Sen. Evan Bayh on Saturday ended his White House bid while 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards finalized plans to get in, fast-paced jockeying in a Democratic race under the shadow of two unannounced candidates.
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The Pentagon called them "among the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth," sweeping them up after Sept. 11 and hauling them in chains to a U.S. military prison in southeastern Cuba. Since then, hundreds of the men have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to other countries, many of them for "continued detention." And then set free.
Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana announced on Saturday he will not seek the presidency in 2008, saying he believes the odds of a successful run were too great to overcome.
"At the end of the day, I concluded that due to circumstances beyond our control the odds were longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue," Bayh said in a statement. "This path — and these long odds — would have required me to be essentially absent from the Senate for the next year instead of working to help the people of my state and the nation."
Sen. Tim Johnson was experiencing post-surgery swelling in his brain Friday, but his doctors said his recovery was still encouraging. They said he would remain hospitalized until the swelling went down.
The South Dakota Democrat, who suffered a brain hemorrhage Wednesday, remained in critical but stable condition Friday, just short of three weeks before the new Senate is to convene with his party holding control by a single vote.
Watch for a particularly hot potato to land in the Democrats’ lap soon after they take over Capitol Hill — the Pentagon’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy on gays and lesbians in the military.
Rep. Marty Meehan, a Massachusetts Democrat, intends to hold hearings early next year on reversing the 13-year-old policy, which essentially permits homosexuals to serve as long as they do not disclose their sexual orientation.
While November’s election disheartened conservatives, the bigger picture should look much brighter.
To see it, they need to look past which party narrowly controls Congress and recognize the prolonged period of narrow control itself. America has entered into a period of unprecedented partisan balance — one of marginal majorities — in which political power is now exceptionally precarious.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the public face of an unpopular, failed war, said goodbye to the Pentagon on Friday in a hypocrticial sendoff featuring praise from President Bush, the man who fired him the day after the election.
Rumsfeld, defiant to the end, defended to the end the mission that cost him his job.
Combative to the last, Rumsfeld took a slap at advocates of withdrawing U.S. troops from the war, now in its fourth year with more than 2,900 Americans dead.