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The Right To A Speedy Trial

9:31 pm Jul. 31, 2008

For those of you who don’t have a copy of the Bill of Rights in your coat pocket like a number of members of Congress, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) is giving you a bit of a civics lesson as he fights a seven count felony indictment against him. “In all …

Congress Gets A Few Things Done

9:16 pm Jul. 31, 2008

While the last few months have been dominated by gridlock on energy legislation, lawmakers in Congress did make sure they would have a few things to talk about during their upcoming five week recess. Both the House and Senate easily approved a pair of bills that would get headlines on …

An Odd Month Of July

1:21 pm Jul. 31, 2008

As I wrote earlier this month, the Congress took away much of the fun that I usually have in July, by sidetracking most of the usual work on next year’s budget. Today, the House will approve the first spending bill for the next fiscal year, for Military Construction and Quality …

July 31 Used To Mean Something

9:27 pm Jul. 30, 2008

On this final day of July, let us remember that under the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, the Congress, in odd numbered years, is to adjourn for the year by this date. Sec. 132. (a) Unless otherwise provided by the Congress,the two Houses shall–(1) adjourn sine die not later than July …

USA v Theodore F. Stevens

8:47 pm Jul. 30, 2008

This will not go down as a great day for Sen. Ted Stevens, the U.S. Senate, or the Republican Party today, as Stevens will be arraigned on seven felony counts of falsifying financial disclosure reports to conceal peronsal gifts in excess of $250,000. Stevens will go to the federal courthouse …

More Energy Gridlock

8:30 pm Jul. 30, 2008

Just when things couldn’t get any weirder with respect to the energy debate in the Congress, they did on Wednesday. The word in the halls in the morning was that Senate GOP leaders had decided to accept the original offer from Democrats for four amendments on an underlying bill designed …

More Congressional Scorn

3:35 pm Jul. 29, 2008

At this point in the second term of a lame duck President, the Congress has usually had it up to here with a few of the leading characters in the Administration, and this one is no different. On Tuesday, three Democrat Senators called for the resignation of EPA Chief Stephen …

Energy Gridlock Update

3:18 pm Jul. 29, 2008

While Monday brought us a tiny bit of optimism that Senate leaders might soon agree on the parameters of an energy debate, Tuesday didn’t follow up on that possibility. Senate leaders huddled at various points during the day, but Republicans still pressed for more than four amendments on an underlying …

Sen. Ted Stevens Indicted

1:28 pm Jul. 29, 2008

The uphill nature of this year’s Congressional elections got even worse for Republicans on Tuesday, as a seven count criminal indictment was unsealed against Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska. Stevens has been under investigation in a corruption probe in Alaska that has also touched his son, a former state legislator.  …

The Out Of Control Budget Deficit

9:29 pm Jul. 28, 2008

It doesn’t matter who wins the White House in November.  Whether it is Barack Obama or John McCain, they are going to face a fairly severe budgetary situation, as in deficits that could well run over a half trillion dollars a year. You read that right.  Deficits of over $500 …