Brits get it right

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Instead of "random searches," London police are searching for specific targets:

Police are still on high alert in London amid fears that a third terrorist cell could be plotting another strike on the capital.

Thousands of officers have been on the streets and guarding Tube and overland rail stations.

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British Transport Police have been targeting specific ethnic groups for "intelligence-led" stop-and-searches as part of their heightened security measures.

BTP Chief Constable Ian Johnston said that his officers would not "waste time searching old white ladies".

Bravo!

Meanwhile, back in the US

An ‘abuse of power’

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Would someone tell me when the President’s exercising the authority he has to make recess appointments became an abuse of power?  I see the usual suspects ratcheted up the rhetoric several degrees today by making false claims about the President’s recess appointment of John Bolton as ambassador to the UN:

"At a time when we need to reassert our diplomatic power in the world, President Bush has decided to send a seriously flawed and weakened candidate to the United Nations. It’s an unnecessary result, and the latest abuse of power by the Bush White House. … Bolton arrives at the United Nations with a cloud hanging over his head." — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"It’s sad that even while the president preaches democracy around the world, he bends the rules and circumvents the will of Congress in appointing our representative to the United Nations." — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (news, bio, voting record), D-N.J.

"Abuse of power"? "Bends the rules"?  And of course I couldn’t leave off Senator Bloviator himself:

"The abuse of power and the cloak of secrecy from the White House continues. … It’s a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent and only further darkens the cloud over Mr. Bolton’s credibility at the U.N." — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass.

"Devious maneuver"?  Of course you know what the word "devious" conjures up in people’s minds – dark, sinister, underhanded – no doubt Ted Kennedy knew exactly what he was saying when he made that statement.  Just what in the hell is so "devious" about exercising your authority as President to LEGALLY appoint someone during a Congressional recess?  Do the above Senators (who were no doubt posturing in front of the cameras for face time today) have a clue as to the history of recess appointments?:

President Clinton: 140 recess appointments over two terms. Among them:

_Former Sen. Wyche Fowler, D-Ga., ambassador to Saudi Arabia, August 1996. Put in the post two months after a bombing that killed 19 American soldiers stationed there, he received Senate confirmation in October 1997 and served until March 2001.

_Mickey Kantor, commerce secretary, April 1996. He replaced Ron Brown, who died in a plane crash, but left in January 1997 before his nomination went before the Senate.

_Roger Gregory, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, December 2000. He was later re-nominated by Bush and confirmed by the Senate.

_Bill Lann Lee, assistant attorney general for civil rights, August 2000. Blocked by Senate Republicans, he was appointed acting assistant attorney general in 1997, then received the recess appointment to serve out Clinton’s term.

_James Hormel, ambassador to Luxembourg, June 1999. A gay philanthropist whose nomination was blocked by Senate Republicans, he remained ambassador until near the end of Clinton’s term.

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_The first President Bush made 77 recess appointments over one term, and President Reagan made 243 over two terms.

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Other recess appointments of note:

_President John F. Kennedy appointed Thurgood Marshall to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in October 1961, getting around opposition from Southern senators. Their resistance had weakened by the following September, and the Senate approved him 54-16.

_President Dwight Eisenhower made three recess appointments to the Supreme Court: Chief Justice Earl Warren (1953) and Associate Justices William Brennan (1956) and Potter Stewart (1958). Each later received Senate confirmation.

_President George Washington appointed John Rutledge of South Carolina as chief justice during a 1795 recess. The Senate rejected the nomination and his appointment expired after he served one term.

I swear, if these guys aren’t making up clauses in the Constitution or making patently absurd assertions about "President Bush’s right wing Supreme Court" (which doesn’t exist, because the President doesn’t have the first nominee on there yet), they’re outright LYING about a recess appointment being an "abuse of power" and a "devious maneuver" on the part of the President when they know darn well it’s not! 

My question is: will the media call them out on this nonsense or not?

More: Captain Ed comments and nails it:

As far as it being an "abuse of power" that evades "Constitutional requirement" of a Senate confirmation, perhaps Senator Kennedy might like to read Article II, Section 2, Clause 3 of that same Constitution:

Clause 3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

No abuse of power there; the Constitution clearly gives the President the exact power he just exercised. The Senate appears to have abused its power by denying Bolton an up or down vote on his confirmation, however, because the word "filibuster" doesn’t appear anywhere in the Constitution, nor does the right of endless debate.

Bang on.

(Linking up with Mudville Gazette’s open post)

8/2/05: Joining up with the OTB Traffic Jam

Helen Thomas-candidate for future soap opera

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…. should there ever be one called "As the Tables Turn."  Via Drudge:

White House press doyenne Helen Thomas is plenty peeved at her longtime friend Albert Eisele, editor of THE HILL newspaper in Washington, D.C.

In a column this week headlined "Reporter: Cheney’s Not Presidential Material," Eisele quoted Thomas as saying "The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I’ll kill myself. All we need is one more liar."

Thomas also said: "I think he’d like to run, but it would be a sad day for the country if he does," according to Eisele’s column.

But Thomas said yesterday at the White House that her comments to Eisele were for his ears only. "I’ll never talk to a reporter again!" Thomas was overheard saying.

"We were just talking — I was ranting — and he wrote about it. That isn’t right. We all say stuff we don’t want printed," Thomas said.

But Eisele said that when he called Thomas, "I assume she knew that we were on the record."

