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Roberts' committee still hasn't issued report on prewar intelligence

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Congressional Briefing is back from its summer hiatus. Where to begin?Pat Roberts[(Washington Post) Report on Prewar Intelligence Lagging:][1] When angry Democrats briefly shut down the Senate last year to protest the slow pace of a congressional investigation into prewar intelligence on Iraq, Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) claimed a rare victory. Republicans called it a stunt but promised to quickly wrap up the inquiry. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is overseeing the investigation, said his report was near completion and there was no need for the fuss. That was nine months ago. The Republican-led committee, which agreed in February 2004 to write the report, has yet to complete its work. ... Roberts spokeswoman Sarah Ross Little said the slow pace is partially the result of Roberts's desire to give members a chance for input. She said Roberts will make public the two completed sections "when they are approved by the committee and have been declassified," rather than wait for the other three to be done, as well. ... The section most Democrats have sought, however, is not yet in draft form and might not emerge until after the November election, staffers said. That section will examine the administration's deliberations over prewar intelligence and whether its public presentation of the threat reflected the evidence senior officials reviewed in private.Sam Brownback[(KC Star) Obstacles not enough to rush Brownback's looming decision:][2] If money talks in politics, Sen. Sam Brownback's nascent presidential campaign is but a ghostly whisper. And if he doesn't increase his fundraising soon, Brownback risks being drowned out before voters even think about tuning in to 2008. Money is only one of the obstacles emerging in the Kansas Republican's long shot to ride his politics of conservatism and faith to the White House.[(Time) It's August? Let's Go to Iowa!][3] The Iowa State Fair annually draws turkey callers, cow-chip throwers and piemakers from across the Hawkeye State. This year's fair, which begins next week, is attracting a crowd of competitors from farther afield: possible White House contenders hunting for votes ahead--way ahead--of the Iowa presidential caucuses in January 2008. Democratic Senators Evan Bayh of Indiana and Joe Biden of Delaware and the Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are all expected to swoop in to smile, shake hands and maybe taste the fair's famed fried Twinkies. Also planning to visit Iowa in August: 2004 Democratic running mates John Kerry of Massachusetts and John Edwards of North Carolina, Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Sam Brownback of Kansas, New York Governor George Pataki and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.[(Contra Costa Times commentary) Evangelicals militant when it comes to Israel, End of Days:][4] Last week, Pentecostal televangelist Rev. John Hagee of San Antonio, one of the rising forces in American Christian Zionism, convened a meeting in Washington of Christians Unified for Israel. Hagee sees the newly formed group as an evangelical American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, dedicated to lobbying on Israel's behalf, especially in states where Jews are few and far between. Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas attended Hagee's rally. So did Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Rick Santorum (who is running for his political life[(Home School Legal Defense Assn.) Legislative Summit 2006:][5] On March 28-30, 2006, the National Center for Home Education, a division of Home School Legal Defense Association, hosted its fourth National Homeschool Leadership and Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., with the primary goal of advancing homeschool freedom at the federal level. Sixty-four state homeschool leaders from 35 states met to lobby members of the United States Congress and hear from senators and representatives. The summit hosted four senators, including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (TN) and Senate Values Action Team Chairman Sam Brownback (KS), as well as nine representatives, including House Values Action Team Chairman Joe Pitts (PA-16) and Representative Mike Pence (IN-6).Jim Ryun[(AP) Wild Animal Attacks Legislation:][6] Legislation filed in the U.S. House this week is aimed at preventing wild-animal attacks like the one last year that killed a southeast Kansas girl. Congressman Jim Ryun is sponsoring the bill that would prohibit direct contact between big cats in captivity and the public. The measure is called ``Haley's Act,'' for 17-year-old Haley Hilderbrand. The Labette County High School senior was mauled to death by a tiger in August 2005 when posing for a picture with the big cat at a southeast Kansas animal refuge.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][7] [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/29/AR2006072900608.html [2]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/15160443.htm [3]: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1220537,00.html [4]: http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/15157904.htm [5]: http://www.hslda.org/courtreport/V22N4/V22N408.asp [6]: http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/3448131.html [7]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

Comments

BunE 8 years, 4 months ago

Haley's law? Jesus what a waste of time

christie 8 years, 4 months ago

God PUKED and there was TEXAS. And out of TEXAS came a BUSH. And out of the BUSH came LIES. And out of the LIES came DEATH.

staff04 8 years, 4 months ago

hga- It's all Bill Clinton's fault, and you are a blasphemous, America-hating, hippie, commie, leftie, socialist for saying anything to the contrary.

I would have thought you would know better by now.

Care to argue about the definition of blasphemy? :-)

xenophonschild 8 years, 4 months ago

"Great manipulation of intelligence" indeed. Cheney & Co. know that, should the full extent of their duplicity become public, they will have no choice but to resign.

Roberts no longer enjoys the confidence of responsible Kansans. Time to elect a Democrat from Kansas to the Senate.

WilburM 8 years, 4 months ago

There's no way nice to put it. Pat Roberts has lost his way -- totally. Deferring this report in 2004 was bad enough -- for clearly political reasons, but further delay simply demonstrates that he has abdicated his responsiblity to Kansans and all Americans by addressing the core issue of the potential misuse/abuse of intelligence in going to war. Nothing is more important than this study (albeit by a GOP-dominated committee). The very fact that such a report has been so long delayed leads one to assume that there was indeed great manipulation of intelligence, as so many other reports have suggested. Roberts should put this report out without delay; every day that passes further blackens his fast-declining congressional record.

staff04 8 years, 3 months ago

hga- I'm pretty sure the 70% of Americans who supported an increase in the minimum wage weren't fooled by the shameful actions of the Republican leadership Friday night. A clean minimum wage bill would have easily passed both houses.

Actually, I think they screwed up pretty bad on this one because the Senate's position was clear before they brought their bill to the floor: the Senate would pass (with about 70 votes, kind of representational if you ask me) a minimum wage increase. The Senate also made quite clear that they would NOT pass a bill to increase the exemption for the estate tax, even if tied to a minimum wage increase.

Interestingly, the Republican leadership in Congress has touted its record of denying an increase to the minimum wage, so the fact that they all voted for this bill that they know will die in the Senate should paint a pretty good picture of the kinds of shenanigans they have been up to lately.

It will be interesting to see how the Democratic leadership paints the picture and how members in tight races frame the issue. Dems definitely get credit for striking first on the minimum wage though.

Personally, my boss doesn't have a credible opponent at this point, so hopefully we will save some money and all keep our jobs for another two years.

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