From the daily archives: Thursday, July 12, 2007

First is was Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) showing up on the phone list of the D.C. Madam.

Then it was Florida State Rep. Bob Allen’s arrest yesterday “at a park after offering to perform a sex act on an undercover officer in exchange for $20.”

But that seems to be just the begining…

Jerid over at BSB has started an investigation into the Ohio GOP’s DC Madam Connection and he’s finding lots of numbers from Ohio!

Florida State Rep. Bob Allen refuses to talk to the media on July 11, 2007 after bonding out of Brevard County […]

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It’s about time we heard about some priests going against their church for the RIGHT reasons…

Anglican priests set to defy same-sex blessing ban

Two weeks after the Anglican Church of Canada voted to maintain its ban on same-sex blessings, a pair of renegade parishes are publicly vowing to bless and even marry gay and lesbian couples, saying there are dozens of other Anglican parishes across the country defying the rules of the national church.

Clergy at Holy Trinity Church in downtown Toronto, and at St. Saviour’s Church in Victoria, have each declared their intention to push ahead with […]

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Rep. Miller causing a ruckus

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Rep. George Miller (D-CA) talking about why the College Cost Reduction Act is a good thing, and why the GOP shouldn’t have tried to kill the bill. Got the chamber pretty fired up.

The bill passed the House yesterday, despite the best efforts of Pryce, Tiberi, Chabot, Gillmor, Jordon, Hobson, and Schmidt. Nancy Pelosi’s summary:

The legislation invests about $18 billion dollars over the next five years in reducing college costs, helping millions of students and families. It comes at no new cost to taxpayers, and is funded by cutting excess subsidies paid by the federal government to […]

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Cost of Government

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A favorite date for conservatives is “Cost of Government Day”. Americans for Tax ReformGrover Norquist‘s baby – have put together a handy chart showing how the day has fluctuated over the last 30 years.

I’d like to point out something interesting. First, the two earliest days on the chart were both under Democratic administrations. Second, the trends under those Democratic administrations were towards reductions in government spending, while in comparison the trends under the Republican administrations were level to increasing government spending. Now, it is a little more complicated […]

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I love Boehner

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When does this guy realize he’s become a caricature of himself?

Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) called for comity Wednesday during a meeting of the Republican Conference after House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) referred to Senate colleagues who have begun to favor a change in course in Iraq as ?wimps.?

A spokesman for Boehner said his comments were in no way meant to trivialize the war or the senators? decisions. Rather, they were meant to emphasize the importance of allowing the troop surge to work and to urge GOP lawmakers to reserve their judgment on the situation until September, […]

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It appears a real, actual, indictable felony may have occured when Bush ordered Harriet Miers to defy a congressional subpoena. Via TPM:

Invoking a privilege is one thing, but telling a person not to show up in response to a subpoena — if only to actually invoke the privilege — is quite another. It’s not just worse, it’s a felony under federal criminal law. See for yourself.

18 U.S.C. Sec. 1505 : … Whoever corruptly … influences, obstructs, or impedes … the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation […]

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