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Sunday, July 12, 2009


Getting ready for the week ahead: Hearings begin tomorrow (complete with new Senator Al Franken, too) regarding the Sotomayor appointment to the US Supreme Court. Watch what happens very closely, as the media temptation will be to brand anything Republicans say as cranky, obstructionist or just plan "racist". The GOP needs to stick to the issues and ask the right questions, without grand-standing. Allow the American people to hear her reveal what she really believes. Still, barring some unexpected craziness, Sonia Sotomayor will be confirmed, guaranteeing left-of-center influence on the court for decades. BTW: So much of the commentary in favor of Judge Sotomayor involves "her story". Sure, it's quite moving. But Justices aren't there because of their life story or any examples of feelings and "empathy" The job is about reinforcing... not imagining... what the US Constitution says.
In the meantime, despite assertions to the contrary, the nation's Attorney General Eric Holder now may go after some former Bush administration officials for war "crimes". Here's some of what's revealed in a new Newsweek article:

Holder, 58, may be on the verge of asserting his independence in a profound way. Four knowledgeable sources tell NEWSWEEK that he is now leaning toward appointing a prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration's brutal interrogation practices, something the president has been reluctant to do. While no final decision has been made, an announcement could come in a matter of weeks, say these sources, who decline to be identified discussing a sensitive law-enforcement matter. Such a decision would roil the country, would likely plunge Washington into a new round of partisan warfare, and could even imperil Obama's domestic priorities, including health care and energy reform. Holder knows all this, and he has been wrestling with the question for months. "I hope that whatever decision I make would not have a negative impact on the president's agenda," he says. "But that can't be a part of my decision."

Could part of this new twist be a distraction from the fact that the stimulus plan isn't working? Or that America's aren't fully buying the Cap & Trade/Tax and health care pushes? Or have et al been working overtime to push their agendas forward?

In other news breaking today, the CIA claims VP Cheney withheld info from some members of Congress about key issues. Let's think this through: Do members of Congress know how to keep their mouths shut? Example: Sen. Diane Feinstein blabbing about the CIA flying Predators out of Pakistan. That went over well. Not.

We'll talk more about all of this with Rowan Scarborough, author of SABOTAGE: America's Enemies Within the CIA, tomorrow morning on KCBQ 1170AM (7-9AM Pacific) and

SPEAKING OF NEWS: Read the interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in today's New York Times magazine. Sure sounds like some of her views on abortion are right up with Margaret Sanger's (rationalizing that society could be better of off since abortion eliminates some less-desirable members of society through the process). Let's face it: Abortion has caused a huge American genocide, starting with the African-American community. There should be outrage over what's happened there, and agreement on right and left, that it's intolerable. Let's hear more people talk about this issue in upcoming debates.

This also highlights why the hearings over Sonia Sotomayor are so important. No matter who it's framed, Court appointment battles all swirtl around the baby: So much of it is about Roe v. Wade. Read the Ginsburg article in the Sunday Times Magazine at

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