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Subject: Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark
The House of Representatives is holding morning business. John "George Crybaby Hamilton" Boehner has introduced a "privileged resolution" calling for the censure of Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark for his comments of last week regarding not funding the SCHIP legislation and for the continued profligate war-spending requests that we also don't have the money to pay for.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Today Chairman Waxman wrote to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reiterating his request for information about the "CivPol" program. The State Department has been faulted for inadequate management of the billion-dollar contract with DynCorp International to train the Iraqi police forces, but has not complied with the Committee's oversight efforts.
Text of the letter follows:
Dear Madam Secretary:
Each time he does this, and each time House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's minions deliver, the Democrats sink in public esteem, to the point that they're now approaching single-digit approval ratings.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Marc Perkel
McCain says Bin Laden message a sign of success?
Republican presidential candidate John McCain says that the latest Osama bin Laden message is "a clear sign that we are succeeding in Iraq." I think the fact that Osama is still making videos is a clear sign that we are focusing on the wrong enemy. (Hint to Republicans - Osama isn't in Iraq.) I would say the fact that Bush is asking for another 46 billion dollars to fund the occupation is a clear sign that we are NOT succeeding in Iraq.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter
19,000 Americans died in hospitals and nursing homes in 2005. They were victims of a scary "superbug" -- a bacterial staph infection for which there is now no known cure. Experts warn that we are facing a "medical typhoon" unless we act to contain this menace of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Hmm, thanks to Chris Dodd we’re finding out it only takes one Senator with some guts, not 67 Dewey Decimal Rules and Regulations cowards, to stop Bush, Cheney, and the Repuglicans in their tracks! Senator “Chris Dodd on Thursday single-handedly blocked a bill to legalize unconstitutional spying and immunize criminals who have engaged in it.”
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WORLD ENERGY WATCH
IRAN COMPLETES MOVE AWAY FROM DOLLAR RESERVES
(Gulfnews.com, United Arab Emirates)
by Tony Peyser
Richard Roberts, President Of Oral Roberts University,
Takes Leave Due To Widening Financial Scandal
In addition to questions of home remodeling
And many private jet trips for free
God says that Roberts owes Him fifty grand
He loaned him back in '93.
Ex-Attorney General Isn't Answering Inspector
General's Questions; May Face Prosecution
Todd Gitlin on the Torrent of Media Images and Sound Bites That Make Us Less Informed and More Prey to DemagogueryWritten by BuzzFlash
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
We're not just computing brains. We're also sensory and emotional creatures. When we come to media, we're along for the ride, and the quality of the ride is not just a function of its truth value, it's also a function of its emotional and sensational value.
-- Todd Gitlin, author, Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives
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