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More primary news affecting our “Republic”Live report from “On the edge” 6/7/07, 12:21 pmSenate fails to limit debate on Immigration Bill 1348 and defeats “cloture” 33-63Motion to continue debate is introduced, movement to block bill is in progress, (but already defeated, with last count “no’s” at 51).

Bush/Cheney White House wants to keep public in the dark. Gets sued for it!FTA: THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS CHANGED THE RULES over record-keeping to prevent access to visitor records. They’ve usurped the role of the Secret Service, covered by the Freedom of Information Act. Bush / Cheney claim visitor records are under their jurisdiction, thus exempt from FOIA. CREW is not accepting that determination, hence our lawsuits…

NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/NSPD 51 puts the President in charge of ensuring constitutional government for all three branches of government in the case of a catastrophic emergency. This effectively makes the President a dictator. The directive itself is unconstitutional and ensures constitutional government wouldn’t exist.

GREG PALAST IS IN POSSESSION OF the missing emails. He also points out what everyone else seems to be missing, that the attorney firings aren’t the real story, the 2004 election is.

MICHAEL ROLSTON, RAW STORYREP. Henry Waxman’s House Committee on Oversight and Government reform is close to reaching a deal that would limit the scope of its probe into e-mail accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee and used by White House employees, according to a report in today’s edition of Roll Call.“Just prior to the Memorial Day recess, ranking member Tom Davis (R-Va.) and other committee Republicans urged Waxman to scale back his request for documents from the RNC,” wrote Paul Singer in Monday morning’s paper. “While the Republicans wrote that Waxman’s inquiries into the political use of government resources ‘constitute legitimate exercises of the committee’s oversight authority,’ they argued that the breadth of the committee’s requests and subpoenas ‘far exceed the legitimate needs of the committee.’”(Original Article) View article… 

WASHINGTON (AP) – AFTER promising unprecedented openness regarding Congress’ pork barrel practices, House Democrats are moving in the opposite direction as they draw up spending bills for the upcoming budget year. Democrats are sidestepping rules approved their first day in power in January to clearly identify “earmarks”…

THE AP IS REPORTING THAT A military judge has thrown out terrorism charges against Omar Khadr, a detainee at Guantanamo that could undo the whole War Crimes trials system. However, what may be more stunning is that this ruling could throw out THE ENTIRE WAR-CRIMES TRIAL SYSTEM. And how? Because a technicality which appears to have been caused by…

GOP HEAD: WE NEED MORE ‘ATTACKS ON AMERICAN SOIL’ IN HIS FIRST INTERVIEW as the chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, Dennis Milligan told a reporter that America needs to be attacked by terrorists so that people will appreciate the work that President Bush has done to protect the country. The $592 million embassy occupies a chunk of prime real estate two-thirds the size of Washington’s National Mall, with desk space for about 1,000 people behind high, blast-resistant walls. The compound is a symbol both of how much the United States has invested in Iraq and how the circumstances of its involvement are changing…

REFUELING OUR FEARSby Todd Huffman, M.D., The news this weekend of the arrest of three suspects allegedly plotting to sabotage the jet fuel lines servicing JFK Airport–a plot in its nascent stages and one not likely to have caused much in the way of actual damage besides psychological–will undoubtedly have the effect of increasing the supply of fuel to the mass media’s jet engine-like power to soar the worries of everyday Americans to the stratosphere. Americans already worry that the country is overdue for a domestic terror attack, whether on our transportation system or something more spectacular on the level of September 11. Many Americans are even resigned to the likelihood, knowing that it is really not a matter of if, but when.…Terrorist attacks are designed to frighten us even more than to kill us. By controlling our fears we control the damage done by terrorism. Were a fresh attack to occur, Americans must do as Londoners, and as Israelis, and maintain the appearance if not the spirit of normalcy. To do otherwise would be to give the terrorists the very thing that they want. (Original Article) 

NICK JULIANO, RAW STORY Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie, who is reportedly being considered as a replacement for White House aide Dan Bartlett, may have had early knowledge of a criminal probe into a potential state Senate candidate in Virginia, where Gillespie is now head of the Republican Party, according to a Virginia political blog. Blogger Ben Tribbett tells the Washington Post that he was told about indictments against candidate Mark D. Tate before they were released. In a timeline on his blog, he implies Gillespie, who supports Tate’s opponent, also knew of the indictments in advance.“Tate and others have also questioned why party insiders — including Gillespie — seemed to have prior knowledge of the investigation,” Sandhya Somashekhar reports for the post. “More than three weeks before the grand jury was to decide, Gillespie called Tate and asked him to consider dropping out, Tate said.”(Original Article) 

Virginians for Peace and Accountability

“No point is of more importance than that the right of impeachment should be continued.”— George Mason Grassroots Civics Series – Virginians for Peace and Accountability –1607-2007Invitation to a Grassroots Town Hall Forum on PRESIDENTIAL ACCOUNTABILITY:Should Impeachment be ON the Table? June 23rd, 1 – 4 PM George Mason University (Fairfax Campus),Mason Building Conference Center www.gmu/edu/fairfax. Discuss Pros & Cons with Special Guests Northern Virginia and Metro DC Residents Bruce Fein, Constitutional lawyer; Associate Deputy Attorney General,Reagan Administration Lawrence Wilkerson, Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell; Visiting Professor, William & Mary
Marcus Raskin, Co-Founder, Institute for Policy Studies; author Four Freedoms Under Siege
Barbara Olshansky, Dep Director, Center for Constitutional Rights; Co-author The Case for Impeachment
Mark Levine, Host, Inside Scoop radio-web-TV talk show; former US Congressional sta! attorney
Dennis Loo & Barbara Bowley, Co-editor/author, Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush & Cheney
Ron Pinchback (Moderator), General Manager, WPFW (89.3 FM) Paci”ca Radio, Washington, DC
Invitations have been extended to Hon. Tom Davis, VA 11th CD, and Hon. Jim Moran, VA 8th CD.No admission charge. Seating limited. More info @ www.peaceandaccountability.comKeep the ball rolling by sending your Virginia Reps Do-It-Yourself Impeachments!

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