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So much for “comity.” And “getting things done.” Vote fails 56-42. 3 Dems sided with GOP: – Landrieu, Nelson, Pryor. 656pm. Sen. Harry Reid on the floor: “We’re not here to filibuster Bolton, we’re here to get information.” 658pm Frist: It certainly sounds like a filibuster. It quacks like a filibuster. It does disappoint me…We […]
New developments in the case of murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh via AP (hat tip Tom Pechinski): Authorities have arrested two Chechen citizens in France and the Netherlands in connection with the November slaying of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, prosecutors said Thursday. One of the suspects was arrested May 18 in Tours, France […]
Hot political story of the day is out of the Volunteer State. Huge FBI corruption sting–dubbed “Operation Tennessee Waltz“–has resulted in the arrest of four state legislators, including the uncle of recently announced Dem U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford. State legislator John Ford apparently threatened to kill an undercover FBI agent. (Indictments posted in full […]
Via AP: The Democratic Party, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and two groups associated with the civil rights activist have agreed to pay a total of $200,000 in civil fines for campaign finance violations in the 2000 elections. At issue in the Federal Election Commission case was about $450,000 in election spending by Jackson, the Rainbow/PUSH […]
The latest on the Bolton nomination… – Senator Barbara Boxer is demanding more delay. Background here. – A cloture motion to limit debate on the nomination of Bolton to be the U.S. representative to the United Nations is scheduled for 6pm EST. It will take 60 votes to end the debate, so the Republicans will […]
Just in from AP: A former Wall Street trader who rejoined the Marines after the Sept. 11 attacks will not be tried on murder charges for killing two suspected Iraqi insurgents, a Marine general decided Thursday. Reuters adds: “After careful consideration of the Article 32 Investigative Report and of the autopsies, Maj. Gen. Huck has […]
Daily Kos and other liberal bloggers are claiming that newly-released FBI documents confirm Newsweek’s allegations regarding Koran-flushing (see “FBI: Newsweek was right“). It should be obvious to anyone who so much as glances at the documents being cited that the FBI was reporting the statements of detainees rather than endorsing or validating those allegations. Immediately […]
My new column on a just-published children’s book called “Rainbow Party” is up. USA Today’s coverage of the book–aimed at 14-year-olds–is here. So, what’s a rainbow party? Here’s the column intro: Here’s a rich irony: I’m writing today about a new children’s book, but I can’t describe the plot in a family newspaper without warning […]
BusinessWeek says Congress and the White House are inching toward a compromise on Social Security. Private accounts will not be part of the plan. Instead, the compromise would include (a) reducing the rate of growth in benefits paid to upper-income beneficiaries (as President Bush has suggested) and (b) sharply increasing taxes on upper-income taxpayers (i.e., […]
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Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is shifting his position on abortion, just as George H.W. Bush did prior to the 1980 election: Governor Mitt Romney said this week in a nationally published interview that he is ”in a different place” on abortion than at the time of his first run for public office in Massachusetts, when […]
When last we peeked in on the anarchists and anti-war moonbats at Indymedia, they were organizing superglue vandalism across the country. Their new stunt in the works? A national flag burning day. (Hat tip: Indymedia Watch.) So on this Fourth of July we call on you to express your feelings on their “Independence Day” by […]
Looks like Brooklyn College professor Timothy Shortell is off his meds again: A CUNY professor who called religious believers “moral retards” has gone on another Internet rant – calling himself a defiant “superman” and comparing religion to oppressive regimes. A firestorm erupted at Brooklyn College after the views of Timothy Shortell – elected to head […]
The latest Arbitron ratings (you know, the ones Al Franken says aren’t available to the public) show that Air Amerca continues to struggle. Don’t worry about Franken though. He has back-up plans. Related entries here.
The claim that Power Line failed to acknowledge the provenance of the Schiavo “GOP Talking Points” memo continues to be made even though it is demonstrably false. Note to Wall Street Journal editors: If you’re going to quote someone making an absurd attack on a blog, you might at least publish the blog’s correct URL. […]
Here’s the roll call from this afternoon’s vote, 81-18. Gerry Daly sez…”Those who were not signatories for the deal, but who voted for cloture now, deserve mockery.”
Oh yeah, there it is…today’s poisonous dose from Pulitzer Prize-winning liberal cartoonist David Horsey at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: For balance, recall this. And bookmark embedded reporter Michael Yon’s excellent blog.
Lots of readers e-mailing about new reports that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is wounded and possibly dying. Athena at Terrorism Unveiled writes: An al-Qa’ida website posted today that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been wounded and asked for Muslims to pray for his recovery. Just about a week ago, however, there was a report by an Iraqi […]
During an interview yesterday with Boston Globe editorial writers and columnists, John Kerry said he signed Form SF 180. The form will be sent to the U.S. Navy within the next few days. Globe columnist Joan Vennochi writes: During an interview yesterday with Globe editorial writers and columnists, the former Democratic presidential nominee was asked […]
As if the story weren’t horrible enough: The teenage monster accused of raping and burying that 8-year-old girl in Florida who was found alive in a landfill was here illegally. Despite numerous arrests for burglary and vandalism, no action was taken to deport him. According to the Palm Beach Post: Two years ago, [Milagro] Cunningham’s […]
Looks like federal prosecutors are ratcheting up the case against Larry Franklin. Prosecutors are expected to file new charges related to the classified documents allegedly found at Franklin’s West Virginia home, according to the New York Times.
As I’ve noted before, many (most?) of the 10 million blogs tracked by Technorati are computer-generated (aka “spam blogs”). AdLand notes, Seems there is a rather large boom in faux blogs lately. I mean blogs that have no real author, but are auto-generated somehow and geared to a very specific topic. I noticed that if […]
Thanks to reader/blogger Greg Martin for sending this graphic that says it all: *** Related: – Breaking: Filibuster compromise – Patterico makes a pledge – Round-ups: Joe Gandelman, Pardon My English, Conservative Outpost – More Photoshop-inion from Slublog: Frist as Chamberlain. – Captain Ed’s sober deconstruction of the deal and a vow: “Not One Dime […]
Press conference about to begin…Sen McCain et al. Sen. McCain: We are here, 14 Republicans and Democrats, to announce we have reached an agreement to try and avert a crisis…and pull the Senate back from the precipice..grateful for efforts of Sen. Frist and Sen. Reid…[singles out Sen. Byrd and Sen. Warner] vital to this process. […]
Via AP with a hat tip to Daly Thoughts: Radio host Al Franken, who is mulling a run against Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., in 2008, has purchased a town house on the edge of downtown Minneapolis and will establish residency in Minnesota. “It’s one of the things I need to do if I decide to […]