Monthly Archives: January 2009
The following is Rachel’s take on the entire interview. She discusses the highlights, or lowlights with a former DOJ Prosecutor and whether Blago slipped up and admitted wrong-doing. Remember, Blago’s attorney quit because he refused to keep his piehole shut and drop his national tour of talk shows. The entire interview can be seen here in sections.
John Conyers, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has just subpoenaed Karl Rove while investigating the politicization of the Justice Department and the political prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. Rove previously invoked executive privilege to avoid congressional subpoenas. Conyers said in a press release: “I will carry this investigation forward to its conclusion, whether in Congress or in court. … Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it.”
Oh, and happy 50th birthday KO! 😉
He hasn’t been sitting on his hands reading polls, he hasn’t been giving us empty speeches or downplaying the economic crisis either. In his first week, Obama has done the following, per Bill Moyers Journal:
In his first full day in office, President Barack Obama enacted two executive orders dealing with government openness and ethics. The NEW YORK TIMES suggested that, like many presidents before him, President Obama carefully chose these orders to send a message about his priorities as President.
In one of his first executive orders, President Obama revoked the use of executive privilige as a means for former presidents and their heirs to keep documents from becoming public. In a separate memorandum President Obama undid a post-9/11 directive from the Bush administration that had encouraged federal agencies to deny Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Additionally, President Obama signed a memorandum outlining his administration’s committment to open and transparent government.
It’s was a busy week for our Commander-in-Chief. And I welcome that with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.
The beginning of a new week and he is still making changes. Today, he signed an Executive Order reversing Bush’s fuckery on allowing states to set their own EPA standards. As a Cali native and current resident of one of the smoggiest shitholes in the state, that makes me very happy.