The 3 boxes of freedom; the soap box, the ballot box and the ammo box
Republican senator is calling for the White House to suspend a new project that asks members of the public to flag “fishy” claims about President Obama’s health care plans, arguing that it raises privacy concerns and will serve to chill free speech.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is sending a letter to the White House today asking the president to “cease this program immediately” -- or to explain how Americans’ privacy will be protected if e-mails are forwarded to the White House as requested.
“I am not aware of any precedent for a President asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed ‘fishy’ or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests,” Cornyn writes
As CBongress heads into its summer recess, some members have more worries to take home with them than others.
According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 17 representatives and senators are known to currently be under investigation for breaking ethical standards. Of those under investigation, 13 are Democratic members and four are Republican members.
Charges range from steering earmarked funds toward associates to tax evasion to receiving preferential mortgage rates. http://undertheinfluence.nationaljournal.com/2009/08/as-congress-heads-into-its.php
Former Democratic Congressman William Jefferson was found guilty of 11 of 16 corruption charges today by a federal jury.The jury of eight women and four men returned a guilty verdict following five days of deliberationIn the 16-count indictment, Jefferson was charged with soliciting bribes and other crimes for a series of schemes in which he helped American businesses broker deals in West African in exchange for payments or financial considerations to companies controlled by members of his family, including his brother Mose, his wife, Andrea, their five daughters and a son-in-law.
It may be the worst recession since the Great Depression but that didn't stop Speaker Pelosi from ordering 3 more deluxe jets for Congressional members to travel to and from Washington DC.
Roll Call reported:
Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies.But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) says the Tea party protesters are "too well dressed" to be authentic.
When protesters were outside Bushes ranch protesting, Bush said they have a right to do that. But when people protest Obama some how it is wrong. Go figure.
"Why does Obama want to cram health care down our throats in 3-4 weeks when it took him 6 months to pick a dog for his kids?"
WASHINGTON (AP) - Health care legislation before Congress would allow a new government-sponsored insurance plan to cover abortions, a decision that would affect millions of women and recast federal policy on the divisive issue.
Federal funds for abortions are now restricted to cases involving rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother.
This will include late term abortions.
By Kenneth Li and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York
Published: August 6 2009 03:00 | Last updated: August 6 2009 03:00
Rupert Murdoch has vowed to charge for all the online content of his newspapers and television news channels, going well beyond his prediction in May that the company would test pay models on one of its stronger papers within the year.
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