Congress vs. The White House: There’s Supposed to be a Constant Battle

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This piece in the Boston Globe today is well worth spending some time reading and thinking through. To share the beginning of the article: In 1973 the historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. published a book called The Imperial Presidency, tracing the way in which the White House had, over the course of American history, grabbed more and more power until it threatened to overwhelm the rest of the federal government. Then-president Richard Nixon-who carried out a secret bombing campaign of Cambodia,…

<em>BOLTON WATCH</em> News: Joint Venture Between <em>Talking Points Memo</em> and <em>The Washington Note</em>

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As TWN reported a few weeks ago, we are preparing to launch a new zone in the blogosphere dedicated to reporting on the work and activities of recess-appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton. I’ve been keeping my powder dry on Bolton since his confirmation as Ambassador Bolton deserved a chance to prove his confirmation critics wrong and to demonstrate that he was going to bring to a more credible edge a reality of U.N. reform and improved…

<em>The Washington Note</em> on C-Span Tonight, 7 p.m. Eastern

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If you have the time and interest, watch for an interesting program this evening on C-Span featuring John Siegenthaler, a distinguished journalist and first editorial page editor at USA Today as well as the founder of the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University; Jim Brady, Executive Editor of Washington Post.com, and Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation and The Washington Note on the topic, “The Reliability of Online News and Information Services.” The show is moderated by…

Note to Pat Robertson: Just Sayin’ Your Sorry Ain’t Enough. . .

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Despite the fact that Pat Robertson has apologized to Ariel Sharon’s son and to the Israeli and Jewish people for the “insensitivity” of the timing of his remarks that God struck down Ariel Sharon and Yitzhak Rabin because they were “dividing God’s land”, the Israeli government is going to shut Robertson out of the major Biblical theme park “deal” planned for the Sea of Gallilee. As reporte In an AP story today: Rami Levi, director of marketing for Israel’s tourism…

Elizabeth Holtzman: <em>The Nation</em>‘s Impeachment Brief

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Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman has the cover of tomorrow’s Nation, and I suspect that it will become the script for those on the left who will be organizing, protesting, advocating, and clamoring for George W. Bush’s impeachment. The article, “The Impeachment of George W. Bush” has just now been posted, but I have been thinking about her argument for two days, wondering what I could add to the mix or say about this that she has not. Holtzman has written…

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World: Albert Brooks’ New Film Fails

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At least, Oakley wears his sunglasses outside. When I went to see Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World this weekend at a Regal Cinemas event hosted by the Center for American Progress, actor and director Albert Brooks wore his sunglasses in the theatre. I really wanted to like this film. I tried hard. The peer pressure was intense. Seated around me were very luminescent luminaries and some semi-luminescent ones. Some were just normal folks out to watch the flick…

On Samuel Alito: Don’t Confirm Him

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Much of Washington has been consumed with the coverage of the Samuel Alito Supreme Court nomination hearings, and I suppose that I should have been glued to C-Span as well — but I wasn’t. Instead I have been assembling some of the pieces for the upcoming launch of Bolton Watch and readying myself for a New America Foundation staff retreat. Nonetheless, I have been hoping that something I saw in the published transcripts of his statements or in other news…

Al Jazeera Bush Bombing Memo: Official Secrets Act Trial of Two British Bureaucrats Resumed Today

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Sorry for being AWOL folks. I’ve been lining up some interesting stuff to share with you shortly. But the trial of two British bureaucrats, David Keogh and Leo O’Connor — charged with leaking the contents of a secret document to the media — has resumed today. It is alleged that there are ten lines in a five page memo capturing a discussion between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush in which Blair is attempting to dissuade…

The NSA’s Job Appeal. . .

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I may get the full page scanned later, but the JOBS page (Section K, page 1) of the Washington Post had me choking on and spitting up my coffee this morning. The above-the-fold page has multi-colored job ads from the FBI and the National Security Agency. Below-the-fold ads are from the City of Alexandria, PostNewsweek Tech Media, Koons Auto Dealership, and GEICO (with that odd little Gecko pointing at the reader). Interestingly, the CIA has its quarter page ad on…