By DOUG THOMPSON
While the new Democratic leadership of Congress talks a good game about reform and the need to purge the corrupting influence of special interest money from politics, they cozy up to the same fatcat lobbyists who controlled the GOP-led Congress for the past 12 years.
Last week, some 200 well-heeled lobbyists and political action committee directors shelled out $1,000 each to rub elbows with the new Democratic congress - a repeat of a similar event Republicans staged in 1995 after they won control.
By DOUG THOMPSON
Good God. Is there not any part of our private lives left that George W. Bush's goon squads can't snoop into without a warrant?
In yet another of his infamous "signing statements" attached to a routine piece of postal legislation, Bush said his administration would twist the law to allow "in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances."
That means the feds can open your mail and mine, without a warrant, simply because Bush has decided he has the power to do so.
Just when I think President George W. Bush's hypocrisy or madness can't get any worse he proves me wrong.
On Wednesday, in both an Op Ed column in The Wall Street Journal and an appearance in the White House Rose Garden, Bush told Congress to cut out the pork and balance the budget.
Say what? Where the hell has this guy been for the last six years when Congress loaded up every spending bill it passed with massive pork barrel projects and sent the budget deficits to record levels?
President George W. Bush next week will propose sending up to 30,000 more American soldiers to Iraq as part of a "troop surge" program to try and bolster his failed policies in that civil war-ravaged country.
His ill-conceived plan means increasing casualties for American troops in a war where the death toll topped 3,000 at year's end along with many thousands more wounded and maimed.
As expected, the new Democratic leadership of Congress is less than thrilled with talk of troop surges and sending more Americans to die in an illegal war based on lies.
On Thursday, the new Democratic leadership of Congress must start proving it can live up to the promise that led to their return to power on Capitol Hill.
Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say they are "prepared to govern and ready to lead."
With the brutal hanging of Saddam Hussein in the pre-dawn hours Saturday, the transformation of the United States of America from world power to international exporter of terror is complete.
While one can argue that Hussein deserved to die for his many crimes against humanity, the question that history will ask is whether or not he deserved to die at the hands of a nation that invaded his country without provocation and orchestrated a trial to fulfill a political agenda of an American President who, himself, may be both a madman and greater threat to world peace.
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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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.