The Spectacle Blog
Keep an eye on Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) this week as he challenges earmarks on the Agriculture Appropriations Bill on the House floor.
The House appropriations "cardinals" are still placing earmarks into the committee reports without revealing who requested them. There are over 400 in this bill. In other words, not a thing has changed in the House.
Just got back from a speech at the Heritage Foundation by Mike Pence, on immigration.I really think he has the answer. I'll post a much lengthier commentary on it in about an hour, but for now let me just note that it combines the best parts of the House border-control act with the Krieble FOundation proposal I've touted here several times.
And let me also note this: Pence was very impressive. I'm sure that if he ran for president, for instance, a lot of Americans would welcome his candidacy. Just an observation, not an endorsement.
The New York Times, the Washington Post and law professor Jonathan Turley are suffering a severe case of nerves about Attorney General Gonzales's statement that the law may require prosecution of reporters who publish government secrets. Today's WaPo editorial refers, again, to the wrong part of the law in the growing hysteria about the libs idea that the Bush administration is trying to violate the First Amendment and do something the law has never allowed. (Hat tip to the PowerLine guys for a reminder on what's really the law).
The law that governs the James Risen - NSA terrorist surveillance leak situation is 18
(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes,
The AP reports that former Democratic senator, treasury secretary and vice-presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen has died. He wasn't a conservative, but he was one of the old-style, gentlemanly, public-spirited, moderate Democrats whose kind are sorely missed these days. May he rest in the Lord's peace, and may his family know the Lord's grace.
ABC News' "The Note" wonders what Karl Rove was doing in the airport in Chicago last week. The question no doubt sent three-quarters of the Daily Kos-sacks into a tizzy. After all, Joe Wilson scandal prosecutor Pat Fitzgerald is based there.
It is true that sometimes you're at the airport for a secret meeting to determine who the Supreme Court nominee will be later this summer to replace Justice Ginsburg.
Sometimes you're at the airport to plot how best to rig ballot machines to give your party landslide victories in an election year when your party is supposed to lose both the House and the Senate.
But sometimes you're at the airport just because your connecting flight happens to be there ... at an airport. Where planes take off and land. We know it's a difficult concept.