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Remember the elections of 2006? That sweeping victory of protest against the republicans? Pelosi and Reid were supposed to give them hell, no more vacationing rubber stamp Congress? Apparently the exit polls weren’t the only thing we got wrong in that election. The Senate let by Democrat In Name Only Harry Reid, has passed a FISA bill that would allow for telecom immunity and the president has called on the house to agree to it. The bill had large bi-partisan support, specifically surrounding the telcom immunity issue. (more…)

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As we reported two days ago, the CIA has admitted to the use of waterboarding. However, they qualified it by saying they’ve only used it on three high value detainees and not again over the last five years. Mike McConnell the intelligence director was quick to point out though, that waterboarding still remained in the CIA’s arsenal and the president could approve its use. Yesterday, the White House weighed in on this saying that waterboarding was in fact legal, and the President was ready to sign off on it if needbe. This afternoon, questions have arisen about the legality of Waterboarding, who used it, when it was used, and the CIA tapes that showed it in what is beginning to look more like a political game of three card monty by the hour. (more…)

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While the president was vacationing at his ranch over the winter holiday, he signed into law the Open Government Act. This law is designed to force the government to cooperate better with the existing Freedom of Information Act, where requests for information take months or even years before they get a response if the Administration or other government official doesn’t want to give up the information. President Bush loudly opposed this bill, which would ostensibly force our most secretive president to offer up more information. Even though he signed the bill, he is now already undermining it just a month later, by trying to render useless the office designated to speed up compliance under the requirements of the Open Government Act. (more…)

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Well it’s been one hell of a Monday, and it will only get better. Tonight, as you know is the State of the Union, which will be the closing act in a day of political theater, perhaps yet unmatched in this campaign season and indeed this year. We’re going to run down all the acts of today’s great play on the flipside including, dueling Kennedy Endorsements, political rally’s on both sides of the isle, pre-SOTU speculation, and pre-Florida. Even with video in case you missed some of the action- (more…)

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Way back in June we reported on Russia saying that if the US built a missile shield in East Central Europe that they might be forced into a counter attack, training their weapons on those borders. Now the president is running into a bit of trouble going forward with this plan, Poland wants to wait for the results of the upcoming US elections and public opinion in both Poland and Czech Republic (where the shield would be located) is 70-80% opposed. An expert at the RAND corporation has commented that true to form, Bush has mishandled this whole thing from the beginning thinking he could slip it in under the radar.

“This [proposed radar base] project has not been, in my view, well handled from the beginning,” said F. Stephen Larrabee, a senior analyst at a U.S.-based nonprofit research organization RAND Corporation. “The basic problem is that the Bush administration didn’t realize how politically sensitive this issue was going to be, and didn’t realize the many ways Poland and the Czech Republic have become more ‘Europeanized’ … [where] public opinion has gotten more important,” he said. “They used to be authoritarian countries, and the Bush administration thought they could do this behind the scenes.”

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President Bush vetoed the sweeping 2008 defense bill after concerns were raised by Iraq over one provision that would freeze Iraqi assets in US financial institutions. The Iraqi government threatened to pull the $20-30 billion it currently has in US financial institutions if the provision were to become law. Now, democrats are contending that the president cannot pocket-veto while congress is in session and may override if the veto is seen to be legitimate. (more…)

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During our New Year’s hiatus, the folks at TPM Muckraker put together this list of Bush Administration officials who have faced some type of scandal over the past year. It is the only 2007 wrap up that we’ve enjoyed and we thought we’d share it with you.

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