Bush Official Arrested for Obstructing a Criminal Investigation

David H. Safavian, a White House procurement official was involved until last week in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. He was arrested yesterday, “accused of lying and obstructing a criminal investigation into Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s dealings with the federal government.” It was the first criminal complaint filed against a government official in the ongoing corruption probe related to Abramoff’s activities in Washington.

Kerry to Speak at African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit Today

From U.S. Newswire: September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and according to the American Cancer Society, more than 30,000 African American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year; at least 5,000 will die. African American men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as men of other racial or ethnic groups. However, with early detection and the proper treatment prostate cancer is curable. “Prostate cancer strikes the African American community at disproportionately high rates,” said Congressman Meeks. “This Summit will help increase prostate cancer awareness and visibility within the Black community for this treatable and often curable disease.” Sen. John Kerry, himself a prostate cancer survivor, noted that the summit “marks the first time that such … Continue reading

THE TRIANGLE: Limits of Blog Power

I know most of our readers most likely read The Daou Report, but just incase anyone missed it, Peter Daou takes an interesting look at the blogosphere and the work ahead of progressive bloggers. Here’s a quip: For progressive bloggers who see a president presiding over the collapse of America’s credibility, the urgent work ahead is to cement the post-Katrina impression of Bush as a failed president. Whether or not they succeed depends to a large extent on their ability to compel the media and Democratic establishment to stand with them and speak the truth. Read it all here.

Feinstein, Boxer JoinCall for Increased CDC Funding for West Nile Virus Prevention

California has accounted for 44 percent of the human cases of West Nile Virus and 50 percent of related deaths in the United States in the past year alone. Today Senators Feinstein and Boxer joined California House Members to call for increased CDC funding for West Nile Virus Prevention: Washington, DC – Citing 618 individual cases of West Nile Virus infection across 36 of California’s counties, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (both D-Calif.) have joined 29 Members of the California Congressional Delegation to call for increased funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for protection and prevention programs.

Who’s Spinning What? Reaction to Kerry’s Speech

John Kerry’s scathing speech today has hit some nerves. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin) The Hill offers a look at the spin from the RNC, along with this quip: Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) unleashed a furious attack on the Bush administration at a Brown University speech yesterday, upbraiding the president’s response to the hurricane that recently devastated the Gulf Coastand tying it to what he sees as other flaws at the White House.

Kerry Urges Congress to Ease Burden of Lengthy Deployment on National Guard and Reserves

“The repeated and lengthy call-ups of our Guard and Reserve troops are putting a tremendous financial strain on military families in Massachusetts, the Gulf region and across the country. Too often, our troops have to surrender part of their income to serve, and too often, small businesses struggle to absorb the loss of an employee. They should be able to rest assured that when they return from Iraq and Afghanistan, their homes and their jobs will be waiting for them,” Kerry said. Continue reading

Kerry and Edwards Separately Blast Bush Over Katrina

In a blistering critique, Kerry said former FEMA Director Michael Brown was to Hurricane Katrina “what Paul Bremer is to peace in Iraq; what George Tenet is to slam dunk intelligence … what George Bush is to ‘Mission Accomplished’ and ‘Wanted Dead or Alive.’ … The bottom line is simple: The ‘we’ll do whatever it takes’ administration doesn’t have what it takes to get the job done.” Continue reading