Daily Archives: November 9, 2006

Defense chief nominee has bipartisan appeal

Robert M. Gates, a veteran intelligence official whom President Bush nominated to become his new secretary of defense, is widely viewed as a consensus-builder who may break down barriers between civilian and military leaders — as well as between the Pentagon and other agencies — that grew legendary under Donald H. Rumsfeld.

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Steele as RNC chair?

The Washington Post reports that Michael Steele could be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee. Current chairman Ken Mehlman reportedly will not run for a second term and will recommend Steele as his successor.

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Russia wants to weaken demands on Iran

VIENNA, Austria – Russia has crossed out large sections of a U.N. Security Council draft proposing broad U.S.-backed sanctions on Tehran’s nuclear and missile programs, according to a document obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. Russia’s changes weaken the draft resolution’s demands that Tehran stop working on a reactor that can produce plutonium and that
Iran allow tougher U.N. inspections of its nuclear program. They also delete any reference to Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant, which Russia is helping build.

With democrats taking US Government, a new Cold War begins.

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Analysis: Political Confrontation Likely

President Bush was left weakened and more isolated than at any time in his presidency by Tuesday’s Democratic thumping of Republicans. He offered Democrats gestures of reconciliation and capitulated to demands for Donald H. Rumsfeld’s removal, but history suggests his last two years will be filled with more confrontation and challenges.

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Ken Mehlman: Three Lessons in GOP Losses

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman called himself disappointed on a number of counts, following the Democratic victories in key House and Senate races.
Mehlman said Republicans must now do three things – first and foremost, rededicating themselves to their “conservative, reform principles.”

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Pence Announces for Leader Post

“I am running for Republican leader because we didn’t just lose our majority, I believe we lost our way ….”
U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, R-Ind., Wednesday formally announced his campaign for Republican Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Krauthammer: This Election Good for GOP in 2008

The Republicans will no longer be in control of the Senate after the recounts, says columnist Charles Krauthammer, and you will certainly have “agitation on Iraq
” from the now Democratically-controlled House. But the Democrats wouldn’t “withhold money from the troops … and the president still will determine Iraq policy.”

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