Archive for May 22nd, 2008

Politico: The Senate approved a $194.1 billion wartime spending bill Thursday that promises a greatly expanded GI education benefit for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The pivotal 75-22 roll call triggered a late scramble of Republicans who switched their votes as the outcome became clearly in favor of the new education benefit as well as billions more in domestic spending for the jobless and Gulf Coast states.

Republicans leaders, working in the well of the chamber, first tried to hold the line below 60 votes, then 67, a veto-proof margin. But when this also collapsed, individual senators were released to vote for the measure.

An estimated $165.5 billion in new defense spending was approved by a similar 70-26 vote minutes later. The package now goes back to the House, which had rejected the war funding last week.

But unless adjustments are made, the entire wartime bill faces an almost certain veto fight with the president. The question is whether cooler heads will prevail and Congress and the White House will begin some negotiation to avoid another veto fight, which is not necessarily to the advantage of either side.

Left In Alabama: The New GI Bill, sponsored by Jim Webb and 50 something other Senators, passed the U.S. Senate today by a larger than expected 75-22 margin. Alabama’s Senators split this vote, with Shelby voting in favor of expanded educational benefits for veterans and Jeff Sessions voting against it.

AP: Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has asked a federal appeals court to overturn his conviction in a government corruption case.

Siegelman’s attorneys filed an 84-page motion today. They asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to order the former Democratic governor acquitted of all charges or grant him a new trial.

Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy were convicted in June 2006 of bribery and other charges. Scrushy is scheduled to file his appeal brief with the 11th Circuit by June 2.

Washington Times: As Americans kick off the first holiday weekend of the summer Friday, Sen. John McCain will release 400 pages of his medical records to a handpicked group of reporters who can neither photocopy nor keep the documents, illustrating the sensitivity the campaign places on the 71-year-old candidate’s age and health.

Towleroad: The unveiling of a bust memorializing slain civil rights activist and city commissioner Harvey Milk is set for tonight at San Francisco’s City Hall.

Raw Story: Democratic officials say Barack Obama has begun a top-secret search for a running mate.

Democratic officials said Thursday the party’s likely nominee has asked former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson to begin vetting potential vice presidential picks. Johnson did the same job for Democratic nominees John Kerry in 2004 and Walter Mondale in 1984.

The Democratic officials spoke on a condition of anonymity about a process that the campaign wants to keep quiet.

Vice presidential searches are usually closely held secrets, but Obama campaign officials say the effort is being handled by a particularly tight circle of advisers.

The campaign also does not want to discuss the effort because they are still engaged in a fading primary campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Raw Story: Democratic officials say Barack Obama has begun a top-secret search for a running mate.

Democratic officials said Thursday the party’s likely nominee has asked former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson to begin vetting potential vice presidential picks. Johnson did the same job for Democratic nominees John Kerry in 2004 and Walter Mondale in 1984.

The Democratic officials spoke on a condition of anonymity about a process that the campaign wants to keep quiet.

Vice presidential searches are usually closely held secrets, but Obama campaign officials say the effort is being handled by a particularly tight circle of advisers.

The campaign also does not want to discuss the effort because they are still engaged in a fading primary campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Raw Story: Democratic officials say Barack Obama has begun a top-secret search for a running mate.

Democratic officials said Thursday the party’s likely nominee has asked former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson to begin vetting potential vice presidential picks. Johnson did the same job for Democratic nominees John Kerry in 2004 and Walter Mondale in 1984.

The Democratic officials spoke on a condition of anonymity about a process that the campaign wants to keep quiet.

Vice presidential searches are usually closely held secrets, but Obama campaign officials say the effort is being handled by a particularly tight circle of advisers.

The campaign also does not want to discuss the effort because they are still engaged in a fading primary campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The American media has pained me during this election cycle, and even more so recently. They tip-toe and sidestep in many ways the outright racism has elected primary voting, particularly in the Appalachia. Looking at county-by-county votes, Clinton has won by the largest margins in Appalachia, stretching from northeast Mississippi, through north Alabama, and portions of Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Al-Jazeera, however has taken on the subject of Race and how its affected the election. Its something the American mainstream media simply doesn’t have the balls to do.

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Crazy John McCain appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today, and sat through at times a rather awkward conversation on gay marriage.

Cyndi McCain vamps it up for Vogue.

Was THIS the other woman in the Jodie Foster-Cydney Bernard breakup?

UPI: Google/YouTube tells Lieberman it won’t remove Al-Qaeda related videos.

Ted Kennedy: I’d like wife to take seat.

Left In Alabama: Karl gets a subpoena!

CNN: The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday served a subpoena on former top Bush aide Karl Rove to compel his testimony concerning allegations that the Department of Justice had dismissed U.S. attorneys based on party affiliation.

CNN: The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday served a subpoena on former top Bush aide Karl Rove to compel his testimony concerning allegations that the Department of Justice had dismissed U.S. attorneys based on party affiliation.

CNN is reporting that based on the latest audio of Rev. John Hagee’s remarks about God essentially ordering the Holocaust, McCain has finally rejected outright the support of the controversial evangelical preacher. Only an hourĀ  later did Hagee outright withdraw his McCain endorsement. Previously, Hagee blamed Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans on the city’s apparent acceptance of gays, and its own gay pride parade. It should be noted that just about the only section of New Orleans unaffected by Katrina was the French Quarter.

Creep

One of the best songs of all time. Period.