A quick trip around Hannity's America...
Democrats are claiming that they were left in the dark about a secret CIA proposal designed to hunt down Al Qaeda leadership after 9/11. The initiative was approved by President Bush and Democrats are now alleging that Vice President Cheney argued against notifying Congress of its existence:
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SEN. DIANE FEINSTEIN, D-CALIF.: Congress should have been told. We should have been briefed before the commencement of this kind of sensitive program.
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Unfortunately for Senator Feinstein, her argument is absolutely baseless.
Number one: Intelligence sources say that the program was never fully operational, therefore there was nothing to brief Congress on.
Number two: The New York Times reported extensive details about the so-called "secret" program way back in December of 2002.
Maybe Senator Feinstein should start reading the newspaper like the rest of us.
Gibbs the Trekkie
I have learned a lot of things watching Robert Gibbs' press conferences, but perhaps the most interesting was that the "master of spin" must be quite the Trekkie — so much so that he is beginning to resemble one of "Star Trek's" main characters, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy. I'm not kidding. Take a look:
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WILLIAM SHATNER, ACTOR, AS CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK: Bones, did you ever hear of a doomsday machine?
DEFOREST KELLEY, ACTOR, AS DR. LEONARD "BONES" MCCOY: No, I'm a doctor, not a mechanic!
ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I'm glad I'm not a public health spokesman. Let me just try this one more time.
KELLEY: I'm a doctor, not a coal miner!
GIBBS: I'm not a — I said earlier I'm not a contracts lawyer and I happen to also not be a constitutional lawyer, mostly because I'm not a lawyer at all.
KELLEY: Look, I'm a doctor, not an escalator! Spock, give me a hand!
GIBBS: I'm not a contracts lawyer.
SHATNER: Help it. Treat it.
KELLEY: I'm a doctor, not a brick layer!
GIBBS: Again, I'm not a contract lawyer.
I'm not a contract lawyer. I don't know the specific answer to that.
KELLEY: I'm not a magician, Spock, just an old country doctor.
GIBBS: I'm not a judge in a court of law, but I can — what I just gave you I think is consistent with what the president has done and what he believes.
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Keep up the good work, Robert. I'm not a press secretary, I'm just a television host.
Soldier Says "No"
President Obama announced a surge in troop deployments to Afghanistan back in February, but at least one soldier is now refusing to go.
According to Georgia's Ledger Inquirer newspaper, U.S. Army Sergeant Stephan Fredrick Cook doesn't believe that President Obama can send troops overseas because Cook says that Obama was not born in the United States.
Cook plans to argue that controversial claim in a federal courtroom in Georgia on Thursday, just one day after he was ordered to report for duty.
Land of the "Czars"
We continue our journey into the shadow government of the Land of "Czars."
Meet Ron Bloom, the man who was said to become President Obama's second car "czar." (I guess that makes him Ron II.) Bloom will take over for Steven Rattner, who has been a controversial figure during his reign atop the White House auto task force.
Now Bloom, like all the other members of the task force, has zero auto industry experience. But don't expect that to be an issue at a confirmation hearing, because there won't be a confirmation hearing! In fact, the administration says that Bloom could take over in just a few short days.
Isn't it amazing just how quickly things can happen when you don't have to worry about vetting candidates or getting them confirmed by that pesky old Senate?
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