Late Night News Round Up

There’s been a lot of news I haven’t had a chance to cover today, so here’s a few links and musings on it all.

Hillary Clinton Closed Out the Petraeus/Odierno Hearing with “Key Withdrawal Questions” today, adnvancing the “cause of Iraq withdrawal and redeployment.”

NBC News had a brief interview with Senator Ted Kennedy as he and his wife prepared to go sailing for the 2nd time since he was released from the hospital following the diagnosis that Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor. Kennedy said the “support is very touching.” You can watch the video here.

Because I grew up in Massachusetts and lived there for 33 years, I am among those who finds it “hard to imagine the day when Ted Kennedy is not shuttling between the nation’s capital and the family compound in Hyannis Port.” As Joan Vennochi points out:

Kennedy isn’t just another politician, or even just another long-serving incumbent. He is a survivor of John F. Kennedy’s Camelot and Robert F. Kennedy’s effort to recapture it. He’s the brother who shepherded the nieces and nephews left behind by previous family tragedies, and too often presided at their own funerals. Massachusetts voters know the various Kennedy family stories as well as they know their own family history.

Kennedy is also the brother who lived long enough to establish his own legacy as a champion of healthcare, housing, and education. He’s the engine that drives not only liberal policies, but economic investment in Massachusetts. His clout in Congress is enormous, as measured by the tributes that poured in from Washington, from Democrats and Republicans alike.

And Carl Hulse points out in the NY Times, Ted Kennedy is “A Little Like Everyone, a Lot Like No One Else.” Word also has it, via the NY Daily News that Kennedy “has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate seat to stay in the family – with his wife, Vicki.”

It’s taken him a few months, but John McCain has officially rejected Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement. About time… “The Huffington Post had published a recording of Hagee saying that Adolf Hitler had been fulfilling God’s will by hastening the desire of Jews to return to Israel in accordance with biblical prophecy.”

“Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them. I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee’s endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well,” McCain said in a statement to CNN Thursday.

The WaPo asks: “Confused about oil prices?”  Well apparently… “So are the experts.” That is no consolation for our hurting wallets.

About time… “House Panel Subpoenas Rove in Inquiry Into Justice Dept.”

And the Bush administration can’t seem to get no love these days… On more than a few accounts:

The Senate yesterday approved $165 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan well into the next presidency, but in a break with President Bush and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, it also approved billions of dollars in domestic spending that includes a generous expansion of veterans’ education benefits.

John McCain skipped the vote… Paul Reickhoff has more on the GI Bill that was included in the $165 billion war fund.

Finally, incase you are wondering, Sam Stein explains, “How Obama Ended Up On (And Off) The Michigan Ballot.”

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