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  •  Wow (1+ / 0-)
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    I had no idea Byrd was so close to the White House. Doesn't make much sense to me for the pro tempore to be so high up in the line of succession. It's mostly an honor title anyhow, so it usually only goes to older gentlemen...

    "Take a walk and you'll find it's too narrow, too narrow for the likes of me." --- Nick Cave, "Up Jumped the Devil"

    by droogie6655321 on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 06:06:12 AM PDT

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    •  Scary, huh? (1+ / 0-)
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      Can someone please explain to me how there can be a "moderate" position on equality??

      by browneyes on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 06:10:10 AM PDT

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    •  President pro tempore (1+ / 0-)
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      Quickie Wiki:

      The President pro tempore also referred to as President pro tem) is the second-highest-ranking official of the United States Senate and the highest-ranking senator.

      The U.S. Constitution states the Vice President of the United States serves ex officio as President of the Senate, and is the highest-ranking official of the Senate even though he or she only votes in the case of a tie. During the Vice President's absence, the President pro tempore is the highest-ranking official in the Senate and may preside over its sessions.

      The President pro tempore is elected by the Senate; by custom, the President pro tempore is the most senior senator in the majority party.

      The President pro tempore is an office of the Senate mandated by Article I, section 3 of the Constitution. Although the position is in some ways equivalent to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the powers of the President pro tempore are far more limited. In the Senate, most power rests with party leaders and individual senators, but as the chamber's presiding officer in the absence of the Vice President, the President pro tempore is authorized to perform certain duties, including ruling on points of order. Additionally, the President pro tempore is one of the two authorities to whom declarations of presidential inability or of ability to resume the presidency must be transmitted under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution (The Speaker of the House is the other.)

      An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Mohandas Gandhi

      by msmacgyver on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 06:25:52 AM PDT

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    •  Basis of a great old novel -- "The Man" (2+ / 0-)
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      browneyes, msmacgyver

      by Irving Wallace (a great "bad writer", IMO).

      In the story, as a kind of political manuvering, a black senator (who I believe was appointed to that position--going on 40+ yr memory here), was elected President pro-tem.

      In a twist of events, all others ahead are killed, and the senator becomes the first African American POTUS. Pretty insightful for the mid-1960s and a great read when I was a kid.

      If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible...tonight is your answer.

      by Azdak on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 06:26:34 AM PDT

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