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  •  Yeah, good question, what power does this junior (1+ / 0-)
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    Senator have to do squat?

    It all sounds great, but can he really do anything?

    Waxman, Conyers, Leahy, etc.-- House and Senate committee chairs are the ones who can actually DO something.

    Children in the U.S... detained [against] intl. & domestic standards." --Amnesty Internati

    by doinaheckuvanutjob on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 03:45:40 PM PST

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    •  Not always true - (1+ / 0-)
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      Kerry was a freshman Senator - just starting his first term when he started his investigation of the Contras. He started his BCCI investigation in his first term as well - he was a few years into his second term when it ended.

      He needed the support of the SFRC chair - Lugar - but he was a Freshman Senator who pretty much did these investigations himself. (Like Whitehouse he was previously a prosecutor)

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