 2006 from 4,918 in 2003.”
At a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing yesterday on climate change, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) attacked what he called the “climate profiteers” — “companies who support economy-wide emissions limits to fight global warming.” Meanwhile, Sen. John Warner (R-VA), a “key swing vote” on the issue, said this about the testimony from corporate leaders who support emissions limits: “You’ve got my attention.”
The U.S. military has acknowledged that a Marine helicopter that crashed last week in northwest Baghdad was shot down, after initially denying that it was downed by insurgents. This incident marks seventh downing of a helicopter in the past month.
The chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq said that Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has left the country and is believed to be in Iran. But, an Iraqi government official claimed Sadr was in Iraq as recently as Tuesday night, when he received delegates from several government departments.
The New York Times reports that at least 24 conservatives in the House of Representatives are expected to vote for the anti-escalation resolution.
The White House is resisting a congressional request for Al Hubbard, the director of the National Economic Council, to testify about the administration’s fuel economy proposal. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI) plans to hold a hearing to discuss Bush’s plan to upgrade the federal fuel efficiency requirements for new passenger cars.
And finally: Happy Valentine’s Day! Political matchmaking sites are springing up to help you “find Mr. Right (or Ms. Left).” Sites like ActForLove.org help progressives find love, while ConservativeDates.com help conservatives. “It would get a little tiring if I had to sleep on the couch every time my girlfriend and I got into an argument over watching Fox News or listening to Air America,” said conservativematch.com user Michael Cunningham.
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