Minutes ago, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid asked for unanimous consent to move to a vote on the Levin-Reed amendment to effectively end the occupation. Sen. Minority Whip Trent Lott objected, and the filibuster continues.
Reid admonished the obstructionists: "The time for speeches has ended … we want some votes."
Since conservatives surely want everyone to know about their glorious obstructing of the public will, be sure to watch the action on C-Span 2.
UPDATE (4:05 PM ET): Lott insisted that Republicans were "ready to vote." Minutes later, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin repeated Reid's request for unanimous consent to move to a vote, and Lott -- sans shame -- objected again.
Purely by chance, I was in the middle of reading Katharine Graham’s autobiography when President Bush commuted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence.
I had just reached the part where Graham, the publisher of The Washington Post during the Watergate era, was despairing as the trail grew cold. The Post had published a connection between the Watergate burglary and the Nixon re-election campaign, but crucial connections continued to elude them. Graham worried whether her paper could conclusively prove all of the claims.
The conviction of the Watergate burglars changed everything. James McCord had been sentenced to prison, but before the gates clanged shut he offered to trade information for leniency. The case broke open. “What a relief,” Graham wrote 20 years later.
Today the American people may be denied that relief. more »
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has lately been taking a tough line on ending the Iraq war. That comes in the face of weeks of stubborn Republican opposition to any attempt to bring the troops home or to even curb President Bush’s imperial use of power to keep the war going.
Reid should know that if he stands up to that Republican minority, he’s got public support—not just in a new USA Today-Gallup poll that shows that seven out of 10 voters want U.S. troops out of Iraq by April 2008, but in the thousands who have already signed the Campaign for America’s Future petition encouraging Reid to force a filibuster if he has to rather than back down on the basic demands the American public elected Democrats to meet.
That petition, though, needs more signatures as the Senate begins debate today on a 2008 defense authorization bill (H.R. 1585) that will be the Democrats’ opportunity to require the United States to withdraw its troops from Iraq. more »
Americans want big changes in our heath care system. And now Michael Moore's great new film, "SiCKO," is helping to turn a desire for change into a crusade for change.
Now breaking box office records in its second week in theaters, "SiCKO" conveys powerfully emotional stories of Americans trapped in a system controlled by insurance and drug companies that deny care and destroy lives in order to maintain their profits. We walk into the movie house as individuals with our particular gripes about the health care system. And we walk out wanting to be part of a national movement for health care for all. For example, read this great account of how spontaneous organizing literally occurred in the theater lobby—at a Dallas, Texas suburban cineplex.
So, what kind of movement should we be building? more »