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Bandar Bush Kicks the Poodle

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The Guardian reports that Bandar allegedly threatened Tony Blair to force him to halt an investigation into BAE-related bribes of Bandar.
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Ode to Donna Edwards' Wheaties

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Both Silvestre Reyes and Harry Reid made good speeches today anticipating Bush's tired old attacks. Could it be that Donna Edwards' victory woke some people up?

Condi Ignores Doubts on the 16 Words

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Condi succeeded in dodging Robert Wexler's questions about Iraq intelligence. A pity, too, because she sure opened herself up for some doozy questions about the SOTU.

John Yarmuth (D-KY): 2006 Was About the Rule of Law

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John Yarmouth--who was elected in 2006--sounds like DFH blogger. While I disagree that 2006 wasn't about the war, I strongly agree with Yarmouth: Democrats were given control of Congress to reclaim the rule of law.

Conyers Has Gotten Cranky

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John Conyers begins to set up a legal paper trail to document his crankiness with the Unitary Executive.
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Will The House Honor Their Oath To Office, Or Follow The Senate's Lead And Cave To Fear?

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Some of us, okay, I am referring to myself, thought that FISA was cooked yesterday and that the fork might as well be stuck in. As I said in the last thread,...the House is putting on what appears to be a better showing than the Senate, but I have no doubt that it is all kabuki and the deal is done.
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House Oversight Committee Liveblog - Rocket's Red Glare

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A couple of people have inquired about a liveblog on the Clemens hearings. I was initially fairly uninclined to do that here because we usually deal with more important subjects. But I am fed up with FISA and the dereliction of duty of our Congress on that issue. I also have some time on my hands for a while today and think that there are many issues that really are important that are in play in the Clemens mess; so here we go.
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Roll Call--Then and Now

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We gained DiFi and Amy Kobuchar from the PAA vote. That's not so much.
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FISA: On to the House

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John Conyers reminds the Administration they're still sitting on all the documents relevant to FISA.
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FISA Liveblog And Trash Talk Thread Tuesday 2/12/08

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Another day, another sellout. Make a record. Because we are certainly going to be appealing what our Senate, and Congress, is doing to us and our Constitution by their cancerous and derelict actions on FISA.

George Bush's "Perfect Crime"

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Russ Feingold accuses George Bush of committing the "perfect crime."
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Don't Gag Ma Bell

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Congressman Dingell notes that the government continues to gag Ma Bell. Why should we give her immunity so long as Dick Cheney won't let her talk.

Why Bush Is So Desperate to Get Bradbury Approved

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Bush has traded 84 nominations in lieu of getting Steven Bradbury approved. But few people seem to understand why Bush is so desperate: So long as Bradbury remains at OLC, two things will happen. Bradbury effectively gives the Bush Administration carte blanche to break the law--and protection for having broken the law in the past. Since AG Mukasey won't prosecute anything that OLC (and therefore Steven Bradbury) has sanctioned, the Administration is guaranteed it can do what it wants so long as Bradbury is there.
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The NRCC Meltdown: An Introduction

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I haven't commented on the FBI investigation of the NRCC treasurer, Christopher Ward yet because, well, because this damn FISA bill is taking all my time. Top House Republicans were told in recent days that a former employee of their campaign committee may have forged an official audit during the contentious 2006 election cycle and that they should brace for the possibility that an unfolding investigation could uncover financial improprieties stretching back

FISA Debate and Votes

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Votes on two Feingold amendments.
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