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Israeli Succession Struggle

By on 1.5.06 | 9:43AM

The power plays among Ariel Sharon's possible successors have already begun. One Israeli correspondent e-mailed this morning that Sharon is close to death and isn't likely to make it. His temporary successor, Ehud Olmert, is already attracting intense fire. Stay tuned. This will be a prolonged and important change. The only short-term beneficiaries will be the Palestinians, who will now claim they have no "peace partner" in Israel, and will return to higher levels of violence almost immediately.

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Re: No Recess

By on 1.5.06 | 9:00AM

Prowler,

I wonder if Bush's neglect in taking advantage of recess appointments was part of a larger plan to make the Democrats look even worse. For example, by putting off a nomination for the FCC, the Republicans will have an opportunity to stomp the Dems for being obstructionist.

Of course, that's my interpretive optimism speaking. They could just be lazy, as the record might show.

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Justice DeLayed

By on 1.5.06 | 8:32AM

You read it here first before the Christmas Recess that the House GOP was looking to cut the cord on Suspended in Animation Leader Tom DeLay. It was the cocktail chatter at the St. Michael's Island retreat after Thanksgiving, and it continued throughout the December legislative session.

Rep. John Boehner has been putting himself in position to challenge for the leadership post for more than a year. Sources say that since January 2005, he has been holding weekly strategy sessions with a kitchen cabinet of advisers in Washington to discuss options, map out fundraising trips and commitments that best put him position for a run at leadership. "If we get a vote, we're ready to go," says one of the advisers. "We've been waiting for this for a while."

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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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