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“INSIDE WASHINGTON

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(Formerly The Great “Agronsky and Company”

MODERATOR:  MARK SHIELDS

WJLA TV PANEL:

COLBY KING, WASHINGTON POST;

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST;

EVAN THOMAS, NEWSWEEK;

NINA TOTENBERG, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

BROADCAST DATE:

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2010

9:00 AM

SENATOR-ELECT SCOTT BROWN (R-MA):  (From tape.)  I’m Scott Brown.  I’m from Wrentham and I drive a truck.

MR. SHIELDS:  This week on “Inside Washington,” a political knockout: a Republican wins Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat.

SENATOR-ELECT BROWN:  (From tape.)  People do not want the $1 trillion healthcare plan.

MR. SHIELDS:  So what happens to healthcare reform now?

REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH) [House Minority Leader]:  (From tape.)  This bill is dead.

MR. SHIELDS:  The Supreme Court reopens the money faucet in politics.  Corporate and union bucks are back big time.  President Obama calls for bank reform now.

PRES. BARACK OBAMA:  (From tape.)  If these folks want a fight, it’s a fight I’m ready to have.

MR. SHIELDS:  And what does Scott Brown’s victory mean for the election year ahead?

JAKE TAPPER:  (From tape.)  Interesting anniversary present for you guys from the voters.

DAVID AXELROD:  (From tape.)  I mean, admittedly, we would have preferred a cake.

RUSH LIMBAUGH:  (From tape.)  This is a stunning and for Democrats an ominous development.

(Musical break.)

MR. SHIELDS:  Hello.  I’m Mark Shields sitting in today for Gordon Peterson.  Republican Scott Brown drove a pickup truck fueled by voter anger and anxiety straight into Washington this week.  Brown beat Democrat Martha Coakley handily in the special election for Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat.  Within 24 hours of his victory, the healthcare reform bill in its current form was dying.  And another blockbuster story broke Thursday.  The Supreme Court struck down parts of the McCain-Feingold campaign law.  Corporate and union money will be back in the game big time and on the airwaves in this election year.  We’ll get to that in a minute but we want to start with Scott Brown, senator elect.

SENATOR-ELECT BROWN:  (From tape.)  What I’ve heard again and again on the campaign trail is that our political leaders have grown aloof from the people.  They’re impatient with dissent and comfortable in making backroom deals and we can do better.  (Applause.)

PRES. OBAMA:  (From tape.)  We were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are.

MR. SHIELDS:  When a Republican comes out of nowhere to win Ted Kennedy’s seat taking down healthcare in the process, it’s clearly cause for worry for the Democrats.  Evan, the president admits he lost touch with the voters.  What’s the message for him and for Democrats?

MR. THOMAS:  Be more honest.  He tried to finesse this.  Regular voters can figure out that if you’re going to extend healthcare to 40 million people you’re going to have to pay for it someway and they’re just not going to believe it if you say to them nothing will change, this will be okay, no problem for you. [Read more…]

Torture : For the Beltway Media, It’s All About Not Offending Charles Krauthammer

Mr. Rove’s Wild Ride

BY John Tully
October 8 2002
The Los Angeles Sun

Politics is not a pretty thing.

Look no further than this week in Washington D. C. Former Vice-president Albert Gore Jr. finally brought up the huge marsupial in the room. Criminy! folks, that’s gonna’ wake the whole herd up mate!

Senate Leader Tom Daschle, who seemed to have stashed his opinions in a lock box this summer finally blew his top on the Senate floor denouncing President Bush’s comment at a recent fundraiser that the “Senate” is more interested in “special interests” than in the Security Of Americans. That very same fundraiser pushed the President past Bill Clinton’s record of $126 million raised in one year and it’s only the last week of September.

Stepping right up to the plate this week was a small group of Senators who have been all too quiet this summer with any dissent of this administration’s dual War On Terrorism and Iraq. In fact the debate on war had bipassed “if” and went straight through to “when” and “who’s with us” by the time Mr. Gore finally cleared his throat Monday in San Francisco. Actual questions were raised about our effectiveness in toppling Saddam and how to proceed post-war in Iraq among others.

