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

Get Ready to Pay Big Bucks for Those Little Mudbugs

Now the storms were bad enough, but this really hurts. To live through those two monsters, was bad enough, but now our traditions are taking a kick in the private parts too. In a usual year, prices usually drop below a dollar a pound for crawfish, after the Lent season starts way down here where I live. OK, some of us might still get some, but not like in the past when area residents were not suffering from the after affects of Katrina. But, this little note of economic news from the Bayou, may also serve to remind people about what we went through down here, when it comes time to vote. The nightmare of Katrina will never go away … Continue reading

Kennedy: A Vote Against Alito Is a Vote for Progress

“In evaluating Supreme Court nominees, there is no more important question than whether they are dedicated to equal justice under law. Judge Alito is a highly intelligent man, but his record does not show a judge who is willing to enforce the constitutional limitations on executive power when government officials intrude on individual rights.

His record does not show a judge who is open to the claims of vulnerable individuals asking only justice against powerful institutions.

His record does not show a judge who upholds the liberty and privacy of citizens seeking to protect their fundamental rights.

His record just does not show a judge who is committed to equal justice under law.

That is why I oppose his confirmation to the Supreme Court, and I fervently hope that the Senate will do so as well.”

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