Thursday, April 26, 2007

From Bush's 28% to "Satan's plan" says Utah Rep...

From American Progress:

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28 percent: President Bush's approval rating in a new Harris survey, the lowest of his presidency.

"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday she has already answered the questions she has been subpoenaed to answer before a congressional committee" and suggested she is not inclined to comply with the order. "I am more than happy to answer them again in a letter," she told reporters.

"White House officials conducted 20 private briefings on Republican electoral prospects in the last midterm election for senior officials in at least 15 government agencies covered by federal restrictions on partisan political activity," the White House acknowledged yesterday.

"The Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to impose tighter restrictions on the hundreds of lawyers who represent detainees at Guantánamo Bay," proposing "new limits on the lawyers' contact with their clients and access to evidence in their cases."

"The White House has turned over to a House committee about 200 pages of documents" related to a suspicious contract it had with a company owned by Brent Wilkes, who pleaded guilty to bribing former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA).

"In a somber and wide-ranging assessment," Britain's top counterterrorism officer Peter Clarke said that Al Qaeda and its supporters have established "an inexorable trend towards more ambitious and more destructive attack planning." "The only sensible assumption is that we shall be attacked again."

"Escalating his campaign to remain president of the World Bank, Paul D. Wolfowitz accused the bank's board on Wednesday of treating him 'shabbily and unfairly,' and appealed for more time to defend himself against allegations of favoritism and other matters."

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) said yesterday "that the Bush administration and Republicans are not doing enough politically in Iraq." Brownback said after meeting with Vice President Cheney and others last week, "They have a strategy, and it's dominated by military and Maliki."

And finally: A state lawmaker in Utah "has submitted a resolution equating illegal immigration to 'Satan's plan to destroy the U.S. by stealth invasion' for debate." The resolution refers to a plan by the devil for a "New World predicted in the Scriptures." State Senate Majority Leader Curt Bramble (R) said, "I don't think you'll find much support for that sentiment."


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