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Holding the Democrats accountable


May 7, 2006

"Science offers the prospect of eventual cures for terrible diseases and temptations to manipulate life and violate human dignity," President Bush said, to the graduating class at Oklahoma State University.

"We are more and more confident that we are going to have the responsibility of leading the House, so we have to prepare," said House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Md.).


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Kerry: "Patriotic to criticize Iraq War

Sen. John Kerry, who lied in order to win Purple Hearts during the Vietnam War and lied that his comrades committed war atrocities, in a speech at Grinnell, Iowa said that it was patriotic to criticize the Iraq War.

"The patriotic obligation to speak out becomes even more urgent when politicians refuse to debate their policies or disclose the facts," Kerry said. "And even more urgent when they seek, perversely, to use their own military blunders to deflect opposition and answer their own failures with more of the same."

Kerry used many similarities of the Vietnam War in describing the Iraq War except to also say that we were in a long dark tunnel with no light at the end according to the Des Moines Register:

"The war in Vietnam and the war in Iraq are now converging in too many tragic respects," Kerry said.

"As in Vietnam, we engaged militarily in Iraq based on official deception ... and as in Vietnam, we have stayed and fought and died even though it is time for us to go."

The L.A. Times reports Kerry as saying:

"Although no one is being jailed today for speaking out against the war in Iraq, the spirit of intolerance for dissent has risen steadily, and the habit of labeling dissenters as unpatriotic has become the common currency of the politicians currently running our country," he said.

Democrat investigation of Bush

The Washington Post reports on what a Democrat controlled House has in mind:

Democratic leaders, increasingly confident they will seize control of the House in November, are laying plans for a legislative blitz during their first week in power that would raise the minimum wage, roll back parts of the Republican prescription drug law, implement homeland security measures and reinstate lapsed budget deficit controls.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said in an interview last week that a Democratic House would launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration, beginning with the White House's first-term energy task force and probably including the use of intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Pelosi denied Republican allegations that a Democratic House would move quickly to impeach President Bush. But, she said of the planned investigations, "You never know where it leads to."

DeLay e-mails

The Washington Times reports on a breaking Associated Press story concerning e-mails between former Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) and indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff:

Prosecutors have e-mails showing Rep. Tom DeLay's office knew lobbyist Jack Abramoff had arranged the financing for the Texas Republican's controversial European golfing trip in 2000 and was concerned "if someone starts asking questions."

House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting free trips from lobbyists. Mr. DeLay reported to Congress that a Republican advocacy group had paid for the spring 2000 trip that he, his wife and top aides took to Scotland and England.

The e-mails obtained by the Associated Press show Mr. DeLay's staff asked Abramoff -- not the advocacy group -- to account for the costs, which had to be legally disclosed on congressional travel forms. Mr. DeLay's office was worried the group being cited as paying the costs might not even know about them, the e-mails state.

Abramoff's team sought to low-ball the cost estimates, and Mr. DeLay's office ultimately reported to Congress a total that was a few thousand dollars less than the one the lobbyist provided, the documents show.


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