Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


April 27, 2006

"Good morning. I'm here in the briefing room to break some news: I've asked Tony Snow to serve as my new press secretary. Tony already knows most of you, and he's agreed to take the job anyway. And I'm really glad he did," President Bush said.

"What happened to Iraq oil, Mr. President? You said Iraqi oil would pay for the war. Ain't seen no money. Ain't seen no oil," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

"What does it say about American journalism that it gives its most prestigious prizes to reporters who acquire and reveal illicitly leaked U.S. secrets, when the result is to damage the U.S. government in a time of war?" syndicated columnist Patrick J. Buchanan writes.

"When was the last time Republicans nominated a pro-abortion, pro-gay rights Northeasterner with an iffy record on taxes and spending?" asked Nelson Warfield, an aide to Bob Dole's failed 1996 Republican presidential campaign. "That's the hurdle both Giuliani and Pataki face."


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Rove testifies

Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald brought Karl Rove in front of a grand jury once again Wednesday. The question being investigated according to all accounts is whether Rove tried to conceal his conversations with NY Times reporter Matthew Cooper. The best report on the details of the case are carried in the Washington Post:

Rove's testimony focused almost exclusively on his conversation about Plame with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper in 2003 and whether the top aide later tried to conceal it, the source said. Rove testified, in essence, that "it would have been a suicide mission" to "deliberately lie" about his conversation with Cooper because he knew beforehand that it eventually would be revealed, the source said. Lawyers involved in the case said yesterday that they expect a decision on Rove's fate soon.

Illegal immigrants closing cities

The Latino demonstrations are focusing on closing down American cities on Monday, May 1 -- the traditional day of the Communists Party’s celebration. Reuters reports:

"There will be 2 to 3 million people hitting the streets in Los Angeles alone. We're going to close down Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Tucson, Phoenix, Fresno," said Jorge Rodriguez, a union official who helped organize earlier rallies credited with rattling Congress as it debates the issue.

Dems knocking on doors

Saturday Democrats will be knocking on doors to share their bold vision for America. The Democrat National Committee said that all 50 states will participate in the effort.

"Politics is at its best when we work together to create and strengthen our community," said DNC Chairman Howard Dean who will join door-knocking teams in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday.

If there is no one home volunteers will leave door hanger promising "a bold new direction for a secure America."

The failed U.N.

The Washington Times reports on a federal investigation into corruption at the United Nations:

The United Nations confirmed yesterday the U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating suspected wrongdoing in the office that handles procurement for U.N. peacekeeping operations.

In a further blow to the troubled peacekeeping department, a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to be delivered to Congress today describes the procurement office as understaffed, poorly trained and badly lacking the oversight that would uncover corruption, fraud and waste.

Eight senior staff members were suspended with pay earlier this year, after an inquiry by the U.N. inspector general's office uncovered lax management and possible corruption.

Poll watching

A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that Congress is not doing well in the public's opinion.

Forty-four percent of those polled said they are tired of Republicans and Democrats fighting; 36 percent said nothing gets done on important issues; 34 percent said too many congressmen are corrupt and unethical; and 22 percent said Congress simply goes along with President Bush.

Forty-five percent of those polled said they want Democrats to control Congress (down from 50 percent in March); 39 percent of registered voters said they want Republicans to control Congress (up from 37 percent in March).

The poll questioned 1109 adults -- 48 percent men, 52 percent women. The overall margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percent.

Giuliani in Iowa

Rudy Giuliani makes an appearance in Iowa on Monday to help Rep. Jim Nussle's campaign for governor. He will also deliver a motivational speech in Des Moines that day. The next day, the former New York mayor headlines a National Republican Senatorial Committee fund-raiser in Washington, D.C.


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