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Gonzales Plans Annual Political Reviews For U.S. Attorneys

A new development from the Attorney scandal is almost impossible to believe, but I've seen it from two different sources now; so, I'm passing it on to you. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is planning to conduct annual reviews for the various U.S. Attorneys, like the eight recently fired, in which they will discuss complaints against them from politicians.

Injured US Civilians In Iraq Face Denied Claims

The LA Times has uncovered a pattern of civilians returning from Iraq with mental illnesses, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, that are being systematically denied for insurance claims to cover their treatment.

Microsoft Lobbying NYS To Change Election Law

Microsoft has some issues with the Election Law in New York State and is looking to make some changes through a massive lobbying effort.

Deal Struck On Immigration Bill

Left for dead, the Immigration bill apparently can't be counted out after all. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have announced that a deal has been struck to bring the bill back to the floor.

Gonzales Uses Interim Appointments Against Congressional Wishes

Both houses of Congress passed a bill that has been sitting on Bush's desk since June 4th that would eliminate the ability of the Attorney General to make interim appointments to the U.S. Attorney positions. While it awaits the president's signature, Gonzales is going ahead an making appointments.

'Shield' For Bloggers Under Attack From Bush Administration

Part of the proposed Free Flow Of Information Act would shield bloggers from having to reveal their sources to authorities. The Bush Administration is opposed to the idea.

U.S. Preparing For Cyber-War

In the face of growing threats to the nation's Internet infrastructure from other nations, China in particular, the U.S. military is establishing a 'cyber command centre' to fight any future wars in Cyberspace.

Congress To Push Ethanol Production

A bill in congress, with bipartisan support, will look to increase Ethanol production in the U.S. to six times its current levels. This despite the fact that the diverting of corn into Ethanol production is already driving food prices higher at a rate faster than inflation.

Gun Control Legislation Winding Through Congress

The House passed a bill yesterday that seeks to shore-up existing gun control measures to make them more effective. The Senate is expected to follow suit. All this with the support of the NRA.

Investigation Of Attorney Firings Draws Subpoenas Of Bush Staffers

Congress has subpoenaed former presidential legal counsel Harriet Miers and political director Sara Taylor to testify before committees investigation the firing of federal prosecutors.

Immigration Bill Down But Not Out

Tuesday, president Bush went to the capitol to speak to Senate Republicans about the immigration bill. Now we have news that a bipartisan group of Senators are working to overhaul the legislation in hopes of getting it passed.

Google To Make Privacy Concessions

Under pressure from European leaders, Google is looking to change it's privacy policies to limit the amount of time it retains search data.

Democrats Plan More Iraq Hurdles

While admitting that the Democratic party promised more than it could deliver when it said it would end the war, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went on to say that Democrats are working through a series of options to reign in the president on Iraq ahead of the September deadline for a crucial report on the progress of the war.

Oil Forecasts Point To Higher Gas Prices

World demand for oil is rising faster than predicted, and world output is growing slower than predicted. The basic rules of supply and demand say that we're in for higher gas prices, maybe a lot higher.

Driver Fined $1,000 For Vegetable Oil

North Carolina has fined a driver $1,000 for using vegetable oil to power is 1981 Mercedes. Their reason: not paying taxes on motor fuel.

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