Monday, January 14, 2008

From Cheney & the NIE to 1-nite stand with Prez...

From American Progress:

Think Fast...

Officials in Vice President Cheney's office saw the Iran National Intelligence Estimate "as a death blow to their Iran policy," reports the Wall Street Journal. The report's authors "knew how to pull the rug out from under us," said a "long-time aide to the vice president, referring to the way the key judgments were presented."

"In a closed door hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Congress plans to ask why the CIA destroyed tapes showing interrogations of suspected al-Qaeda operatives. Was it a cover-up?"
75 percent: Americans who think the country is off on the wrong track, matching the highest number ever recorded in the CBS News/New York Times poll.

"Strong evidence is emerging that consumer spending, a bulwark against recession over the last year even as energy prices surged and the housing market sputtered, has begun to slow sharply at every level of the American economy, from the working class to the wealthy."

Soon "after it returns tomorrow, the House is likely to take up contempt of Congress resolutions against White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers for their refusal to appear before Congress for questioning about the 2006 removal of nine U.S. attorneys, Democratic leadership aides said."

The de-Baathification law passed by Iraq's parliament on Saturday is "riddled with loopholes and caveats to the point that some Sunni and Shiite officials say it could actually exclude more former Baathists than it lets back in, particularly in the crucial security ministries."

MSNBC uninvites Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). After initially inviting Kucinich to take part in its debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday, MSNBC announced that it had changed its criteria and told Kucinich he was not allowed to attend.

"Climatic changes appear to be destabilizing vast ice sheets of western Antarctica that had previously seemed relatively protected from global warming." The report came just days after the head of the IPCC "said the group's next report should look at the 'frightening' possibility that ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica could melt rapidly at the same time."

And finally: A survey conducted by pollster Frank Luntz exclusively for Playboy magazine found that Republicans and Democratic voters have more in common than they realize. Among its key finds, the poll reported that "a quarter of Dems and GOPers say they'd have a 'one night stand' with the president, in the White House."


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