Despite low approval ratings and little political clout, President Bush "scolded the Democratic-led Congress yesterday for having 'little to show for all the time that has gone by.'" Pelosi in response: "While the Democratic Congress works to pass children's health insurance, to protect Americans while preserving civil liberties, and to end the disastrous Iraq war, the president chose to launch another partisan attack."
The Washington Post: "House appears unlikely to overturn Bush's veto of the children's health bill today, after which the president said his staff can broker a deal with lawmakers. Bush had proposed a 20 percent increase in funding for the program, which budget analysts said would be inadequate to cover even the children currently insured. The vetoed bill would have pumped an extra $35 billion into the program over five years, more than doubling the funding, to increase the number of people covered from 6.6 million to 10 million. Bush calls that a step toward socialized medicine because it would cover many families that now have private insurance."
Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey said yesterday at his confirmation hearing "that he rejects legal theories that presidents have the constitutional power to bypass anti-torture statutes, and vowed to keep the Justice Department free from political influence. Mukasey's answers drew an enthusiastic response from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee."
Need more proof that Mukasey is probably a shoo-in to be confirmed? Check out this quote from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D), per USA Today. "'He's very good. He is a fair-minded guy. He's an independent guy.'"
CNN is reporting that ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert plans to resign his House seat early, rather than retire. It's speculation that has gripped the district over the last few months. Is Hastert actually doing his party a favor? There's already a fairly well-funded Democrat in the race who is probably more prepared for a special at this point in time than anyone on the GOP side.