Two FEMA Employees Indicted in Kickback scheme

OK… I know this will not come as a suprise, given the leadership, or lack thereof, that is displayed in the current Administration. But a couple of days ago, it was in the news that FEMA has showed their true colors again. I will let you make your own decisions, and let me know if I’m wrong about FEMA… I think you can see a cycle here, with everything the GOP is in on. Two FEMA employees indicted in kickback scheme The FBI arrested two Federal Emergency Management Agency employees Friday after each accepted $10,000 in cash kickbacks from a food services contractor, the U.S. Attorney said.

White House Official Safavian, Warned Abramoff

The Bush administration’s former chief procurement official tipped off lobbyist Jack Abramoff that the government was about to suspend the federal contracts of an Abramoff client, newly filed court papers say.

David Safavian provided “sensitive and confidential information” about four subsidiaries of Tyco International to Abramoff regarding internal deliberations at the General Services Administration, say the court papers filed Friday in a criminal case against Safavian. Continue reading

Palace Revolt over Domestic Spying

They were loyal conservatives, and Bush appointees. They fought a quiet battle to rein in the president’s power in the war on terror. And they paid a price for it.

James Comey, a lanky, 6-foot-8 former prosecutor who looks a little like Jimmy Stewart, resigned as deputy attorney general in the summer of 2005. The press and public hardly noticed. Comey’s farewell speech, delivered in the Great Hall of the Justice Department, contained all the predictable, if heartfelt, appreciations. But mixed in among the platitudes was an unusual passage. Continue reading

The House May Fall-But We’ve Got Trouble in Blue States

A recent study by the Wall St. Journal and Zogby gives Democrats good news and bad news. The good news is that Democrats are in a good position to hold the open US Senate Seats (currently held by retiring Dems) in Maryland and Minnesota. If Senate elections were held today Democrats would unseat GOP incumbents in Ohio and Pennsylvania (DeWine and Santorum) but would lose the seat formerly held by Corzine in New Jersey. The Senate would only be 54-46 GOP after the 2006 election as things stand now.

Louisiana’s Katrina Death Total Now 1,080

That’s right people, no stuttering there. 1080 and who knows what may show up later. Two bodies found since Jan. 11 brought the number of deaths from Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana to 1,080, the state health department reported Friday. A total of 1,103 bodies have been found in Louisiana, most of them in the New Orleans area. But 23 of the deaths are from bullets, knives, car wrecks or other causes unrelated to the storm. The five-state total is now 1,325.

Filibuster Alito

Do I support a filibuster? The answer is yes. Yesterday Senator Kennedy and I spoke with our colleagues about it. I don’t have a shred of doubt in my opposition to Sam Alto’s nomination. I know Senator Kennedy does not either. He has truly been a great leader in the effort to oppose Judge Alito. I spent a lot of time over the last years thinking about the Supreme Court and who America needs on the highest court in the land. So I don’t hesitate a minute in saying that Sam Alito is not that person. His entire legal career shows that, if confirmed, he will take America backwards. People can say all they want that “elections have consequences.” Trust … Continue reading