"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Thursday, July 10, 2008

STOP THE PRESSES!!!!! Pelosi Says House Judiciary May Hold Hearings On Kucinich Impeachment Resolution

(The Politico) Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this morning that the House Judiciary Committee may hold hearings on an impeachment resolution offered by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio).

Kucinich is expected to offer a "privileged resolution" this afternoon calling on the House to look at whether President Bush should be removed from office for lying to Congress and the American public when he sought congressional approval back in 2002 for taking military action to invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Pelosi has said previously that impeachment "was off the table," so her comments this morning were surprising, and clearly signaled a new willingness to entertain the idea of ousting Bush, although no one in the Democratic leadership believes that is likely since the president has only six months left in this term.

"This is a Judiciary Committee matter, and I believe we will some attention being paid to it by the Judiciary Committee," Pelosi told reporters. "Not necessarily taking up the articles of impeachment because that would have to be approved on the floor, but to have some hearings on the subject."

Pelosi added: "My expectation is that there will be some review of that in the committee."

A spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee had no immediate comment when asked whether Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the panel's chairman, planned hearings on Kucinich's impeachment resolutions.


July 2008

National Impeachment Network


A spokesperson for a National Impeachment Network (NIN) lobbying delegation, which has been meeting with Congress members in Washington DC this week, said "There is clear evidence that the mood of Congress has shifted. Impeachment hearings could start this month. It appears that hearings will likely focus on impeachable offenses not requiring testimony and lengthy investigations because evidence is on the public record -- the administration's refusal to honor subpoenas, the nearly 800 signing statements used to alter the intent of legislation passed by Congress, and the deliberate misinformation given to Congress to get approval for going to war. We are very optimistic that Cheney and Bush are finally going to be held to account and investigated."

Said another member of the NIN delegation, "The reception we've received has been positively amazing. Every Representative we've met with supports impeachment strongly. Our team is working hard and will continue lobbying efforts through the month of July. We'll be there tomorrow when Kucinich introduces his new resolution for impeaching Bush for the deliberate intelligence deceptions leading to the Iraq War.And Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers invited the group to sit in on the Judiciary Committee hearing where Karl Rove is expected to be cited for contempt of Congress. Conyers told the group that he would like to deliver the inherent contempt citation to Rove himself.

This is incredibly exciting. The majority of Americans favor impeachment and want the Democratic Party to listen to the grassroots. Congress members are going to insist on restoring their oversight authority. We should take heart that the breakthrough we've been seeking appears to finally be happening."


Cynthia Papermaster, NINgroup@gmail.com, 510-333-6097

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On the July 8 editions of both his radio and television programs, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly again cited Sen. Barack Obama's ranking by the National Journal as the "most liberal senator" for 2007, without noting the rankings' subjectivity. On his radio show, O'Reilly said of Obama: "You know, his voting record is very left -- the most left-wing senator in the country, according to the National Journal." Later that day on his Fox News television show, after Fox News contributor Marc Lamont Hill claimed that Obama is "a centrist masquerading as a leftist," O'Reilly asked Hill: "Isn't that deceitful, though? ... If he [Obama] really is a centrist and not a leftist, and his voting record is the most liberal in the Senate?" The next day on his television program, in response to Fox News contributor Dick Morris' claim that Obama will "be forced by Congress to go to the left, just like [President] Bill Clinton was when he was elected in 1992," O'Reilly replied, "[H]e's the most liberal senator anyway. You're not forcing a guy out of his milieu. He's a liberal guy. That's what he is." In no instance did O'Reilly note that the Journal's 2007 Vote Ratings were based not on all votes cast by senators in 2007, but on "99 key Senate votes, selected by NJ reporters and editors, to place every senator on a liberal-to-conservative scale."

In contrast to the National Journal rankings, a study by political science professors Keith Poole and Jeff Lewis, using every non-unanimous vote cast in the Senate in 2007 to determine relative ideology, placed Obama in a tie for the ranking of 10th most liberal senator. In a June 16 PolitiFact.com article analyzing the Journal ratings, St. Petersburg Times Washington bureau chief and PolitiFact editor Bill Adair reported that National Journal editor Charles Green "says voters shouldn't rely on a single rating to determine a candidate's ideology" and quoted Green as saying, "There's pluses and minuses to each rating system. If you look at a number of them, I think you have a pretty good picture." American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Norman J. Ornstein has also criticized the National Journal's rating of Obama, calling it "pretty ridiculous."

Media Matters for America has repeatedly documented instances (here, here, here, here and here) in which media figures -- including O'Reilly and Fox News contrib utor Karl Rove during a discussion with O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor -- have cited or referred t o the National Journal ratings without noting their subjectivity. On the January 31 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly said of Obama: "[H]e's the most liberal senator ... in the country, according to National Journal." On the Februar y 11 O'Reilly Factor, Rove said: "Well, you know, my gut tells me that over the long haul, Obama is -- look, he is inexperienced and does not have what is needed to be the commander in chief. And he's the most liberal member of the United States Senate."

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