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"Democratic leaders have decided for now against implementing the one measure that would affect them most directly: a wholesale reorganization of Congress to improve oversight and funding of the nation's intelligence agencies. Instead, Democratic leaders may create a panel to look at the issue and produce recommendations, according to congressional aides and lawmakers."The Commission wanted Congress to give more power to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. They wanted the Committees to help shape the nation's intel policies.
"How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq.During the campaign, Mr Webb wore a pair of his son's combat boots at his appearances. (WaPo)
"I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President," Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.
"That's not what I asked you," Bush said. "How's your boy?"
"That's between me and my boy, Mr. President," Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White House."
"The MPAA defines a home theater as any home with a television larger than 29" with stereo sound and at least two comfortable chairs, couch, or futon. Anyone with a home theater would need to pay a $50 registration fee with the MPAA or face fines up to $500,000 per movie shown."Wanna play critic and send them your review? Here's the MPAA's contact info. (Slashdot)
In Georgia, Rep. John Barrow (D) defeated Republican Max Burns by 864 votes out of more than 140,000 cast. In Wyoming, Rep. Barbara Cubin (R) beat Democrat Gary Trauner by about 1,000 votes out of nearly 200,000 cast.And a Republican incumbent also conceded Wednesday. Again from the Post:
Another Democratic pickup became official yesterday, when Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT) conceded to Joe Courtney (D) after a recount gave Courtney a 90-vote edge in the closest race in the country.Democrats trail in the five remaining House races.
TIME-LIFE operators, if you're reading this, could you make sure his subscription (left) gets forwarded? Yeah. That'd be great. (AP)
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"It's unclear whether or not Rudy Giuliani will be able to just 'explain away' the fact that he's consistently taken positions that are completely opposite to the conservative Republican base on issues they hold near and dear."Didn't one campaign just end a week ago today? We're already onto another one? (CNN)
"This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue." -- Comments in the Schiavo Memo from Senator Martinez's (R-FL) office, April, 2005The Schiavo case is often cited as the start of a decline in the polls for both President Bush and the Republican Party in Congress. (CNN/WaPo)
Reid called funding for construction of a bridge over the Colorado River, among other projects, "incredibly good news for Nevada" in a news release after passage of the 2005 transportation bill. He didn't mention, though, that just across the river in Arizona, he owns 160 acres of land several miles from proposed bridge sites and that the bridge could add value to his real estate investment.The $18 million bridge is expected to boost real estate prices in the region. (LAT)
"Why so little fanfare? Could it have been because the humanities honorees included Middle East scholars-turned-Bush advisers Fouad Ajami and Bernard Lewis, whose views helped get us into Iraq in the first place?"
Rep Gibbons won the Nevada Governors race in last Tuesday's elections. (Las Vegas Sun)
Metro Police have subpoenaed telephone records of Republican Gov.-elect Jim Gibbons, political strategist Sig Rogich and other witnesses in the investigation into allegations that Gibbons assaulted a woman and tried to force himself on her sexually.
Home and cell phone records of everyone who was drinking with Gibbons and Rogich at McCormick & Schmick's restaurant before the Oct. 13 alleged assault on Chrissy Mazzeo were among the records subpoenaed, sources close to the investigation told the Sun.
Others at the restaurant whose records were subpoenaed, the sources said, include Mazzeo's friend, Pennie Puhek, and two women, Georganne Bradley and Michelle Diegel, who work in a law firm that shares a Hughes Center suite with Rogich's public relations company.
"I salute your courageous leadership that changed the national debate and helped make Iraq the central issue of this historic election. It was surely a dark day for the Bush Administration when you spoke truth to power." -- Rep Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), quoted in the Washington Post
“Bob Sherwood’s seat [in Pennsylvania] would have been overwhelmingly ours, if his mistress hadn’t whined about being throttled,” said Mr Norquist. Any lessons from the campaign? “Yes. The lesson should be, don’t throttle mistresses.”
So far, Democrats control both chambers in 21 states, while Republicans control 15 and 9 were split between the two parties....
"...the DCCC and DSCC are throwing election-watch parties tonight at the Hyatt Regency for victorious (they presume) Democrats.".