Sen. Robert Byrd paced and shook with disdain as he read Bush’s remarks from the newspaper on the senate floor. Sen. Daschle’s voice broke as he defended his colleagues, spoke of members who have served in the military and demanded an apology from the President. He also spoke of not politicizing the nation’s debate. It was a classic case of “too little,too late”

Back in June an internal G.O.P. playbook, authored by White House political strategist Karl Rove got into the hands of the opposition. The Powerpoint presentation suggested Republican candidates play up the “War” to keep the political dialogue on their side of the fence.The relative silence of the Democrats this summer only strengthened the resolve of the true hawks in the administration and a bipartisan resolution for war will almost definitely be passed by both houses. For GOP candidates however, the strategy might not pay off.

A new poll released this week shows that while the majority of Americans are for action against Iraq, three out of five want our allies to sign on. Colin Powell would like to go back to the Security Council soon with a joint resolution from the United States Congress and it looks as if he will have it. Unfortunately for the Republicans, this momentary truce focuses the debate back onto the domestic front where, as usual, it is the Economy…stupid.

Crikey! The bugger just ate his own heed!

Politics is not a pretty creature.

© 2002 The Los Angeles Sun

Online Poker, Fantasy Football, TMZ or a Reasonable Discussion of What Exactly Happened on 9/11?

I was alluding to the fact that people can spend hours investigating a succotash recipe or watch hours of mindless television or play video poker until the cows come home, eat and then go back

out but immediately scoff and mock a discussion of the worst attack on the U.S. in it’s history.

It’s disturbing.

Liberal architects investigating the World Trade Center Towers?

Please.

Judge Rules White House Aides Can Be Subpoenaed

August 1, 2008

WASHINGTON — President Bush’s top advisers must honor subpoenas issued by Congress, a federal judge ruled on Thursday in a case that involves the firings of several United States attorneys but has much wider constitutional implications for all three branches of government.

“The executive’s current claim of absolute immunity from compelled Congressional process for senior presidential aides is without any support in the case law,” Judge John D. Bates ruled in United States District Court here.

Unless overturned on appeal, a former White House counsel, Harriet E. Miers, and the current White House chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten, would be required to cooperate with the House Judiciary Committee, which has been investigating the controversial dismissal of the federal prosecutors in 2006.

While the ruling is the first in which a court has agreed to enforce a Congressional subpoena against the White House, Judge Bates called his 93-page decision “very limited” and emphasized that he could see the possibility of the dispute being resolved through political negotiations. The White House is almost certain to appeal the ruling.

It was the latest setback for the Bush administration, which maintains that current and former White House aides are immune from congressional subpoena. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to recommend that Karl Rove, a former top political adviser to President Bush, be cited for contempt for ignoring a subpoena and not appearing at a hearing on political interference by the White House at the Justice Department.

Although Judge Bates did not specifically say so, his ruling, if sustained on appeal, might apply as well to Mr. Rove and his refusal to testify.

The House has already voted to hold Ms. Miers and Mr. Bolten in contempt for refusing to testify or to provide documents about the dismissals of the United States attorneys, which critics of the administration have suggested were driven by an improper mix of politics and decisions about who should, or should not, be prosecuted.

Judge Bates, who was appointed to the bench by President Bush in 2001, said Ms. Miers cannot simply ignore a subpoena to appear but must state her refusal in person. Moreover, he ruled, both she and Mr. Bolten must provide all non-privileged documents related to the dismissals.

Ms. Miers and Mr. Bolten, citing legal advice from the White House, have refused for months to comply with Congressional subpoenas. The White House has repeatedly invoked executive privilege, the doctrine that allows the advice that a president gets from his close advisers to remain confidential.

In essence, Judges Bates held that whatever immunity from Congressional subpoenas that executive branch officials might enjoy, it is not “absolute.” And in any event, he said, it is up to the courts, not the executive branch, to determine the scope of its immunity in particular cases.

“We are reviewing the decision,” Emily Lawrimore, a White House spokeswoman, said. Before the decision was handed down, several lawyers said it would almost surely be appealed, no matter which way it turned, because of its importance.

Democrats in Congress issued statements in which they were quick to claim victory in the struggle with the administration over the dismissals of the federal prosecutors and other occurences in the Justice Department, and that they looked forward to hearing from the appropriate White House officials.

“I have long pointed out that this administration’s claims of executive privilege and immunity, which White House officials have used to justify refusing to even show up when served with congressional subpoenas, are wrong,” said Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Leahy’s House counterpart in the House had a similar reaction.

“Today’s landmark ruling is a ringing reaffirmation of the fundamental principle of checks and balances and the basic American idea that no person is above the law,” said Representative John D. Conyers, the Michigan Democrat who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

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