Incoming Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is "leading" a delegation of three other Democrats and two Republicans on a "fact finding" mission to South America this week.
Because of the trip, Reid and the others will miss the funeral of former President Gerald Ford. The others are Robert Bennett, R-Utah; Kent Conrad, D-N.D.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Judd Gregg, R-N.H.; and Ken Salazar, D-Colo.
The trip has generated debate on both liberal and conservative web sites on whether or not the Senators should have cancelled or postponed the trip because of the Ford funeral.
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Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha found an unwanted present on the front page of The Washington Post on Christmas Day: A detailed investigative report on how he funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds into a not-for-profit run by one of his staff members.Read More
This, of course, does not sit well with Democratic activists who rally behind Murtha because of the Congressman's staunch opposition to the war in Iraq.
Writes Jonathan Weisman of The Post:
The tree downstairs in the living room is beautiful. Amy worked until after midnight wrapping the last of the gifts and getting everything in shape for family to arrive this afternoon.
Some fifty years ago, I would have scrambled down the steps in the pre-dawn hours, trying to beat my five other brothers and sisters to the tree to dive into the boxes and discover the joys that lay inside the wrapping.
A bunch of petty Democratic partisans got their tighty-whities in a bunch Thursday because this web site had the audacity to publish a news story about former Bill Clinton security advisor Sandy Berger's incredibly stupid and illegal stunt of removing classified documents, hiding them, and then having to retrieve them from a dumpster.
President George W. Bush has an instant remedy for anything that ails this nation or his failed administration.
In the days following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Bush urged Americans to "go about their business as usual" and "go to the malls" to show they weren't afraid of terrorists.
On Wednesday, Bush stood once again before the American people and told them to stop worrying about his war debacle in Iraq and "go shopping."
After voters overwhelmingly rejected President George W. Bush's illegal and failed war in Iraq, tossed out the corrupt Republican leadership of Congress and sent an strong message that things needed to change and change right away, it appears we're back on that same old dead-end road to a war that won't end and can't be won, led by a President who won't listen and aided and abetted by a Congress that won't stop him.
Vice President Dick Cheney Friday called departing Donald Rumsfeld "the greatest Secretary of Defense in history."
Honest. That's what the man said. Standing on the podium in a lavish going-away ceremony that seemed more like a coronation, Cheney heaped so much praise on Rumsfeld that I thought maybe I had missed the outgoing defense secretary's ascension to sainthood.
The Army's top general says U.S. troops are at their "breaking point" in Iraq and Afghanistan and the soonest he can get more battle-ready divisions on the ground is 2008.Read More
In the 10 days following release of the Iraq Study Group's report calling the Iraq war "grave and deteriorating" while recommending swift action to try and correct the many problems, 35 more American soldiers died along with more than 1,000 Iraqi civilians.
My gut tells me the President of the United States has become a cornered animal - wary of a party that has all but shunned him, distrustful of even his closest advisors, angry at an American public that has rejected him and fearful of his own inability to cope with his growing madness.
White House insiders tell me George W. Bush grows more sullen and moody with each passing day. His paranoia, they say, is increasing to manic levels as he launches into tirades about traitors in his own party, in the press and among his allies.