Dr James Holsinger, president Bush's nominee for Surgeon General, has an established track record, including writings, stating a belief that gays are unnatural and that gay sex is unhealthy.
The troop surge in Iraq is not scheduled to be fully deployed and effective until just a few weeks before Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to tell Congress and the president whether the surge is working. There is some debate as to whether the offer of reporting in September is disingenuous on the part of the administration.
According to the written testimony of James Comey, vice president Cheney's office and Cheney himself, waded into the Justice Department's internal struggles over the legality of the domestic wiretapping program. It is further alleged that Cheney blocked the promotion of a justice department lawyer responsible for the dissent.
Several key provisions of the bi-partisan immigration deal are under assault from amendments being considered in the Senate this week.
Maverick Republican candidate, Representative Ron Paul of Texas, announced his belief that U.S. intervention in the Gulf, particularly Iraq, is about protecting the interests of the oil industry. He went on to criticize the tax breaks and other subsidies the U.S. gives to the oil industry.
Several candidates in the Republican field are considering a pardon for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was sentenced this week to 30 months for perjuring himself during the Valerie Plame / CIA leak case.
Yes, you read that right. Rep Rick Boucher, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has introduced legislation making the EPA the sole decider on what the greenhouse gas emission regulations should be, if there will be any at all.
On Monday, presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and John McCain debated the immigration issue in immigration sensitive Florida.
Leading the charge to get Fred Thompson's campaign off the ground is George P Bush, Texas real estate developer and nephew of the president. Bush sent out a fundraising letter seeking donations to kick off the campaign by funding the exploratory committee.
Just six weeks ago, the Democratic leadership in Congress enjoyed a 24% lead over the Bush administration in approval ratings, now the lead has vanished: Not because Bush has risen, but because they have fallen.
In concert with the presidents calls for the leading industrialized nations to introduce voluntary curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, the White House claims that while the U.S. economy has grown 10% since 2001, greenhouse gas emissions have risen only 1.6%. They claim this is better than the 8%/5% seen in Europe. That is a false claim representing typically bad administration science.
U.S. president George W Bush, seemingly immune to diplomatic subtlety, will be meeting with Vladimir Putin as part of the G8 summit this week and then will proceed to Poland and the Czech Republic for meetings about his planned missile shield. This after a political firestorm has erupted over Russian missile testing and the targeting of European cities/bases by Russian missiles.
According to the 2nd in command of U.S. troops in Iraq, Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno, an estimated four-fifths of the insurgents are thought willing to join the political process. In response to this belief, the U.S. military is looking to reach out and establish a cease-fire.
The CIA is interfering with Plame's efforts to publish a memoir including what amounts to attempts to un-out her. Some of her service records were unclassified as part of the leak for which Scooter Libby is going to jail. Now, as she prepares to publish a memoir, the CIA is looking to re-classify those documents.
Former Senator from Tennessee, and 'Law and Order' star, Fred Thompson is looking more and more likely to enter the crowded Republican field for the presidential nomination. If elected, expect his administration's foreign policy to resemble that of the current administration.