Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


July 11, 2006  

"We were all an embryo at one point, and we ought to as a society be very careful about being callous about the wanton destruction of embryos, of life," White House advisor Karl Rove said. "…we have far more promise from adult stem cells than from embryonic stem cells."

"If there is any threat to the separation of powers here, it is not from the execution of a search warrant by one co-equal branch of government upon another, after the independent approval of the third separate, and co-equal branch," Judge Thomas F. Hogan of Federal District Court wrote. "Rather, the principle of the separation of powers is threatened by the position that the legislative branch enjoys the unilateral and unreviewable power to invoke an absolute privilege, thus making it immune from the ordinary criminal process of a validly issued search warrant."

"He treats us all equally," Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) says of Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). "He treats us all like dogs."


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Biden good guy

The Manchester Union Leader covers the Indian/American who Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) greeted about how well he gets along with his ethnic group in his home state. Last week Biden said that you couldn’t go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent:

Manish Antani says Delaware Sen. Joe Biden "definitely got a bad rap" from the national media for his recent remarks about Indian-Americans.

Antani is a 23-year-old Nashua resident and self-described Indian activist who was on the receiving end of what's been described on numerous political Web sites and talk shows as insensitive comments Biden made during a visit to Manchester last month.

"I was very upset" at the portrayal, Antani told the New Hampshire Union Leader yesterday. "I'm 100 percent behind him because he did nothing wrong."

Here's Biden's quote from July 7th:

 “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”

G-8 main topic

The Washington Post covers the pipeline issue and how things are shaping up for Russia being the energy monopoly to Europe:

The politics of gas pipelines has added friction to the preparations for the Saturday to Monday meeting of the Group of Eight industrial nations, to be hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg. A year ago, Putin said this meeting's "key topic" would be energy. "The country which is definitely a leader in the world market is ordained by God to deal with this issue," he said after last July's G-8 summit.

Despite Putin's boast, the summit's focus on energy will only highlight why Russia remains a troublesome issue for the West. The oil and gas industry reflects Russia's autocratic nature, diplomats and energy experts say; it is controlled by the state, opaque to Western investors and difficult for foreign firms to enter.

Although the United States and Russia may strike a deal on reprocessing waste from nuclear power plants, the pipeline politics has highlighted the mutual mistrust between Russia and the West, especially after Russia briefly cut gas supplies to its neighbor Ukraine in January. While Russia said it wanted to end subsidies on natural gas sold to Ukraine since Soviet days, squeezing supplies in winter shortly after the ouster of a pro-Russian president smacked of a crass political maneuver. "No legitimate interest is served when oil and gas become tools of intimidation or blackmail," Vice President Cheney said in a May 4 speech in Vilnius, Lithuania, angering Russians.

Feingold to Iowa on 7/15

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) is scheduled to hold a public listening session this Saturday afternoon from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Dubuque County Democratic Party's headquarters in Dubuque, Iowa. He is also scheduled to appear as a special guest at a fundraising reception for Democrats running for the Iowa House.

On Sunday, Feingold is scheduled to meet with Democrats in Maquoketa, Clinton and Davenport, Iowa.



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