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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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McCainiacs

By on 1.4.06 | 8:39AM

We've reported on several occasions about Sen. John McCain's early forays into the 2008 Presidential race, and make no mistake, he is putting the pieces in place for a run. He's been holding fundraisers across the country, with some success, but certainly not at a level you expect from a politician with a national following.

McCain has also been creating media events for himself, whether it be with congressional hearings on steroids in sports or the embarrassing lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his associates with the 5th Amendment assertions the media loves to play over and over on TV.

McCain has been particularly bloodthirsty when it comes to the Abramoff scandal, and one has to wonder why, particularly since he has not been hesitant to reach out to some of Abramoff's former clients to sign them up as prospective charter members of his 2008 campaign's version of the Bush campaign's "Ranger" fundraising program.

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Scared?

By on 1.4.06 | 7:38AM

The NYT is, at least of the prospect that the crimes committed in leaking to their reporters -- and those of the WaPo -- will be investigated and the leakers punished. In one of their editorials today, the Times tries to pull the same stunt that Chuckie Schumer tried yesterday.

First, they say that it's different when someone rats out the White House than when someone in the White House, for political reasons, strikes at someone illegally. Which, of course, is not at all what happened in the revelation of Valerie Plame's employment. But the Times wants us to believe that pure-hearted whistleblowers should be protected even from investigation so long as they are leaking information that is damaging to the president. Balderdash.

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