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Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 01:13 PM PST

It's Official: Warren on Banking

by Papa Joe

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced committee assignments for Democratic Senators in the 113th Congress.  Incoming Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been assigned to the Banking committee, along with Manchin and Heitkamp.

A full list of committee assignments is below the fold.

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Delays in delivery of badly-need, more IED-resistent armored vehicles (so-called Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles) to the field have been discussed in a recent diary.  According to the Pentagon, that may not be such a bad thing.  Apparently the MRAP is becoming a preferred target of insurgents, and it's all the fault of those pesky reporters who are writing about this new vehicle.


Why is the Pentagon discouraging press coverage of the MRAP Vehical?

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Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 12:40 PM PDT

Bad Policy; Bad Politics

by Papa Joe

Today's NYT editorial entitled The Fear of Fear Itself stated succinctly the question that has had me scratching my head not just since the passage of the White House eavesdropping bill in the hours before the August recess, but since the capitulation on the supplemental war funding bill several months ago:

[What do Democrats] plan to do with their majority in Congress if they are too scared of Republican campaign ads to use it to protect the Constitution and restrain an out-of-control president?

How is it that our elected representatives -- nearly all of whom are professional politicians -- fail to grasp a basic political truth:  Enabling this President's disastrous policies has a heavy political cost.

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