I will broadcast today from Phoenix and the annual “Medal of Honor Convention,” which hosts the living recipients of the nation’s highest honor. The Medal of Honor Foundation hosts the event annually, and also publishes the Medal of Honor: Portrait of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty book and DVD which contains a biography of 117 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Louisiana wants $40 billion in Army Corps of Engineer projects. Whatever the final cost, it will be in billions, and the Senate Republicans should insist that as part of the package, reforms in the federal Endangered Sprecies Act –similar to this that are poised to pass the House– be included in the appropriation so that the notoriously expense-increasing and private property rights destroying ESA not delay or increase the costs of these projects or other Corps projects across the country. A simple tightening of deadlines widely abused by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when the Corps “consults” with that agency under the ESA would be a huge step forward.
This is a crucial week in Israeli politics as Likud ponders tossing out Prime Minister Sharon from its leadership position, almost certainly triggering a major realignment in Israeli politics and early elections.
It could also be the week when the president unveils his new SCOTUS choice. Though conventional wisdom suggests he will wait until Judge Roberts is confirmed. The argument for going now is that the debate on the Senate floor would proide a great opportunity to set up the next nominee for the battle ahead. The Roberts hearings underscores that the more the public knows about Bush nominees to the bench, the better off those nominees do. Only when the Democrats left fringe in the Senate combine with tilted media coverage can the nominees be successfully smeared.
Lorie Byrd provides a round up of crcuial links on the fizzled anti-war protests of the weekend. A pathetic turnout. Even the first anti-Vietnam protest, way back in 1965, drew 16,000 to the White House. Four years later, the crowd passed 250,000. But the fringe left today, even with massive MSM support cannot get 2,000 folks together.
The Washington Post warns that Senator Frist’s stock sale “adds to GOP ethics troubles,” and added that the charges against Frist “have handed Democrats a chance to broaden their long-stated claim that Republicans push ethical boundaries and focus on laws that help the rich, political analysts said yesterday.” No word from the paper or the “political analysts” on Chuckaquiddick’s impact on the Dems’ reputation for felony-level dirty tricks.
And David Allen White and Mark Roberts have weighed in at OneTrueGodBlog on the suffering following the two hurricanes.