Headlines in the New York Times the past 24 hours read “A Donor’s Gift Soon Followed Clinton’s Help” and “Richardson Withdraws as Commerce Nominee”. This won’t make the Times, but yours truly used to write and deliver personal $100 checks to be bundled with similar checks for a cranberry industry lobbyist to donate to Massachusetts state legislators.
No matter what you think of the current conflict between the Israelis and Hamas, it is clear that neither side seems willing to give even a little. Israel’s ability to outweigh Hamas in its attacks by what looks like a 15 to 1 margin may be justifiable in the face of rocket attacks from Gaza and Hamas’ refusal to accept Israel’s right to exist, but it will not end the conflict.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson abandoned his nomination to become commerce secretary under pressure of a grand jury investigation into a state contract awarded to his political donors — an investigation that threatened to embarrass President-elect Barack Obama.
Richardson insisted he would be cleared in the investigation and Obama stood by the governor as an "outstanding public servant." But both men said it has become clear that a grand jury probe would not be finished in time for Richardson’s confirmation hearings and could keep him from filling the post in a timely matter.
Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s Cabinet process and the second "pay-to-play" investigation that has touched Obama’s transition to the presidency. The president-elect has remained above the fray in both the case of arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the New Mexico case.
President George W. Bush will be judged on what he did. He will also be remembered for what he’s like: a fast-moving, phrase-mangling Texan who stays upbeat even though his country is not.
For eight years, the nation has been led by a guy who relaxes by clearing brush in scorching heat and taking breakneck bike rides through the woods. He dishes out nicknames to world leaders, and even gave the German chancellor an impromptu, perhaps unwelcome, neck rub. He’s annoyed when kept waiting and sticks relentlessly to routine. He stays optimistic in even the most dire circumstances, but readily tears up in public. He has little use for looking within himself, and only lately has done much looking back.
Bush’s style and temperament are as much his legacy as his decisions. Policy shapes lives, but personality creates indelible memories — positive and negative.
Call it distinctly Bush.
On a typical weekday, close to 2 million people commute to the nation’s capital, snarling the highways and packing subway trains and buses during peak hours.
Now imagine doubling, or tripling, that for the inauguration.
"I don’t want in any way to discourage anyone," said District of Columbia City Administrator Dan Tangherlini. "I just don’t want them to come and be completely shocked by what they find."
Political Prisoner Hugo Pinell To Have Parole Hearing on January 17
–Kiilu Nyasha, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Dan Berger call for support
by Hans Bennett