White House pledged Plame leak investigation – no investigation performed

I can’t say I’m surprised, are you?

Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who took over the helm of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in January, took a long look at the Valerie Plame affair today and found that the White House never conducted an internal security investigation of who leaked the formerCIA agent’s identity, despite a pledge by President Bush to do so.

Duh! No politician is going to perform an investigation, or at least a well-managed investigation, when the damning evidence will lead back too high into that politician’s close ranks of advisors, aides, or peers and close colleagues.

A snip from the (much longer) letter Waxman sent to the White House concerning the responsibilities of White House representatives and questioning the failure of those representatives to perform legally required actions.

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Bill to give DC full priviliges of Congressional spot

It seems the Democrats have been working on a bill in the House of Representatives which wouldgive the District of Columbia a full rights seat in the House (there’s more to the bill, but I’m just zoning in on the big target of the bill – bear with me, please). Part of the argument for the bill is that denying DC residents full Congressional representation is unconstitutional. On the surface, that seems like a reasonable claim (to me at least). From the discussion of the bill, we even get:

“Continued disenfranchisement of more than half a million Americans is unconscionable, indefensible and wrong,” said Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.

Republicans have been delaying the vote on this bill because the Constitution states that congressional seats are to be apportioned among the statves, and DC is not a state. Republicans, however, finally agreed to move forward with the vote with one ammendment to the bill. What ammendment? Well…

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