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21 June 2007 @ 02:33 pm
 
"The defining paradox of this presidency: How did a man who promised a change of tone in Washington preside over one of the most partisan and divisive periods in the country's history?... Here's where I find a disconnect: Bush's aides seem not to understand how Bush and Cheney's statements have poisoned the water."

'The secret campaign of President Bush's administration to deny global warming.'

Justice Dept. to probe political hirings.

THOR'S DAY NEWS:
* "There is growing evidence of high-level coordination between the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. military in developing abusive interrogation techniques used on terrorist suspects."
* "Iraq ranks as the world's second most unstable country."
* Ugh. Examining the future of the Roberts Court. Hope you weren't a fan of precedents or anything.
* "The House Oversight Committee is demanding that Vice President Cheney explain himself. Is his office part of the executive branch? Part of the legislative branch? Or is Cheney suggesting that as far as federal rules are concerned, his office essentially doesn't exist?"
* Passing the buck, literally? Administration plans to overhaul security at federal buildings called into question.
* Matt Frei on Bloomberg's gamble.
* Japan renames Iwo Jima.

Heh. Republicans learns that if you live by talk radio, you can die by talk radio.

Whoah. "Scientists in Chile are investigating the sudden disappearance of a glacial lake in the south of the country."
 
 
PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on June 21st, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
"The dual roles of Rove & Co. have given us the worst of both worlds — political operatives engaging in campaign activities on government time and high-level, government-paid staffers hiding behind political e-mail accounts to evade scrutiny of how their political aims factored in government agencies' work. And what do Rove and the Bush White House have to show for it in either policy accomplishments or electoral gains? Precious little. But they do leave behind a legacy of undermining the integrity of government."
Lord Multiplexer, King of Michiganmultiplexer on June 21st, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Cheney Power Grab: Says White House Rules Don't Apply to Him

Vice President Dick Cheney has asserted his office is not a part of the executive branch of the U.S. government, and therefore not bound by a presidential order governing the protection of classified information by government agencies, according to a new letter from Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to Cheney.

Bill Leonard, head of the government's Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), told Waxman's staff that Cheney's office has refused to provide his staff with details regarding classified documents or submit to a routine inspection as required by presidential order, according to Waxman.



So, uh, if he is not part of the Executive Branch per the Constitution, uh, what is he? Lord Dictator of America?
PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on June 21st, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
We need him, testifying, in front of the cameras and Congress, so we can have a truly McCarthy moment, when someone asks "are you freakin' serious?"
Mariademigoth on June 22nd, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
yes please
I don't understand how it couldn't just as easily be argued that BOTH sets of rules apply to him and his office.
Selkiselki on June 23rd, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Re: yes please
Right.

""As described in a letter from Chairman Waxman to the Vice President, the National Archives protested the Vice President's position in letters written in June 2006 and August 2006. When these letters were ignored, the National Archives wrote to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in January 2007 to seek a resolution of the impasse. The Vice President's staff responded by seeking to abolish the agency within the Archives that is responsible for implementing the President's executive order."

Whoah, I hadn't read/heard about the attempted abolishment before. I like Waxman's reply, though.
Strange Detractor: moonprofessorbooty on June 21st, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
...
I've always thought it was a serious breach of the principle of checks and balances to have the Vice President also act as President of the Senate.
PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on June 22nd, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
It was only a couple administrations ago that all the veep had to do was cast the tiebreaking vote in the senate and attend state funerals, and everyone was happy about that.
PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on June 21st, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
On the ground fighting al-Qaeda in Baquba.