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Schumer Office: Subpoenas Ready for Rove, Miers
Wed Mar 28, 2007 20:28

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Schumer Office: Subpoenas Ready for Rove, Miers
Senator Charles Schumer finds it "hard to believe" that embattled US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales can continue in office for much longer. At the same time, Mr. Schumer believes that the practical consequences for the Republican Party resulting from Mr. Gonzales' actions - the culling of eight US Attorneys - will be lasting.

New Memo Details Allegations Against GSA Administrator
Even as the head of the General Services Administration prepares to address allegations of improper conduct at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, new information about her actions continues to emerge.

SEC Charges Two Ex-Enron Lawyers With Fraud
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged two former in-house lawyers at Enron Corp. with securities fraud.

Global Warming Disaster as Thousands of Harp Seal Pups Perish
Thousands of harp seal pups are assumed dead in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the lack of ice floes, which mother seals require to give birth and nurse their pups successfully. Experts with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) have been carrying out daily surveillance flights over the region. They report that the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which is the annual birthing ground of hundreds of thousands of harp seals, is essentially devoid of both ice and seals.

Proposal Could Weaken Species Protection
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering limiting the ability of federal wildlife protection agencies to intervene on behalf of endangered species that may be harmed by federal actions. The proposed regulatory changes would also increase the role of state governments in administering some of the species protections that are now the responsibility of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

San Francisco First City to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors approved groundbreaking legislation Tuesday to outlaw plastic checkout bags at large supermarkets in about six months and in large chain pharmacies in about a year.

Unions Ride Dem Wave
Big Labor is this week putting the seal on what its leaders say is a "renaissance" that has rescued it from the abyss of 2004 and put it back at the center of Democratic Party politics.

New Drive Afoot to Pass Equal Rights Amendment
Federal and state lawmakers have launched a new drive to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, reviving a feminist goal that faltered a quarter-century ago when the measure did not gain the approval of three-quarters of the state legislatures. The amendment, which came three states short of enactment in 1982, has been introduced in five state legislatures since January.

Paul Waldman | Scaring the Pants off Men
"Last week saw Al Gore's triumphant return to Capitol Hill - the once-ridiculed candidate now acknowledged as a visionary and treated with long-overdue respect. But the most remarkable moment of Gore’s hours of testimony in both houses may have been one in which he wasn't even involved. It shined a light on both the changed atmosphere in Washington today, and the fear and loathing that that change is bringing on," says Paul Waldman.

Lawmakers Fault Veterans' Care Under Bush
The Army's new acting surgeon general said Tuesday she is concerned about long-term morale because the military lacks money to hire enough nurses and mental health specialists to treat thousands of troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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