Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Remember the RNC using pictures of Bush on 9/11 to fundraise?

Well if you do, you can probably figure that if they don't want to politicize this report, they probably think it is not gonna help 'em.

Speaker wants to avoid politicizing report, aide says

WASHINGTON (CNN) --Congress appears unlikely to grant a two-month extension requested by the commission investigating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to finish its report.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert told President Bush on Wednesday he would not bring up any legislation to authorize the 60-day extension proposed by the commission and endorsed by the White House, according to Hastert spokesman John Feehery.

Feehery said the speaker, a Republican from Illinois, had two reasons.

"One, if there are recommendations that need action, we need them sooner than later," Feehery said. "Two, he does not want this to be delayed any further and become a political football in the middle of the campaign."

I think the actual priority may be the other way around.

It get's better...I mean worse.

Rice declines to testify

Earlier Wednesday, the commission said national security adviser Condoleezza Rice had declined its request to testify at a public hearing next month.

"We are disappointed by this decision," commission members said in a statement. "We believe the nation would be well served by the contribution she can make to public understanding of the intelligence and policy issues being examined by the commission."

Rice met privately with the panel February 7.

The statement also asked Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to reconsider their decision to be questioned only by the commission's chairman, former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, a Republican, and its vice chairman, former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton, a Democrat. The statement said Bush and Cheney "prefer not to meet with all members of the commission."

Well I "prefer" not to pay their damn salaries with my hard earned tax dollars, but I guess I'm just out of luck. Why do they get to decide? Safe house Dems need to make a major stink out of this one.

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