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The Road to Impeachment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 10th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

The Road to Impeachment

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The Illinois House has voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich on charges of corruption—like, for example, trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder. The road to impeachment now leads to the Illinois state Senate, where a two-thirds majority is needed to boot Blagojevich.


ABC News:

The Illinois House of Representatives voted 114-1 on Friday to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges that include allegedly trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

The article of impeachment—essentially an indictment—now goes to the state Senate for a trial. A two-thirds vote is required there to convict Blagojevich and remove him from office. The trial will be presided over by the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court and could begin as early as Jan. 26.

In the state Senate trial, impeachment managers and Blagojevich will have the opportunity to present witnesses and evidence.

If convicted by the Illinois Senate, Blagojevich would be removed from office and Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn would become acting governor.

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Wizards of the Inauguration

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While Barack Obama banned corporations and big donors from funding his inauguration so as to not trammel the public celebration, the big event’s multimillion-dollar bill is instead being footed by Wall Street executives and other financial employees acting as fundraisers. Abracadabra—no more special interests.


The Wall Street Journal:

President-elect Barack Obama has banned corporations and big donors from funding his Jan. 20 inauguration. But 90% of donations received so far have been raised by well-heeled fund-raisers, including Wall Street executives whose companies have received billions of dollars in federal bailout money.

A total of 207 fund-raisers have collected $24.8 million of the $27.3 million in contributions disclosed by Mr. Obama through Thursday, according to an analysis by nonpartisan campaign finance group Public Citizen commissioned by The Wall Street Journal.

Wall Street employees, as a group, have been the biggest single source of these private donations, according to the analysis. Much of their donations—$5.7 million total—has been channeled through financial-services executives who each have bundled together donations worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Quinn: Blagojevich ‘Missing The Point Of Impeachment’ (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 10th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Quinn: Blagojevich ‘Missing The Point Of Impeachment’ (VIDEO)
Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn called on Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign Friday in a news conference shortly after the governor railed against the Illinois House’s…

Paul Helmke: A New Day For Gun Violence Prevention
Last year at this time, I said that America was turning a corner on the gun issue, and the watershed events of 2008 confirmed that…

Causecast’s State Your Change 2009 Video
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Pardon Scooter Libby

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 10th, 2009 5:35 am by HL

Pardon Scooter Libby
In December, I was asked to file a second report on an automobile accident that took place back in September, during a visit to Los Angeles. A truck slammed into my car from behind while I was stopped at a traffic light. As I sat down to write a new report, I tried to recall the details, beginning with where the accident took place, which I remembered as having been on Wilshire Boulevard.

Justice for a Mass Murderer
WASHINGTON — On Dec. 14, the Ugandan army launched an attack on leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Congo, targeting its commander, Joseph Kony. Kony’s epic career of murder has few equals. As both a rebel and a cult leader in northern Uganda, he led an army of stolen children and sex slaves, sometimes forcing his captives to engage in cannibalism and the murder of neighbors to sever ties of community and humanity. The LRA has been known to line roads with the decapitated heads of enemies. Terror and conflict displaced millions of Ugandans into camps. When Kony lost his havens in that country, he fled into the chaotic vastness of Congo, using the cover of peace negotiations to raise another force of terrorists and child soldiers.


Warren Panel: Treasury Eroding Confidence It Seeks To Restore

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 10th, 2009 5:34 am by HL

Warren Panel: Treasury Eroding Confidence It Seeks To Restore
More from the report of the Congressional Oversight Panel, chaired by Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren, on Treasury’s spending of TARP funds: First a bit of backstory. In its first report issued last month, the panel asked a series of…

Treasury: You Never Said We Had To Make Banks More Consumer Friendly!
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The Daily Muck
Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration have taken the unusual step of writing a letter to the Obama transition team to complain about misconduct at the agency. The group of nine scientists claim that agency managers have used intimidation…


Illinois May Pose the Greatest Opposition to Obama’s Plans on Global Warming

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 10th, 2009 5:32 am by HL

Illinois May Pose the Greatest Opposition to Obama’s Plans on Global Warming
Illinois is one of the top greenhouse gas engines thanks to its dependence on two of the dirtiest sources of fossil fuel energy: coal and tar sands.

