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The Bush administration has decided not to take any new steps to regulate greenhouse gas emissions before the president leaves office, despite pressure from the Supreme Court and broad accord among senior federal officials that new regulation is appropriate now.
From Politico: Pelosi says House Judiciary may hold hearings on Kucinich impeachment resolution. We already posted this (following Dennis Kucinich introducing a single Article of Impeachment against George W. Bush yesterday on the House floor), but we need to keep talking about it, and we all need to contact the House Judiciary and our Representatives and press them to act on this. John Nichols of The Nation has more.
Dan Kennedy of The Guardian (IK) ponders the question “Should Bush Be Tried For War Crimes?“.
Brent Budowsky writes “America’s Security Gap“:
The great issue in 2008 is the public sense that events are out of control, that we drift deeper into dangerous waters while our leaders lack the clarity or courage to act…
Today from The NY Times: U.S. Weighs Takeover of Two Mortgage Giants (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). More here on the importance of this. An update just in, from The Huffington Post, “Paulson: No Bailout For Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac”.
With all the press over the last several days about the missile testing by Iran, it is unclear how many missiles were launched. Iran said they were long range missiles. The Pentagon said they were short range missiles.. The photo that was released showing 4 missiles taking off at once was doctored to make it look like there were multiple missiles being fired. I am just curious who did the doctoring? Who benefits from Iran setting off rockets? Could this have something to do with the US and their plans to deploy missile defenses in eastern Europe?
Will that be enough of an excuse for Israel to bomb Iran?
From TPM Muckraker, “New Book Reveals Existence of Secret Red Cross Torture Report“:
In a secret report last year, the Red Cross found that the CIA’s interrogation techniques were “categorically” torture..
Barack Obama is considering picking Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) as his vice president. Obama’s campaign has asked Dodd to turn over information as part of its VP vetting process. Is this about all the flack Obama has been getting after casting his vote to give the telecoms immunity? Dodd was instrumental in opposing the law, an update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This is so confusing..
Glenn Greenwald wrote a piece today on the ACLU and their attempt to sue the government over the new FISA Law: “Interview with ACLU re: constitutional challenge to new FISA law“. In this article he makes the point that I tried to make yesterday:
The most overlooked fact in the entire FISA debate — the aspect of it that renders incoherent the case in favor of the new FISA law or even those who dismiss its significance — is that virtually nobody knows what the spying program they’re immunizing entailed and towards what ends it was used — i.e., whether it was abused for improper purposes…
…There has been no Congressional investigation into the NSA program — meaning an effort to compel the Bush administration to turn over to Congress information about who was subjected to the illegal, warrantless spying and towards what purposes…
I’ll ask the question again.. Could they have been spying on members of Congress, from the moment they took [the] office, gathering information that could be used against them in order to control them? Just as J. Edgar Hoover did with powerful politicians in the 1950′s? Could that be the reason the Democratic Congress has continued to fold time after time instead of offering any resistance to this lawless administration as they stomp all over the Constitution? Will we ever know?
COINTELPRO Years: “Hoover amassed significant power by collecting files containing large amounts of compromising and potentially embarrassing information on many powerful people, especially politicians.”
Chris Hedges and Naomi Klein have joined the ACLU in their lawsuit against the government. Hedges says that the FISA update is ‘giant step toward fascism’.
From ThinkProgress: In “a troubling sign of global warming,” European scientists say that a large plate of floating ice shelf attached to Antarctica appears to be breaking up. The European Space Agency said yesterday that satellite images show that Wilkins Ice Shelf is “hanging by its last thread,” which could “put the remainder of the ice shelf at risk.”
And for anyone who might have missed this yesterday, Karl Rove blew off his subpoena yesterday and didn’t show up to testify before the House Judiciary. Instead, he skipped the country. Someone just whispered in my ear “I have no problem with him leaving the country, I just have a problem with him coming back…” I tend to agree.
Linda Sanchez, who is on the House Judiciary Committee, says Karl Rove “should go to jail”.. ThinkProgress has video.
And now for the blues…
BB King, Billy Preston and Bruce Willis – Sinners Prayer