Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


May 31, 2006  

"At a time when the Republican Party is in trouble with their conservative base, Bill Frist is taking a page straight out of the Karl Rove playbook to distract from the Republican Party's failed leadership and misplaced priorities by scapegoating LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] families for political gain, using marriage as a wedge issue," said Democrat National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. "It is not only morally wrong, it is shameful and reprehensible."

"You weren't supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land. You weren't supposed to be graduating into a world where we are still fighting for fundamental human rights, whether it's the rights of immigrants to start a new life; or the rights of gays to marry; or the rights of women to choose. You weren't supposed to be graduating into a world where oil still drove policy, and environmentalists have to fight relentlessly for every gain," said New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. at the State University of New York.


J U S T   P O L I T I C S


Hayden sworn in

The NY Times reports on Gen. Michael Hayden as director of the C.I.A.:

Gen. Michael Hayden was sworn in as CIA director Tuesday and told the officers at the embattled agency they must be competent and cooperative to keep the ''central'' in Central Intelligence Agency.

Even with those marching orders, Hayden reassured the agency that it remains key to U.S. spy operations and analysis.

In his first day on the job, Hayden told his staff that only the CIA has the ''connective tissue'' to bring the intelligence community together. A fan of sports metaphors, Hayden compared the CIA to a star player on a football team: critical but part of a whole that must work together.

Treasury nominee Paulsonís biography

Henry (Hank) Paulson has been nominated by President Bush to be the next Secretary of Treasury, replacing John Snow.

Paulson, 60, has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs investment firm since May 1999, and a director since August 1998. He was Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer or Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Goldman Sachs Group, L.P., from June 1998 to May 1999, and served as Chief Operating Officer from December 1994 to June 1998. Paulson did not serve on the board of any public company other than Goldman Sachs. He was the Chairman of the Financial Services Forum. He is affiliated with certain non-profit organizations, including as a member of the Board of Directors of Catalyst.

Paulson did short stints in Washington, D.C. during the Nixon administration in the 1970s, where he worked at the Pentagon and the White House. At Dartmouth College, he was an all-Ivy League football lineman and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. He went on to earn an MBA at Harvard University.

He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy, Co-Chairman of the Asia/Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy and Chairman Emeritus of The Peregrine Fund, Inc.

Fournier moving on

The Associated Press's chief political writer, Ron Fournier announced to colleagues that he is leaving the position of chief political reporter for the Associated Press and taking up an Internet job. From ABC's The Note:

The Associated Press's chief political writer, Ron Fournier, told 2/3 of the Gang of 500 in a mass e-mail yesterday that he is moving on to a yet-to-be-revealed new position having something to do with that World Wide Web thing the kids are so juiced up about these days.

 Gore against nuclear energy

Former Vice President Al Gore in an interview with the Guardian said that he does not see nuclear energy as the solution to global warming:

In the interview Mr. Gore also distances himself from Tony Blair on the subject of nuclear power, which the prime minister has insisted is "back on the agenda with a vengeance". Mr. Gore says he is "skeptical about it playing a much larger role," and that although it might have a part to play in Britain or China, it will not be "a silver bullet" in the fight against global warming.


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