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No Recess

By on 1.5.06 | 8:24AM

Word was leaking out late Tuesday that Wednesday would be "Recess Appointment Day." The list of who received a "Get Out of Filibuster Hell Free" card isn't so interesting as who was left off the list. There are men and women far more qualified for their nominated positions than Julie Myers who were left off the recess appointment list. The White House has some explaining to do on that front, and we'll leave it at that.

More troubling is the White House's seeming inability to stock some of the critical commission seats. For example, in this round of recess appointments, the White House finally sat two Federal Election Commissioners. Yet 1600 Penn still has not put forward the name of a Republican nominee to the Federal Communications Commission, where chairman Kevin Martin has been balancing policy changes with a 2-2 (including himself) commission split for months.

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Another Myers, Same Story

By on 1.5.06 | 7:41AM

As Jed mentioned last night, President Bush recess nominated Julie Myers last night as head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In short, it stinks. As Michelle Malkin extensively reported last year, there's no indication that she's particularly well qualified to lead the 12,000-strong law enforcement organization besides her knowledge of export controls. This isn't the Bolton nomination -- in which petty partisanship held up an important post -- but a nomination that deserved to be held up.

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Recess Appointments

By on 1.4.06 | 6:45PM

Roll Call is reporting that the president may announce a number of recess appointments tonight or tomorrow. Included among them are some, such as Julie Myers, nominated for chief of the Immgration and Customs Enforcement.branch of the Department of Homeland Security, who is criticized as unqualified by experience. Her case is unclear. But there are a whole bunch that aren't.

There are too many important positions left unfilled for the most petty of political reasons. Such as Deputy Defense Secretary-nominee Gordon England. The president should have made these appointments long before. Now's as good a time as any.

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More Erroneous Front Pages

By on 1.4.06 | 2:04PM

Dave,

There's nothing that says they couldn't have simply said, "Hoping". This whole thing was indicative of the media's need to come up with the story first, rather than deal with checking their facts. You can blame them, as honest a mistake as it may have been -- the mentality is completely wrong.

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Moran and Murtha, Best Friends Forever?

By on 1.4.06 | 1:16PM

Well, at least they're political allies with MoveOn.org. This email just came in.

Tomorrow, Thursday January 5th, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) will hold a town hall meeting in Arlington, VA. The meeting will feature Congressman John P. Murtha (D-PA) discussing the war in Iraq.

Congressman Murtha turned the debate over Iraq on its head last month when he issued a call for redeployment of troops from Iraq. Murtha is a decorated Vietnam veteran and one of the most respected members of Congress on military matters. He had been a supporter of the war in Iraq since before the invasion in 2003 but now is the most visible advocate for troop redeployment.

The town hall meeting is open to the public and Congressman Moran has extended a special invitation to MoveOn members in his district and nearby.

What: Iraq Town Hall Meeting With Congressman Jim Moran: "The Road Ahead in Iraq Featuring Congressman John P. Murtha"

When: Thursday, January 5th, 2005 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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More Erroneous Front Pages

By on 1.4.06 | 1:09PM

Newspapers went to bed across the country last night as the West Virginia mine worker story unfolded, and USA Today wasn't the only one to celebrate early. Mediabistro scans pages and finds even the L.A. Times mixed it up with their late deadline. But don't blame the papers in this case -- they went with whatever story they had at their deadline. And with later and online editions, they can quickly correct the misinformation.

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Our Hearts Go Out

By on 1.4.06 | 9:32AM

To the poor families who were yet so close to regaining their loved ones, only to find that the inverse casualty rate was true: one miner survived being trapped inside a coal mine, while the other twelve are confirmed dead.

USA Today made the unfortunate error of going to print too early -- an honest mistake, but one that'll be difficult to live down. Much is being made of those three hours in which the miners were thought to have survived, and the hope it gave families. Let us pray that for them, the hope hasn't died with the newspaper headlines.

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Pelosi’s Gambit

By on 1.4.06 | 8:59AM

It now appears -- based on this morning's NYT report -- that House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and her staff have been part of the leaking crew on the NSA story. In having her letter to the then-head of the NSA declassified, Pelosi has been able to keep the NSA story alive, and even furthered it a bit. Parts of her letter were redacted due to national security concerns, yet the Times was able to find "sources" familiar with the full letter able to confirm what the redacted areas dealt with. Gee, a classified letter between Nancy Pelosi and the head of the NSA, who might know what the redacted sections involve, and who could the source be who talked to the NYT?

According to a Pelosi aide based in California, the House Democrat is cooperating with the NYT on several fronts on the NSA story: "She hopes there will be a series of two or three more articles she can help them generate," says the source. "She believes the American people have the right to know what their government is doing."

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