Wednesday, February 08, 2006

In The News - Feb. 08

Bush calls for end to violence over cartoons - 8 Feb 2006 at 10:11am - President Bush called Wednesday for an end to violence triggered by drawings of the Prophet Muhammad but also said press freedom should be exercised with sensitivity.
OK, again… is it me? Or is the idea of Bush calling for an "end to violence" just extremely bizarre?

House Republican calls for FISA changes - 8 Feb 2006 at 12:13pm - WASHINGTON -- Breaking with the White House, the House Republican who chairs a panel that oversees the National Security Agency wants Congress to change a 1978 foreign intelligence law following the disclosure of President Bush's eavesdropping program.

Bush defends spending cuts - 8 Feb 2006 at 2:35pm - MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday defended domestic spending-cut proposals that have been greeted warily in the U.S. Congress, saying the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina had forced tough decisions.
As the Iraq war is an elective (as well as illegal) war, I think it's a stretch to claim it has "forced" tough decisions.

Many in Congress say Bush out of line - Wednesday, February 8, 2006 - Washington -- Just what Congress meant on Sept. 14, 2001, when it authorized President Bush "to use all necessary and appropriate force'' to fight "those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks'' of three days earlier is at the center of the roiling dispute over the administration's domestic spying.

W.H. Tells Congress NSA Spy Secrets - 8 Feb 2006 at 8:34pm - After weeks of insisting it would not reveal details of its domestic eavesdropping, the White House reversed course and provided a House committee with highly classified information about the program.

House Committee Squashes Torture Queries (AP) - 8 Feb 2006 at 7:56pm - AP - Republicans easily defeated three resolutions seeking information about the Bush administration's policies on torture after a heated committee hearing.


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