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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Enough to make a guy drink...

Looks like Bush's week is headed to the dumper again. Here's a sampler so far, and its only half-time.

Three associates of Jack Abramoff say he was bragging about his close ties to the White House. But didn't Bush say he didn't know the guy?

According to one of the three former associates, frequently Abramoff's cell phone would ring and the lobbyist would tell the associate that the White House was calling. To prove that he wasn't making up what he was telling the associate, Abramoff occasionally would hold up the phone so that the associate could see the incoming call was indeed a White House phone number.
And on the same tack, yet another GOP guy has been hit with corruption charges. Tom Noe, is accused of stealing millions from the Ohio Workers' Compensation investment program that he managed.

Howard Dean is taking on the White House and calling for Cheney's resignation if in fact it is determined that he instructed Scooter Libby to leak confidential information for political purposes. I don't know why it wouldn't be, as Libby has supposedly already told this to the prosecutors. My question is if Cheney ordered the leaking of national secrets, why settle for resignation? Shouldn't he be prosecuted?

And now there is a Republican Congressman, Peter Hoekstra, saying that the illegal domestic spying program may be of no value because of the news about it. But not because Bush essentially told the Congress and the nation that he was in charge, he was going to do this and we could all go fuck ourselves if we didn't like it. No, Hoekstra is still defending Bush on this one - it's only valueless because Al-Qaeda will have already changed their tactics. However, Bush is now challenging Congress and the Constitution over an issue that is bankrupt.

Meantime, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the eavesdropping program should not continue "unabated without any review."

The intelligence committees of Congress should demand to know, in secret session, what the administration is doing, said Biden. He said he supports a proposal by the committee chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., to have the FISA court review the eavesdropping program and decide whether it is legal.

"We cannot say to a president, 'Mr. President, whatever you want to do, under any circumstances, tap anything, and you don't even have to tell us what you're doing.' That is bizarre," Biden said on ABC's "This Week."

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