Goss out/Hayden in at CIA?
Associated Press reports that Monday the White House could nominate a
new C.I.A. Director, with speculation leaning heavily towards Gen. Michael
The leading candidate to replace him [outgoing Porter Goss] is Air Force
Gen. Michael Hayden, top deputy to National Intelligence Director John
Negroponte, said a senior administration official. An announcement could
come as early as Monday.
Hayden was National Security Agency director until becoming the nation's No.
2 intelligence official a year ago. Since December, he has aggressively
defended the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program. He was
one of its chief architects.
Hayden, the highest ranking military intelligence officer, has been brought
into management challenges before. In 1999, he was tapped to shake up the
National Security Agency, as the Internet and new communications tools were
frustrating the agency's eavesdroppers.
InsideHigherEd.com reports that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) may be welcome by
his former Democrat senate colleague but not all the students agree:
For some students at the New School, in Manhattan, their institution and
conservative politicians go together as well as Swiss cheese and peanut
Bob Kerrey, the institution’s president and a former Democratic governor and
senator from Nebraska, announced this spring that U.S. Sen. John McCain, the
Arizona Republican and past and possibly future presidential candidate,
would be the commencement speaker at the New School. Kerrey said the
senator’s acceptance "is a big honor for our graduates and their families."
But hundreds of students, staff and faculty members at the institution of
about 9,000 students have signed paper and online petitions that seek to
revoke the invitation.
Republicans: no translation
LA Times reports that Republican congressmen want to have the
translation of ballots expire rather than renew those provisions of the
Voting Rights Act:
A group of House Republicans wants to do away with bilingual ballots and
translation assistance at the polls, a reflection of how tensions over
immigration are pervading other issues.
As Congress readies to reauthorize the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the lawmakers
are lobbying their colleagues to let the act's language assistance
Leading the effort is Rep Steve King (R-IA) according to the Times:
The Senate and House are to conduct committee hearings next week on
reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), prime sponsor
of letting the language assistance provision expire, plans to submit his
proposal as an amendment in the House Judiciary Committee next week.
Bush made him do it
Reuters reports that lawyers for former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney,
Scooter Libby, are going to argue that Libby was acting on orders from
The lawyer for former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby said on Friday
he would argue that his client revealed intelligence on Iraq after Vice
President Vice President Cheney authorized it and President George W. Bush
declassified the information.
Democrats support illegal voting
Indiana will be the site of a court test case that will determine whether
Democrats can make it easy for illegal voters to cast their vote. National
and state Democrats are planning to appeal a federal court ruling upholding
Indiana's new law requiring a photo ID to vote.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean argued that the law will
keep some people from voting. Supporters of the new law say the state's
voter identification law will help secure elections in Indiana.