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Obituaries for the political career of former Senate Republican leader (and current Republican whip) Trent Lott, who announced Nov. 26 that he will retire in Decembera full five years before his term runs outhave entertained various theories as to why Lott is quitting his job. There's the No Fun theory, which posits that Lott, along with the 17 Republican House members and five Republican senators also choosing to retire, have simply lost their enthusiasm for promoting the policies of an unpopular president in a Congress where they lack a majority. There's the Greedy Pig theory, which posits that Lott wants to dodge new lobbying restrictions that take effect Jan. 1. And there's the Still Clueless About Thurmond theory, which posits that Lott remains puzzled and bitter about losing the top leadership spot simply because, at a 2002 celebration of Thurmond's 100th birthday, he said something nice about Thurmond's 1948 campaign for president on the segregationist Dixiecrat ticket. (Full disclosure: In his 2005 book Herding Cats, Lott accuses me of lighting the bonfire. That isn't true, but I'll own up to tossing the first log.)
Please welcome now the Scandal theory, which is suddenly gaining traction with conservative blogger Michelle Malkin; with Harper's blogger Scott Horton; with Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan; and most especially with David Rossmiller, managing editor of the Insurance Coverage Law blog, which is maintained by Dunn Carney Allen Higgins and Tongue, a law firm based in Portland, Ore. The Scandal theory, which is admittedly speculative, is that legal proceedings concerning Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and the flamboyant plaintiff's attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, who is also Lott's brother-in-law, are about to expose improper behavior by Lott.
Our story begins in August 2005, when Hurricane Katrina wreaked its vengeance on the Gulf Coast. In addition to depopulating New Orleans, this unwelcome weather event had the temerity to knock down Lott's 154-year-old beachfront home in Pascagoula, Miss., and also the home of Dickie Scruggs, who in addition to being Lott's brother-in-law was also Lott's neighbor. Lott filed a claim with his insurer, State Farm, but State Farm denied the claim, arguing that the culprit was not high winds, which the policy covered, but rather flooding, which the policy didn't cover. (Lott had separately purchased federal flood insurance, but that didn't come close to covering his losses.) Scruggs filed suit (subscription required) on Lott's behalf.Obituaries for the political career of former Senate Republican leader (and current... more
Meet several State Representatives and former Governor Cecil Andrus - who served four terms as the Governor of Idaho. Hear what they have to say about a grassroots campaign, volunteers and the future of Idaho politics.Meet several State Representatives and former Governor Cecil Andrus - who served four... more
A bill pending in the Senate would protect the style of a garment, and not just the logo, under copyright.
Under the federal Copyright Act of 1976, the line between design piracy in fashion (co-opting the cut, shape and silhouette of an item) and counterfeiting (faux goods posing as designer merchandise) is razor-thin. Only artwork is protected: brand labels, logos, original prints and embroidery. The patterns -- or blueprints -- for garments and accessories are not. But many in the fashion industry consider the classifications ludicrous and are trying to have the law changed.
"There is no counterfeiting without design piracy," designer Diane Von Furstenberg said in an interview at her Beverly Hills estate. "It's counterfeiting without the label."
As the president of the New York-based Council of Fashion Designers, a nonprofit trade organization, Von Furstenberg is backing a bill pending in the Senate that would amend the Copyright Act. Dubbed the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, it would extend the protections in fashion design beyond artwork to encompass "the appearance as a whole" (the cut and silhouette) of an article for three years.
Though the bill has garnered strong support from Seventh Avenue, many L.A. fashion professionals have voiced doubt as to whether the bill could really make a dent in design piracy -- or if it will increase litigation in an already hyper-litigious industry.A bill pending in the Senate would protect the style of a garment, and not just the... more
House approval of an article of impeachment sends the issue to the Senate, which has the constitutional authority to try and, with a two-thirds vote, remove a person from office.House approval of an article of impeachment sends the issue to the Senate, which has... more
The power of a single individual to create change has always inspired me. Earlier this year, my friend Bill McKibben decided he was going to establish a day of action to fight the climate crisis.
Out of his idea, Step It Up 2007 was born, and on April 14th tens of thousands of people, including thousands of members of AlGore.com, joined together at 1,400 rallies to raise their voices and demand that Congress cut carbon 80% by 2050.
Step It Up 2: Who's A Leader will take place this Saturday. You can find a rally in your area by visiting:
"Step It Up 2" is going to be an incredible event. Already, 59 Members of Congress and 7 Presidential candidates have signed up to attend rallies around the country.
Participating is so easy: just click the link above and find a Step It Up event in your area. With hundreds scheduled in all 50 states, there is probably a rally near your home.
After you RSVP, use Step It Up's online tool to invite your member of Congress, both your Senators, and all of the presidential candidates. We need to convince as many of our elected leaders as possible to attend these events so they can witness first-hand the huge movement demanding action to solve the climate crisis.
Just the act of inviting your member of Congress will help demonstrate the incredible support for our cause.
Sign up to attend a Step It Up Rally by visiting:
People like Bill McKibben and events like Step It Up are helping us build the political will necessary to end the climate crisis. It is vital you participate in any way you can -- November 3rd is going to be an incredible day.
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President Bush has "made it clear he will only sign a bill that grants retroactive immunity, and one can imagine that these erstwhile telecom jailbirds are going to be singing like a flock of canaries about those in the administration who induced them to commit these crimes if they can't shake the charges post haste." Hillary and Rockefeller are among others that have benefited from increased donations from these telecoms...President Bush has "made it clear he will only sign a bill that grants... more
Yesterday, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John Warner (R-VA) introduced a comprehensive global warming bill that sets the stage for Senate action this fall.
It already has broad bipartisan support furthering its potential to pass the Senate. Our job over the next few weeks is to protect and strengthen the bill including, among other things, total emissions reductions and work with members of Congress to pass it this year. Yesterday, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John Warner (R-VA) introduced a... more
A new Australian political party will open all decisions to its constituency. The party's main candidate is a part-time mayor / part-time Elvis impersonator. A new Australian political party will open all decisions to its constituency. The... more
We have done what we can afford by sending this clip on DVD to each of the 100 members of the U.S. Senate.
We know everyone here believes in the power of the image. We are asking you to help raise the voice of Tibet at this opportunity.
Please choose to help.
Simply cut and paste this note and link below and forward it to friends, representatives and world leaders. www.dailymotion.com/video/x24a5s_lgoldmedals_news
It is that simple to help. Thank You
Visually and respectfully Yours, Joe Mickey and Sazzy Varga
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I really don't know what to say. Could someone please try to enlighten me why Bush would veto a bill to help support Children's health care?I really don't know what to say. Could someone please try to enlighten me why... more
Frustrated by Republican efforts to block votes on bringing American combat troops home from Iraq, Senate Democratic leaders were preparing to roll out sleeping cots Tuesday for an all-night debate on the war.Frustrated by Republican efforts to block votes on bringing American combat troops... more
I find it interesting when protesters disrupt things in the capitol on live TV. The youtube title calls them extremists, but I don't want to be labelling anyone here...I find it interesting when protesters disrupt things in the capitol on live TV. The... more
thank God we have Operation Save America to protect us from infidels!