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Wed Sep 24, 2008 at 10:58 AM PDT

That's a Lot of Lipstick

by fsl3

As loath as I am to further ridiculous story lines, this is just too good to pass up. According to a post by AmericaBlog's John Aravosis, the McCain campaign has dropped some serious coin on beauty products.

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The intensity with which Secretary Paulson and the Bush administration are pushing the $700 billion (read $1 trillion+) bank bailout bill is stunning. But even more staggering than the reckless speed is the open disdain for the U.S. Constitution.

kos pointed out in a mid-day post that the "'Crisis bill' was months in the making." According to Bush administration spokesman Tony Fratto, the bulk of the Paulson proposal was drafted over a series of months as a "contingency." One of the key contingencies, of course, is the language that makes the actions of the Secretary of the Treasury UNREVIEWABLE by the federal courts.

This sounds familiar: In 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act -- all 342 pages -- was introduced in Congress just 3 weeks after the September 11 attacks and passed just over three weeks later. Few pieces of legislation can compete with the constitutional damage of the PATRIOT Act, but the Paulson bailout proposal gives it a shot.

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Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 08:14 PM PDT

The Tiny Circles in D.C.

by fsl3

One of the things that constantly amazes me is how much cross-pollination there is in D.C., which is why it's obviously such a fertile field for someone like special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.

Here's one example: in an article yesterday about the focus on Cheney's office, there was a list of people who have been interviewed by Fitzgerald. On that list is the name of Catherine Martin, who some will recognize as the wife of FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, who was appointed recently to replace Michael Powell (himself the son of former Secretary of State Colin Powell).

There is apparently no suggestion that Mrs. Martin was a participant in the conspiracy to disclose Valerie Plame's name, but it does offer an interesting illustration of how a single careless match can start a serious Capital Hill brushfire.

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