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More dysfunction and disgrace in congress

June 25, 2010

Pelosi’s lame blame game: No ‘burrowed-in’ Bush appointees oversaw Deepwater Horizon

By: Joel S. Gehrke Jr.
Special to the Examiner
06/21/10 5:40 PM EDT

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recently blamed Bush appointees who “burrowed in” at the Minerals Management Service for the regulatory failures that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. But as it turns out, not one of the officials responsible for overseeing the exploded rig was a Bush political appointee.

The Washington Examiner has obtained biographic information on the MMS officials responsible for overseeing BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig at the time it exploded, from the Gulf Region Director to the last inspector to set foot on the rig. Most of these federal employees started with the agency decades ago. Not one was a presidential appointment of George W. Bush

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/pelosis-lame-blame-game-no-burrowed-in-bush-appointees-oversaw-deepwater-horizon-96833674.html#ixzz0rpb6T4wx

House Democrats Wednesday blocked an attempt by Republicans to find out more about the job offer the White House made to Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., in an attempt to get him to drop…
Susan Ferrechio

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/pelosis-lame-blame-game-no-burrowed-in-bush-appointees-oversaw-deepwater-horizon-96833674.html#ixzz0rpbRQie0

Leahy does 180 on transparency, slams door on Kagan document requests

By: Mark Tapscott
06/24/10 11:35 AM

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont was all for requiring the Bush White House to produce “everything he’s written or said” when Chief Justice John Roberts was nominated. But now that it’s President Obama nominating solicitor general and former Harvard Law School head Elena Kagan for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court,… Read More

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/#ixzz0rpcmOsFK

Card-check lives: ‘A lot of things can happen in a lame-duck session’

By: David Freddoso
06/24/10 1:10 PM

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is so determined to reward Democrats’ labor union donors that he is now openly discussing the possibility of passing pro-union legislation after voters have already rendered a verdict on the union-friendly 111th Congress. “A lot of things can happen in a lame-duck session,” he told The Hill today. Even if voters remove Democrats… Read More

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/#ixzz0rpdTTUqd

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