Archive for February 1st, 2007

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Conyers To Probe Bush’s Use Of ‘Signing Statements’

February 1, 2007

There was a story that popped up on the Raw Story feed, with excerpts from a paid-restricted site (Roll Call):

The Michigan lawmaker said the investigation would include both Democratic and Republican staff and will focus on the approximately 150 signing statements issued by Bush, which the American Bar Association estimates have affected more than 1,100 provisions of federal law.

House Democrats have criticized the use of such statements, arguing that they not only undermine the separation of powers of the legislative and executive branches but also threaten legislative authority.

“All too often, the administration has engaged in these practices under a veil of secrecy. This is a constitutional issue that no self-respecting federal legislature should tolerate,” Conyers said.

I’ve been following the whole ‘signing statement’ issue for a while now;  I’ve posted a few things about it on the FearBush site

If you haven’t been following this, here are some good links to get you up to speed:

Just a reminder;  Bush did, in fact, recite the oath of office with his hand on the Bible at his grand inaguration:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Right.

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Norm Coleman’s Celebrity Deathmatch Round 2

February 1, 2007

I was scanning memeorandum and spotted this little nugget:

Franken saying he’ll run for Senate

WASHINGTON – Comedian and radio talk show host Al Franken has begun calling Democratic members of Congress and prominent DFLers to tell them he will definitely challenge Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008, the Star Tribune learned Wednesday.

Three words:  Coleman’s gonna lose.  You see, here in MN, we just love our home-grown celebrities.  It’s kind of fitting that Coleman face another one 10 years after his bout with this guy:

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Update:  They’ve posted it up at Blogs for Norm;  I’m thinking they’re worried.