...From the Washington Post -
Bush Denies Congress Access to Aides
President Bush directed former aides to defy congressional subpoenas on Monday, claiming executive privilege and prodding lawmakers closer to their first contempt citations against administration officials since Ronald Reagan was president.
Ummm...could someone tell me when 'executive privilege' came to cover the conduct and coverup of criminal activities? Anyone?
...From MSNBC.com -
Official: Report will say none of Iraq’s goals met
A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reform, speeding up the Bush administration's reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said Monday.
Harry Mitchell and the other freshman Dems in the House are going to have trouble voting for the next round of funding for the war when it comes up again in the fall.
Which may have been the plan all along.
...From The Hill -
Franken outpaces Coleman in 2nd quarter
Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken out-raised Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) in the second quarter, pulling together more than $1.9 million and topping his own total from the first quarter.
In another top Senate race, Rep. Tom Allen (D-Maine), who is running against Sen. Susan Collins (R), raised almost $1.1 million in the quarter.
Gee, wouldn't it be great if the Democrats had a large enough majority in the Senate to marginalize everyone's least favorite 'Independent' (more like 'Republican in everything but name'), Joe Lieberman?
Of course, at least one Senator who isn't up for reelection next year is going to be squirming anyway...
From the Washington Post -
Senator's Number on Phone List of 'D.C. Madam'
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) apologized last night for "a very serious sin in my past" after his telephone number appeared among those associated with an escort service operated by the woman accused of being the "D.C. Madam."
And in an overseas precendent that is sure to send shivers down the backs of all loyal Bushies, a high-ranking government official was actually held responsible for his crimes.
In *China* of all places.
...From AP, via Yahoo! News -
China executes ex-food and drug chief
BEIJING - China executed the former head of its food and drug watchdog on Tuesday for approving untested medicine in exchange for cash, the strongest signal yet from Beijing that it is serious about tackling its product safety crisis.
Can't wait to see how Bush spins 'executive privilege' when his aides face something a little more serious than a 'contempt of Congress' citation.
...And in a piece of news that is totally unrelated to the Bushies, but one that I just couldn't resist making a snarky comment on -
From the Daily Mail (UK) -
Pensioner 'beaten up' by police for not watering her lawn
A 70-year-old American woman was left bruised and bloody after an unexpected clash with police who came to caution her for not watering her lawn.
The Orem, Utah woman either was struck by handcuffs or slipped and fell (depends on who you ask), got a cut on her face, received medical attention, and then was taken to jail.
She was later released once the police officer's superiors figured out how much grief they were going to catch for this.
The officer has been suspended, but even if he loses his job over the incident, there are HOAs all over that *really* like his attitude and would hire him in an instant.
BTW - Why are they ticketing and assaulting people for NOT wasting water? Not only is most of the American West a desert (or close to it), but we're in a drought on top of that!!