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7/12/06 "The Al Franken Show"
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Review of Karl Rove's .... speech!!!!
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7/12/06 "The Al Franken Show"
INTERVIEW: Jim Peterson... AZ Sen. race aginst Sen John Kyle
Whom just forged the Congressional Record...etc...!!!
United States Senator Jon Kyl
"No More Pork at the Pump" By John Kasich, Op-Ed Contributor, The New York Times, May 9, 2006 "The Birth of the Boom" By Donald Luskin, National Review ...
Kyl's message lost in 'Hamdan' uproar
Arizona Republic, AZ - Jul 10, 2006
... Jon Kyl's insertion of floor statements into the legislative record makes no difference ... statements simply represent the views of a single senator and nothing ...
Kyl dismisses fuss over 'Congressional Record' Arizona Republic
The Kabuki Dance Huffington Post
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Our Opinion: Faux debate inappropriate for the Record
The Congressional Record often is used for long statements, but rarely are they as contrived as this colloquy.
The fabricated "debate" that Sens. Jon Kyl and Lindsey Graham entered into the Congressional Record for U.S. Supreme Court review is too elaborate to be deemed a routine filing.
The justices dismissed the two Republicans' filing without consideration when they learned it had been entered after the Senate debate on the rights of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The 15-page argument is richly laced with conversational asides, although the exchange never was uttered, much less argued on the Senate floor.
"I have just been handed a memorandum on the subject," Kyl supposedly says at one point in the "talk" scripted by Washington lawyer Jeff Lamken.
While senators and representatives routinely insert statements into the Congressional Record, such contrived but unuttered debates, or "colloquies," are rare, Senate historian Richard Baker told the Washington Post.
Such insights should be debated openly on the Senate floor, not submitted later in a format that citizens rarely access.
The debate, entered into the record Dec. 21, 2005, focused on Graham's amendment to restrict the detainees' rights.
The Department of Justice cited it as evidence that Congress had intended to retroactively invalidate legal challenges by these detainees.
The court clearly wasn't buying it. The justices ruled June 26 that detainees, foreign or American, have a right to file legal challenges.
Their ruling, still being debated across the country, clearly involves a highly volatile issue.
Such sensitive issues call for some semblance of sensitivity by our senators as well.
This debate, carefully crafted to give the impression that it occurred on the Senate floor, fails that test.
Further, while the Congressional Record often is used as a repository for long statements never made on the floor of the House and Senate, such filings rarely are as contrived as this one.
Members of the House and Senate should treat the Congressional Record with reverence, as it is the historic document of legislative history in our Capitol.
And we implore them to submit only items of utmost accuracy and timeliness for our Supreme Court's review.
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