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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Harriet Miers steps down as White House counsel

Harriet Miers, President Bush’s failed Supreme Court nominee and longtime adviser, on Thursday submitted her resignation as White House counsel.

White House press secretary Tony Snow said the president reluctantly accepted her resignation, which takes effect Jan. 31. He said a search for a successor is under way.

Bush nominated Miers in October 2005 to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, but she dropped out under fire from conservatives who questioned her qualifications and would not support her.

Asked why she was leaving, Snow said: “Basically, she has been here six years.”

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Pelosi’s day to shine

The spotlight belonged to Nancy Pelosi on Thursday as she became the first woman in U.S. history to stand at the head of the House of Representatives, second in line to the presidency.

Pelosi, a 66-year-old Democrat, aimed to introduce herself to America not just as the San Francisco liberal decried by Republicans, but also as an Italian-American Catholic, mother of five and native of gritty Baltimore, where her father was mayor.

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Nancy Pelosi: The new sheriff in the House

Jubilant Democrats on Thursday elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the first woman speaker of the House, the crowning celebration of newfound power the party won in the November electoral sweep.

“I accept this gavel in the spirit of partnership, not partisanship, and look forward to working with you on behalf of the American people,” Pelosi said. “In this House, we may belong to different parties, but we serve one country.”

Both Democrats and Republicans pledged cooperation despite years of bitter partisanship and gridlock, to try to get the 110th Congress off on a productive note.

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The increasing madness of King George

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?

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U.S. tries to distance itself from Saddam hanging

The United States said it told Iraq it was concerned about the timing and procedures for Saddam Hussein’s execution before he was hanged, but insisted the former dictator got justice.

As the row sparked by a video of Saddam being taunted at the gallows raised new questions about the Iraqi government’s capacity to forge reconciliation, top US officials tried to refocus debate on Saddam’s crimes.

“He got justice,” White House spokesman Tony Snow said.

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Most cities still unprepared for terrorist attacks

More than five years after the September 11 attacks, most major US cities have yet to fully establish a system allowing emergency services to quickly communicate with each other after a disaster, a US government report said.

The Homeland Security Department report came more than five years after the 2001 terror strikes against Washington and New York showed communications problems between fire, police and medical officials.

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Sheehan takes war protest to Democrats

Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and about a dozen other peace protesters demonstrated at the House of Representatives to urge Democrats to aggressively investigate the war in Iraq.

“De-escalate! Investigate! Troops home now!” Sheehan and the other protesters chanted at Democratic leaders in the House Cannon Office Building, who had assembled for a press conference on their agenda as they prepare to take power Thursday.

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Suddenly, everyone’s a fiscal conservative

My heavens. President Bush and the Democrats have begun the new Congress preaching from the same page — restraining spending and balancing the budget.

It is an unfamiliar sermon for them both. Bush did nothing for six years to stop the reckless overspending of his fellow Republicans and the Democrats, who could say anything they liked while in the minority, but now have to make good on their words now that they are in the majority.

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When advice is neither needed nor wanted

The other day I heard about a man whose family history was riddled with colon cancer. His father and uncles and other relatives all had suffered from the disease, and it was clear that he, too, had that genetic disposition. When he and his new wife decided they wanted to have children, they were naturally concerned.

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