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GOP Senators Push Bush Toward Bipartisan War Effort

Several months after its release and casual dismissal by the president, several GOP senators are urging the president to reconsider the recommendations of the report authored by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.

Surgeon General Nominee Considers Gays Unnatural

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.

Surge Not Fully Effective Until Just Before Report Due

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.

Cheney Interfered In Justice Department Over Wiretapping Issue

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.

Fragile Immigration Deal Facing Killer Amendments In Senate Votes

Several key provisions of the bi-partisan immigration deal are under assault from amendments being considered in the Senate this week.

Ron Paul: It Had To Do With Oil

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.

Republican Candidates Considering Libby Pardon

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.

iPhone To Be Open Platform?

During a Q & A session at the D conference, Steve Jobs has gone on record reversing months of statements by saying that Apple is working to make the platform accessible to 3rd Party Developers.

Congress Working To Block State Greenhouse Gas Regulations

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.

Surge Coming Up Short

According to an internal assessment, Bush's surge in Iraq, intended to secure Baghdad has come up well short with the military in control of only one-third of the city after three months of work.

Republican Immigration Infighting Continues

On Monday, presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and John McCain debated the immigration issue in immigration sensitive Florida.

Bush and Cheney Backers Move To Thompson

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.

Democratic Leadership Squanders Party's Good Will

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.

White House Makes False Greenhouse Gas Reduction Claims

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.

Bush To Snub Putin

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.

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