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    Morning Bell: Why the Netroots Will Get Sold Out on FISA

    Progressives are in full hyperventilation mode over the possibility that Congress will meet its deadline next week to permanently reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to bring current United States intelligence agency practice under the law. Last August Congress temporarily amended FISA through the Protect America Act. But due to … More

    Morning Bell: Preserving Our Terror Fighting Tools

    A federal judge in Miami sentenced Brooklyn-born convert to Islam Jose Padilla to over 17 years in prison pursuant to his jury conviction for conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism. The judge stressed that the sentence would serve as a warning to others that support for terrosism “will not … More

    Morning Bell: Anti-War Fantasies Threaten Progress in Iraq

    Last night CNN‘s Joe Johns first noted that not only is 75 percent of Baghdad now secure, but important signs of political progress were also emerging including de-Baathification. He then asked Hillary Clinton if she was “looking to end this war or win it?” Clinton responded: Of course the surge, … More

    Morning Bell: Free Money For Everybody!!!

    If there is one thing President Bush is good at, it’s spending other people’s money. That’s why he saw Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) $250 to individuals stimulus plan, saw the Democratic Congress’ $500 for individuals offer, and raised them both to $800 for individuals and $1,600 for families. Let’s hope … More

    Morning Bell: Make Bernanke Keep His Word on Stimulus Neutrality

    Heading into today’s testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Republicans and Democrats are divided over what Congress’ imminent stimulus package should include. Key to any Republican sign off on a bill would be a provision making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent. Democrats want up to $100 billion … More

    Blue Dog Democrat Questions Need for Stimulus Plan

    Rep. Baron Hill, a Blue Dog Democrat from Indiana, voiced concern today about the rush for Congress to pass an economic stimulus plan. During the question-and-answer portion of this morning’s hearing before the Joint Economic Committee, Hill noted that Democrats violated PAYGO rules when they passed a one-year freeze for … More

    Morning Bell: Fighting Earmarks Finally

    According to The Hill, President Bush will face a key test on federal spending when he returns from his Middle East trip wrapping up in Egypt today. At issue is a movement by conservative budget watchdog groups supporting an Executive Order from the president directing federal agencies not to spend … More

    Tax Rebates Cannot Save Us

    Reports following Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s Monday meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicate that House Democrats are considering a $100 billion economic stimulus package that “money for ailing state governments, higher Medicaid spending and an increase in food stamp payments.” Completely ignoring their election promise to pay for any … More

    Morning Bell: Debunking the Iran NIE

    Throughout President Bush’s current Middle East trip, administration officials have had to quell confusion about how the December 3, 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program affects U.S. policy in the region. Already the report has undercut efforts to form “an international coalition to impose sanctions against Tehran” and … More

    Morning Bell: Reality Is Hard

    At every turn, Gen. David Petraeus reminds us that “the reality of Iraq is that it is very hard” and that we should be careful not “to be optimistic or pessimistic” about the situation in Iraq. But in clear minded analysis of Iraq must conclude that the situation has improved … More