Gawker Shocker: How the Web’s Hottest Gossip Empire Lost Its Mojo
Nick Denton built a multi-million-dollar gossip blog media company. But as he sells off his prime assets, can the Gawker kingpin survive?

Obama Can Pump Trillions in the Economy, But No One Knows If It Will Work
The nation’s hopes — even the world’s — are riding on it, but Barack Obama’s stimulus plan is no sure shot.


A Response To Chris Peot

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 10th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

A Response To Chris Peot
In contrast to Chris Peot who is paid to promote biosolids and can afford GAP clothes, I live on a retirement income and have no conflict of interest when commenting and researching the use of sewage sludge. I have…





Crackpot Realism
A Reuters dispatch on p. A12 of the NYT reports that a Pentagon commission headed by former defense secretary James Schlesinger is worried that the U. S. (in the words of the headline) is “Inattentive to Deterring Nuclear War.” In…


Illinois House votes 114-1 to impeach Blagojevich.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 10th, 2009 5:30 am by HL

Illinois House votes 114-1 to impeach Blagojevich.
After a unanimous vote by a special impeachment panel yesterday, the full Illinois state House of Representative voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D). The impeachment trial will be held by the state Senate. As MSNBC pointed out, “You don’t have to be guilty of committing a crime to be impeached. You just have […]

After a unanimous vote by a special impeachment panel yesterday, the full Illinois state House of Representative voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D). The impeachment trial will be held by the state Senate.

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As MSNBC pointed out, “You don’t have to be guilty of committing a crime to be impeached. You just have to be accused of abusing your power or unable or unfit to serve.”

Cheney: No One Could Have Predicted The Financial Crisis, Just As No One Foresaw 9/11
Yesterday in an interview with the Associated Press’s Deb Reichmann, Vice President Cheney repeatedly insisted that no one anticipated the looming U.S. financial crisis. “I don’t think anybody saw it coming,” he said. He then compared the financial crisis to 9/11, another crisis that supposedly no one predicted: CHENEY: No, obviously, I wouldn’t have […]

tricheney.jpg Yesterday in an interview with the Associated Press’s Deb Reichmann, Vice President Cheney repeatedly insisted that no one anticipated the looming U.S. financial crisis. “I don’t think anybody saw it coming,” he said. He then compared the financial crisis to 9/11, another crisis that supposedly no one predicted:

CHENEY: No, obviously, I wouldn’t have predicted that. On the other hand I wouldn’t have predicted 9/11, the global war on terror, the need to simultaneous run military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq or the near collapse of the financial system on a global basis, not just the U.S. […]

CHENEY: Did you see it coming? (Laughter.)

REICHMANN: I wasn’t responsible for seeing it coming.

CHENEY: Now, what my point is that I don’t think anybody saw it coming.

Oddly enough, in today’s White House press briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Scott Stanzel insisted that the Bush administration “saw those [financial] problems on the horizon,” but it was Congress’s fault for taking “a long time…to act.” In reality, many economic experts — such as Nouriel Roubini, Dean Baker, and Paul Krugman — did predict the economic crisis; the Bush administration just wasn’t listening to them. In reality, administration officials often turned a “blind eye to the impending crisis.”

The same goes for 9/11. On August 6, 2001, the Bush administration received a President’s Daily Brief entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S.” The memo warned:

We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a —- service in 1998 saying that Bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to gain the release of “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists.

Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.

In 2001, the Federal Aviation Administration distributed a CD-ROM presentation to airlines and airports that cited the possibility of a suicide hijacking. In response to the threat warnings, the Bush administration did nothing.

In September, President Bush made similar comments to Cheney’s, citing the financial crisis in the same breath as “the bursting of the dot-com bubble, major corporate scandals, an unprecedented attack on our homeland, a global war on terror, a series of devastating natural disasters.”

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Obama Attorney General Pick Eric Holder Facing Increasing Criticism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 10th, 2009 5:29 am by HL

Obama Attorney General Pick Eric Holder Facing Increasing Criticism
Eric H. Holder Jr. is facing increasing resistance to his bid to become the next attorney general, emerging from President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet nominees as the prime target of Senate Republicans, both because of troubling episodes during his service in the Clinton administration and because…

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Blagojevich Answers Impeachment Vote
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