Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Here's the sound bite of the president denouncing the "pundit payola" scheme. Something tells me we'll hear a lot more about this. ... Reporting from a proud blue county, I'm Scott Leffler.
Yahoo! News
RNC Seeks Donations to Push Bush Agenda. This is a funny little story about the Republican Party attempting to "overcome the liberal media" by buying commercials. I'd feel bad for them if they weren't already buying the media. :)

My Heroes!!!
Those who voted against Ms. Rice included Jim Jeffords (the Senate's lone independent) of Vermont, and Democrats Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Barbara Boxer of California, (Rice's most outspoken critic), Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts, Carl Levin of Michigan, Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Tom Harkin of Iowa. (Two Republicans, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Conrad Burns of Montana, did not vote.) I must confess, I'm disappointed in New York's senators for their votes. While I understand Hillary's (assuming she's trying to moderate herself to run for the White House in 2008), I'm still disappointed.
Multiple Sources
Well, well. Whaddya know. Looks like the Bush Administration paid more than just Armstrong Williams, huh? First they said the White House had nothing to do with it - it was the Department of Education's decision to give Williams the $240,000. But now it looks like the Department of Health and Human Services paid someone $21,000 to push another Bush policy. Oh, and a columnist who advised the president on the Inaugration Speech praised the speech on Fox News, failing to mention he had a role in writing it. So, of course, the president said he doesn't want his administration hiring columnists, saying his policies should be able to "stand on their own." Thank God we've got morals back in the White House. I believe we may talk about this tomorrow.

Reuters.com
Senate Confirms Rice as Secretary of State True, but she had 13 "no" votes. That's the most "no" votes for a Secretary of State candidate since Henry Clay in the late 1800s.
  • James Jeffords of Vermont, the Senate's only independent, said he cast his first-ever vote against a Cabinet-level nominee and called Rice "severely handicapped in her ability to be America's chief diplomat." He called her "a lead architect of our nation's failed foreign policy and of the war in Iraq."
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