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Archive for June 22nd, 2007

Recent statements from morons

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We’ve seen a number of times right now, people have been putting together investigations to see what sticks. They have had very little success so far. This is an administration that is very careful about obeying the law. [emphasis added]

— White House spokesman Tony Snow, responding to questions about apparent White House breaches of the Presidential Records Act in which 88 government officials improperly sent hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of emails through outside emails servers — e-mails that may have been illegally destroyed.

I consistently and voluntarily have made Justice Department officials available for interviews and hearings on this subject. I have taken these important steps to provide information for two critical reasons: (1) I have nothing to hide, and (2) I am committed to assuring the Congress and the American public that nothing improper occurred here. [emphasis added]

Prepared statement of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales given May 10 to the House Committee on the Judiciary regarding the firing of eight United States attorneys.
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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

June 22, 2007 at 4:32 pm

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Does money talk? Lobbying on immigration on the rise

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As my colleague E Rocha pointed out earlier today, get ready for the next attempt to wrestle an immigration (or is it an anti-immigration?) bill through the U.S. Congress, complete with secrecy, parliamentary maneuvering, general political chicanery — and lobbying.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the money. News stories, for reasons of brevity, usually refer to lobbying “groups” or “organizations.” Until one sees the lobbying activity by amount of money and name of player, it’s impact cannot be fully appreciated.
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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

June 22, 2007 at 3:46 pm

Posted in Uncategorized