With 3 years left to go, Bush is already losing his presidential super-powers; first a pullback on the Patriot Act:
Congress is moving to curb some of the police powers it gave the Bush administration after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, including imposing new restrictions on the FBI's access to private phone and financial records. A budding House-Senate deal on the expiring USA Patriot Act includes new limits on federal law enforcement powers and rejects the Bush administration's request to grant the FBI authority to get administrative subpoenas for wiretaps and other covert devices without a judge's approval.Then a rejection on the ANWR drilling:
And now a revolt on tax cuts to the wealthy:
House Republicans, after long hours scrounging for votes to pass their five-year budget, Wednesday night dropped a provision that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
A battle between House Republican conservatives and moderates over energy policy and federal anti-poverty and education programs left GOP leaders without enough votes to pass a budget measure they had framed as one of the most important pieces of legislation in years. Across the Capitol, a moderate GOP revolt in the Senate Finance Committee forced Republicans to postpone action on a bill to extend some of President Bush's most contentious tax cuts.Time to waddle back to Crawford, Mr. President.