Thursday, January 05, 2006


If Rep. Jane Harman's, D-Cal, interpretation of the National Security Act is correct, the administration of George W. Bush is in deep trouble, A.P.:
In a letter to Bush, Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., said the National Security Act requires the heads of the various intelligence agencies to keep the entire House and Senate intelligence committees "fully and currently informed of the intelligence activities of the United States."

Only in the case of a highly classified covert action can the president choose to inform a narrower group of Congress members about his decision, Harman said. That action is defined in the law as an operation to influence political, economic or military conditions of another country.

"The NSA program does not qualify as a 'covert action,'" Harman wrote.
If Bob Novak is correct, in today's Sun Times column, Nancy Pelosi is in trouble:
Nevertheless, dissatisfaction with Pelosi's performance is pervasive across the ideological spectrum. Her colleagues grumble that under her leadership, the party lacks focus and a clear agenda necessary to take advantage of Republican disarray.

This deficiency is referred to by some House Democrats as ''the Nancy problem,'' but it really transcends failings of their party leader. They remain tied to obsolete practices that freeze in place aged committee leaders. Their rhetoric betrays inability to free themselves from New Deal tax-and-spend policies. The Republican majority looks divided, out of gas and threatened by serious scandals. But Democrats fear they are ill-equipped to seize their opportunity.
If what happened in Iraq today is an indication of what we can expect, there are serious problems with this insurgency, CNN:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- In the deadliest day since the December 15 elections, at least 118 people were killed in Iraq and scores were wounded in separate insurgent-bomb attacks, authorities said Thursday.
If the medical reports are accurate, Ariel Sharon may not see the end of the week, CNN:
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will remain sedated until at least Friday, and remains in serious condition in intensive care following a major stroke, the director of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital said Thursday.


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