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  Ron Paul Launches Libertarian MovementJune 12, 2008 23:12 Rep. Ron Paul transitioned from presidential candidate to leader of a libertarian movement on Thursday.

Speaking to hundreds of supporters at the Texas Republican Convention, he announced the formation of the Campaign for Liberty, a grassroots group that would push for a strict adherence to the Constitution and support candidates with libertarian leanings.

“We have latched on to the right philosophy,” Mr. Paul said during an ice cream social inside a hotel ballroom. “The philosophy that has made America great.”

Mr. Paul, R-Lake Jackson, urged his supporters to join him at the Republican National Convention, which will convene in September in Minneapolis, for a separate gathering.

“It will be a positive convention, meeting or rally,” Mr. Paul said.

He said there would be no need to develop a party platform.

“I thought we had our own platform already written called the Constitution,” he said.

Mr. Paul’s presidential campaign attracted numerous supporters, particularly younger Americans and college students frustrated with the war in Iraq and the direction of the country. His Internet savvy campaign was able to raise millions of dollars and set single-day fundraising records last fall.

But the support didn’t translate into votes. Mr. Paul finished far off the pace in most Republican primaries. But his poor finishes has not dampened the spirit of his supporters.

 
  Should Bush Worry About Mcclellan Testimony?June 10, 2008 14:57 President Bush probably isn’t looking forward to next Friday – that’s when former White House Spokesman Scott McClellan is set to testify before Congress.

McClellan will appear before the House Judiciary Committee, publicly and under oath, concerning the White House’s role in leaking the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame in 2003.

In his new book, McClellan writes that he was misled by administration officials, possibly including Vice President Dick Cheney, about the role of Scooter Libby in the leak. McClellan has said that both the president and vice president “directed me to go out there and exonerate” Libby. The Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Henry Waxman, is also trying to get his hands on more FBI documents about the leak.

Meanwhile, here’s something else President Bush may want to keep his eye on: Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against the president last night. Kucinich believes Mr. Bush deceived the country and violated his oath of office by taking the U.S. into war in Iraq. He introduced a similar resolution last year calling for the impeachment of Cheney – that measure was killed.

With so little time left in Bush’s term it’s highly unlikely the Democratic Congress will do anything with this new resolution either. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made it clear that impeachment is “off the table.” I still wonder who authorized Nancy Pelosi to make that determination. Something else we’ll probably never know.
  President Met Disgraced Lobbyist At Least Six TimesJune 09, 2008 15:29 The White House had stronger ties to disgraced superlobbyist Jack Abramoff than it has publicly admitted, according to a draft congressional report released Monday.

President Bush met Abramoff on at least four occasions the White House has yet to acknowledge, according to the draft report by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

And White House officials appeared as comfortable going to Abramoff and his lobbyists seeking tickets to sporting and entertainment events, as they did seeking input on personnel picks for plum jobs, the report found.

President Bush himself met Abramoff on at least six occasions, the report said, citing White House documents; the White House had previously acknowledged only two.

When questions were first raised about Abramoff's connection to Bush officials in January 2006, then-White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Bush had personally met Abramoff on just two occasions, both at White House Hanukkah receptions.
  Cheney Apologizes For Quip On W. VirginiaJune 03, 2008 09:30 Vice President Cheney apologized for saying yesterday that he has "Cheneys on both sides" of his family tree dating back to the 1600s, "And we don't even live in West Virginia."

The quip drew groans from the audience at the National Press Club, prompting the vice president to add, "You can say those things when you're not running for reelection." (The White House transcript of Cheney's comments, released last night, described laughter instead of groans.)

The remark drew swift denunciations from West Virginians of both parties, with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) calling it "disrespectful" and "certainly not funny," and Gov. Joe Manchin (D) saying, "I truly cannot believe that any vice president of the United States . . . would make such a derogatory statement about my state, or any state for that matter."

Cheney quickly moved to defuse the matter, with spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride telling the Associated Press: "On reflection, he concluded that it was an inappropriate attempt at humor that he should not have made. The vice president apologizes to the people of West Virginia for the inappropriate remark."