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BREAKING NEWS: CNN and MSNBC are reporting this evening at 9:00 pm (47 degrees in Miami, 43 with the windchill) that although the White House counsel believes the oath administered by CJ John Roberts yesterday was "sufficient" President Obama called the Chief Justice back to the White House today and re-took the oath "in an abundance of caution." The title of the post links to an article.
Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. This is not without precedent. Presidents Coolidge and Arthur did the same thing for the same reason.
(second time's a charm)
Your new Secretary of State: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Can anyone identify this former Justice Building Regular, teeing it up with then President Clinton?
We highly recommend this month's Vanity Fair, especially the Oral History of the Bush White House. Dozens of participants were interviewed and their answers were listed in the article. From time to time for the next few days we will post some facts from the article. Here are a few:
In the 8 years Bush served in the White House, he spent over 450 days at his Crawford, Texas ranch, and over 450 days at Camp David.
Rumpole notes: For those of you counting, 900 days is 2.465 years. Put another way, Bush spent one out of every 4 days at Crawford or Camp David.
More from the article: Richard Clarke, Chief White House counter-terrorism Advisor:
"We went into a period in June (2001) where the tempo of intelligence about an impending large-scale attack went up a lot...We told Condi that. She didn't do anything.
Richard Clarke: That night on 9/11 Rumsfeld came over and the others and the President finally got back, and we had a meeting. And Rumsfeld said 'you know we've got to do Iraq. and everyone looked at him- at least I looked at him and Powell looked at him-like 'what the hell are you talking about?' And he said-I'll never forget this: 'There just aren't enough targets in Afghanistan. We need to bomb something else to prove that we're, you know, big and strong and not going to be pushed around by these kind of attacks.'
Rumpole says: And all along you thought Iraq was a failure of intelligence on WMDs? Ha! Iraq was on the table before the fires at the World Trade Center were out. The WMD issue was manufactured.
Want further proof:
Sir Jeremy Greenstock, British Ambassador to the UN and later British Special representative in Iraq: When I arrived in NY in July 1998, it was quite clear to me that all of the members of the security council, including the US knew well that there was no current work being done on any kind of nuclear weapons capability in Iraq. It was therefore, extraordinary to me that later on in this saga there should have been any kind of hint that Iraq had a current capability. ... We were watching the whole time. There was never any proof, never any hard intelligence that they had succeeded in doing that (obtain nuclear base materials like yellow cake). And the American system was entirely aware of this.
Rumpole: Well now that we know the president and his advisors always knew Iraq didn't have a WMD capability...what do we do about this enormous fraud perpetrated on us?
See you in court.
Bottom of the post update: In what amounts to a "what took you so long" analysis, the Broward Blog has BANNED former attorney Jack Thompson for violating some deal they had. The post is here. Rumpole takes a deep breath and says "I told you so".