Thursday, February 02, 2006

all the other shit that went down

I just want to tick off everything we would have learned about on Wednesday if we all hadn’t been spending the entire news cycle learning about switch grass.

The House had a revote on their reverse Robin Hood spending cuts. It passed. But only by two votes. The bill (which Bush will certainly sign) cuts $40 Billion from programs including Medicaid, welfare, child support, food stamps, and student lending.

The Senate began final negotiations with the House on $60 Billion in tax cuts, mostly for the wealthy.

The administration denied requests from the Senate Judiciary Committee for classified legal opinions on Bush’s warrantless domestic spying program.

The IAEA said it had new evidence of Iranian work on nuclear weapons.

Two more West Virginia miners were killed in separate accidents, prompting Gov. Joe Manchin III to call for a total mine shutdown in his state.

The non-partisan Government Accountability office placed blame for the Katrina relief catastrophe squarely on the shoulders of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. This comes just days after revelations that the White House had substantial advanced warning about the specific disasters that would ensue when the massive hurricane made landfall.

Three Massachusetts women filed suit against Wal-Mart for violating state law by failing to stock emergency contraception in its pharmacies.

Energy Secretary Sam Bodman and White House Economic Advisor Alan Hubbard both declared that President Bush “didn’t mean it literally” when he vowed in the SOTU to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025.

Capitol Hill police admitted that Cindy Sheehan didn’t violate any laws Tuesday, and shouldn’t have been taken from the House gallery in handcuffs.

Patrick Fitzgerald let it be known that someone in the White House, or the Vice President’s office, or both, deleted e-mail pertinent to his leak/obstruction of justice investigation. (more here)

And, Lindsay Lohan required ten stitches to close a gash on he leg after she was injured in a “teacup accident.”


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