"She’s obviously very upset about it, but it was a small item — until Drudge picked it up and broadcast it across the universe," Eisele said.

Still, he noted that reporters aren’t that happy when the tables are turned. "Nobody has thinner skin than reporters," Eisele said with a laugh.

Developing…

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Dean: A Weapon of Self Destruction-Flashback

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Looks as though the woes of the Democratic party continue as Howard Dean continues to make comments that literally come out of left field.  Courtesy of Townhall.com (via CNS News):

"The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is ‘okay’ to have the government take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is," Dean said, not mentioning that until he nominated John Roberts to the Supreme Court this week, Bush had not appointed anyone to the high court.

Huh?, you might ask.  The article goes on to make the much needed correction (thankfully).  Hopefully Chairman Dean will read it:

Dean’s reference to the "right-wing" court was also erroneous. The four justices who dissented in the Kelo vs. New London case included the three most conservative members of the court – Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was the fourth dissenter.

The court’s liberal coalition of Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer combined with Justice Anthony Kennedy to form the majority opinion, allowing the city of New London, Conn., to use eminent domain to seize private properties for commercial development.

Also blogging about this: Wizbang and Patterico (who is ON tonight!), Dean EsmaySay Anything, Dafydd at Captain’s Quarters, and Right Wing News.

Here’s an ST flashback of some, shall we say, Notable Quotables from the Doctor of Disology and the D’s who’ve criticized him:

“I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for, but I admire their discipline and their organization,” the failed presidential hopeful told the crowd at the Roosevelt Hotel, where he and six other candidates spoke at the final DNC forum before the Feb. 12 vote for chairman. –January 30, 2005
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“We’re going to use Terri Schiavo later on … This is going to be an issue in 2006, and it’s going to be an issue in 2008 because we’re going to have an ad with a picture of Tom DeLay saying, ‘Do you want this guy to decide whether you die or not? Or is that going to be up to your loved ones?’ ” –April 15, 2005 at a gay rights group’s breakfast in West Hollywood.
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But he did draw howls of laughter by mimicking a drug-snorting Rush Limbaugh. “I’m not very dignified,” he said. “But I’m not running for president anymore.” In fact, as part of his commitment to lead the party for the next four years, he has sworn not to seek any office until after 2008. I’m not running for president anymore.” –April 20, 2005 (Star Tribune link no longer works, so I’m providing an alternate source) at a benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota
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Dean’s 25-minute speech to the Campaign for America’s Future annual gathering was interrupted frequently by applause, but his line about Republican work habits also produced an undertow of ‘’oohs’’ and ‘’aahs.’’ Asserting that some Florida voters stood in line for eight hours in November, Dean said that was a hardship for people who ‘’work all day and then pick up their kids at child care.’’ But, he said, Republicans could stand in eight-hour lines ‘’because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.’’ –June 2, 2005, in a 25-minute speech to the Campaign for America’s Future in Washington, DC
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Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) and former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) distanced themselves over the weekend from remarks by Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, who is facing criticism for the pace of the party’s fundraising. ….. Asked whether Dean is doing the party any good, Biden said, “Not with that kind of rhetoric. He doesn’t speak for me with that kind of rhetoric. And I don’t think he speaks for the majority of Democrats. . . . I wish that rhetoric would change.”

Edwards, the party’s vice presidential nominee last year, said at an annual party fundraising dinner Saturday in Nashville that he disagreed with Dean’s comment. “The chairman of the DNC is not the spokesman for the party,” Edwards said, according to the Associated Press. “He’s a voice. I don’t agree with it.” – June4 & 5, 2005
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One hundred days into his tenure as the high-energy, higher-decibel chairman of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean is in trouble with party moneybags. The former Vermont governor seems to be doing a better job flaying the Republicans than bridging the cash chasm between the parties. Given Dean’s 2004 run as a populist crusader, moderates were never wild about his takeover of the Democratic National Committee. So some big donors are sitting on their wallets.

Dean wowed the faithful in ‘04 with his Web-based fund-raising magic. But major business donors still count, and in his new role as party honcho, the feisty doctor seems to be struggling to connect. After achieving money parity with the GOP in 2004, Democrats have fallen far behind. According to the Federal Election Commission, the DNC raised $14.1 million in the first quarter of 2005, vs. the Republican National Committee’s $32.3 million. Dean drew about 20,000 new donors, while his rivals picked up 68,200. The bottom line: Republicans have $26.2 million in the bank vs. $7.2 million for the Dems. – June 6, 2005, Business Week Online
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Three top fundraisers at the Democratic National Committee have resigned at a time when its chairman, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, has come under fire from fellow Democrats for controversial comments and his Republican counterpart has raised more than twice as much money. – June 6, 2005
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Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, unapologetic in the face of recent criticism that he has been too tough on his political opposition, said in San Francisco this week that Republicans are “a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same. They all look the same. It’s pretty much a white Christian party. …. “We have to be rough on the Republicans. Republicans don’t represent ordinary Americans and they don’t have any understanding of what it is to go out and try and make ends meet.” –June 6, 2005

(Mon. Morning note: Welcome Dean Esmay readers as well as Patterico readers! Patterico  had an Instalanche late last night and I have an ad placed there so I’m feeling the pleasant aftereffects of the Instalanche myself.  Please make sure to bookmark/blogroll ST and return often :))

Late afternoon linkup: With OTB’s Traffic Jam