Happy Birthday to my favorite 8 year old!
This pic is a few months old. It was taken during one of his hospital stays in 2005.
Rock on, Little Man.
President's Statement on H.R. 199, the "USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005"
Today, I have signed into law H.R. 3199, the "USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005," and then S. 2271, the "USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006." The bills will help us continue to fight terrorism effectively and to combat the use of the illegal drug methamphetamine that is ruining too many lives.
The executive branch shall construe the provisions of H.R. 3199 that call for furnishing information to entities outside the executive branch, such as sections 106A and 119, in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch and to withhold information the disclosure of which could impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative processes of the Executive, or the performance of the Executive's constitutional duties.
The executive branch shall construe section 756(e)(2) of H.R. 3199, which calls for an executive branch official to submit to the Congress recommendations for legislative action, in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch and to recommend for the consideration of the Congress such measures as he judges necessary and expedient.
GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 9, 2006.
SEC. 106A. AUDIT ON ACCESS TO CERTAIN BUSINESS RECORDS FOR
FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE PURPOSES.
(a) AUDIT.--The Inspector General of the Department of Justice
shall perform a comprehensive audit of the effectiveness and use,
including any improper or illegal use, of the investigative authority
provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation under title V of
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861
a) AUDIT.--The Inspector General of the Department of Justice
shall perform an audit of the effectiveness and use, including any
improper or illegal use, of national security letters issued by the
Department of Justice.
(e) PERFORMANCE ACCOUNTABILITY; REPORTS AND EVALUA-
(1) REPORTS.--Successful applicants shall submit to the
Attorney General a report on the activities carried out under
the grant at the end of each fiscal year.
(2) EVALUATIONS.--Not later than 12 months at the end
of the 3 year funding cycle under this section, the Attorney
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General shall submit a report to the appropriate committees
of jurisdiction that summarizes the results of the evaluations
conducted by recipients and recommendations for further legis-
in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch and to recommend for the consideration of the Congress such measures as he judges necessary and expedient.
Dear Sen. Clinton:
My request is simple. Please do not run for President in 2008.
Let me first state that I am a Democrat and probably more left of center than you are. I admire you for your work and for your stance on so many issues. But I think it will be a huge mistake if you run in 2008.
While I believe that having the first viable female presidential candidate would be a huge step in the right direction, I deeply believe that we as Democrats must first focus on regaining control of the White House and Congress. The Bu$h administration has done more harm to this nation than any administration in decades. The neo-cons are moving us in the direction of an American dictatorship and theocracy and, to be honest, it frightens me.
Sen. Clinton, the neo-con pundits have made your name as dirty a word as they have the term "liberal". Because of this, your candidacy would be too polarizing. This is a time when we need a candidate that is not afraid of this administration but, at the same time, is capable of gaining the trust of not only Democrats but Independents and some Republicans. I do not believe you can do that at this time.
I would like to appeal to your sense of what is right for the many rather that what is right for the few. My eye is on Sen. Russ Feingold. Although he has not indicated that he would run, he seems to be the type of candidate that we need to accomplish a Democratic victory.
I appreciate your consideration in this matter. Thank you.
Ms O'Connor, nominated by Ronald Reagan as the first woman supreme court justice, declared: "We must be ever-vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary."
She pointed to autocracies in the developing world and former Communist countries as lessons on where interference with the judiciary might lead. "It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings."
Such threats, Ms O'Connor said, "pose a direct threat to our constitutional freedom", and she told the lawyers in her audience: "I want you to tune your ears to these attacks ... You have an obligation to speak up.
"Statutes and constitutions do not protect judicial independence - people do," the retired supreme court justice said.
In her speech, Ms O'Connor said that if the courts did not occasionally make politicians mad they would not be doing their jobs, and their effectiveness "is premised on the notion that we won't be subject to retaliation for our judicial acts".