Gingrich on tape
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was in Florida recently and said
that Jeb Bush is a strong candidate for President. The
St. Petersburg Times also asked what Democrat candidate is the most
difficult to beat in 2008:
Which potential Democratic presidential candidate most worries him? "Either
(former Virginia) Gov. Mark Warner or (Indiana) Sen. Evan Bayh have a lot to
offer the Democratic Party because they're more moderate," he said,
predicting either would have a very tough time beating Hillary Clinton for
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is showing an 18 minute tape to kick-off her
campaign for re-election to the Senate at the NY Democrat convention. She
has already previewed the tape for the Associated Press. Bill Clinton offers
these words according to the
"You really can't care what people say about you. And, in New York, they say
it in every language," Clinton says.
"She could have had a much easier and more lucrative life, but it wouldn't
have been her life," her husband says.
Over the next 15 minutes there is much talk of her work in the Senate — on
health care, the Armed Services Committee, post-Sept. 11 efforts.
Inconvenient truth for Gore
Washington Times points out that former Vice President Al Gore’s
statement that global warming has caused increased intensities of hurricanes
is probably not true:
In one corner, subscribing to the theory that the Atlantic Basin is in a
busy cycle that occurs naturally every 25 to 40 years, are Chris Landsea,
science and operations officer at the National Hurricane Center in Miami,
and William Gray and Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University, who
pioneered much of modern hurricane-prediction theory.
"There has been no change in the number and intensity of Category 4 or
Category 5 hurricanes around the world in the last 15 years," Mr. Landsea
said, in a telephone interview from Miami.
On the other side are Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, one of the most respected hurricane scientists in the world, a
team of meteorologists from Georgia Tech led by Peter Webster, an
MIT-educated monsoon specialist, and Greg Holland, who earned his doctorate
at Colorado State under Mr. Gray.
"I'm not Goodie two shoes. I just feel these events are nothing I did
wrong," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said.
Associated Press is reporting that Sen. Reid violated the senate ethics
rules by taking free ringside boxing tickets from the Nevada Athletic
Commission while they were trying to influence legislation through his
Senate ethics rules generally allow lawmakers to accept gifts from federal,
state or local governments, but specifically warn against taking such gifts
-- particularly on multiple occasions -- when they might be connected to
efforts to influence official actions.
"Senators and Senate staff should be wary of accepting any gift where it
appears that the gift is motivated by a desire to reward, influence, or
elicit favorable official action," the Senate ethics manual states. It cites
the 1990s example of an Oregon lawmaker who took gifts for personal use from
a South Carolina state university and its president while that school was
trying to influence his official actions.
"Repeatedly taking gifts which the Gifts Rule otherwise permits to be
accepted may, nonetheless, reflect discredit upon the institution, and
should be avoided," the manual states.